40:1 In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on this very day, the hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me there. 2By divine visions he brought me to the land of Israel and placed me on a very high mountain, and on it was a structure like a city, to the south. 3When he brought me there, I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring stick in his hand. He was standing in the gateway. 4The man said to me, “Son of man, watch closely, listen carefully, and pay attention to everything I show you, for you have been brought here so that I can show it to you. Tell the house of Israel everything you see.”
5I saw a wall all around the outside of the temple. In the man’s hand was a measuring stick 10½ feet long. He measured the thickness of the wall as 10½ feet and its height as 10½ feet. 6Then he went to the gate facing east. He climbed its steps and measured the threshold of the gate as 10½ feet deep. 7The alcoves were 10½ feet long and 10½ feet wide; between the alcoves were 8¾ feet. The threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate facing inward was 10½ feet. 8Then he measured the porch of the gate facing inward as 10½ feet. 9He measured the porch of the gate as 14 feet and its jambs as 3½ feet; the porch of the gate faced inward. 10There were three alcoves on each side of the east gate; the three had the same measurement, and the jambs on either side had the same measurement. 11He measured the width of the entrance of the gateway as 17½ feet and the length of the gateway as 22¾ feet. 12There was a barrier in front of the alcoves, 1¾ feet on either side; the alcoves were 10½ feet on either side. 13He measured the gateway from the roof of one alcove to the roof of the other, a width of 43¾ feet from one entrance to the opposite one. 14He measured the porch at 105 feet high; the gateway went all around to the jamb of the courtyard. 15From the front of the entrance gate to the porch of the inner gate was 87½ feet. 16There were closed windows toward the alcoves and toward their jambs within the gate all around, and likewise for the porches. There were windows all around the inside, and on each jamb were decorative palm trees.
17Then he brought me to the outer court. I saw chambers there and a pavement made for the court all around; 30 chambers faced the pavement. 18The pavement was beside the gates, corresponding to the length of the gates; this was the lower pavement. 19Then he measured the width from before the lower gate to the front of the exterior of the inner court as 175 feet on the east and on the north.
20He measured the length and width of the gate of the outer court that faces north. 21Its alcoves, three on each side, and its jambs and porches had the same measurement as the first gate; 87½ feet long and 43¾ feet wide. 22Its windows, its porches, and its decorative palm trees had the same measurement as the gate that faced east. Seven steps led up to it, and its porch was in front of them. 23Opposite the gate on the north and the east was a gate of the inner court; he measured the distance from gate to gate at 175 feet.
24Then he led me toward the south. I saw a gate on the south. He measured its jambs and its porches; they had the same dimensions as the others. 25There were windows all around it and its porches, like the windows of the others, 87½ feet long and 43¾ feet wide. 26There were seven steps going up to it; its porches were in front of them. It had decorative palm trees on its jambs, one on either side. 27The inner court had a gate toward the south; he measured it from gate to gate toward the south as 175 feet.
28Then he brought me to the inner court by the south gate. He measured the south gate; it had the same dimensions as the others. 29Its alcoves, its jambs, and its porches had the same dimensions as the others, and there were windows all around it and its porches; its length was 87½ feet and its width 43¾ feet. 30There were porches all around, 43¾ feet long and 8¾ feet wide. 31Its porches faced the outer court, and decorative palm trees were on its jambs, and its stairway had eight steps.
32Then he brought me to the inner court on the east side. He measured the gate; it had the same dimensions as the others. 33Its alcoves, its jambs, and its porches had the same dimensions as the others, and there were windows all around it and its porches; its length was 87½ feet and its width 43¾ feet. 34Its porches faced the outer court, it had decorative palm trees on its jambs, and its stairway had eight steps.
35Then he brought me to the north gate, and he measured it; it had the same dimensions as the others— 36its alcoves, its jambs, and its porches. It had windows all around it; its length was 87½ feet and its width 43¾ feet. 37Its jambs faced the outer court, and it had decorative palm trees on its jambs on either side, and its stairway had eight steps.
