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


 21Then the man Elkanah (A)went up with all his household to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice and pay his vow.

 22But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "I will not go up until the child is weaned; then I will (B)bring him, that he may appear before the LORD and (C)stay there forever."

 23(D)Elkanah her husband said to her, "Do what seems best to you Remain until you have weaned him; only (E)may the LORD confirm His word." So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him.

 24Now when she had weaned him, (F)she took him up with her, with a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour and a jug of wine, and brought him to (G)the house of the LORD in Shiloh, although the child was young.

 25Then (H)they slaughtered the bull, and (I)brought the boy to Eli.

 26She said, "Oh, my lord! (J)As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the LORD.

 27"(K)For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him.

 28"(L)So I have also [a]dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD " And (M)he worshiped the LORD there.

Footnotes:1 Samuel 1:28 Lit lent
Cross references:1 Samuel 1:21 : Deut 12:11; 1 Sam 1:3 1 Samuel 1:22 : Luke 2:22 1 Samuel 1:22 : 1 Sam 1:11, 28 1 Samuel 1:23 : Num 30:7, 10, 11 1 Samuel 1:23 : 1 Sam 1:17 1 Samuel 1:24 : Num 15:9, 10; Deut 12:5, 6 1 Samuel 1:24 : Josh 18:1; 1 Sam 4:3, 4 1 Samuel 1:25 : Lev 1:5 1 Samuel 1:25 : Luke 2:22 1 Samuel 1:26 : 2 Kin 2:2, 4, 6; 4:30 1 Samuel 1:27 : 1 Sam 1:11-13; Ps 6:9; 66:19, 20 1 Samuel 1:28 : 1 Sam 1:11, 22 1 Samuel 1:28 : Gen 24:26, 52


Epistle: Mal. 3:1-4


The Purifier

 1"(A)Behold, I am going to send (B)My messenger, and he will (C)clear the way before Me And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the (D)messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts.

 2"But who can (E)endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a (F)refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.

 3"He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will (G)purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may (H)present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.

 4"Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be (I)pleasing to the LORD as in the (J)days of old and as in former years.

Cross references:Malachi 3:1 : Matt 11:10, 14; Mark 1:2; Luke 1:76; 7:27 Malachi 3:1 : Hag 1:13; John 1:6, 7 Malachi 3:1 : Is 40:3 Malachi 3:1 : Is 63:9 Malachi 3:2 : Is 33:14; Ezek 22:14; Rev 6:17 Malachi 3:2 : Zech 13:9; Matt 3:10-12; 1 Cor 3:13-15 Malachi 3:3 : Is 1:25; Dan 12:10 Malachi 3:3 : Ps 4:5; 51:19 Malachi 3:4 : Ps 51:17-19 Malachi 3:4 : 2 Chr 7:1-3, 12


Gospel: Luke 2:22-32


 22(A)And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord

 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "(B)EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD"),

 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, "(C)A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS."

 25And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was (D)righteous and devout, (E)looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

 26And (F)it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not (G)see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, (H)to carry out for Him the custom of the Law,

 28then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,
    29"Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace,
         (I)According to Your word;
    30For my eyes have (J)seen Your salvation,
    31Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
    32(K)A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES,
         And the glory of Your people Israel."

Cross references:Luke 2:22 : Lev 12:6-8 Luke 2:23 : Ex 13:2, 12; Num 3:13; 8:17 Luke 2:24 : Lev 5:11; 12:8 Luke 2:25 : Luke 1:6 Luke 2:25 : Mark 15:43; Luke 2:38; 23:51 Luke 2:26 : Matt 2:12 Luke 2:26 : Ps 89:48; John 8:51; Heb 11:5 Luke 2:27 : Luke 2:22 Luke 2:29 : Luke 2:26 Luke 2:30 : Ps 119:166, 174; Is 52:10; Luke 3:6 Luke 2:32 : Is 9:2; 42:6; 49:6, 9; 51:4; 60:1-3; Matt 4:16; Acts 13:47; 26:23


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


Jerusalem to Be Attacked

 1The [a]burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD who (A)stretches out the heavens, (B)lays the foundation of the earth, and (C)forms the spirit of man within him,

 2"Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a (D)cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against (E)Judah.

 3"It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy (F)stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be (G)severely injured And all the (H)nations of the earth will be gathered against it.

 4"In that day," declares the LORD, "I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.

 5"Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, 'A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the LORD of hosts, their God.'

 6"In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a (I)firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the (J)inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem.

 7"The LORD also will (K)save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of (L)David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not be magnified above Judah.

 8"In that day the LORD will (M)defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who (N)is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like (O)God, like the (P)angel of the LORD before them.

 9"And in that day I will (Q)set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

 10"I will (R)pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have (S)pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one (T)mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

 11"In that day there will be great (U)mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

 12"The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of 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 the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves;

 14all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves.

False Prophets Ashamed

 1"In that day a (V)fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for (W)sin and for (X)impurity.

 2"It will come about in that day," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I will (Y)cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and I will also remove the (Z)prophets and the (AA)unclean spirit from the land.

