Malachi 2: The Lord Accuses the Priests

(17 verses, 3:08 to read)

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What I am about to READ

  • The LORD accuses the priests of profaning His Holy Place.

MARK & LEARN

Here’s an outline of the chapter

  • 1-9, The LORD accuses the priests of corruption, and threatens to punish them (including the threat of spreading the dung of the sacrifices on their faces).
    • In 2:5 the Lord speaks of the purpose for which He called Levi: to bless the people with life and peace, and so that the people would fear God.
    • The priests are to teach (2:7), but they have led the people away from the Lord’s truth.
  • 10-17, The priests are accused of ungodly marriage, first in that they married pagan wives, and, second, in that they treat their wives poorly.
    • 2:14-17 speaks very clearly, especially to husbands, about the tenderness with which they should treat their wives.

MEDITATE

  • These priests and husbands are hearing the Lord’s law expose their sin. This passage, then, is a beautiful call to repentance, confess their sins and trust in the promise that the Lord had given them to preach. This preaching of repentance is also for us, that we would rejoice in the life and peace that Jesus has for us in the Gospel.

Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO

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Revelation 19: The Victory and the Victor

(21 verses, 1:55 to read)

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What I am about to READ

At the destruction of the harlot and the beasts, all of Heaven rejoice. Christ, the friend of sinners, reveals Himself as the faithful, true, and victorious champion.

MARK & LEARN

– At the declaration of the fall of Babylon in the previous chapter, the responding joyous celebration of 19 begins. The judgements of the Lord, that is, His Word, remain and prove in the end to be just and true. This brings us back to the beginning of the Revelation wherein Christ comforts the persecuted churches of John’s day and ours with the reality that regardless of what our eyes see, Christ the victor through His Blood and Word still remains in the midst of us. Because this truth never fails, the church still sings the song of Revelation 19 when her Bridegroom gathers her today! So we are the ones who are blessed because the Lord has declared us righteous by faith and thus given us free access to the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end.

– The later 1/3 of chapter 19 reveals Christ as already victorious because His word has been declared from ages past and His blood has already been shed. This is why the angel calls the carrion birds to feast on the enemies of God before the “battle” begins. This section clearly reaffirms the most powerful weapon the Lord has and, indeed, has even given to His Bride, the Church: His Word. This is what is used to defeat all of the enemies of Truth.

MEDITATE

Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that your love for us sinner is steadfast, and that you continually call us to repentance and are quick to forgive. In these last days, constantly remind us of your love for us in your Son, our victorious Savior, Jesus Christ. Remind us that in Him, you have given us your best and greatest and have even already won the victory over sin, death, the Devil, and our sinful flesh so that we might lead godly lives here in time and with you there in eternity. Amen.

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-Pastor Weslie Odom

Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light and My Salvation

(14 verses, 1:55 to read)

What I am about to READ
  • This Psalm is a prayer of great confidence in the Lord in the midst of all sorts of trouble. It is one of the most comforting of all the Psalms.

MARK

  • The Psalm begins with a sermon extolling the Lord’s goodness, 27:1-6.
  • David then prays to the Lord asking for His help and kindness, 27:7-12.
  • The Psalm ends with a confession of faith (27:13) and a final charge (27:14).

LEARN

  • Consider the competing images of the Psalm. The Lord is a castle, a rock-solid protection in the time of trouble. In a wonderful mixing of images, David calls the tabernacle (only a tent, and certainly not a castle) his greatest protection. Our safety is in the Lord’s tent, not in the kings castle!
  • No matter the strength of our enemies, the Lord is our refuge and protector.
  • There is a lot of seeking in this Psalm. David is surrounded by his enemies, but he does not seek his own safety. Instead he seeks to dwell in the house of the Lord (27:4), and he seeks the Lord’s face (27:8). This is the hope that revives David, that he would see the “goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (27:13).

MEDITATE

  • There are a number of beautiful verses to meditate on in this Psalm. Consider rereading especially verses 1, 4, 8-9, and 14.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold1 of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller

Revelation 13: The Two Beasts

(18 verses, 1:45 to read)

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What I am about to READ

John receives a vision of two beast, perhaps best understood as political and religious tyranny and strife respectively.

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1-10: The beast from the sea is described and revealed.

11-18: The beast from the earth is described and revealed.

LEARN

– The previous chapter concluded with the dragon ready to make war as he stood on the the sands of the sea. The scene here in chapter 13 continues this picture as the first beast arises from the sea with the dragon looking on. This beast from the sea is perhaps best understood as a representation of those things the dragon can use in the secular realms of governments, various sources of information, economics, and so forth to do war with the “woman” and “her seed”.

