January 13th, 2019

The Baptism of Our Lord

Explanation of the Week

In the days of Solomon, the Lord dwelt among His people in the temple. The glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord in the form of a cloud. (1 Ki 8:6-13) Now He who is the glory of the Lord in the flesh, Jesus, enters the temple to show that He is Himself the everlasting temple and dwelling place of God. (Lk 2:41-52) Our young Lord, true man, subject to His mother Mary and Joseph, reveals Himself also to be true God, whose father is not Joseph but the Almighty Father in heaven. Jesus does this at the time of the Passover. For He came to be the sacrificial Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Even as He was found after three days, so He would later rise from the dead on the third day that the favor of God might rest also upon us. It is by these mercies of God that we present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God through Christ. (Rom 12:1-5)


I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and | lifted up,*
     And the train of His robe filled the | temple.
And I heard the voice of a great multitude, | saying,*
     "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omni- | potent reigns! (Isaiah 6:1, Revelation 19:6)

Make a joyful shout to the LORD, | all you lands!*
     Serve the LORD with | gladness;
Know that the LORD, | He is God;*
     it is He who has made us, and not | we ourselves;
enter into His gates with thanks- | giving,*
     and into His | courts with praise.
For the LORD is good; His mercy is ever- | lasting,*
     and His truth endures to all gener- | ations. (Psalm 100:1-5)

Collect (LSB)

Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You pro claimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

O Lord, we beseech Thee mercifully to receive the prayers of Thy people who call upon Thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through 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

Vota nostra Domine supplicantis populi tui coelesti pietate prosequere, ut ea quae agenda sunt, videant, et ad implenda quae viderint convalescant. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 42:1-7

The LORD’s Chosen Servant

 1(A) Behold(B) my servant, whom I uphold,
   my chosen,(C) in whom my soul delights;(D) I have put my Spirit upon him;
   (E) he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
   or make it heard in the street; 3(F) a bruised reed he will not break,
   and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
   (G) he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4He will not grow faint or be discouraged[a]
   till he has established justice in the earth;
   and(H) the coastlands wait for his law.

 5Thus says God, the LORD,
   who created the heavens(I) and stretched them out,
   who spread out the earth and what comes from it,(J) who gives breath to the people on it
   and spirit to those who walk in it: 6"I am the LORD;(K) I have called you in righteousness;
   I will take you by the hand and keep you;I will give you(L) as a covenant for the people,
   (M) a light for the nations,
 7(N) to open the eyes that are blind,to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
   (O) from the prison those who sit in darkness.

Footnotes:Isaiah 42:4 Or bruised
Cross references:Isaiah 42:1 : Cited Matt 12:18-20 Isaiah 42:1 : Isaiah 41:8; 43:10; 52:13; 53:11; Isaiah 42:19; Ezek 34:24; Zech 3:8; Acts 3:26; 4:27; Phil 2:7 Isaiah 42:1 : Matt 3:17 Isaiah 42:1 : Isaiah 11:2; 61:1 Isaiah 42:1 : Isaiah 2:4 Isaiah 42:3 : Isaiah 57:15 Isaiah 42:3 : Psalm 9:8 Isaiah 42:4 : Isaiah 60:9; Gen 10:5; Isaiah 2:3; Matt 12:21 Isaiah 42:5 : Isaiah 44:24; 45:12 Isaiah 42:5 : Acts 17:25 Isaiah 42:6 : Isaiah 41:9 Isaiah 42:6 : Isaiah 49:6, 8 Isaiah 42:6 : Luke 2:32 Isaiah 42:7 : Isaiah 35:5; 49:9; 61:1; Heb 2:14, 15 Isaiah 42:7 : Luke 1:79

Old Testament: Isaiah 61:1-3

The Year of the LORD’s Favor

 1(A) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
   because the LORD has(B) anointed meto bring good news to the poor;[a]
   he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives,
   and(C) the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b] 2(D) to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
   (E) and the day of vengeance of our God;
   to comfort all who mourn; 3to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
   (F) to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,(G) the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
   the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;(H) that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
   the planting of the LORD,(I) that he may be glorified.[c]

Footnotes:Isaiah 61:1 Or afflicted Isaiah 61:1 Or the opening [of the eyes] to those who are blind; Septuagint and recovery of sight to the blind Isaiah 61:3 Or that he may display his beauty
Cross references:Isaiah 61:1 : Isaiah 11:2; 42:1; 48:16; Cited Luke 4:18, 19 Isaiah 61:1 : Psalm 45:7 Isaiah 61:1 : Isaiah 45:13; Psalm 146:7 Isaiah 61:2 : Lev 25:10 Isaiah 61:2 : Isaiah 34:8 Isaiah 61:3 : Isaiah 61:10; Isaiah 28:5 Isaiah 61:3 : Psalm 45:7; Heb 1:9 Isaiah 61:3 : Isaiah 60:21 Isaiah 61:3 : John 15:8