 3"And if anyone still (AB)prophesies, then his father and mother who gave birth to him will say to him, 'You shall (AC)not live, for you have spoken (AD)falsely in the name of the LORD'; and his (AE)father and mother who gave birth to him will pierce him through when he prophesies.

 4"Also it will come about in that day that the prophets will each be (AF)ashamed of his vision when he prophesies, and they will not put on a (AG)hairy robe in order to deceive;

 5but he will say, 'I am (AH)not a prophet; I am a tiller of the ground, for a man sold me as a slave in my youth.'

 6"And one will say to him, 'What are these wounds (AI)between your arms?' Then he will say, 'Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.'
    7"Awake, O (AJ)sword, against My (AK)Shepherd,
         And against the man, My (AL)Associate,"
         Declares the LORD of hosts
         "(AM)Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered;
         And I will (AN)turn My hand against the little ones.
    8"It will come about in all the land,"
         Declares the LORD,
         "That (AO)two parts in it will be cut off and perish;
         But the third will be left in it.
    9"And I will bring the third part through the (AP)fire,
         Refine them as silver is refined,
         And test them as gold is tested
         They will (AQ)call on My name,
         And I will (AR)answer them;
         I will say, 'They are (AS)My people,'
         And they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"

Footnotes:Zechariah 12:1 Or oracle
Cross references:Zechariah 12:1 : Is 42:5; 44:24; Jer 51:15 Zechariah 12:1 : Job 26:7; Ps 102:25, 26; Heb 1:10-12 Zechariah 12:1 : Is 57:16; Heb 12:9 Zechariah 12:2 : Ps 75:8; Is 51:22, 23 Zechariah 12:2 : Zech 14:14 Zechariah 12:3 : Dan 2:34, 35, 44, 45 Zechariah 12:3 : Matt 21:44 Zechariah 12:3 : Zech 14:2 Zechariah 12:6 : Is 10:17, 18; Obad 18; Zech 11:1 Zechariah 12:6 : Zech 2:4; 8:3-5 Zechariah 12:7 : Jer 30:18 Zechariah 12:7 : Amos 9:11 Zechariah 12:8 : Joel 3:16; Zech 9:14, 15 Zechariah 12:8 : Lev 26:8; Josh 23:10; Mic 7:8 Zechariah 12:8 : Ps 8:5; 82:6 Zechariah 12:8 : Ex 14:19; 33:2 Zechariah 12:9 : Zech 14:2, 3 Zechariah 12:10 : Is 44:3; Ezek 39:29; Joel 2:28, 29 Zechariah 12:10 : John 19:37; Rev 1:7 Zechariah 12:10 : Jer 6:26; Amos 8:10 Zechariah 12:11 : Matt 24:30; Rev 1:7 Zechariah 13:1 : Jer 2:13; 17:13 Zechariah 13:1 : Ps 51:2, 7; Is 1:16-18; John 1:29 Zechariah 13:1 : Num 19:17; Is 4:4; Ezek 36:25 Zechariah 13:2 : Ex 23:13; Hos 2:17 Zechariah 13:2 : Jer 23:14, 15 Zechariah 13:2 : 1 Kin 22:22; Ezek 36:25, 29 Zechariah 13:3 : Jer 23:34 Zechariah 13:3 : Deut 18:20; Ezek 14:9 Zechariah 13:3 : Jer 23:25 Zechariah 13:3 : Deut 13:6-11; Matt 10:37 Zechariah 13:4 : Jer 6:15; 8:9; Mic 3:7 Zechariah 13:4 : 2 Kin 1:8; Is 20:2; Matt 3:4 Zechariah 13:5 : Amos 7:14 Zechariah 13:6 : 2 Kin 9:24 Zechariah 13:7 : Jer 47:6; Ezek 21:3-5 Zechariah 13:7 : Is 40:11; Ezek 34:23, 24; 37:24; Mic 5:2, 4 Zechariah 13:7 : Ps 2:2; Jer 23:5, 6 Zechariah 13:7 : Is 53:4, 5, 10; Matt 26:31; Mark 14:27 Zechariah 13:7 : Is 1:25 Zechariah 13:8 : Is 6:13; Ezek 5:2-4, 12 Zechariah 13:9 : Is 48:10; Mal 3:3 Zechariah 13:9 : Ps 34:15-17; 50:15; Zech 12:10 Zechariah 13:9 : Is 58:9; 65:24; Jer 29:11-13; Zech 10:6 Zechariah 13:9 : Hos 2:23


Second Reading: Titus 1:1-2:6


Salutation

 1Paul, (A)a bond-servant of God and an (B)apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those (C)chosen of God and (D)the knowledge of the truth which is (E)according to godliness,

 2in (F)the hope of eternal life, which God, (G)who cannot lie, (H)promised (I)long ages ago,

 3but (J)at the proper time manifested, even His word, in (K)the proclamation (L)with which I was entrusted (M)according to the commandment of (N)God our Savior,

 4To (O)Titus, (P)my true child in a (Q)common faith: (R)Grace and peace from God the Father and (S)Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications of Elders

 5For this reason I left you in (T)Crete, that you would set in order what remains and (U)appoint (V)elders in every city as I directed you,

 6namely, (W)if any man is above reproach, the (X)husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of (Y)dissipation or (Z)rebellion.

