December 9th, 2018

Populus Zion (Advent 2)

Explanation of the Week

The Day on which our Lord will return is a "great and dreadful Day" (Mal 4:1-6). For He will come in a cloud with great power and glory. To the wicked and the proud, it will be a Day of judgment that will "burn them up." The signs preceding this Day will bring them fear and fainting. But to those who believe, who fear the name of the Lord, this Day is one to look forward to and rejoice in. "Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near" (Lk 21:25-36) Christ our Redeemer is coming; the Sun of Righteousness is bringing healing in His wings. Let us, then, give attention to the words of the Lord, which do not pass away. Let us through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures (Rom 15:4-13) be strengthened in our hope by the Holy Spirit and watch diligently for Jesus' coming. Then, by God's grace, we shall escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man.


Daughter of | Zion,*
     behold, surely your salvation is | coming.
The LORD will cause His glorious voice | to be heard,*
     and you shall have glad- | ness of heart. (Isaiah 30:29, 30; 62:11)

Psalm:Give ear, O Shepherd of | Israel,*
     You who lead Jacob | like a flock.
Restore | us, O God;*
     cause Your face to shine, and we | shall be saved!
Return, we beseech You, O | God of Hosts,*
     look down from heav- | en and see.
Let Your hand be upon the Man of Your | right hand,*
     upon the Son of Man whom You made strong | for Yourself. (Psalm 80:1, 3, 14, 17)

Collect (LSB)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Collect (TLH)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Thine only-begotten Son, so that by His coming we may be enabled to serve Thee with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Excita Domine corda nostra ad praeparandas unigeniti tui vias, ut per eius adventum purificatis tibi mentibus serviamus, Qui cum Patre et Spiritu sancto vivis et regnas DEUS, per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Mal. 4:1-6

The Great Day of God

 1 “For behold, the day is coming,
      Burning like an oven,
      And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
      And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      “ That will leave them neither root nor branch.
       2 But to you who fear My name
      The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
      With healing in His wings;
      And you shall go out
      And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
       3 You shall trample the wicked,
      For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
      On the day that I do this,
      Says the LORD of hosts.
       4 “ Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,
      Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
      With the statutes and judgments.
       5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
      Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
       6 And he will turn
      The hearts of the fathers to the children,
      And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
      Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

Old Testament: Micah 4:1-7

The LORD’s Reign in Zion

 1 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
      That the mountain of the LORD’s house
      Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
      And shall be exalted above the hills;
      And peoples shall flow to it.
       2 Many nations shall come and say,
      “ Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
      To the house of the God of Jacob;
      He will teach us His ways,
      And we shall walk in His paths.”
      For out of Zion the law shall go forth,
      And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
       3 He shall judge between many peoples,
      And rebuke strong nations afar off;
      They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
      And their spears into pruning hooks;
      Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
      Neither shall they learn war anymore.[a]
       4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
      And no one shall make them afraid;
      For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
       5 For all people walk each in the name of his god,
      But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God
      Forever and ever.

Zion’s Future Triumph

    6 “ In that day,” says the LORD,
      “ I will assemble the lame,
      I will gather the outcast
      And those whom I have afflicted;
       7 I will make the lame a remnant,
      And the outcast a strong nation;
      So the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion
      From now on, even forever.

Footnotes:Micah 4:3 Compare Isaiah 2:2–4


Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God | will shine forth:*
     our | God shall come.
Gather My saints together | unto Me,*
     those who have made a covenant with Me by | sacrifice. (Psalm 50:2–3a , 5)

Epistle: Rom. 15:4-13

4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glorify God Together
    7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us,[a] to the glory of God. 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:
      “ For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
      And sing to Your name.”[b]

 10 And again he says:
      “ Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”[c]

 11 And again:
      “ Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
      Laud Him, all you peoples!”[d]

 12 And again, Isaiah says:
      “ There shall be a root of Jesse;
      And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
      In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”[e] 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Footnotes:Romans 15:7 NU-Text and M-Text read you. Romans 15:9 2 Samuel 22:50; Psalm 18:49 Romans 15:10 Deuteronomy 32:43 Romans 15:11 Psalm 117:1 Romans 15:12 Isaiah 11:10


Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
The powers of | heaven*
     will be | shaken.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming | in a cloud*
     with power and great glory. Alle- | luia. (Luke 21:26–27)

Gospel: Luke 21:25-36

The Coming of the Son of Man

    25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

The Parable of the Fig Tree

    29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

The Importance of Watching

    34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy[a] to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Footnotes:Luke 21:36 NU-Text reads may have strength.


Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your mercy, LORD, And grant us Your salvation. (Psalm 85)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 42

To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation[a] of the sons of Korah.

