March 24th, 2019

Oculi (Lent 3)

Explanation of the Week

Jeremiah was charged with speaking evil when he spoke the word of the Lord. (Jer 26:1-15) So also, Jesus is accused of doing evil when in fact He is doing good. He casts out a demon from a mute man so that he is able to speak. (Lk 11:14-28) But some said Jesus did this by the power of Beelzebub, Satan. Like Pharaoh of old, their hearts were hard. (Ex 8:16-24) They did not recognize the finger of God, the power of the Holy Spirit at work in and through Jesus. Jesus is the Stronger Man who overcomes the strong man. He takes the devil's armor of sin and death and destroys it from the inside out by the holy cross. He exorcizes and frees us by water and the Word. We were once darkness, but now we are light in Christ the Lord. (Eph 5:1-9) As children of light our tongues are loosed to give thanks to Him who saved us. In a world where demons roam we confess, "My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net." (Introit)


My eyes are ever | toward the LORD,*
     for He shall pluck my feet out | of the net.
Turn Yourself to me, and have mer- | cy on me,*
     for I am desolate and af- | flicted. (Psalm 25:15-16)

To You, O LORD, I lift | up my soul.*
     O my God, I trust in You; let me not | be ashamed;
the troubles of my heart | have enlarged;*
     bring me out of | my distresses!
Look on my affliction | and my pain,*
     and forgive | all my sins.
Keep my soul, and de- | liver me;*
     let me not be ashamed, for I put my | trust in You. (Psalm 25:1-2, 17-18, 20)

Collect (LSB)

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

We beseech Thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of Thy humble servants and stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through 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

Quaesumus omnipotens Deus, vota humilium respice, atque ad defensionem nostram, et dexteram tuae majestatis extende. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Exodus 8:16-24

The Third Plague: Gnats

 16Then the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron,(A) 'Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats in all the land of Egypt.'" 17And they did so. Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the earth, and(B) there were gnats on man and beast. All the dust of the earth became gnats in all the land of Egypt. 18The(C) magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not. So there were gnats on man and beast. 19Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is(D) the finger of God." But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

The Fourth Plague: Flies

 20Then the LORD said to Moses,(E) "Rise up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh, as he goes out to the water, and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD,(F) "Let my people go, that they may serve me. 21Or else, if you will not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants and your people, and into your houses. And the houses of the Egyptians shall be filled with swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand. 22But on that day(G) I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there,(H) that you may know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.[a] 23Thus I will put a division[b] between my people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall happen."'" 24And the LORD did so.(I) There came great swarms of flies into the house of Pharaoh and into his servants’ houses. Throughout all the land of Egypt the land was ruined by the swarms of flies.

Footnotes:Exodus 8:22 Or that I the LORD am in the land Exodus 8:23 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew set redemption
Cross references:Exodus 8:16 : Exodus 7:19 Exodus 8:17 : Psalm 105:31 Exodus 8:18 : Exodus 7:11 Exodus 8:19 : Exodus 31:18; Psalm 8:3; Luke 11:20 Exodus 8:20 : Exodus 7:15; 9:13 Exodus 8:20 : Exodus 8:1 Exodus 8:22 : Exodus 9:4; 11:7; Mal 3:18 Exodus 8:22 : Exodus 8:10; Exodus 7:17 Exodus 8:24 : Psalm 78:45; 105:31; Isa 7:18

Old Testament: 2 Sam. 22:1-7

David’s Song of Deliverance

 1And David spoke(A) to the LORD the words of this song on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. 2(B) He said,
   (C) "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
 3(D) my[a] God, my rock,(E) in whom I take refuge,(F) my shield, and(G) the horn of my salvation,
   (H) my stronghold and(I) my refuge,
   my savior; you save me from violence. 4I call upon the LORD, who is(J) worthy to be praised,
   and I am saved from my enemies.

 5(K) "For the waves of death encompassed me,
   the torrents of destruction assailed me;[b] 6(L) the cords of Sheol entangled me;
   the snares of death confronted me.

