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“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS OCTOBER 2020

Written by | October, 2020
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TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006

Date Hymns Reading Comments
Oct 1 TLH 450 1 Kings 9:1-9 The Lord answered Solomon’s prayer at the temple dedication, reaffirming His faithfulness toward those who put their trust in Him.
Oct 2 TLH 567 1 Kings 10:1-13 The Lord had promised wisdom and wealth to Solomon, and He delivered on both. Even the Queen of Sheba was astonished to see all that Solomon had.
Oct 3 TLH 446 (LSB 663) 1 Kings 11:1-13 The foreign women Solomon married were a bad spiritual influence on him and he began to build shrines to their false gods. The decline and loss of His kingdom was now coming.
Oct 5 TLH 448 Revelation 3:14-22 The congregation here was wealthy and comfortable and it had led to an attitude of indifference toward Christ. They were “neither cold nor hot” but only lukewarm.
Oct 6 TLH 581 1 Kings 11:26-40 Solomon’s rule began to crumble and Ahijah the prophet told Jeroboam that he would become the next great king— if he relied on the Lord for his strength and followed the Lord’s guidance.
Oct 7 TLH 576 1 Kings 11:41-12:15 Rehoboam tried to ascend the throne of his father Solomon, but quickly showed that he had no love for the people he wanted to rule. God preserve us from heartless leaders!
Oct 8 TLH 243 Revelation 4:1-11 John’s visions of “what must take place after this” began with a scene where all creatures bowed down in worship and gave honor to God. God is worthy of such honor for He created all things.
Oct 9 TLH 335 1 Kings 12:16-25 Solomon’s kingdom is divided with Rehoboam ruling in the south (Judah) and Jeroboam ruling in the north (Israel). There would be trouble now for years to come.
Oct 10 TLH 334 (LSB 689) 1 Kings 12:26-33 Jeroboam, the Lord’s choice to lead the ten northern tribes, committed terrible sin by leading Israel into idolatry. This was the “sin of Jeroboam” that would be repeated over and over by subsequent rulers.
Oct 12 TLH 261 (LSB 655) 1 Kings 13:1-34 We are reminded of how critical it is for us to follow the word of the Lord and not to be misled by false teachers. The way of God is always best.
Oct 13 WS 799 Revelation 5:1-14 At the Father’s right hand John saw God the Son, Jesus Christ. Christ, the Lamb Who was slain, was worthy to “open the scrolls” and reveal what was yet to come.
Oct 14 TLH 583 Joel 1:1-20 Sometimes the Lord sends trouble to let us see the dangers of life apart from Him and to bring us once again to repentance. In this case, an invasion of locusts was the trouble.
Oct 15 TLH 515 Joel 2:1-11 The locusts would do tremendous damage and devour the people’s food. The invasion would be a dreadful “day of the Lord.” It would probably seem to them like the end of the world.
Oct 16 WS 724 Revelation 6:1-17 Death, destruction, war, bloodshed, and persecution will trouble the people of God until the Last Day when all that is evil will be swept away. Our hope is in Christ, our Redeemer!
Oct 17 TLH 322 Joel 2:12-27 When the Lord chastens us on account of our sins, let us bend the knee to Him in humility and godly sorrow, turning to Him and to His compassionate love.
Oct 19 TLH 226; LSB 503 Joel 2:28-32 The locusts would be taken away. God would bless His people with a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2) and give them the ultimate deliverance at the Last Day.
Oct 20 WS 761 Revelation 7:1-8 Satan and his evil angels try to do away with God’s people, but He protects His believing children and “seals” them from danger and destruction so they can reach their heavenly goal.
Oct 21 TLH 601 Joel 3:1-16 The unbelieving wicked will enter punishment on the Day of Judgment, but “the Lord will be a refuge for his people.” Take refuge in God and in the forgiveness of sins you have through His Son.
Oct 22 TLH 613 (LSB 672) Joel 3:17-21 Following the great Judgment Day, the believers in Christ will be safe and happy forever!
Oct 23 WS 783 Revelation 7:9-17 Salvation belongs to our God and to the Lamb who offered His life in our place, giving us the white robes of His own righteousness so we can enjoy an eternal inheritance in heaven.
Oct 24 TLH 302 1 Kings 14:1-18 Jeroboam and his family came to a bad end because of his idolatry, but notice how the young believing son was saved (in this case through death). Mark 10:15-16 comes to mind.
Oct 26 TLH 350 1 Kings 15:1-8 Meanwhile, down south in Judah, King Rehoboam had been replaced by Abijah. Abijah was terrible, but the Lord gave him a son for the sake of maintaining Judah until Christ came. God’s mercy, yet again.
Oct 27 TLH 582 1 Kings 15:9-15 Abijah’s son Asa was one of the few godly kings, a blessing from the Lord to Judah. Praise the Lord whenever we are blessed with God-fearing rulers!
Oct 28 TLH 456 Revelation 8:1-5 Back to opening the seals: the seventh one pictured tremendous hardship to come before the Last Day. (We experience such hardship now.) Prayers rise up to heaven for the preservation of the believers.
Oct 29 TLH 258 (LSB 659) Revelation 8:6-13 The world is not on an upward course but a downward one. It will not get better but will only become worse as the end approaches. Our own daily observations support this too.
Oct 30 TLH 321 1 Kings 15:25-34 Meanwhile, back up north in Israel, King Nadab had followed Jeroboam. An evil king, Nadab was assassinated by Baasha. Can you guess how good a king Baasha was? What a wreck people make of things without the Lord!
Oct 31 TLH 260 Revelation 9:1-11 The picture here is of evil people and forces rising up against Christians (as we still see today). But the Lord is faithful to His dear children and keeps the evil ones from ruining them (vv. 4-5).