 7For the (AA)overseer must be above reproach as (AB)God's steward, not (AC)self-willed, not quick-tempered, not (AD)addicted to wine, not pugnacious, (AE)not fond of sordid gain,

 8but (AF)hospitable, (AG)loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,

 9(AH)holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in (AI)sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

 10(AJ)For there are many (AK)rebellious men, (AL)empty talkers and deceivers, especially (AM)those of the circumcision,

 11who must be silenced because they are upsetting (AN)whole families, teaching (AO)things they should not teach (AP)for the sake of sordid gain.

 12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "(AQ)Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."

 13This testimony is true. For this reason (AR)reprove them (AS)severely so that they may be (AT)sound in the faith,

 14not paying attention to Jewish (AU)myths and (AV)commandments of men who (AW)turn away from the truth.

 15(AX)To the pure, all things are pure; but (AY)to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their (AZ)mind and their conscience are defiled.

 16(BA)They profess to know God, but by their deeds they (BB)deny Him, being (BC)detestable and (BD)disobedient and (BE)worthless (BF)for any good deed.

Duties of the Older and Younger

 1But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for (BG)sound doctrine.

 2(BH)Older men are to be (BI)temperate, dignified, sensible, (BJ)sound (BK)in faith, in love, in perseverance.

 3Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, (BL)not malicious gossips nor (BM)enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,

 4so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,

 5to be sensible, pure, (BN)workers at home, kind, being (BO)subject to their own husbands, (BP)so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

 6Likewise urge (BQ)the young men to be sensible;

Cross references:Titus 1:1 : Rom 1:1; James 1:1; Rev 1:1 Titus 1:1 : 2 Cor 1:1 Titus 1:1 : Luke 18:7 Titus 1:1 : 1 Tim 2:4 Titus 1:1 : 1 Tim 6:3 Titus 1:2 : 2 Tim 1:1; Titus 3:7 Titus 1:2 : 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 16:25; 2 Tim 4:17 Titus 1:3 : 1 Tim 1:11 Titus 1:3 : 1 Tim 1:1 Titus 1:3 : Luke 1:47; 1 Tim 1:1; Titus 2:10; 3:4 Titus 1:4 : 2 Cor 2:13; 8:23; Gal 2:3; 2 Tim 4:10 Titus 1:4 : 2 Tim 1:2 Titus 1:4 : 2 Pet 1:1 Titus 1:4 : Rom 1:7 Titus 1:4 : 1 Tim 1:12; 2 Tim 1:1 Titus 1:5 : Acts 27:7; Titus 1:12 Titus 1:5 : Acts 14:23 Titus 1:5 : Acts 11:30 Titus 1:6 : 1 Tim 3:2-4; Titus 1:6-8 Titus 1:6 : 1 Tim 3:2 Titus 1:6 : Eph 5:18 Titus 1:6 : Titus 1:10 Titus 1:7 : 1 Tim 3:2 Titus 1:7 : 1 Cor 4:1 Titus 1:7 : 2 Pet 2:10 Titus 1:7 : 1 Tim 3:3 Titus 1:7 : 1 Tim 3:3, 8 Titus 1:8 : 1 Tim 3:2 Titus 1:8 : 2 Tim 3:3 Titus 1:9 : 2 Thess 2:15; 1 Tim 1:19; 2 Tim 1:13 Titus 1:9 : 1 Tim 1:10; Titus 2:1 Titus 1:10 : 2 Cor 11:13 Titus 1:10 : Titus 1:6 Titus 1:10 : 1 Tim 1:6 Titus 1:10 : Acts 11:2 Titus 1:11 : 1 Tim 5:4; 2 Tim 3:6 Titus 1:11 : 1 Tim 5:13 Titus 1:11 : 1 Tim 6:5 Titus 1:12 : Acts 2:11; 27:7 Titus 1:13 : 1 Tim 5:20; 2 Tim 4:2; Titus 2:15 Titus 1:13 : 2 Cor 13:10 Titus 1:13 : Titus 2:2 Titus 1:14 : 1 Tim 1:4 Titus 1:14 : Col 2:22 Titus 1:14 : 2 Tim 4:4 Titus 1:15 : Luke 11:41; Rom 14:20 Titus 1:15 : Rom 14:14, 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 : Rev 21:8 Titus 1:16 : Titus 3:3 Titus 1:16 : 2 Tim 3:8 Titus 1:16 : 2 Tim 3:17; Titus 3:1 Titus 2:1 : Titus 1:9 Titus 2:2 : Philem 9 Titus 2:2 : 1 Tim 3:2 Titus 2:2 : Titus 1:13 Titus 2:2 : 1 Tim 1:2, 14 Titus 2:3 : 1 Tim 3:11 Titus 2:3 : 1 Tim 3:8 Titus 2:5 : 1 Tim 5:14 Titus 2:5 : Eph 5:22 Titus 2:5 : 1 Tim 6:1 Titus 2:6 : 1 Tim 5:1


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