December 6th, 2018

Nicholas of Myra, Pastor

First Reading: Is. 14:1-12

 1 The LORD will have compassion on Jacob;
       once again he will choose Israel
       and will settle them in their own land.
       Aliens will join them
       and unite with the house of Jacob.

 2 Nations will take them
       and bring them to their own place.
       And the house of Israel will possess the nations
       as menservants and maidservants in the LORD's land.
       They will make captives of their captors
       and rule over their oppressors.

 3 On the day the LORD gives you relief from suffering and turmoil and cruel bondage, 4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:
       How the oppressor has come to an end!
       How his fury [a] has ended!

 5 The LORD has broken the rod of the wicked,
       the scepter of the rulers,

 6 which in anger struck down peoples
       with unceasing blows,
       and in fury subdued nations
       with relentless aggression.

 7 All the lands are at rest and at peace;
       they break into singing.

 8 Even the pine trees and the cedars of Lebanon
       exult over you and say,
       "Now that you have been laid low,
       no woodsman comes to cut us down."

 9 The grave [b] below is all astir
       to meet you at your coming;
       it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you—
       all those who were leaders in the world;
       it makes them rise from their thrones—
       all those who were kings over the nations.

 10 They will all respond,
       they will say to you,
       "You also have become weak, as we are;
       you have become like us."

 11 All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,
       along with the noise of your harps;
       maggots are spread out beneath you
       and worms cover you.

 12 How you have fallen from heaven,
       O morning star, son of the dawn!
       You have been cast down to the earth,
       you who once laid low the nations!

Footnotes:Isaiah 14:4 Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain. Isaiah 14:9 Hebrew Sheol ; also in verses 11 and 15

Second Reading: 2 Pt. 3:1-18

The Day of the Lord
 1Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

 3First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

 8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.[a]

 11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b]That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

 14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

 17Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Footnotes:2 Peter 3:10 Some manuscripts be burned up 2 Peter 3:12 Or as you wait eagerly for the day of God to come


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