THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

(02 February 2020)

Micah 6:1–8; Ps. 15:1-5; 1 Corinthians 1:18–31; Matthew 5:1–12

Hymn of Invocation / Catechetical Hymn of the Week
Blessed Jesus, at Your Word (LSB 904)



Hymn of the Day

LSB 842: Son of God, Eternal Savior

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion
Evening and morning (LSB 726)


O love, how deep, how broad, how high (LSB 544)


Jesus, Thy boundless love to me (LSB 683)


Seek where you may to find a way (LSB 557)



Hymn of Departure
Jesus has come and brings pleasure eternal (LSB 533)

God Manifests His Glory in the Humility and Weakness of Christ Crucified

The Lord tells His people, “I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery” (Micah 6:4). By the sacrifice of His beloved Son He has redeemed us from our slavery of sin and death; He has forgiven our transgressions by the shedding of His blood. His great mercy and salvation lead us “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly” with our God (Micah 6:8). We boast only in the Incarnate and Crucified Lord Jesus. He is “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24). He is our life and salvation, “our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30). Now He opens His mouth and teaches us His wisdom. By His Cross and Passion the kingdom of heaven is ours, we receive mercy and are satisfied, we see God, and we are called sons of God in Christ. “Blessed are you,” therefore, “when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely” on account of Christ (Matt. 5:11).


Summary: LCMS.  Hymns: Dr. Richard Stuckwisch


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 30:38, 35.2 MB, 2017-Jan-23)


Lectionary Podcast - Epiphany 4 - Series A - Matthew 5:1-12 with Prof. Ryan Tietz

Prof. Ryan Tietz, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson.

Lectionary Podcast - Proper 27 - Series C - Matt 5:1-12 with Dr. Charles Gieschen

Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 5:1–12 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἰδὼν δὲ τοὺς ὄχλους ἀνέβη εἰς τὸ ὄρος· καὶ καθίσαντος αὐτοῦ προσῆλθαν αὐτῷ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ·

2 καὶ ἀνοίξας τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ ἐδίδασκεν αὐτοὺς λέγων·

3 Μακάριοι οἱ πτωχοὶ τῷ πνεύματι, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

4 μακάριοι οἱ πενθοῦντες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ παρακληθήσονται.

5 μακάριοι οἱ πραεῖς, ὅτι αὐτοὶ κληρονομήσουσι τὴν γῆν.

6 μακάριοι οἱ πεινῶντες καὶ διψῶντες τὴν δικαιοσύνην, ὅτι αὐτοὶ χορτασθήσονται.

7 μακάριοι οἱ ἐλεήμονες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ ἐλεηθήσονται.

8 μακάριοι οἱ καθαροὶ τῇ καρδίᾳ, ὅτι αὐτοὶ τὸν θεὸν ὄψονται.

9 μακάριοι οἱ εἰρηνοποιοί, ὅτι αὐτοὶ υἱοὶ θεοῦ κληθήσονται.

10 μακάριοι οἱ δεδιωγμένοι ἕνεκεν δικαιοσύνης, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

11 μακάριοί ἐστε ὅταν ὀνειδίσωσιν ὑμᾶς καὶ διώξωσιν καὶ εἴπωσιν πᾶν πονηρὸν καθʼ ὑμῶν ψευδόμενοι ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ.

12 χαίρετε καὶ ἀγαλλιᾶσθε, ὅτι ὁ μισθὸς ὑμῶν πολὺς ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς· οὕτως γὰρ ἐδίωξαν τοὺς προφήτας τοὺς πρὸ ὑμῶν.


Literal Translation

1  But seeing the crowds, He went up into the mountain, and seating Himself, His disciples came near to Him.

2  And opening His mouth, He taught them, saying:

3  Blessed are the poor in spirit! For theirs is the kingdom of the Heavens.

4  Blessed are the ones mourning! For they shall be comforted.

5  Blessed are the meek! For they shall inherit the earth. Psa. 37:11

6  Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled.

7  Blessed are the merciful! For they shall obtain mercy.

8  Blessed are the pure in heart! For they shall see God.

9  Blessed are the peacemakers! For they shall be called sons of God.

10  Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

11  Blessed are you when they shall reproach you, and persecute you, and shall say every evil word against you, lying, on account of Me.

12  Rejoice and leap for joy, for your reward is great in Heaven; for in this way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.