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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bible Passage:Gal 6:6

And let the one who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches.

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Here Paul preaches to the disciples or hearers of the Word, commanding them to bestow all good things upon those which have taught and instructed them in the Word.  He here shows how necessary this commandment is concerning the maintenance of the ministers of the Church.  For Satan can abide nothing less than the light of the Gospel.  Therefore, when he sees that it begins to shine, then he rages and goes about with all main and might to quench it.  Moreover, Satan turns men particularly also from the Gospel by excessive fullness.  For when the Gospel is diligently and daily preached, many being satiated therewith begin to loathe it, and little by little become negligent and untoward to all godly behaviors.  Again, Satan seeks to prevent parents from bringing up their children in the study of the Holy Scriptures, but to employ them rather entirely to remunerative arts or occupations.  It is not without cause, therefore, that Paul warns the hearers of the Gospel to make their pastors and teachers partakers with them in all good things.  "If we (he says to the Corinthians) sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we should reap material things from you?" (I Cor 9:11)?  The hearers thereof ought to minister material things to them from whom they have received spiritual things.  For it is impossible that those that are godly indeed should permit their pastors to live in need and poverty.

Oh, may Thy people faithful be,
And in Thy pastors honor Thee,
And with them work, and for them pray,
And gladly Thee in them obey;
Receive the prophet of the Lord,
And gain the prophet̓s own reward!

aka Pastor Robin Fish
To be Lutheran is to be Christian -- and Vice Versa!

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