 7(M) "In my distress I called upon the LORD;
   to my God I called.From his temple he heard my voice,
   and my cry(N) came to his ears.

Footnotes:2 Samuel 22:3 Septuagint (compare Psalm 18:2); Hebrew lacks my 2 Samuel 22:5 Or terrified me
Cross references:2 Samuel 22:1 : Exodus 15:1; Judg 5:1; 1 Chr 16:7 2 Samuel 22:2 : For 2 Samuel 22:1-51, Psalm 18:2-50 2 Samuel 22:2 : Deut 32:4; Psalm 31:3; 71:3; 91:2; 144:2 2 Samuel 22:3 : 2 Samuel 22:32, 47 2 Samuel 22:3 : Heb 2:13 2 Samuel 22:3 : 2 Samuel 22:31; Gen 15:1 2 Samuel 22:3 : Luke 1:69 2 Samuel 22:3 : Psalm 9:9; 59:9, 16, 17; 62:2, 6; Prov 18:10 2 Samuel 22:3 : Psalm 14:6; 46:7, 11; 71:7; Jer 16:19 2 Samuel 22:4 : 1 Chr 16:25; Psalm 48:1; 96:4 2 Samuel 22:5 : Psalm 42:7; 93:4; Jonah 2:3 2 Samuel 22:6 : Psalm 116:3 2 Samuel 22:7 : Psalm 116:4; 120:1; Jonah 2:2 2 Samuel 22:7 : Psalm 18:6


Arise, O LORD, do not let | man prevail;*
     let the nations be judged | in Your sight.
When my ene- | mies turn back,*
     they shall fall and perish at Your | presence. (Psalm 9:19, 3)

Epistle: Eph. 5:1-9

Walk in Love

 1(A) Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2And(B) walk in love,(C) as Christ loved us and(D) gave himself up for us, a(E) fragrant(F) offering and sacrifice to God.

 3But(G) sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness(H) must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4Let there be(I) no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking,(J) which are out of place, but instead(K) let there be thanksgiving. 5For you may be sure of this, that(L) everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous ((M) that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6(N) Let no one(O) deceive you with empty words, for because of these things(P) the wrath of God comes upon(Q) the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore(R) do not become partners with them; 8for(S) at one time you were(T) darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.(U) Walk as children of light 9(for(V) the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),

Cross references:Ephesians 5:1 : Ephesians 4:32; Matt 5:7, 48; Luke 6:36 Ephesians 5:2 : Rom 14:15; Col 3:14; John 13:34 Ephesians 5:2 : Rom 8:37 Ephesians 5:2 : Rom 4:25 Ephesians 5:2 : Gen 8:21 Ephesians 5:2 : Heb 7:27; 9:14; 10:10, 12 Ephesians 5:3 : 1 Cor 6:18; Gal 5:19 Ephesians 5:3 : Ephesians 5:12; Psalm 16:4 Ephesians 5:4 : Ephesians 4:29; Eccles 10:13 Ephesians 5:4 : Rom 1:28 Ephesians 5:4 : Ephesians 5:20 Ephesians 5:5 : 1 Cor 6:9 Ephesians 5:5 : Col 3:5 Ephesians 5:6 : Matt 24:4 Ephesians 5:6 : Col 2:8 Ephesians 5:6 : Rom 1:18; Col 3:6 Ephesians 5:6 : Ephesians 2:2; 1 Pet 1:14 Ephesians 5:7 : Ephesians 3:6 Ephesians 5:8 : Ephesians 2:1, 2 Ephesians 5:8 : Acts 26:18 Ephesians 5:8 : Isa 2:5; Luke 16:8; John 12:35, 36 Ephesians 5:9 : Gal 5:22; Rom 7:4


Unto You I lift | up my eyes,*
     O You who dwell in the | heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of | servants*
     look to the hand of their | masters.
So our eyes look to the | LORD our God,*
     until He has mer- | cy on us.
Have mercy on | us, O LORD,*
     Have mercy | on us! (Psalm 123:1–3)

