February 10th, 2019


Explanation of the Week

The Lord appeared to Moses in the light of the burning bush. (Ex 3:1-14) Later Moses' face would shine with the light of God's glory when he came down from Mount Sinai. (Ex 34:29-35) Now Moses and Elijah appear with Him who is the Light of Light Himself on the Mount of Transfiguration. (Mt 17:1-9) Jesus' glory as God shines with brilliant splendor in and through His human nature. By this epiphany, our Lord confirmed the prophetic word (2 Pet 1:16-21), revealing that He is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. He manifested His majesty as the eternal Son of the Father. And He wonderfully foreshowed our adoption as sons. (Collect) For in this event we who have been baptized into Christ's body are given a glimpse of the glory that we will share with Him in the resurrection on the Last Day.


The lightnings lit | up the world;*
     the earth trem- | bled and shook. (Psalm 77:18)

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O | LORD of hosts!*
     My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts | of the LORD.
Blessed are those who dwell | in Your house;*
     they will still be | praising You.
Behold, O | God our shield,*
     and look upon the face of You're A- | nointed
For the LORD God is a | sun and shield;*
     the LORD will give grace and | glory. (Psalm 84:1-2, 4, 10-11)

Collect (LSB)

O God, in the glorious Transfiguration of Your beloved Son You confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the testimony of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice that came from the bright cloud You wonderfully foreshowed our adoption by grace. Mercifully make us co-heirs with the King of His glory and bring us to the fullness of our inheritance in heaven; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

O God, who in the glorious transfiguration of Thine only-begotten Son has confirmed the mysteries of faith by the testimony of the fathers, and who in the voice that came from the bright cloud, didst in a wonderful manner foreshow the adoption of sons, mercifully vouchsafe to make us coheirs with the King of His glory and bring us to the enjoyment of the same 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

Deus, qui fidei sacramenta in Unigeniti tui gloriosa Transfiguratione patrum testimonio roborasti, et adoptionem filiorum perfectam, voce delapsa in nube lucida, mirabiliter praesignasti: concede propitius; ut ipsius Regis gloriae nos coheredes efficias, et eiusdem gloriae tribuas esse consortes. Per eundem Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Ex. 34:29-35

Moses' Face Shines

 29It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the (A)two tablets of the testimony were in Moses' hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that (B)the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him.

 30So when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and (C)they were afraid to come near him.

 31Then Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers in the congregation returned to him; and Moses spoke to them.

 32Afterward all the sons of Israel came near, and he commanded them to do everything that the LORD had spoken to him on Mount Sinai.

 33When Moses had finished speaking with them, (D)he put a veil over his face.

 34But whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with Him, (E)he would take off the veil until he came out; and whenever he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded,

 35(F)the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face until he went in to speak with Him.

Cross references:Exodus 34:29 : Ex 32:15 Exodus 34:29 : Matt 17:2; 2 Cor 3:7 Exodus 34:30 : 2 Cor 3:7 Exodus 34:33 : 2 Cor 3:13 Exodus 34:34 : 2 Cor 3:16 Exodus 34:35 : 2 Cor 3:13

Old Testament: Isaiah 61:10-11

    10I will (A)rejoice greatly in the LORD,
         My soul will exult in (B)my God;
         For He has (C)clothed me with garments of salvation,
         He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
         As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
         And (D)as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
    11For as the (E)earth brings forth its sprouts,
         And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
         So the Lord GOD will (F)cause (G)righteousness and praise
         To spring up before all the nations.

Cross references:Isaiah 61:10 : Is 12:1, 2; 25:9; 41:16; 51:3 Isaiah 61:10 : Is 49:4 Isaiah 61:10 : Is 49:18; 52:1 Isaiah 61:10 : Rev 21:2 Isaiah 61:11 : Is 4:2; 55:10 Isaiah 61:11 : Is 45:23, 24; 60:18, 21 Isaiah 61:11 : Ps 72:3; 85:11


You are fairer than the | sons of men;*
     grace is poured up- | on Your lips.
The LORD said | to my Lord,*
     “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your | footstool.” (Psalm 45:2, 110:1)

Epistle: 2 Pet. 1:16-21


 16For we did not follow cleverly devised (A)tales when we made known to you the (B)power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were (C)eyewitnesses of His majesty.

