January 2nd, 2019

Christmastide IX / J. K. Wilhelm Loehe, Pastor


First Reading: Is. 62:1-12


Zion's Glory and New Name

    1For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
         And for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet,
         Until her (A)righteousness goes forth like brightness,
         And her (B)salvation like a torch that is burning.
    2The (C)nations will see your righteousness,
         And all kings your glory;
         And you will be called by a new (D)name
         Which the mouth of the LORD will designate.
    3You will also be a (E)crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
         And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
    4It will no longer be said to you, "(F)Forsaken,"
         Nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate";
         But you will be called, "My delight is in her,"
         And your land, "(G)Married";
         For the (H)LORD delights in you,
         And to Him your land will be married.
    5For as a young man marries a virgin,
         So your sons will marry you;
         And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
         So your (I)God will rejoice over you.
    6On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed (J)watchmen;
         All day and all night they will never keep silent
         You who (K)remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;
    7And (L)give Him no rest until He establishes
         And makes (M)Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
    8(N)The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm,
         "I will (O)never again give your grain as food for your enemies;
         Nor will foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored."
    9But those who (P)garner it will eat it and praise the LORD;
         And those who gather it will drink it in the courts of My sanctuary.
    10Go through, (Q)go through the gates,
         Clear the way for the people;
         (R)Build up, build up the (S)highway,
         Remove the stones, lift up a (T)standard over the peoples.
    11Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the (U)end of the earth,
         (V)Say to the daughter of Zion, "Lo, your (W)salvation comes;
         (X)Behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him."
    12And they will call them, "(Y)The holy people,
         The (Z)redeemed of the LORD";
         And you will be called, "Sought out, a city (AA)not forsaken."

Cross references:Isaiah 62:1 : Is 1:26; 58:8; 61:11 Isaiah 62:1 : Is 46:13; 52:10 Isaiah 62:2 : Is 60:3 Isaiah 62:2 : Is 56:5; 62:4, 12; 65:15 Isaiah 62:3 : Is 28:5; Zech 9:16; 1 Thess 2:19 Isaiah 62:4 : Is 54:6, 7; 60:15, 18 Isaiah 62:4 : Hos 2:19, 20 Isaiah 62:4 : Jer 32:41; Zeph 3:17 Isaiah 62:5 : Is 65:19 Isaiah 62:6 : Is 52:8; Jer 6:17; Ezek 3:17; 33:7 Isaiah 62:6 : Ps 74:2; Jer 14:21; Lam 5:1, 20 Isaiah 62:7 : Luke 18:1-8 Isaiah 62:7 : Is 60:18; Jer 33:9; Zeph 3:19, 20 Isaiah 62:8 : Is 45:23; 54:9 Isaiah 62:8 : Lev 26:16; Deut 28:31, 33; Judg 6:3-6; Is 1:7; Jer 5:17 Isaiah 62:9 : Is 65:13, 21-23 Isaiah 62:10 : Is 26:1; 60:11, 18 Isaiah 62:10 : Is 57:14 Isaiah 62:10 : Is 11:16; 19:23; 35:8; 49:11 Isaiah 62:10 : Is 11:10, 12; 49:22 Isaiah 62:11 : Is 42:10; 49:6 Isaiah 62:11 : Matt 21:5; Zech 9:9 Isaiah 62:11 : Is 51:5 Isaiah 62:11 : Is 40:10; Rev 22:12 Isaiah 62:12 : Deut 7:6; Is 4:3; 1 Pet 2:9 Isaiah 62:12 : Is 35:9; 51:10 Isaiah 62:12 : Is 41:17; 42:16; 62:4


Second Reading: Luke 2:1-20


Jesus' Birth in Bethlehem

 1Now in those days a decree went out from (A)Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of (B)all [a]the inhabited earth.

 2This was the first census taken while [b]Quirinius was governor of (C)Syria.

 3And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

 4Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because (D)he was of the house and family of David,

 5in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.

 6While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.

 7And she (E)gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

 8In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.

 9And (F)an angel of the Lord suddenly (G)stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

 10But the angel said to them, "(H)Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

 11for today in the city of David there has been born for you a (I)Savior, who is [c](J)Christ (K)the Lord.

 12"(L)This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

 13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
    14"(M)Glory to God in the highest,
         And on earth peace among men [d](N)with whom He is pleased."

 15When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."

 16So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.

 17When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.

 18And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.

 19But Mary (O)treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

 20The shepherds went back, (P)glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

Footnotes:Luke 2:1 I.e. the Roman empire Luke 2:2 Gr Kyrenios Luke 2:11 I e Messiah Luke 2:14 Lit of good pleasure; or of good will
Cross references:Luke 2:1 : Matt 22:17; Luke 3:1 Luke 2:1 : Matt 24:14 Luke 2:2 : Matt 4:24 Luke 2:4 : Luke 1:27 Luke 2:7 : Matt 1:25 Luke 2:9 : Luke 1:11; Acts 5:19 Luke 2:9 : Luke 24:4; Acts 12:7 Luke 2:10 : Matt 14:27 Luke 2:11 : Matt 1:21; John 4:42; Acts 5:31 Luke 2:11 : Matt 1:16; 16:16, 20; John 11:27 Luke 2:11 : Luke 1:43; Acts 2:36; 10:36 Luke 2:12 : 1 Sam 2:34; 2 Kin 19:29; 20:8; Is 7:11, 14 Luke 2:14 : Matt 21:9; Luke 19:38 Luke 2:14 : Luke 3:22; Eph 1:9; Phil 2:13 Luke 2:19 : Luke 2:51 Luke 2:20 : Matt 9:8


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