 1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
         So pants my soul for You, O God.
 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
         When shall I come and appear before God?[b]
 3 My tears have been my food day and night,
         While they continually say to me,
         “Where is your God?”
 4 When I remember these things,
         I pour out my soul within me.
         For I used to go with the multitude;
         I went with them to the house of God,
         With the voice of joy and praise,
         With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
         And why are you disquieted within me?
         Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
         For the help of His countenance.[c]
 6 O my God,[d] my soul is cast down within me;
         Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
         And from the heights of Hermon,
         From the Hill Mizar.
 7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
         All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
 8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
         And in the night His song shall be with me—
         A prayer to the God of my life.
 9 I will say to God my Rock,
         “Why have You forgotten me?
         Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
 10 As with a breaking of my bones,
         My enemies reproach me,
         While they say to me all day long,
         “Where is your God?”
 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
         And why are you disquieted within me?
         Hope in God;
         For I shall yet praise Him,
         The help of my countenance and my God.

Footnotes:Psalm 42:1 Hebrew Maschil Psalm 42:2 Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, and Targum read I see the face of God. Psalm 42:5 Following Masoretic Text and Targum; a few Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read The help of my countenance, my God. Psalm 42:6 Following Masoretic Text and Targum; a few Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate put my God at the end of verse 5.

First Reading: Is. 26:1-19

A Song of Salvation

 1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
      “ We have a strong city;
      Godwill appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.
       2 Open the gates,
      That the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.
       3 You will keep him in perfect peace,
      Whose mind is stayed on You,
      Because he trusts in You.
       4 Trust in the LORD forever,
      For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.[a]
       5 For He brings down those who dwell on high,
      The lofty city;
      He lays it low,
      He lays it low to the ground,
      He brings it down to the dust.
       6 The foot shall tread it down—
      The feet of the poor
      And the steps of the needy.”
       7 The way of the just is uprightness;
      O Most Upright,
      You weigh the path of the just.
       8 Yes, in the way of Your judgments,
      O LORD, we have waited for You;
      The desire of our soul is for Your name
      And for the remembrance of You.
       9 With my soul I have desired You in the night,
      Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early;
      For when Your judgments are in the earth,
      The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
       10 Let grace be shown to the wicked,
      Yet he will not learn righteousness;
      In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly,
      And will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
       11 LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see.
      But they will see and be ashamed
      For their envy of people;
      Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.
       12 LORD, You will establish peace for us,
      For You have also done all our works in us.
       13 O LORD our God, masters besides You
      Have had dominion over us;
      But by You only we make mention of Your name.
       14 They are dead, they will not live;
      They are deceased, they will not rise.
      Therefore You have punished and destroyed them,
      And made all their memory to perish.
       15 You have increased the nation, O LORD,
      You have increased the nation;
      You are glorified;
      You have expanded all the borders of the land.
       16 LORD, in trouble they have visited You,
      They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.
       17 As a woman with child
      Is in pain and cries out in her pangs,
      When she draws near the time of her delivery,
      So have we been in Your sight, O LORD.
       18 We have been with child, we have been in pain;
      We have, as it were, brought forth wind;
      We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth,
      Nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
       19 Your dead shall live;
      Together with my dead body[b] they shall arise.
      Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust;
      For your dew is like the dew of herbs,
      And the earth shall cast out the dead.

Footnotes:Isaiah 26:4 Or Rock of Ages Isaiah 26:19 Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; Syriac and Targum read their dead bodies; Septuagint reads those in the tombs.

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 91

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
         Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
         My God, in Him I will trust.”
 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
         And from the perilous pestilence.
 4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
         And under His wings you shall take refuge;
         His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
         Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
         Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
 7 A thousand may fall at your side,
         And ten thousand at your right hand;
         But it shall not come near you.
 8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
         And see the reward of the wicked.
 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
         Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 10 No evil shall befall you,
         Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
         To keep you in all your ways.
 12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
         Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
         The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
         I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
         I will be with him in trouble;
         I will deliver him and honor him.
 16 With long life I will satisfy him,
         And show him My salvation.”

Footnotes:Psalm 91:3 That is, one who catches birds in a trap or snare

Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-24

 1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God![a] Therefore the world does not know us,[b] because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Sin and the Child of God
    4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
The Imperative of Love
    10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother[c] abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
The Outworking of Love
    16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know[d] that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us[e] commandment.
The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error
    24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

Footnotes:1 John 3:1 NU-Text adds And we are. 1 John 3:1 M-Text reads you. 1 John 3:14 NU-Text omits his brother. 1 John 3:19 NU-Text reads we shall know. 1 John 3:23 M-Text omits us.


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