A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series March 11, 2007 - 3rd Sunday in Lent
Standard LSB C Readings: First: Ezek 33:7-20 Epistle: 1 Cor 10:1-13 Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 Psalm: Ps 85 (8)
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Epistle 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, March 11, 2007.
It is from Large Catechism, Part III The Lord's Prayer, paragraphs 105-107, page 447.
We are compelled by the numerous examples of those who have given in to temptation and suffered God's wrath, but also by the urging of the Holy Spirit and our love for the Lord to resist. We all must suffer temptations, but we can pray for God's help, resist and not fall.
Great and grievous, indeed, are these dangers and temptations, which every Christian must bear. We bear them even though each one were alone by himself. So every hour that we are in this vile life, we are attacked on all sides (2 Cor. 4:8), chased and hunted down. We are moved to cry out and to pray that God would not allow us to become weary and faint (Isaiah 40:31; Hebrews 12:3) and to fall again into sin, shame, and unbelief. For otherwise it is impossible to overcome even the least temptation.
This, then, is what "lead us no into temptation" means. It refers to times when God gives us power and strength to resist the temptation (1 Cor. 10:13). However, the temptation is not taken away or removed. While we live in the flesh and have the devil around us, no one can escape his temptation and lures. It can only mean that we must endure trials - indeed, be engulfed in them (2 Tim. 2:3). But we say this prayer so that we may not fall and be drowned in them.
To feel temptation is, therefore, a far different thing from consenting or yielding to it. We must all feel it, although not all in the same way. Some feel it in a greater degree and more severely than others. For example, the young suffer especially from the flesh. Afterward, then they reach middle life and old age, they feel it from the world. But others who are occupied with spiritual matters, that is, strong Christians, feel it from the devil. (paragraphs 105-107)
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