February 2nd, 2019

The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of our Lord


Collect (LSB)

Almighty and ever-living God, as Your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in the substance of our flesh, grant that we may be presented to You with pure and clean hearts; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): 1 Sam. 1:21-28


Samuel Given to the LORD

 21The man Elkanah and all his house(A) went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow. 22But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the LORD(B) and dwell there forever." 23(C) Elkanah her husband said to her, "Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him;(D) only, may the LORD establish his word." So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him. 24And when she had weaned him,(E) she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull,[a] an ephah[b] of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to(F) the house of the LORD at Shiloh. And the child was young. 25Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. 26And she said, "Oh, my lord!(G) As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD. 27For this child I prayed,(H) and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. 28Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD."

   

   (I) And he worshiped the LORD there.

Footnotes:1 Samuel 1:24 Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew three bulls 1 Samuel 1:24 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters
Cross references:1 Samuel 1:21 : 1 Samuel 1:3 1 Samuel 1:22 : 1 Samuel 1:11, 28; 1 Samuel 2:11, 18; 3:1 1 Samuel 1:23 : Num 30:7 1 Samuel 1:23 : 2 Sam 7:25 1 Samuel 1:24 : Deut 12:5, 6, 11 1 Samuel 1:24 : 1 Samuel 1:3, 9; Josh 18:1 1 Samuel 1:26 : 1 Samuel 17:55; 20:3; 2 Sam 11:11; 2 Kgs 2:2, 4, 6; 4:30 1 Samuel 1:27 : 1 Samuel 1:17; Psalm 6:9 1 Samuel 1:28 : Gen 24:26, 52


Epistle: Mal. 3:1-4


 1(A) "Behold, I send(B) my messenger, and(C) he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord(D) whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and(E) the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2But(F) who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For(G) he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3He will sit(H) as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring(I) offerings in righteousness to the LORD.[a] 4(J) Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.

Footnotes:Malachi 3:3 Or and they will belong to the LORD, bringers of an offering in righteousness
Cross references:Malachi 3:1 : Cited Matt 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27; Malachi 4:5; Luke 1:76 Malachi 3:1 : Malachi 2:7 Malachi 3:1 : Isa 40:3 Malachi 3:1 : Malachi 2:17 Malachi 3:1 : Malachi 4:5 Malachi 3:2 : Joel 2:11 Malachi 3:2 : Isa 4:4 Malachi 3:3 : Isa 1:25; Zech 13:9 Malachi 3:3 : Malachi 1:7 Malachi 3:4 : Ezek 20:40


Gospel: Luke 2:22-32


Jesus Presented at the Temple

 22And(A) when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem(B) to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in(C) the Law of the Lord,(D) "Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in(E) the Law of the Lord,(F) "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was(G) righteous and(H) devout,(I) waiting for(J) the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not(K) see death before he had seen(L) the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when(M) the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and(N) blessed God and said,
 29"Lord, now you are letting your servant[a] depart(O) in peace,
   (P) according to your word; 30for(Q) my eyes have seen your(R) salvation
 31(S) that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32(T) a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
   and(U) for glory to(V) your people Israel."

Footnotes:Luke 2:29 Greek bondservant
Cross references:Luke 2:22 : Lev 12; Luke 2:21, 27; Gal 4:4 Luke 2:22 : 1 Sam 1:22, 24 Luke 2:23 : Luke 2:39; Exodus 13:9; 2 Chr 31:3 Luke 2:23 : Exodus 13:2, 12 Luke 2:24 : Luke 2:23 Luke 2:24 : Lev 12:8 Luke 2:25 : Luke 1:6 Luke 2:25 : Acts 2:5; 8:2; 22:12 Luke 2:25 : Luke 2:38; Luke 23:51; Isa 25:9; Mark 15:43; Gen 49:18 Luke 2:25 : Isa 40:1; 57:18 Luke 2:26 : Psalm 89:48; John 8:51; Heb 11:5; Acts 2:27 Luke 2:26 : Luke 9:20; 23:35; 1 Sam 24:6 Luke 2:27 : Luke 2:33, 41, 43, 48-51 Luke 2:28 : Luke 1:64 Luke 2:29 : Gen 15:15 Luke 2:29 : Luke 2:26 Luke 2:30 : Isa 52:10 Luke 2:30 : Luke 3:6 Luke 2:31 : Psalm 98:2; Luke 24:47 Luke 2:32 : Isa 42:6; 49:6; 52:10; 60:3; John 8:12; Acts 13:47; 26:23 Luke 2:32 : Isa 45:25; 46:13 Luke 2:32 : Luke 2:10


First Reading: Zech. 12:1-13:9


The LORD Will Give Salvation

 1(A) The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus declares the LORD,(B) who stretched out the heavens and(C) founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: 2"Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem(D) a cup of staggering to(E) all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem(F) will also be against Judah. 3(G) On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples.(H) All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And(I) all the nations of the earth will gather against it. 4(J) On that day, declares the LORD,(K) I will strike every horse(L) with panic, and its rider with madness. But for the sake of the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God.'

