December 6th, 2018

Nicholas of Myra, Pastor


First Reading: Is. 14:1-12


Israel's Taunt
 1When the LORD will (A)have compassion on Jacob and again (B)choose Israel, and settle them in their own land, then (C)strangers will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob.

 2The peoples will take them along and bring them to their place, and the (D)house of Israel will possess them as an inheritance in the land of the LORD (E)as male servants and female servants; and they will take their captors captive and will rule over their oppressors.

 3And it will be in the day when the LORD gives you (F)rest from your pain and turmoil and harsh service in which you have been enslaved,

 4that you will (G)take up this taunt against the king of Babylon, and say,
         "How (H)the oppressor has ceased,
         And how fury has ceased!
    5"The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked,
         The scepter of rulers
    6(I)Which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasing strokes,
         Which subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained persecution.
    7"The whole earth is at rest and is quiet;
         They (J)break forth into shouts of joy.
    8"Even the (K)cypress trees rejoice over you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
         'Since you were laid low, no tree cutter comes up against us.'
    9"(L)Sheol from beneath is excited over you to meet you when you come;
         It arouses for you the spirits of the dead, all the leaders of the earth;
         It raises all the kings of the nations from their thrones.
    10"(M)They will all respond and say to you,
         'Even you have been made weak as we,
         You have become like us.
    11'Your (N)pomp and the music of your harps
         Have been brought down to Sheol;
         Maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you
         And worms are your covering.'
    12"How you have (O)fallen from heaven,
         O (P)star of the morning, son of the dawn!
         You have been cut down to the earth,
         You who have weakened the nations!

Cross references:Isaiah 14:1 : Ps 102:13; Is 49:13, 15; 54:7, 8 Isaiah 14:1 : Is 41:8, 9; 44:1; 49:7; Zech 1:17; 2:12 Isaiah 14:1 : Is 56:3, 6; Eph 2:12-19 Isaiah 14:2 : Is 45:14; 49:23; 54:3 Isaiah 14:2 : Is 60:10; 61:5; Dan 7:18, 27 Isaiah 14:3 : Ezra 9:8, 9; Is 11:10; 40:2; Jer 30:10; 46:27 Isaiah 14:4 : Hab 2:6 Isaiah 14:4 : Is 9:4; 16:4; 49:26; 51:13; 54:14 Isaiah 14:6 : Is 10:14; 47:6 Isaiah 14:7 : Ps 47:1-3; 98:1-9; 126:1-3 Isaiah 14:8 : Is 55:12; Ezek 31:16 Isaiah 14:9 : Is 5:14 Isaiah 14:10 : Ezek 32:21 Isaiah 14:11 : Is 5:14 Isaiah 14:12 : Is 34:4; Luke 10:18; Rev 8:10; 9:1 Isaiah 14:12 : 2 Pet 1:19; Rev 2:28; 22:16


Second Reading: 2 Pt. 3:1-18


Purpose of This Letter
 1This is now, (A)beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am (B)stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,

 2that you should (C)remember the words spoken beforehand by (D)the holy prophets and (E)the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.

The Coming Day of the Lord
 3(F)Know this first of all, that (G)in the last days (H)mockers will come with their mocking, (I)following after their own lusts,

 4and saying, "(J)Where is the promise of His (K)coming? For ever since the fathers (L)fell asleep, all continues just as it was (M)from the beginning of creation."

 5For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that (N)by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was (O)formed out of water and by water,

 6through which (P)the world at that time was (Q)destroyed, being flooded with water.

 7But by His word (R)the present heavens and earth are being reserved for (S)fire, kept for (T)the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

 8But do not let this one fact escape your notice, (U)beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and (V)a thousand years like one day.

 9(W)The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but (X)is patient toward you, (Y)not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

A New Heaven and Earth
 10But (Z)the day of the Lord (AA)will come like a thief, in which (AB)the heavens (AC)will pass away with a roar and the (AD)elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and (AE)the earth and its works will be [a]burned up.

 11Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

 12(AF)looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which (AG)the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the (AH)elements will melt with intense heat!

 13But according to His (AI)promise we are looking for (AJ)new heavens and a new earth, (AK)in which righteousness dwells.

 14(AL)Therefore, (AM)beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be (AN)found by Him in peace, (AO)spotless and blameless,

 15and regard the (AP)patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also (AQ)our beloved brother Paul, (AR)according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,

 16as also in all his letters, speaking in them of (AS)these things, (AT)in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and (AU)unstable distort, as they do also (AV)the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.