– As the beast from the earth comes into the picture, it is plainly seen that, together with the beast from the sea, the entire world is at risk.

– The beast from the earth is of a different stripe than the beast from the sea, but they are of like kind. Unlike the first beast, this beast is persuasive, not coercive. The beast from the earth can be seen as various types of religious tyranny, which would mean primarily false doctrine, that the dragon uses in his warfare.

MEDITATE

The number 666, mentioned in chapter 13 of Revelation, receives much attention and has become an unsettling number for some Christians. The committee that coordinated and compiled the Lutheran Service Book, perhaps with this in mind, intentionally selected the very comforting hymn, “O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe” as the 666th hymn. The text follows:

1. O little flock, fear not the Foe
Who madly seeks your overthrow;
Dread not his rage and power.
What though your courage sometimes faints,
His seeming triumph o’er God’s saints
Lasts but a little hour.

2. Be of good cheer; your cause belongs
To Him who can avenge your wrongs;
Leave it to Him, our Lord.
Though hidden yet from mortal eyes,
His Gideon shall for you arise,
Uphold you and His Word.

3. As true as God’s own Word is true.
Not earth nor hell with all their crew
Against us shall prevail.
A jest and byword are they grown;
God is with us, we are His own;
Our victory cannot fail.

4. Amen, Lord Jesus, grant our prayer;
Great Captain, now Thine arm make bare,
Fight for us once again!
So shall Thy saints and martyrs raise
A mighty chorus to Thy praise,
World without end. Amen.

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-Pastor Weslie Odom

Nehemiah 9: Israel’s Confessional Service

(39 verses, 7:32 to read)

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What I am about to READ:

  • The people here the Lord’s Word and repent in this monumental service of confession and repentance.

MARK & LEARN

  • Here is an outline of the chapter:
    • 1-2: Introduction: Who, what, when, where
    • 3: The people listened to the Scriptures for four hours.
    • 4-5a: The priests call the people to prayer.
    • 5b-37: The Prayer of the Priests in which the people’s foolishness and the Lord’s faithfulness are put forth
    • 38: The people, noting the Lord’s faithfulness, make a covenant with the LORD.
  • The great prayer of this chapter serves as an inspired summary of the history of Israel. It is like the cliff notes of the Old Testament, and reminds us of the Sermon of Stephen in Acts 7.
  • We see here how the history of the LORD’s mercy, and the Scriptures, inform our prayers.

MEDITATE

  • Our prayers are shaped by the Scriptures. Notice how the people spent a quarter of the day listening to the Lord’s Word, and then a quarter of the day praying to the Lord. It is a good custom for us also to hear the Lord’s Word, and then offer our prayers to the Lord which grow out of the Scriptures.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO

Psalm 21: The King Rejoices in the Lord’s Strength

(13 verses, 0:40 to read)

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What I am about to READ

Psalm 21 is a psalm of David that gives thanks to God for establishing the strength of the king, which is the strength of the Lord.

MARK and LEARN

The king in this psalm is first and foremost King David, whom God set on the throne of Israel. God worked salvation for David not only in matters of the nation of Israel, establishing rule and peace for David, but also working eternal salvation through God’s promises to David.

This psalm according to Luther is a “prophecy of the kingdom of Christ” (Psalms with Martin Luther p. 29, CPH, 1993.  As this psalm exalts God who makes the king blessed forever it would make sense that this would also be speaking about the coming Christ and his rule over all the earth by grace.

The Lord’s “enemies” (vs. 8) will be swallowed up in the Lord’s wrath, prophesying that great day of the Lord’s return to judge the living and the dead.

MEDITATE

Lord God, come and vindicate your people who trust in you.  You are the King of Glory O Christ, you are the Everlasting Son of the Father. Destroy your enemies who exalt their own wisdom and strength and oppress those who trust in your cross.  Amen.

Peace,

Pr. Ross

Nehemiah 3: Working around the Walls of Jerusalem

(32 verses, 5:00 to read)

What I am about to READ

  • Nehemiah lists all the worker around the wall and gates of Jerusalem.

MARK & LEARN

  • This chapter is straight forward. Think of it like walking around the wall of Jerusalem and making note of the men and families who are working on repairing the walls and gates.
  • Here is a picture of it:

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another:

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MEDITATE

  • It is always helpful to remember that before the Scriptures teach us theology they first teach us history. This history of Nehemiah’s work is important background information for the New Testament. Under Nehemiah (and Ezra) the worship of the temple is restored in Jerusalem.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO