December 15th, 2018

Saturday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)

First Reading: Is. 30:27-31:9

Judgment on Assyria

    27 Behold, the name of the LORD comes from afar,
      Burning with His anger,
      And His burden is heavy;
      His lips are full of indignation,
      And His tongue like a devouring fire.
       28 His breath is like an overflowing stream,
      Which reaches up to the neck,
      To sift the nations with the sieve of futility;
      And there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people,
      Causing them to err.
       29 You shall have a song
      As in the night when a holy festival is kept,
      And gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute,
      To come into the mountain of the LORD,
      To the Mighty One of Israel.
       30 The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard,
      And show the descent of His arm,
      With the indignation of His anger
      And the flame of a devouring fire,
      With scattering, tempest, and hailstones.
       31 For through the voice of the LORD
      Assyria will be beaten down,
      As He strikes with the rod.
       32 And in every place where the staff of punishment passes,
      Which the LORD lays on him,
      It will be with tambourines and harps;
      And in battles of brandishing He will fight with it.
       33 For Tophet was established of old,
      Yes, for the king it is prepared.
      He has made it deep and large;
      Its pyre is fire with much wood;
      The breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone,
      Kindles it.

The Folly of Not Trusting God

 1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
      And rely on horses,
      Who trust in chariots because they are many,
      And in horsemen because they are very strong,
      But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
      Nor seek the LORD!
       2 Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster,
      And will not call back His words,
      But will arise against the house of evildoers,
      And against the help of those who work iniquity.
       3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God;
      And their horses are flesh, and not spirit.
      When the LORD stretches out His hand,
      Both he who helps will fall,
      And he who is helped will fall down;
      They all will perish together.

God Will Deliver Jerusalem

    4 For thus the LORD has spoken to me:
      “ As a lion roars,
      And a young lion over his prey
      (When a multitude of shepherds is summoned against him,
      He will not be afraid of their voice
      Nor be disturbed by their noise),
      So the LORD of hosts will come down
      To fight for Mount Zion and for its hill.
       5 Like birds flying about,
      So will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem.
      Defending, He will also deliver it;
      Passing over, He will preserve it.” 6 Return to Him against whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. 7 For in that day every man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold—sin, which your own hands have made for yourselves.
       8 “ Then Assyria shall fall by a sword not of man,
      And a sword not of mankind shall devour him.
      But he shall flee from the sword,
      And his young men shall become forced labor.
       9 He shall cross over to his stronghold for fear,
      And his princes shall be afraid of the banner,”
      Says the LORD,
      Whose fire is in Zion
      And whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

Second Reading: Rev. 3:1-22

The Dead Church

 1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.[a] 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4 You[b] have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

The Faithful Church

    7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:[c] 8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it;[d] for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold,[e] I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. 13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

The Lukewarm Church

    14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans[f] write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[g] I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

Footnotes:Revelation 3:2 NU-Text and M-Text read My God. Revelation 3:4 NU-Text and M-Text read Nevertheless you have a few names in Sardis. Revelation 3:7 Isaiah 22:22 Revelation 3:8 NU-Text and M-Text read which no one can shut. Revelation 3:11 NU-Text and M-Text omit Behold. Revelation 3:14 NU-Text and M-Text read in Laodicea. Revelation 3:16 NU-Text and M-Text read hot nor cold.


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