Thursday, January 4, 2024

Psalm 40:6-10

6Sacrifice and offering you have not desired,but you have given me an | open ear.*Burnt offering and sin offeringyou have | not required.7Then I said, “Behold, | I have come;*in the scroll of the book it is writ- | ten of me:8I desire to do your will, | O my God;*your law is with- | in my heart.”

9I have told the glad news of deliverancein the great congre- | gation;*behold, I have not restrained my lips,as you know, | O Lord.10I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;I have spoken of your faithfulness and your sal- | vation;*I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulnessfrom the great congre- | gation.

 Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 63:15—65:7

15Look down from heaven and see,from your holy and beautiful habitation.Where are your zeal and your might?The stirring of your inner parts and your compassionare held back from me.16For you are our Father,though Abraham does not know us,and Israel does not acknowledge us;you, O Lord, are our Father,our Redeemer from of old is your name.17O Lord, why do you make us wander from your waysand harden our heart, so that we fear you not?Return for the sake of your servants,the tribes of your heritage.18Your holy people held possession for a little while;our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary.19We have become like those over whom you have never ruled,like those who are not called by your name.1Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,that the mountains might quake at your presence—2 as when fire kindles brushwoodand the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to your adversaries,and that the nations might tremble at your presence!3When you did awesome things that we did not look for,you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.4From of old no one has heardor perceived by the ear,no eye has seen a God besides you,who acts for those who wait for him.5You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,those who remember you in your ways.Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?6We have all become like one who is unclean,and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.We all fade like a leaf,and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.7There is no one who calls upon your name,who rouses himself to take hold of you;for you have hidden your face from us,and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.8But now, O Lord, you are our Father;we are the clay, and you are our potter;we are all the work of your hand.9Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,and remember not iniquity forever.Behold, please look, we are all your people.10Your holy cities have become a wilderness;Zion has become a wilderness,Jerusalem a desolation.11Our holy and beautiful house,where our fathers praised you,has been burned by fire,and all our pleasant places have become ruins.12Will you restrain yourself at these things, O Lord?Will you keep silent, and afflict us so terribly?

1I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.I said, “Here am I, here am I,”to a nation that was not called by my name.2I spread out my hands all the dayto a rebellious people,who walk in a way that is not good,following their own devices;3a people who provoke meto my face continually,sacrificing in gardensand making offerings on bricks;4who sit in tombs,and spend the night in secret places;who eat pig’s flesh,and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels;5who say, “Keep to yourself,do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.”These are a smoke in my nostrils,a fire that burns all the day.6Behold, it is written before me:“I will not keep silent, but I will repay;I will indeed repay into their bosom7both your iniquities and your fathers’ iniquities together,says the Lord;because they made offerings on the mountainsand insulted me on the hills,I will measure into their bosompayment for their former deeds.”

New Testament

Luke 2:41–52

41Now [Jesus’] parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. 43And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” 49And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

52And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.