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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Bible Passage:2 Peter 2:16

but he received a rebuke for his own transgression; for a dumb donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.

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Now the dumb beast of burden, the donkey, signifies the people that allow themselves to be bridled and ridden, and go wherever they are led, like the donkey, who was forced and beaten cruelly when he went out of the way into the ditch, and must neither give way before the angel in the path, nor turn aside, and so must fall down.  In the same way these seducers also have urged on the people, until they finally have become aware that it is a thing not to be endured, that they are being dealt with unfairly and that their teachers wish to turn them aside from the way.  The harshness with which they have troubled the people has been so gross, that at length God has opened our lips and given words into our mouths, so that even the children speak of it; whereby their folly is made plain, so that they must be ashamed.  We may say to them: We know that in times past you have preached the Word of God; but now you have become fools, and are possessed by avarice.  Is there any wonder that now the common people, who have been burdened and oppressed like a dumb beast of burden, have been roused and impelled by God to speak the truth?


That Thou art with us, loud proclaim,
Who puts our enemies to shame,
Does all their haughtiness suppress.
And help Thine own in their distress.

--
Cuda.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
Lutheran to the core -- and just a little beyond.


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