February 24th, 2019

St. Matthias the Apostle


Collect (LSB)

Almighty God, You chose Your servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve. Grant that Your Church, ever preserved from false teachers, may be taught and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 66:1-2


True Worship and False

 1 Thus says the LORD:
      “ Heaven is My throne,
      And earth is My footstool.
      Where is the house that you will build Me?
      And where is the place of My rest?
       2 For all those things My hand has made,
      And all those things exist,”
      Says the LORD.
      “ But on this one will I look:
      On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
      And who trembles at My word.
      



Epistle: Acts 1:15-26


Matthias Chosen

    15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples[a] (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, 16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; 17 for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. 19 And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
      ‘ Let his dwelling place be desolate,
      And let no one live in it’;[b]

   and,
      ‘ Let[c]another take his office.’[d] 21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” 23 And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen 25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” 26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Footnotes:Acts 1:15 NU-Text reads brethren. Acts 1:20 Psalm 69:25 Acts 1:20 Psalm 109:8 Acts 1:20 Greek episkopen, position of overseer


Gospel: Matt. 11:25-30


Jesus Gives True Rest

    25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”



First Reading: Job 19:1-12; Job 19:21-27


Job Trusts in His Redeemer

 1 Then Job answered and said:

 2 “How long will you torment my soul,
      And break me in pieces with words?

 3 These ten times you have reproached me;
      You are not ashamed that you have wronged me.[a]

 4 And if indeed I have erred,
      My error remains with me.

 5 If indeed you exalt yourselves against me,
      And plead my disgrace against me,

 6 Know then that God has wronged me,
      And has surrounded me with His net.

 7 “If I cry out concerning wrong, I am not heard.
      If I cry aloud, there is no justice.

 8 He has fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass;
      And He has set darkness in my paths.

 9 He has stripped me of my glory,
      And taken the crown from my head.

 10 He breaks me down on every side,
      And I am gone;
      My hope He has uprooted like a tree.

 11 He has also kindled His wrath against me,
      And He counts me as one of His enemies.

 12 His troops come together
      And build up their road against me;
      They encamp all around my tent.

Footnotes:Job 19:3 A Jewish tradition reads make yourselves strange to me.




 21 “Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
      For the hand of God has struck me!

 22 Why do you persecute me as God does,
      And are not satisfied with my flesh?

 23 “Oh, that my words were written!
      Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!

 24 That they were engraved on a rock
      With an iron pen and lead, forever!

 25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
      And He shall stand at last on the earth;

 26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
      That in my flesh I shall see God,

 27 Whom I shall see for myself,
      And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
      How my heart yearns within me!



Second Reading: John 8:1-20


 1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Now early[a] in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught[b] in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded[c] us that such should be stoned.[d] But what do You say?”[e] 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.[f] 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up[g] and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience,[h] went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,[i] “Woman, where are those accusers of yours?[j] Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and[k] sin no more.” 12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Jesus Defends His Self-Witness
    13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.” 14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. 17 It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.” 19 Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.” 20 These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.

Footnotes:John 8:2 M-Text reads very early. John 8:4 M-Text reads we found this woman. John 8:5 M-Text reads in our law Moses commanded. John 8:5 NU-Text and M-Text read to stone such. John 8:5 M-Text adds about her. John 8:6 NU-Text and M-Text omit as though He did not hear. John 8:7 M-Text reads He looked up. John 8:9 NU-Text and M-Text omit being convicted by their conscience. John 8:10 NU-Text omits and saw no one but the woman; M-Text reads He saw her and said. John 8:10 NU-Text and M-Text omit of yours. John 8:11 NU-Text and M-Text add from now on.


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