Blessed be the LORD God, the God of | Israel,*
     who only does | wondrous things!
And blessed be His glorious name for- | ever!*
     And let the whole earth be filled with His | glory. (Psalm 72:18–19)

Epistle: 1 Cor. 1:26-31

 26For consider your calling, brothers:(A) not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,[a] not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But(B) God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise;(C) God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even(D) things that are not, to(E) bring to nothing things that are, 29so(F) that no human being[b] might boast in the presence of God. 30And because of him[c] you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us(G) wisdom from God,(H) righteousness and(I) sanctification and(J) redemption, 31so that, as it is written,(K) "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

Footnotes:1 Corinthians 1:26 Greek according to the flesh 1 Corinthians 1:29 Greek no flesh 1 Corinthians 1:30 Greek And from him
Cross references:1 Corinthians 1:26 : 1 Corinthians 2:8; John 7:48; 1 Corinthians 1:20; Matt 11:25 1 Corinthians 1:27 : James 2:5 1 Corinthians 1:27 : Psalm 8:2 1 Corinthians 1:28 : Rom 4:17 1 Corinthians 1:28 : 1 Corinthians 2:6; Job 34:19, 24 1 Corinthians 1:29 : Eph 2:9; Judg 7:2 1 Corinthians 1:30 : 1 Corinthians 1:24 1 Corinthians 1:30 : Jer 23:5, 6; 33:16; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 3:9 1 Corinthians 1:30 : 1 Corinthians 1:2 1 Corinthians 1:30 : Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; Rom 3:24 1 Corinthians 1:31 : 2 Cor 10:17; Jer 9:23, 24


Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
Teach me to | do Your will,*
     for You | are my God;
Your Spir- | it is good.*
     Lead me in the land of uprightness. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 143:10 )

Gospel: Matt. 3:13-17

The Baptism of Jesus

 13(A) Then Jesus came(B) from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14(C) John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" 15But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. 16And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold,(D) the heavens were opened to him,[a] and he(E) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17and behold,(F) a voice from heaven said,(G) "This is my beloved Son,[b] with whom I am well pleased."

Footnotes:Matthew 3:16 Some manuscripts omit to him Matthew 3:17 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved
Cross references:Matthew 3:13 : For Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21, 22; John 1:32-34 Matthew 3:13 : Matthew 2:22 Matthew 3:14 : John 13:6 Matthew 3:16 : Acts 7:56 Matthew 3:16 : John 1:32, 33; Luke 4:18, 21; Acts 10:38 Matthew 3:17 : John 12:28 Matthew 3:17 : Matthew 17:5; 2 Pet 1:17; Psalm 2:7; Isa 42:1; Eph 1:6; Col 1:13; 1 John 5:9


Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God. (Psalm 100)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 13

How Long, O LORD?

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

 1(A) How long, O LORD? Will you(B) forget me forever?
   How long will you(C) hide your face from me? 2How long must I take(D) counsel in my soul
   and have sorrow in my heart all the day?How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

 3(E) Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
   (F) light up my eyes, lest(G) I sleep the sleep of death, 4(H) lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him,"
   lest my foes rejoice because I am(I) shaken.

 5But I have(J) trusted in your steadfast love;
   my heart shall(K) rejoice in your salvation. 6I will sing to the LORD,
   because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Cross references:Psalm 13:1 : Psalm 79:5; 89:46; Rev 6:10 Psalm 13:1 : Psalm 10:12; 44:24; 74:19, 23; Lam 5:20 Psalm 13:1 : Job 13:24 Psalm 13:2 : Psalm 77:6 Psalm 13:3 : Psalm 5:1; 119:153 Psalm 13:3 : Psalm 19:8; Ezra 9:8; Prov 29:13; Eph 1:18; 1 Sam 14:27 Psalm 13:3 : Jer 51:39 Psalm 13:4 : Deut 32:27 Psalm 13:4 : Psalm 10:6 Psalm 13:5 : Psalm 11:1 Psalm 13:5 : Psalm 9:14

First Reading: Ezek. 36:13-28

13Thus says the Lord GOD: Because they say to you,(A) 'You devour people, and you bereave your nation of children,' 14therefore you shall no longer devour people and no longer bereave your nation of children, declares the Lord GOD. 15And I will not let you hear anymore(B) the reproach of the nations, and you shall no longer bear the disgrace of the peoples and no longer cause your nation to stumble, declares the Lord GOD."

