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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

March 4, 2007 - 2nd Sunday in Lent

Standard LSB C Readings:
First: Jer 26:8-15
Epistle: Phil 3:17-4:1
Gospel: Luke 13:31-35
Psalm: Ps 4 (1)

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Gospel Luke 13:31-35 for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, March 4, 2007.

It is from Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article II, paragraphs 57-59, pages 560-561.

Not the least of our Lord's suffering was the deep anguish in His heart for the unbelievers in Jerusalem for whom He came to save. Not dissimilar is the anguish in the hearts of believers because of the unbelief of friends and dearly loved family members.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


If a person will not listen to preaching or read God's Word, but despises God's Word and congregation, and so dies and perishes in his sins, he cannot comfort himself with God's eternal election or receive His mercy. For Christ, in whom we are chosen, offers to all people His grace in the Word and holy Sacraments. He sincerely wants it to be heard. He has promised that where two or three are gathered together in His name and have His holy Word, He will be in their midst (Matthew 18:20).

When such a person despises the instrument of the Holy Spirit and will not listen, no injustice is done to him if the Holy Spirit does not enlighten him but allows him to remain in the darkness of his unbelief and to perish. For it is written about this matter, "How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!" (Matthew 23:37).

In this respect it may well be said that a person is not a stone or block. For a stone or block does not resist the person who moves it. It does not understand and doesn't care what is being done with it. But a person with his will resists God the Lord until he is converted. It is true that a person before His conversion is still a rational creature, having an understanding and will. However, he does not understand divine things. (paragraphs 57-59)

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

These are excerpts from the Book of Concord.

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