 17For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an (D)utterance as this was made to Him by the (E)Majestic Glory, "This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased"--

 18and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the (F)holy mountain.

 19So we have (G)the prophetic word made more (H)sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to (I)a lamp shining in a dark place, until the (J)day dawns and the (K)morning star arises (L)in your hearts.

 20But (M)know this first of all, that (N)no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,

 21for (O)no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men (P)moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Cross references:2 Peter 1:16 : 1 Tim 1:4; 2 Pet 2:3 2 Peter 1:16 : Mark 13:26; 14:62; 1 Thess 2:19 2 Peter 1:16 : Matt 17:1-ff; Mark 9:2-ff; Luke 9:28-ff 2 Peter 1:17 : Matt 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35 2 Peter 1:17 : Heb 1:3 2 Peter 1:18 : Ex 3:5; Josh 5:15 2 Peter 1:19 : 1 Pet 1:10 2 Peter 1:19 : Heb 2:2 2 Peter 1:19 : Ps 119:105 2 Peter 1:19 : Luke 1:78 2 Peter 1:19 : Rev 22:16 2 Peter 1:19 : 2 Cor 4:6 2 Peter 1:20 : 2 Pet 3:3 2 Peter 1:20 : Rom 12:6 2 Peter 1:21 : Jer 23:26; 2 Tim 3:16 2 Peter 1:21 : 2 Sam 23:2; Luke 1:70; Acts 1:16; 3:18; 1 Pet 1:11


Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from | day to day.*
     Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 96:2–3)

Gospel: Matt. 17:1-9

The Transfiguration

 1(A)Six days later Jesus took with Him (B)Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.

 2And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.

 3And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.

 4Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, (C)I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

 5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, (D)a voice out of the cloud said, "(E)This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!"

 6When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified.

 7And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, "Get up, and (F)do not be afraid."

 8And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.

 9(G)As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, "(H)Tell the vision to no one until (I)the Son of Man has (J)risen from the dead."

Cross references:Matthew 17:1 : Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36 Matthew 17:1 : Matt 26:37; Mark 5:37; 13:3 Matthew 17:4 : Mark 9:5; Luke 9:33 Matthew 17:5 : Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22; 2 Pet 1:17 Matthew 17:5 : Is 42:1; Matt 3:17; 12:18 Matthew 17:7 : Matt 14:27 Matthew 17:9 : Mark 9:9-13 Matthew 17:9 : Matt 8:4 Matthew 17:9 : Matt 8:20; 17:12, 22 Matthew 17:9 : Matt 16:21

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 87

The Privileges of Citizenship in Zion.

A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song.

    1His (A)foundation is in the holy mountains.
    2The LORD (B)loves the gates of Zion
         More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.
    3(C)Glorious things are spoken of you,
         O (D)city of God. Selah.
    4"I shall mention [a](E)Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me;
         Behold, Philistia and (F)Tyre with (G)Ethiopia:
         'This one was born there.'"
    5But of Zion it shall be said, "This one and that one were born in her";
         And the Most High Himself will (H)establish her.
    6The LORD will count when He (I)registers the peoples,
         "This one was born there." Selah.
    7Then those who (J)sing as well as those who (K)play the flutes shall say,
         "All my (L)springs of joy are in you."