Gospel: Luke 11:14-28

Jesus and Beelzebul

 14(A) Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. 15But some of them said, "He casts out demons(B) by Beelzebul, the prince of demons," 16while others,(C) to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. 17(D) But he,(E) knowing their thoughts, said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. 18And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul,(F) by whom do(G) your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20But if it is by(H) the finger of God that I cast out demons, then(I) the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; 22(J) but when one stronger than he attacks him and(K) overcomes him, he takes away his(L) armor in which he trusted and(M) divides his spoil. 23(N) Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Return of an Unclean Spirit

 24(O) "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through(P) waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' 25And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And(Q) the last state of that person is worse than the first."

True Blessedness

 27As he said these things,(R) a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him,(S) "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!" 28But he said, (T) "Blessed rather are those(U) who hear the word of God and(V) keep it!"

Cross references:Luke 11:14 : For Luke 11:14, 15, Matt 12:22-24; Matt 9:32-34 Luke 11:15 : Matt 10:25 Luke 11:16 : John 8:6 Luke 11:17 : For Luke 11:17-22, Matt 12:25-29; Mark 3:23-27 Luke 11:17 : Matt 9:4 Luke 11:19 : Acts 19:13 Luke 11:19 : 2 Kgs 2:7 Luke 11:20 : Exodus 8:19; 31:18; Deut 9:10; Psalm 8:3 Luke 11:20 : Luke 17:21; Matt 19:24; 21:31, 43 Luke 11:22 : Isa 49:24-26 Luke 11:22 : John 16:33 Luke 11:22 : Eph 6:11 Luke 11:22 : Isa 53:12 Luke 11:23 : Matt 12:30; Luke 9:50; Mark 9:40 Luke 11:24 : For Luke 11:24-26, Matt 12:43-45 Luke 11:24 : Psalm 63:1; Jer 2:6 Luke 11:26 : 2 Pet 2:20-22; John 5:14 Luke 11:27 : Luke 12:13 Luke 11:27 : 2 Chr 9:7; Luke 1:48 Luke 11:28 : Rev 1:3; 22:7 Luke 11:28 : Luke 8:21; James 1:22 Luke 11:28 : Lev 22:31


The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb: Moreover by them Your servant is warned. (Psalm 19)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 43

Send Out Your Light and Your Truth

 1(A) Vindicate me, O God, and(B) defend my cause
   against an ungodly people,from(C) the deceitful and unjust man
   deliver me! 2For you are(D) the God in whom I take refuge;
   why have you(E) rejected me?Why do I(F) go about mourning
   because of the oppression of the enemy?

 3(G) Send out your light and your truth;
   let them lead me;let them bring me to your(H) holy hill
   and to your(I) dwelling! 4Then I will go to the altar of God,
   to God my exceeding joy,and I will praise you with the lyre,
   O God, my God.

 5(J) Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you in turmoil within me?(K) Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my salvation and my God.

Cross references:Psalm 43:1 : Psalm 7:8; 26:1 Psalm 43:1 : 1 Sam 24:15 Psalm 43:1 : Psalm 5:6 Psalm 43:2 : Psalm 31:4 Psalm 43:2 : Psalm 44:9 Psalm 43:2 : Psalm 42:9 Psalm 43:3 : Psalm 40:11; 57:3 Psalm 43:3 : Psalm 2:6; 46:4 Psalm 43:3 : Psalm 84:1 Psalm 43:5 : Psalm 42:5 Psalm 43:5 : Psalm 42:5, 11

First Reading: Gen. 27:30-45; 28:10-20

 30As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31He also prepared delicious food and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, "Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that you may bless me." 32His father Isaac said to him, "Who are you?" He answered, "I am your son, your firstborn, Esau." 33Then Isaac trembled very violently and said, "Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed." 34As soon as Esau heard the words of his father,(A) he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, "Bless me, even me also, O my father!" 35But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing." 36Esau said,(B) "Is he not rightly named Jacob?[a] For he has cheated me these two times.(C) He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing." Then he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?" 37Isaac answered and said to Esau, "Behold,(D) I have made him lord over you, and all his brothers I have given to him for servants, and(E) with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?" 38Esau said to his father, "Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father." And(F) Esau lifted up his voice and wept.