The LORD’s Concern for His Holy Name
 16The word of the LORD came to me: 17(C) "Son of man, when the house of Israel lived in their own land,(D) they defiled it by their ways and their deeds. Their ways before me were(E) like the uncleanness of a woman in her menstrual impurity. 18So(F) I poured out my wrath upon them(G) for the blood that they had shed in the land, for the idols(H) with which they had defiled it. 19(I) I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries.(J) In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. 20But when they came to the nations, wherever they came,(K) they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, 'These are the people of the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.' 21But I had concern(L) for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came.
I Will Put My Spirit Within You
 22"Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD:(M) It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name,(N) which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23(O) And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them.(P) And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. 24(Q) I will take you(R) from the nations and gather you from all the countries and(S) bring you into your own land. 25(T) I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from(U) all your uncleannesses, and(V) from all your idols(W) I will cleanse you. 26And I will give you(X) a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27(Y) And I will put my Spirit within you,(Z) and cause you to walk in my statutes and(AA) be careful to obey my rules.[a] 28(AB) You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and(AC) you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Footnotes:Ezekiel 36:27 Or my just decrees
Cross references:Ezekiel 36:13 : Num 13:32 Ezekiel 36:15 : Ezekiel 36:6 Ezekiel 36:17 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 36:17 : Lev 18:25 Ezekiel 36:17 : Lev 18:19 Ezekiel 36:18 : Ezekiel 7:8 Ezekiel 36:18 : Ezekiel 16:36; 22:3 Ezekiel 36:18 : Ezekiel 5:11 Ezekiel 36:19 : Ezekiel 5:10 Ezekiel 36:19 : Ezekiel 18:30 Ezekiel 36:20 : Isa 52:5; Ezekiel 22:26; Rom 2:24 Ezekiel 36:21 : Ezekiel 20:9; Isa 43:25; 48:11 Ezekiel 36:22 : Ezekiel 36:32; Deut 9:5 Ezekiel 36:22 : Ezekiel 36:20 Ezekiel 36:23 : Ezekiel 20:41 Ezekiel 36:23 : Ezekiel 30:19, 26; 38:23; 39:7, 21; Ezekiel 6:7 Ezekiel 36:24 : Ezekiel 11:17 Ezekiel 36:24 : Psalm 44:11 Ezekiel 36:24 : Ezekiel 37:12, 21 Ezekiel 36:25 : Isa 52:15; Heb 10:22 Ezekiel 36:25 : Isa 4:4; Ezekiel 36:17 Ezekiel 36:25 : Ezekiel 37:23 Ezekiel 36:25 : Jer 33:8 Ezekiel 36:26 : Ezekiel 11:19, 20 Ezekiel 36:27 : Ezekiel 37:14 Ezekiel 36:27 : Ezekiel 36:26 Ezekiel 36:27 : Ezekiel 37:24 Ezekiel 36:28 : Ezekiel 28:25 Ezekiel 36:28 : Ezekiel 11:20

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 86

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

(A) A Prayer of David.

 1(B) Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,
   for I am(C) poor and needy. 2Preserve my life, for I am(D) godly;
   save your servant, who(E) trusts in you—you are my God. 3(F) Be gracious to me, O Lord,
   for to you do I cry all the day. 4Gladden the soul of your servant,
   for(G) to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5For you, O Lord, are good and(H) forgiving,
   (I) abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. 6(J) Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
   listen to my plea for grace. 7In(K) the day of my trouble I call upon you,
   (L) for you answer me.

 8There is(M) none like you among the gods, O Lord,
   (N) nor are there any works like yours. 9(O) All the nations you have made shall come
   and worship before you, O Lord,
   and shall glorify your name. 10For(P) you are great and(Q) do wondrous things;
   (R) you alone are God. 11(S) Teach me your way, O LORD,
   that I may(T) walk in your truth;
   (U) unite my heart to fear your name. 12I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
   and I will glorify your name forever. 13(V) For great is your steadfast love toward me;
   you have(W) delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