Footnotes:Psalm 87:4 I.e. Egypt
Cross references:Psalm 87:1 : Ps 78:69; Is 28:16 Psalm 87:2 : Ps 78:67, 68 Psalm 87:3 : Is 60:1 Psalm 87:3 : Ps 46:4; 48:8 Psalm 87:4 : Job 9:13; Ps 89:10; Is 19:23-25 Psalm 87:4 : Ps 45:12 Psalm 87:4 : Ps 68:31 Psalm 87:5 : Ps 48:8 Psalm 87:6 : Ps 69:28; Is 4:3; Ezek 13:9 Psalm 87:7 : Ps 68:25; 149:3 Psalm 87:7 : 2 Sam 6:14; Ps 30:11 Psalm 87:7 : Ps 36:9

First Reading: Job 6:14-30

    14"For the (A)despairing man there should be kindness from his friend;
         So that he does not (B)forsake the fear of the Almighty.
    15"My brothers have acted (C)deceitfully like a wadi,
         Like the torrents of wadis which vanish,
    16Which are turbid because of ice
         And into which the snow melts.
    17"When (D)they become waterless, they are silent,
         When it is hot, they vanish from their place.
    18"The paths of their course wind along,
         They go up into nothing and perish.
    19"The caravans of (E)Tema looked,
         The travelers of (F)Sheba hoped for them.
    20"They (G)were disappointed for they had trusted,
         They came there and were confounded.
    21"Indeed, you have now become such,
         (H)You see a terror and are afraid.
    22"Have I said, 'Give me something,'
         Or, 'Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,'
    23Or, 'Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,'
         Or, 'Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants'?
    24"Teach me, and (I)I will be silent;
         And show me how I have erred.
    25"How painful are honest words!
         But what does your argument prove?
    26"Do you intend to reprove my words,
         When the (J)words of one in despair belong to the wind?
    27"You would even (K)cast lots for (L)the orphans
         And (M)barter over your friend.
    28"Now please look at me,
         And see if I (N)lie to your face.
    29"Desist now, let there be no injustice;
         Even desist, (O)my righteousness is yet in it.
    30"Is there injustice on my tongue?
         Cannot (P)my palate discern calamities?

Cross references:Job 6:14 : Job 4:5 Job 6:14 : Job 1:5; 15:4 Job 6:15 : Jer 15:18 Job 6:17 : Job 24:19 Job 6:19 : Gen 25:15; Is 21:14; Jer 25:23 Job 6:19 : Job 1:15 Job 6:20 : Jer 14:3 Job 6:21 : Ps 38:11 Job 6:24 : Ps 39:1 Job 6:26 : Job 8:2; 15:2; 16:3 Job 6:27 : Joel 3:3; Nah 3:10 Job 6:27 : Job 22:9; 24:3, 9 Job 6:27 : 2 Pet 2:3 Job 6:28 : Job 27:4; 33:3; 36:4 Job 6:29 : Job 13:18; 19:6; 23:10; 27:5, 6; 34:5; 42:1-6 Job 6:30 : Job 12:11

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 8

The LORD'S Glory and Man's Dignity.

For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of David.

    1O LORD, our Lord,
         How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
         Who have (A)displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
    2(B)From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established (C)strength
         Because of Your adversaries,
         To make (D)the enemy and the revengeful cease.
    3When I (E)consider (F)Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
         The (G)moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
    4(H)What is man that You take thought of him,
         And the son of man that You care for him?
    5Yet You have made him a (I)little lower than God,
         And (J)You crown him with (K)glory and majesty!
    6You make him to (L)rule over the works of Your hands;
         You have (M)put all things under his feet,
    7All sheep and oxen,
         And also the beasts of the field,
    8The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
         Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
    9(N)O LORD, our Lord,
         How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Cross references:Psalm 8:1 : Ps 57:5, 11; 113:4; 148:13 Psalm 8:2 : Matt 21:16; 1 Cor 1:27 Psalm 8:2 : Ps 29:1; 118:14 Psalm 8:2 : Ps 44:16 Psalm 8:3 : Ps 111:2 Psalm 8:3 : Ps 89:11; 144:5 Psalm 8:3 : Ps 136:9 Psalm 8:4 : Job 7:17; Ps 144:3; Heb 2:6-8 Psalm 8:5 : Gen 1:26; Ps 82:6 Psalm 8:5 : Ps 103:4 Psalm 8:5 : Ps 21:5 Psalm 8:6 : Gen 1:26, 28 Psalm 8:6 : 1 Cor 15:27; Eph 1:22; Heb 2:8 Psalm 8:9 : Ps 8:1

Second Reading: John 3:22-4:6

John's Last Testimony

 22After these things Jesus and His (A)disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them and (B)baptizing.

