June 11th, 2019

Whit-Tuesday


Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 32:14-20

14For the palace is forsaken,
   the populous city deserted;the hill and the watchtower
   will become dens forever,(A) a joy of wild donkeys,
   a pasture of flocks; 15until(B) the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
   and(C) the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
   and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. 16Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
   and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. 17(D) And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
   and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust[a] forever. 18My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
   in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. 19(E) And it will hail when the forest falls down,
   (F) and the city will be utterly laid low. 20(G) Happy are you who sow beside all waters,
   who let the feet of the ox and the donkey range free.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Epistle: Acts 8:14-17

 14Now when(A) the apostles at Jerusalem heard that(B) Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15who came down and prayed for them(C) that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16for(D) he had not yet(E) fallen on any of them, but(F) they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then(G) they laid their hands on them and(H) they received the Holy Spirit.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Gospel: John 10:1-10

I Am the Good Shepherd

 1"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5(A) A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." 6This figure of speech Jesus(B) used with them, but they(C) did not understand what he was saying to them.

 7So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you,(D) I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me,(E) he will be saved and will go in and out and(F) find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and(G) kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

First Reading: Num. 22:21-23:3

21So Balaam rose in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.

Balaam’s Donkey and the Angel
 22But God’s anger was kindled because he went,(A) and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way(B) as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23And the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand. And the donkey turned aside out of the road and went into the field. And Balaam struck the donkey, to turn her into the road. 24Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on either side. 25And when the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pushed against the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall. So he struck her again. 26Then the angel of the LORD went ahead and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left. 27When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff. 28Then the LORD(C) opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?" 29And Balaam said to the donkey, "Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you." 30And the donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?" And he said, "No."

 31Then the LORD(D) opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face. 32And the angel of the LORD said to him, "Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out(E) to oppose you because your way is perverse[a] before me. 33The donkey saw me and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let her live." 34Then Balaam said to the angel of the LORD,(F) "I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood in the road against me. Now therefore, if it is evil in your sight, I will turn back." 35And the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, "Go with the men,(G) but speak only the word that I tell you." So Balaam went on with the princes of Balak.

 36When Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to meet him at the city of Moab,(H) on the border formed by the Arnon, at the extremity of the border. 37And Balak said to Balaam, "Did I not send to you to call you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able to(I) honor you?" 38Balaam said to Balak, "Behold, I have come to you! Have I now any power of my own to speak anything?(J) The word that God puts in my mouth, that must I speak." 39Then Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth. 40And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent for Balaam and for the princes who were with him.

 41And in the morning Balak took Balaam and brought him up to Bamoth-baal, and from there he saw a fraction of the people.

Balaam’s First Oracle
 1And Balaam said to Balak,(K) "Build for me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams." 2Balak did as Balaam had said. And Balak and Balaam(L) offered on each altar a bull and a ram. 3And Balaam said to Balak,(M) "Stand beside your burnt offering, and I will go. Perhaps the LORD will come(N) to meet me, and whatever he shows me I will tell you." And he went to a bare height,

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Second Reading: Lk. 22:24-46

Who Is the Greatest?

 24(A) A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25(B) And he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles(C) exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26(D) But not so with you. Rather, let(E) the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27For who is the greater,(F) one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But(G) I am among you as the one who serves.

 28"You are those who have stayed with me(H) in my trials, 29and(I) I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30(J) that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and(K) sit on thrones judging(L) the twelve tribes of Israel.

Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

 31"Simon, Simon, behold,(M) Satan demanded to have you,[a](N) that he might sift you like wheat, 32but(O) I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again,(P) strengthen your brothers." 33Peter[b] said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both(Q) to prison and(R) to death." 34(S) Jesus[c] said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me."

Scripture Must Be Fulfilled in Jesus

 35And he said to them, (T) "When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?" They said, "Nothing." 36He said to them, "But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37For I tell you that(U) this Scripture must be fulfilled in me:(V) 'And he was numbered with the transgressors.' For(W) what is written about me has its fulfillment." 38And they said, "Look, Lord, here are two(X) swords." And he said to them, (Y) "It is enough."

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

 39(Z) And he came out and went,(AA) as was his custom, to(AB) the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40(AC) And when he came to(AD) the place, he said to them, (AE) "Pray that you may not(AF) enter into temptation." 41And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and(AG) knelt down and prayed, 42saying, (AH) "Father, if you are willing, remove(AI) this cup from me.(AJ) Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done." 43And there appeared to him(AK) an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44And(AL) being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.[d] 45And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46and he said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Rise and(AM) pray that you may not enter into temptation."

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