February 18th, 2019

Martin Luther, Doctor and Confessor


First Reading: Job 13:13-28


 13 "Keep silent and let me speak;
       then let come to me what may.

 14 Why do I put myself in jeopardy
       and take my life in my hands?

 15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;
       I will surely [a] defend my ways to his face.

 16 Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance,
       for no godless man would dare come before him!

 17 Listen carefully to my words;
       let your ears take in what I say.

 18 Now that I have prepared my case,
       I know I will be vindicated.

 19 Can anyone bring charges against me?
       If so, I will be silent and die.

 20 "Only grant me these two things, O God,
       and then I will not hide from you:

 21 Withdraw your hand far from me,
       and stop frightening me with your terrors.

 22 Then summon me and I will answer,
       or let me speak, and you reply.

 23 How many wrongs and sins have I committed?
       Show me my offense and my sin.

 24 Why do you hide your face
       and consider me your enemy?

 25 Will you torment a windblown leaf?
       Will you chase after dry chaff?

 26 For you write down bitter things against me
       and make me inherit the sins of my youth.

 27 You fasten my feet in shackles;
       you keep close watch on all my paths
       by putting marks on the soles of my feet.

 28 "So man wastes away like something rotten,
       like a garment eaten by moths.

Footnotes:Job 13:15 Or He will surely slay me; I have no hope—/ yet I will


Second Reading: John 6:22-40


 22The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. 23Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

Jesus the Bread of Life
 25When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, "Rabbi, when did you get here?"

 26Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval."

 28Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"

 29Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

 30So they asked him, "What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'[a]"

 32Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

 34"Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread."

 35Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

Footnotes:John 6:31 Exodus 16:4; Neh. 9:15; Psalm 78:24,25


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