 23John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized--

 24for (C)John had not yet been thrown into prison.

 25Therefore there arose a discussion on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about (D)purification.

 26And they came to John and said to him, "(E)Rabbi, He who was with you (F)beyond the Jordan, to whom you (G)have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him."

 27John answered and said, "(H)A man can receive nothing unless it (I)has been given him from heaven.

 28"You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, '(J)I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent ahead of Him.'

 29"He who has the bride is (K)the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice So this (L)joy of mine has been made full.

 30"He must increase, but I must decrease.

 31"(M)He who comes from above is above all, (N)he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth (O)He who comes from heaven is above all.

 32"What He has seen and heard, of that He (P)testifies; and (Q)no one receives His testimony.

 33"He who has received His testimony (R)has set his seal to this, that God is true.

 34"For He whom God has (S)sent speaks the words of God; (T)for He gives the Spirit without measure.

 35"(U)The Father loves the Son and (V)has given all things into His hand.

 36"He who (W)believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who (X)does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

Jesus Goes to Galilee

 1Therefore when (Y)the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and (Z)baptizing more disciples than John

 2(although (AA)Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His (AB)disciples were),

 3He left (AC)Judea and went away (AD)again into Galilee.

 4And He had to pass through (AE)Samaria.

 5So He came to a city of (AF)Samaria called Sychar, near (AG)the parcel of ground that (AH)Jacob gave to his son Joseph;

 6and Jacob's well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about [a]the sixth hour.

Footnotes:John 4:6 Perhaps 6 p.m. Roman time or noon Jewish time
Cross references:John 3:22 : John 2:2 John 3:22 : John 4:1, 2 John 3:24 : Matt 4:12; 14:3; Mark 6:17; Luke 3:20 John 3:25 : John 2:6 John 3:26 : Matt 23:7; John 3:2 John 3:26 : John 1:28 John 3:26 : John 1:7 John 3:27 : 1 Cor 4:7; Heb 5:4 John 3:27 : James 1:17 John 3:28 : John 1:20, 23 John 3:29 : Matt 9:15; 25:1 John 3:29 : John 15:11; 16:24; 17:13; Phil 2:2; 1 John 1:4; 2 John 12 John 3:31 : Matt 28:18; John 3:13; 8:23 John 3:31 : 1 Cor 15:47; 1 John 4:5 John 3:31 : Matt 28:18; John 3:13; 8:23 John 3:32 : John 3:11 John 3:32 : John 3:11 John 3:33 : John 6:27; Rom 4:11; 15:28; 1 Cor 9:2; 2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:13; 4:30; 2 Tim 2:19; Rev 7:3-8 John 3:34 : John 3:17 John 3:34 : Matt 12:18; Luke 4:18; Acts 1:2; 10:38 John 3:35 : Matt 28:18; John 5:20; 17:2 John 3:35 : Matt 11:27; Luke 10:22 John 3:36 : John 3:16 John 3:36 : Acts 14:2; Heb 3:18 John 4:1 : Luke 7:13 John 4:1 : John 3:22, 26; 1 Cor 1:17 John 4:2 : John 3:22, 26; 1 Cor 1:17 John 4:2 : John 2:2 John 4:3 : John 3:22 John 4:3 : John 2:11 John 4:4 : Luke 9:52 John 4:5 : Luke 9:52 John 4:5 : Gen 33:19; Josh 24:32 John 4:5 : Gen 48:22; John 4:12


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