 6(M) "On that day I will make the clans of Judah(N) like a blazing pot in the midst of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves. And(O) they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while(P) Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.

 7"And the LORD will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah. 8(Q) On that day(R) the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that(S) the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God,(T) like the angel of the LORD, going before them. 9(U) And on that day(V) I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Him Whom They Have Pierced

 10"And(W) I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and(X) pleas for mercy, so that,(Y) when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced,(Z) they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. 11(AA) On that day(AB) the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great(AC) as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12The land shall mourn,(AD) each family[a] by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of(AE) Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of(AF) the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves.

 1(AG) "On that day there shall be(AH) a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Idolatry Cut Off

 2"And(AI) on that day, declares the LORD of hosts,(AJ) I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that(AK) they shall be remembered no more. And also(AL) I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness. 3And if anyone again prophesies, his father and mother who bore him will say to him,(AM) 'You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD.' And his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies.

 4"On that day(AN) every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies. He will not put on a hairy cloak in order to deceive, 5but he will say,(AO) 'I am no prophet, I am a worker of the soil, for a man sold me in my youth.'[b] 6And if one asks him, 'What are these wounds on your back?'[c] he will say, 'The wounds I received in the house of my friends.'

The Shepherd Struck

 7"Awake, O sword, against(AP) my shepherd,
   against the man who stands next to me,"
         declares the LORD of hosts.

   

   (AQ) "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;
   I will turn my hand against the little ones. 8In the whole land, declares the LORD,
   two thirds shall be cut off and perish,
   (AR) and one third shall be left alive. 9And(AS) I will put this third into the fire,
   and refine them as one refines silver,
   and test them as gold is tested.(AT) They will call upon my name,
   and(AU) I will answer them.(AV) I will say, 'They are my people';
   and they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"

Footnotes:Zechariah 12:12 Or clan; also verses 13, 14 Zechariah 13:5 Or for the land has been my possession since my youth Zechariah 13:6 Or on your chest; Hebrew wounds between your hands
Cross references:Zechariah 12:1 : Nah 1:1 Zechariah 12:1 : Isa 42:5 Zechariah 12:1 : Isa 48:13 Zechariah 12:2 : Isa 51:17, 22, 23 Zechariah 12:2 : Zechariah 14:2 Zechariah 12:2 : Zechariah 14:14 Zechariah 12:3 : Zechariah 13:1, 2, 4; 14:4, 6, 8; Isa 2:11 Zechariah 12:3 : Matt 21:44; Luke 20:18 Zechariah 12:3 : Zechariah 12:2 Zechariah 12:4 : Zechariah 12:3 Zechariah 12:4 : Psalm 76:6 Zechariah 12:4 : Deut 28:28 Zechariah 12:6 : Zechariah 12:3 Zechariah 12:6 : Jer 5:14; Obad 18 Zechariah 12:6 : Zechariah 9:15 Zechariah 12:6 : Zechariah 2:4; 14:10, 11 Zechariah 12:8 : Zechariah 12:3 Zechariah 12:8 : Zechariah 9:15 Zechariah 12:8 : Isa 60:22 Zechariah 12:8 : 1 Sam 29:9; 2 Sam 14:17, 20; 19:27 Zechariah 12:9 : Zechariah 12:3 Zechariah 12:9 : Zechariah 14:3 Zechariah 12:10 : Jer 31:9 Zechariah 12:10 : Cited John 19:37; Rev 1:7 Zechariah 12:10 : Jer 50:4 Zechariah 12:10 : Jer 6:26; Amos 8:10 Zechariah 12:11 : Zechariah 12:3 Zechariah 12:11 : Acts 2:37 Zechariah 12:11 : 2 Chr 35:24 Zechariah 12:12 : Zechariah 7:3 Zechariah 12:12 : 2 Sam 5:14; Luke 3:31 Zechariah 12:13 : Num 3:18 Zechariah 13:1 : Zechariah 12:3 Zechariah 13:1 : Ezek 36:25 Zechariah 13:2 : Zechariah 13:1 Zechariah 13:2 : Mic 5:13; Jer 10:11; Ezek 30:13 Zechariah 13:2 : Exodus 23:13 Zechariah 13:2 : Zechariah 10:2 Zechariah 13:3 : Deut 13:1-11 Zechariah 13:4 : Mic 3:7 Zechariah 13:5 : Amos 7:14 Zechariah 13:7 : Isa 40:11; Heb 13:20 Zechariah 13:7 : Matt 26:31; Mark 14:27 Zechariah 13:8 : Zechariah 14:2 Zechariah 13:9 : Psalm 66:10, 12; Isa 48:10; Mal 3:2, 3; 1 Pet 1:7 Zechariah 13:9 : Psalm 50:15 Zechariah 13:9 : Zechariah 10:6 Zechariah 13:9 : Zechariah 8:8; Ezek 11:20


