February 18th, 2019

Martin Luther, Doctor and Confessor

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Job 13:13-28

 13 “Hold your peace with me, and let me speak,
      Then let come on me what may!

 14 Why do I take my flesh in my teeth,
      And put my life in my hands?

 15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
      Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.

 16 He also shall be my salvation,
      For a hypocrite could not come before Him.

 17 Listen carefully to my speech,
      And to my declaration with your ears.

 18 See now, I have prepared my case,
      I know that I shall be vindicated.

 19 Who is he who will contend with me?
      If now I hold my tongue, I perish.

Job’s Despondent Prayer
 20 “Only two things do not do to me,
      Then I will not hide myself from You:

 21 Withdraw Your hand far from me,
      And let not the dread of You make me afraid.

 22 Then call, and I will answer;
      Or let me speak, then You respond to me.

 23 How many are my iniquities and sins?
      Make me know my transgression and my sin.

 24 Why do You hide Your face,
      And regard me as Your enemy?

 25 Will You frighten a leaf driven to and fro?
      And will You pursue dry stubble?

 26 For You write bitter things against me,
      And make me inherit the iniquities of my youth.

 27 You put my feet in the stocks,
      And watch closely all my paths.
      You set a limit[a] for the soles of my feet.

 28 “Man[b] decays like a rotten thing,
      Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Second Reading · John 6:22-40

The Bread from Heaven

    22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered,[a] and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone— 23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks— 24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jesus. 25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?” 26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” 28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” 30 Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[b] 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.



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