“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS February 2024
TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006
|TLH 390/LSB 560
|1 Corinthians 2
|Our faith rests only on Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom to receive the truth of God.
|1 Corinthians 3
|Christ Jesus is the object of our faith and the Head of His body, the Church. As believers, our loyalty is to Christ and not to the undershepherds who minister to us.
|1 Corinthians 4
|The Lord blesses us greatly through the undershepherds into whose care He has entrusted us. Pastors and teachers are called to be faithful. We who are under their care are called to imitate their faithfulness.
|1 Corinthians 5
|Paul calls the Corinthian believers to repentance over an unresolved situation of sexual immorality in their midst.
|1 Corinthians 6
|Paul admonishes those among the Corinthians who have brought lawsuits against fellow believers. Paul urges the Corinthians to avoid all forms of unrighteousness, especially sexual immorality.
|TLH 625/LSB 862
|1 Corinthians 7
|Paul instructs the Corinthians on how to conduct themselves, whether they are married or unmarried. Sometimes it is wise for an unmarried person to marry. Sometimes it is wise for an unmarried person to remain unmarried. In either situation, the Lord calls the believer to faithfulness and purity.
|TLH 395/LSB 696
|1 Corinthians 8
|Sometimes an action that is not wrong in itself may be troubling to a Christian brother who is weak in faith or lacking in knowledge. The faithful believer desires to avoid exercising his Christian freedom in a way that will offend the weak.
|TLH 483/LSB 682
|2 Kings 2
|The Lord takes Elijah to heaven by a whirlwind and Elisha succeeds him. Elisha heals a spring of water miraculously. A group of boys mock Elisha and are killed by bears.
|WS 720/LSB 413
|Jesus is transfigured on the mountain. Jesus frees a boy from demonic possession. Jesus predicts His death and resurrection. Jesus teaches His disciples about humility. Jesus teaches that it is better to lose a part of the body than to be led into sin by that part of the body.
|TLH 224/LSB 497
|Joel prophesies the coming “day of the Lord,” including a clear description of the events of the Day of Pentecost, as fulfilled in Acts 2.
|2 Corinthians 6
|Now is the time to believe the Gospel! Now is the time to bear the cross, rejoicing in the salvation that we have received through Christ! The Lord commands His faithful people to avoid those whose teaching is contrary to that of His Word.
|TLH 458/LSB 766
|Among many other teachings, Jesus gives His disciples the Lord’s Prayer.
|TLH 326/LSB 608
|Though commended as a man of faith, Abraham at times fails to trust the Lord and instead takes matters into his own hands, committing great sin.
|TLH 40/LSB 798
|Isaac is born to Abraham and Sarah. Abraham sends Hagar and Ishmael away. Abraham makes a covenant with Abimelech at Beersheba.
|The Lord commands Abraham to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham is willing to obey the command of the Lord. The Lord stops Abraham from killing Isaac and provides a ram to be sacrificed in his place.
|TLH 318/LSB 613
|At the command of the Lord, the seven angels pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God.
|One of the seven angels shows John the great prostitute, Babylon, and a scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns.
|TLH 613/LSB 672
|An angel declares the fall of Babylon the great. Another voice calls the people of God to come out from Babylon.
|TLH 275/LSB 934
|The Lord changes the name of Abram to Abraham and makes with him the covenant of circumcision. The Lord changes the name of Sarai to Sarah and promises to provide Abraham and Sarah with a son in their old age.
|TLH 34/LSB 820
|The Lord appears to Abraham and tells him that Sarah will bear a son in about a year. The Lord reveals to Abraham His plan to destroy the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham intercedes for the city of Sodom for the sake of his nephew, Lot. The Lord agrees not to destroy Sodom if ten residents are found to be righteous.
|Jesus feeds the four thousand. The Pharisees demand a sign from Jesus, but He gives them no sign. Jesus warns His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. Jesus heals a blind man. Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ. Jesus predicts His death and resurrection.
|TLH 452/LSB 661
|A multitude of voices praises God for having judged the great prostitute. The voices continue to praise God for having prepared the marriage supper of the Lamb. John sees Jesus as a rider on a white horse victoriously leading the armies of heaven.
|TLH 611/LSB 508
|An angel binds Satan for one thousand years. The martyrs and those who have not worshiped the beast reign with Christ during the thousand years. Satan is defeated. The last judgment occurs.
|TLH 605/LSB 513
|God dwells with man in a new heaven and a new earth. Tears, death, mourning, crying, and pain are no more. Jesus Christ makes all things new. The holy city of Jerusalem, the holy Christian Church, is the bride of Christ.
|The river of the water of life flows from the throne of God. The tree of life grows on either side of the river. Jesus Christ is coming soon to take us there.