Second Reading: Titus 1:1-2:6


Greeting

 1Paul, a servant[a] of God and(A) an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and(B) their knowledge of the truth,(C) which accords with godliness, 2(D) in hope of eternal life, which God,(E) who never lies,(F) promised(G) before the ages began[b] 3and(H) at the proper time manifested in his word(I) through the preaching(J) with which I have been entrusted(K) by the command of God our Savior;

 4To Titus,(L) my true child in(M) a common faith:

   

   (N) Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications for Elders

 5(O) This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and(P) appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6(Q) if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,[c] and his children are believers and not open to the charge of(R) debauchery or insubordination. 7For an overseer,[d](S) as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not(T) be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent(U) or greedy for gain, 8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy,(V) and disciplined. 9He must(W) hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in(X) sound[e] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

 10For there are many who are insubordinate,(Y) empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of(Z) the circumcision party. 11They must be silenced, since(AA) they are upsetting whole families by teaching(AB) for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12(AC) One of the Cretans,[f] a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."[g] 13This testimony is true. Therefore(AD) rebuke them(AE) sharply, that they(AF) may be sound in the faith, 14(AG) not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and(AH) the commands of people(AI) who turn away from the truth. 15(AJ) To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and(AK) unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both(AL) their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16(AM) They profess to know God, but they(AN) deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient,(AO) unfit for any good work.

Teach Sound Doctrine

 1But as for you, teach what accords with(AP) sound[h] doctrine. 2Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled,(AQ) sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3(AR) Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior,(AS) not slanderers(AT) or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled,(AU) pure,(AV) working at home, kind, and(AW) submissive to their own husbands,(AX) that the word of God may not be reviled. 6Likewise, urge(AY) the younger men to be self-controlled.

Footnotes:Titus 1:1 Or slave; Greek bondservant Titus 1:2 Greek before times eternal Titus 1:6 Or a man of one woman Titus 1:7 Or bishop; Greek episkopos Titus 1:9 Or healthy; also verse 13 Titus 1:12 Greek One of them Titus 1:12 Probably from Epimenides of Crete Titus 2:1 Or healthy; also verses 2, 8
Cross references:Titus 1:1 : 2 Cor 1:1 Titus 1:1 : 1 Tim 2:4 Titus 1:1 : 1 Tim 6:3 Titus 1:2 : 2 Tim 1:1; Heb 9:15; Titus 2:13; 3:7 Titus 1:2 : Num 23:19; 2 Tim 2:13; Heb 6:18 Titus 1:2 : Rom 1:2 Titus 1:2 : 2 Tim 1:9 Titus 1:3 : 1 Tim 2:6 Titus 1:3 : Rom 10:14 Titus 1:3 : 1 Tim 1:11 Titus 1:3 : 1 Tim 1:1 Titus 1:4 : 3 John 4 Titus 1:4 : Jude 3; 2 Pet 1:1 Titus 1:4 : 1 Tim 1:2 Titus 1:5 : 1 Tim 1:3 Titus 1:5 : Acts 14:23; 2 Tim 2:2 Titus 1:6 : For Titus 1:6-8, 1 Tim 3:2-4 Titus 1:6 : Eph 5:18 Titus 1:7 : Luke 12:42; 1 Cor 4:1; 1 Pet 4:10 Titus 1:7 : 2 Pet 2:10 Titus 1:7 : 1 Tim 3:8; 1 Pet 5:2 Titus 1:8 : 1 Cor 9:25 Titus 1:9 : 2 Thess 2:13, 15; 1 Tim 1:15; 2 Tim 1:13 Titus 1:9 : 1 Tim 1:10 Titus 1:10 : 1 Tim 1:6 Titus 1:10 : Acts 11:2 Titus 1:11 : 2 Tim 3:6 Titus 1:11 : 1 Tim 6:5; 2 Pet 2:3 Titus 1:12 : Acts 17:28 Titus 1:13 : Titus 2:15; 1 Tim 5:20 Titus 1:13 : 2 Cor 13:10 Titus 1:13 : Titus 2:1, 2 Titus 1:14 : 1 Tim 1:4 Titus 1:14 : Col 2:22 Titus 1:14 : 1 Tim 6:20 Titus 1:15 : Luke 11:41; 1 Tim 4:3; Acts 10:15 Titus 1:15 : Rom 14:23 Titus 1:15 : 1 Tim 6:5 Titus 1:16 : 1 John 2:4 Titus 1:16 : 1 Tim 5:8 Titus 1:16 : 2 Tim 3:8 Titus 2:1 : 1 Tim 1:10 Titus 2:2 : Titus 2:1 Titus 2:3 : 1 Tim 2:9 Titus 2:3 : 1 Tim 3:11 Titus 2:3 : 1 Tim 3:8; 5:23 Titus 2:5 : 1 Pet 3:2 Titus 2:5 : 1 Tim 5:14 Titus 2:5 : Gen 3:16 Titus 2:5 : 1 Tim 6:1 Titus 2:6 : 1 Tim 5:1


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