 39Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:
   "Behold,(G) away from[b] the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be,
   and away from[c] the dew of heaven on high. 40By your sword you shall live,
   and you(H) shall serve your brother;but when you grow restless
   (I) you shall break his yoke from your neck."

 41Now Esau(J) hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself,(K) "The days of mourning for my father are approaching;(L) then I will kill my brother Jacob." 42But the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son and said to him, "Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself about you by planning to kill you. 43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice. Arise, flee to Laban my brother in Haran 44and stay with him a while, until your brother’s fury turns away— 45until your brother’s anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him. Then I will send and bring you from there. Why should I be bereft of you both in one day?"

Footnotes:Genesis 27:36 Jacob means He takes by the heel, or He cheats Genesis 27:39 Or Behold, of Genesis 27:39 Or and of
Cross references:Genesis 27:34 : Heb 12:17 Genesis 27:36 : Genesis 25:26 Genesis 27:36 : Genesis 25:33 Genesis 27:37 : Genesis 27:29; 2 Sam 8:14 Genesis 27:37 : Genesis 27:28 Genesis 27:38 : Genesis 27:34 Genesis 27:39 : Genesis 27:28; Genesis 36:6, 7 Genesis 27:40 : Genesis 25:23; 2 Sam 8:14; Obad 18-21 Genesis 27:40 : 2 Kgs 8:20-22 Genesis 27:41 : Genesis 37:4 Genesis 27:41 : Genesis 50:3, 4, 10 Genesis 27:41 : Amos 1:11; Obad 10

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 86

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

(A) A Prayer of David.

 1(B) Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,
   for I am(C) poor and needy. 2Preserve my life, for I am(D) godly;
   save your servant, who(E) trusts in you—you are my God. 3(F) Be gracious to me, O Lord,
   for to you do I cry all the day. 4Gladden the soul of your servant,
   for(G) to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5For you, O Lord, are good and(H) forgiving,
   (I) abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. 6(J) Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
   listen to my plea for grace. 7In(K) the day of my trouble I call upon you,
   (L) for you answer me.

 8There is(M) none like you among the gods, O Lord,
   (N) nor are there any works like yours. 9(O) All the nations you have made shall come
   and worship before you, O Lord,
   and shall glorify your name. 10For(P) you are great and(Q) do wondrous things;
   (R) you alone are God. 11(S) Teach me your way, O LORD,
   that I may(T) walk in your truth;
   (U) unite my heart to fear your name. 12I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
   and I will glorify your name forever. 13(V) For great is your steadfast love toward me;
   you have(W) delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