 17You therefore, (AW)beloved, knowing this beforehand, (AX)be on your guard so that you are not carried away by (AY)the error of (AZ)unprincipled men and (BA)fall from your own steadfastness,

 18but grow in the grace and (BB)knowledge of our (BC)Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (BD)To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Footnotes:2 Peter 3:10 Two early mss read discovered
Cross references:2 Peter 3:1 : 1 Pet 2:11; 2 Pet 3:8, 14, 17 2 Peter 3:1 : 2 Pet 1:13 2 Peter 3:2 : Jude 17 2 Peter 3:2 : Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21; Eph 3:5 2 Peter 3:2 : Gal 6:2; 1 Tim 6:14; 2 Pet 2:21 2 Peter 3:3 : 2 Pet 1:20 2 Peter 3:3 : 1 Tim 4:1; Heb 1:2 2 Peter 3:3 : Jude 18 2 Peter 3:3 : 2 Pet 2:10 2 Peter 3:4 : Is 5:19; Jer 17:15; Ezek 11:3; 12:22, 27; Mal 2:17; Matt 24:48 2 Peter 3:4 : 1 Thess 2:19; 2 Pet 3:12 2 Peter 3:4 : Acts 7:60 2 Peter 3:4 : Mark 10:6 2 Peter 3:5 : Gen 1:6, 9; Heb 11:3 2 Peter 3:5 : Ps 24:2; 136:6 2 Peter 3:6 : 2 Pet 2:5 2 Peter 3:6 : Gen 7:11, 12, 21 2 Peter 3:7 : 2 Pet 3:10, 12 2 Peter 3:7 : Is 66:15; Dan 7:9; 2 Thess 1:7; Heb 12:29 2 Peter 3:7 : Matt 10:15; 1 Cor 3:13; Jude 7 2 Peter 3:8 : 2 Pet 3:1 2 Peter 3:8 : Ps 90:4 2 Peter 3:9 : Hab 2:3; Rom 13:11; Heb 10:37 2 Peter 3:9 : Rom 2:4; Rev 2:21 2 Peter 3:9 : 1 Tim 2:4; Rev 2:21 2 Peter 3:10 : 1 Cor 1:8 2 Peter 3:10 : Matt 24:43; Luke 12:39; 1 Thess 5:2; Rev 3:3; 16:15 2 Peter 3:10 : Is 34:4; 2 Pet 3:7, 12 2 Peter 3:10 : Matt 24:35; Rev 21:1 2 Peter 3:10 : Is 24:19; Mic 1:4 2 Peter 3:10 : 2 Pet 3:7 2 Peter 3:12 : 1 Cor 1:7 2 Peter 3:12 : 2 Pet 3:7, 10 2 Peter 3:12 : Is 24:19; 34:4; Mic 1:4 2 Peter 3:13 : Is 65:17; 66:22 2 Peter 3:13 : Rom 8:21; Rev 21:1 2 Peter 3:13 : Is 60:21; 65:25; Rev 21:27 2 Peter 3:14 : 1 Cor 15:58; 2 Pet 1:10 2 Peter 3:14 : 2 Pet 3:1 2 Peter 3:14 : 1 Pet 1:7 2 Peter 3:14 : Phil 2:15; 1 Thess 5:23; 1 Tim 6:14; James 1:27 2 Peter 3:15 : 2 Pet 3:9 2 Peter 3:15 : Acts 9:17; 15:25; 2 Pet 3:2 2 Peter 3:15 : 1 Cor 3:10; Eph 3:3 2 Peter 3:16 : 2 Pet 3:14 2 Peter 3:16 : Heb 5:11 2 Peter 3:16 : 2 Pet 2:14 2 Peter 3:16 : 2 Pet 3:2 2 Peter 3:17 : 2 Pet 3:1 2 Peter 3:17 : 1 Cor 10:12 2 Peter 3:17 : 2 Pet 2:18 2 Peter 3:17 : 2 Pet 2:7 2 Peter 3:17 : Rev 2:5 2 Peter 3:18 : 2 Pet 1:2 2 Peter 3:18 : 2 Pet 1:11; 2:20 2 Peter 3:18 : Rom 11:36; 2 Tim 4:18; Rev 1:6


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