38There was a chamber with its door by the porch of the gate; there they washed the burnt offering. 39In the porch of the gate were two tables on either side on which to slaughter the burnt offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering. 40On the outside of the porch as one goes up at the entrance of the north gate were two tables, and on the other side of the porch of the gate were two tables. 41Four tables were on each side of the gate, eight tables on which the sacrifices were to be slaughtered. 42The four tables for the burnt offering were of carved stone, 32 inches long, 32 inches wide, and 21 inches high. They would put the instruments that they used to slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice on them. 43There were hooks 3 inches long fastened in the house all around, and on the tables was the flesh of the offering.
44On the outside of the inner gate were chambers for the singers of the inner court, one at the side of the north gate facing south, and the other at the side of the south gate facing north. 45He said to me, “This chamber that faces south is for the priests who keep charge of the temple, 46and the chamber that faces north is for the priests who keep charge of the altar. These are the descendants of Zadok, from the descendants of Levi, who may approach the Lord to minister to him.” 47He measured the court as a square 175 feet long and 175 feet wide; the altar was in front of the temple.
48Then he brought me to the porch of the temple and measured the jambs of the porch as 8¾ feet on either side; the width of the gate was 24½ feet, and the sides were 5¼ feet on each side. 49The length of the porch was 35 feet and the width 19¼ feet; steps led up to it, and there were pillars beside the jambs on either side.(NET Bible)
101:1 A psalm of David.
I will sing about loyalty and justice.
To you, O Lord, I will sing praises.
2I will walkin the way of integrity.
When will you come to me?
I will conduct my business with integrity in the midst of my palace.
3I will not even consider doing what is dishonest.
I hate doing evil;
I will have no part of it.
4I will have nothing to do with a perverse person;
I will not permit evil.
5I will destroy anyone who slanders his neighbor in secret.
I will not tolerate anyone who has a haughty demeanor and an arrogant attitude.
6I will favor the honest people of the land
and allow them to live with me.
Those who walk in the way of integrity will attend me.
7Deceitful people will not live in my palace.
Liars will not be welcome in my presence.
8Each morning I will destroy all the wicked people in the land
and remove all evildoers from the city of the Lord.(NET Bible)
10:11 And every priest stands day after day serving and offering the same sacrifices again and again—sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But when this priest had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13where he is now waiting until his enemies are made a footstool for his feet. 14For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are made holy. 15And the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us, for after saying, 16“This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” 17then he says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” 18Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.(NET Bible)
Even in the introduction [to his lectures on Galatians delivered between 1535 and 1545] Luther discussed how the six days of creation are to be understood. He recalls that Hilary and Augustine, these two great lights of the church, were of the opinion that the world was created suddenly and not gradually in the course of six days. Then he opposes this view and writes: “Because we are not sufficiently able to understand how these days occurred nor why God wished to observe such distinctions of times, we shall rather admit our ignorance than attempt to twist the words unnecessarily into an unnatural meaning. As far, therefore, as St. Augustine’s opinion is concerned, we hold that Moses spoke literally not allegorically or figuratively, that is, the world and all its creatures was created within the six days as the words declare. Because we are not able to comprehend we shall remain disciples and leave the instructorship to the Holy Ghost.” (51)
–Johann Michael Reu, Luther on the Scriptures
This daily Bible reading guide, Reading the Word of God, was conceived and prepared as a result of the ongoing discussions between representatives of three church bodies: Lutheran Church—Canada (LCC), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The following individuals have represented their church bodies and approved this introduction and the reading guide: LCC: President Robert Bugbee; NALC: Bishop John Bradosky, Revs. Mark Chavez, James Nestingen, and David Wendel; LCMS: Revs. Albert Collver, Joel Lehenbauer, John Pless, and Larry Vogel.