December 11th, 2018

Tuesday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)

First Reading: Is. 28:14-29

14 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men,
      Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,
       15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,
      And with Sheol we are in agreement.
      When the overflowing scourge passes through,
      It will not come to us,
      For we have made lies our refuge,
      And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”

A Cornerstone in Zion
    16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
      “ Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
      A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
      Whoever believes will not act hastily.
       17 Also I will make justice the measuring line,
      And righteousness the plummet;
      The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
      And the waters will overflow the hiding place.
       18 Your covenant with death will be annulled,
      And your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
      When the overflowing scourge passes through,
      Then you will be trampled down by it.
       19 As often as it goes out it will take you;
      For morning by morning it will pass over,
      And by day and by night;
      It will be a terror just to understand the report.”
       20 For the bed is too short to stretch out on,
      And the covering so narrow that one cannot wrap himself in it.
       21 For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim,
      He will be angry as in the Valley of Gibeon—
      That He may do His work, His awesome work,
      And bring to pass His act, His unusual act.
       22 Now therefore, do not be mockers,
      Lest your bonds be made strong;
      For I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts,
      A destruction determined even upon the whole earth.
Listen to the Teaching of God
    23 Give ear and hear my voice,
      Listen and hear my speech.
       24 Does the plowman keep plowing all day to sow?
      Does he keep turning his soil and breaking the clods?
       25 When he has leveled its surface,
      Does he not sow the black cummin
      And scatter the cummin,
      Plant the wheat in rows,
      The barley in the appointed place,
      And the spelt in its place?
       26 For He instructs him in right judgment,
      His God teaches him.
       27 For the black cummin is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
      Nor is a cartwheel rolled over the cummin;
      But the black cummin is beaten out with a stick,
      And the cummin with a rod.
       28 Bread flour must be ground;
      Therefore he does not thresh it forever,
      Break it with his cartwheel,
      Or crush it with his horsemen.
       29 This also comes from the LORD of hosts,
      Whois wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.

Second Reading: 1 John 5:1-21

 1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our[a] faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

The Certainty of God’s Witness
    6 This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth:[b] the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which[c] He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,[d] and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Confidence and Compassion in Prayer
    14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.
Knowing the True—Rejecting the False
    18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself,[e] and the wicked one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Footnotes:1 John 5:4 M-Text reads your. 1 John 5:8 NU-Text and M-Text omit the words from in heaven (verse 7) through on earth (verse 8). Only four or five very late manuscripts contain these words in Greek. 1 John 5:9 NU-Text reads God, that. 1 John 5:13 NU-Text omits the rest of this verse. 1 John 5:18 NU-Text reads him.


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