 14O God, insolent men have(X) risen up against me;
   a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
   and they do not set you before them. 15But you, O Lord, are a God(Y) merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 16(Z) Turn to me and be gracious to me;
   give your strength to(AA) your servant,
   and save the son of your maidservant. 17(AB) Show me a sign of your(AC) favor,
   that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
   because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Cross references:Psalm 86:1 : Psalm 72:20 Psalm 86:1 : Psalm 31:2 Psalm 86:1 : Psalm 40:17 Psalm 86:2 : Psalm 50:5 Psalm 86:2 : Psalm 11:1 Psalm 86:3 : Psalms 42:16; Psalm 56:1; 57:1; Psalm 4:1 Psalm 86:4 : Psalm 25:1 Psalm 86:5 : Psalm 130:4 Psalm 86:5 : Psalms 42:15; Psalm 103:8; 145:8, 9; Exodus 34:6; Joel 2:13 Psalm 86:6 : Psalm 55:1, 2 Psalm 86:7 : Psalm 77:2 Psalm 86:7 : Psalm 17:6 Psalm 86:8 : Psalm 89:6; Exodus 15:11 Psalm 86:8 : Deut 3:24 Psalm 86:9 : Psalm 66:4; Psalm 22:31; 65:2; Isa 66:23; Zech 14:18; Rev 15:4 Psalm 86:10 : Psalm 77:13 Psalm 86:10 : Psalm 72:18 Psalm 86:10 : Deut 6:4; Isa 37:16; 44:6, 8; 1 Cor 8:4, 6 Psalm 86:11 : Psalm 25:4 Psalm 86:11 : Psalm 26:3 Psalm 86:11 : Jer 32:39 Psalm 86:13 : Psalms 42:5 Psalm 86:13 : Psalm 30:3; Psalm 88:6; Ezek 26:20 Psalm 86:14 : Psalm 54:3 Psalm 86:15 : Psalms 42:5; Psalm 111:4; 112:4; Num 14:18; Neh 9:17; Jonah 4:2; Psalm 62:12 Psalm 86:16 : Psalm 25:16 Psalm 86:16 : Psalm 116:16 Psalm 86:17 : Judg 6:17 Psalm 86:17 : Neh 5:19; 13:31

Second Reading: Mk. 9:1-13

 1And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not(A) taste death(B) until they see the kingdom of God after it has come(C) with power."

The Transfiguration
 2(D) And after six days Jesus took with him(E) Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was(F) transfigured before them, 3and(G) his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one[a] on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5And Peter said to Jesus,(H) "Rabbi,[b] it is good that we are here. Let us make three(I) tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah." 6For(J) he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7And(K) a cloud overshadowed them, and(L) a voice came out of the cloud,(M) "This is my beloved Son;[c] listen to him." 8And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

 9(N) And as they were coming down the mountain,(O) he charged them to tell no one what they had seen,(P) until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10(Q) So they kept the matter to themselves,(R) questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. 11And they asked him, "Why do the scribes say(S) that first Elijah must come?" 12And he said to them, "Elijah does come first(T) to restore all things. And(U) how is it written of the Son of Man that he should(V) suffer many things and(W) be treated with contempt? 13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and(X) they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him."

Footnotes:Mark 9:3 Greek no cloth refiner Mark 9:5 Rabbi means my teacher, or my master Mark 9:7 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved
Cross references:Mark 9:1 : John 8:52; Heb 2:9 Mark 9:1 : Mark 13:30; Matt 10:23; 23:36; 24:34 Mark 9:1 : Mark 13:26; 14:62; Matt 25:31 Mark 9:2 : For Mark 9:2-8, Matt 17:1-8; Luke 9:28-36 Mark 9:2 : Mark 5:37; 14:33 Mark 9:2 : 2 Cor 3:18 (Gk) Mark 9:3 : Dan 7:9; Psalm 104:2; Matt 28:3 Mark 9:5 : John 1:38 Mark 9:5 : Neh 8:15 Mark 9:6 : Mark 14:40; Luke 9:33 Mark 9:7 : 2 Pet 1:17; Exodus 24:15, 16 Mark 9:7 : Mark 12:6; Matt 3:17 Mark 9:7 : Acts 3:22 Mark 9:9 : For Mark 9:9-13, Matt 17:9-13 Mark 9:9 : Mark 5:43; Matt 8:4 Mark 9:9 : Mark 8:31 Mark 9:10 : Luke 9:36 Mark 9:10 : John 16:17 Mark 9:11 : Matt 11:14 Mark 9:12 : Mal 4:6; Luke 1:16, 17; Acts 1:6; 3:21 Mark 9:12 : Psalm 22:6, 7; Isa 53:2, 3; Dan 9:26; Zech 13:7; Phil 2:7; Matt 26:24 Mark 9:12 : Mark 8:31 Mark 9:12 : Luke 23:11; Acts 4:11 Mark 9:13 : Mark 6:17, 27


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