 14O God, insolent men have(X) risen up against me;
   a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
   and they do not set you before them. 15But you, O Lord, are a God(Y) merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 16(Z) Turn to me and be gracious to me;
   give your strength to(AA) your servant,
   and save the son of your maidservant. 17(AB) Show me a sign of your(AC) favor,
   that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
   because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Cross references:Psalm 86:1 : Psalm 72:20 Psalm 86:1 : Psalm 31:2 Psalm 86:1 : Psalm 40:17 Psalm 86:2 : Psalm 50:5 Psalm 86:2 : Psalm 11:1 Psalm 86:3 : Psalms 42:16; Psalm 56:1; 57:1; Psalm 4:1 Psalm 86:4 : Psalm 25:1 Psalm 86:5 : Psalm 130:4 Psalm 86:5 : Psalms 42:15; Psalm 103:8; 145:8, 9; Exodus 34:6; Joel 2:13 Psalm 86:6 : Psalm 55:1, 2 Psalm 86:7 : Psalm 77:2 Psalm 86:7 : Psalm 17:6 Psalm 86:8 : Psalm 89:6; Exodus 15:11 Psalm 86:8 : Deut 3:24 Psalm 86:9 : Psalm 66:4; Psalm 22:31; 65:2; Isa 66:23; Zech 14:18; Rev 15:4 Psalm 86:10 : Psalm 77:13 Psalm 86:10 : Psalm 72:18 Psalm 86:10 : Deut 6:4; Isa 37:16; 44:6, 8; 1 Cor 8:4, 6 Psalm 86:11 : Psalm 25:4 Psalm 86:11 : Psalm 26:3 Psalm 86:11 : Jer 32:39 Psalm 86:13 : Psalms 42:5 Psalm 86:13 : Psalm 30:3; Psalm 88:6; Ezek 26:20 Psalm 86:14 : Psalm 54:3 Psalm 86:15 : Psalms 42:5; Psalm 111:4; 112:4; Num 14:18; Neh 9:17; Jonah 4:2; Psalm 62:12 Psalm 86:16 : Psalm 25:16 Psalm 86:16 : Psalm 116:16 Psalm 86:17 : Judg 6:17 Psalm 86:17 : Neh 5:19; 13:31

Second Reading: Rom. 4:1-25

Abraham Justified by Faith

 1What then shall we say was gained by[a] Abraham,(A) our forefather according to the flesh? 2For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but(B) not before God. 3For what does the Scripture say?(C) "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness." 4Now(D) to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5And to the one who does not work but(E) believes in[b] him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
 7(F) "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
   and whose sins are covered; 8blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not(G) count his sin."

 9Is this blessing then only for(H) the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised?(I) We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11(J) He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was(K) to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

The Promise Realized Through Faith

 13For(L) the promise to Abraham and his offspring(M) that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14(N) For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15For(O) the law brings wrath, but(P) where there is no law(Q) there is no transgression.

 16That is why it depends on faith,(R) in order that the promise may rest on grace and(S) be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham,(T) who is the father of us all, 17as it is written,(U) "I have made you the father of many nations"—in the presence of the God in whom he believed,(V) who gives life to the dead and calls into existence(W) the things that do not exist. 18In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told,(X) "So shall your offspring be." 19He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was(Y) as good as dead ((Z) since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered(AA) the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21fully convinced that(AB) God was able to do what he had promised. 22That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness." 23But(AC) the words "it was counted to him" were not written for his sake alone, 24but for ours also. It will be counted to us(AD) who believe in(AE) him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25(AF) who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised(AG) for our justification.

Footnotes:Romans 4:1 Some manuscripts say about Romans 4:5 Or but trusts; compare verse 24
Cross references:Romans 4:1 : Romans 4:16 Romans 4:2 : 1 Cor 1:31 Romans 4:3 : Romans 4:9, 22; Gal 3:6; James 2:23; Gen 15:6 (Gk); Titus 3:8 Romans 4:4 : Romans 11:6; Deut 9:4, 5 Romans 4:5 : Romans 3:22; John 6:29 Romans 4:7 : Psalm 32:1, 2 Romans 4:8 : 2 Cor 5:19 Romans 4:9 : Romans 3:30 Romans 4:9 : Romans 4:3 Romans 4:11 : Gen 17:10, 11 Romans 4:11 : Romans 4:12, 16; Romans 3:22; Luke 19:9 Romans 4:13 : Gal 3:16; Heb 6:15, 17; 7:6; 11:9, 17; Romans 9:8; Acts 13:32 Romans 4:13 : Gen 17:4-6 Romans 4:14 : Gal 3:17, 18 Romans 4:15 : Romans 7:7, 10-25; 2 Cor 3:7, 9; Gal 3:10 Romans 4:15 : Romans 3:20 Romans 4:15 : Gal 3:19 Romans 4:16 : Romans 3:24 Romans 4:16 : Gal 3:22; Romans 15:8 Romans 4:16 : Romans 9:8 Romans 4:17 : Gen 17:5; Romans 4:18 Romans 4:17 : Heb 11:19; John 5:21 Romans 4:17 : 1 Cor 1:28; Heb 11:3 Romans 4:18 : Gen 15:5 Romans 4:19 : Heb 11:12 Romans 4:19 : Gen 17:17 Romans 4:19 : Gen 18:11 Romans 4:21 : Gen 18:14; Heb 11:19 Romans 4:23 : Romans 15:4; 1 Cor 9:9, 10; 10:6, 11; 2 Tim 3:16, 17; Psalm 102:18 Romans 4:24 : Romans 10:9; 1 Pet 1:21 Romans 4:24 : Acts 2:24 Romans 4:25 : Romans 5:6, 8; 8:32; Isa 53:5, 6; Matt 20:28; Gal 1:4 Romans 4:25 : Romans 5:18; 1 Cor 15:17


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