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February 15, 2009 - 6th Sunday after Epiphany

Standard LSB B Readings:
First: 2 Kings 5:1-14
Epistle: 1 Cor 10:(19-30)31-11:1
Gospel: Mark 1:40-45
Psalm: Psalm 30:1ff

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, Old Testament, 2 Kings 5:1-14 for the 6th Sunday after Epiphany, February 15, 2009.

It is from Large Catechism, Part IV, Baptism, paragraphs 26-29, pages 425-426.

To the well-educated modern man the sprinkling a handful of water on the head of a person and repeating a few words seems like a meaningless ceremony of no real significance. But it is commanded by God and we then must respect it as God's way of bringing regeneration and cleansing to the sin-sick soul.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD6TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
LARGE CATECHISMPART IV, BAPTISM

Here you see again how highly and preciously we should value Baptism, because in it we receive such an unspeakable treasure. This also proves that it cannot be ordinary, mere water. For mere water could not do such a thing. But the Word does it and, as I said above, so does the fact that God's name is included in Baptism. Where God's name is, there must also be life and salvation [Psalm 54:1]. So Baptism may certainly be called a divine, blessed, fruitful, and gracious water. Such power is given to Baptism by the Word that it is a washing of new birth, as St. Paul also calls it in Titus 3:5.

Our would-be wise, "new spirits" assert that faith alone saves, and that works and outward things do nothing. We answer, "It is true, indeed, that nothing in us is of any use but faith, as we shall hear still further." But these blind guides are unwilling to see this: faith must have something that it believes, that is, of which it takes hold [2 Timothy 1:13; Titus 1:9] and upon which it stands and rests [1 Cor. 2:5]. So faith clings to the water and believes that in Baptism, there is pure salvation and life. This is not through the water (as we have stated well), but through the fact that it is embodied in God's Word and institution, and that God's name abides in it. Now, if I believe this, what else is it than believing in God as the One who has given and planted His Word [Mark 4:14] into this ordinance and offers to us this outward thing by which we may gain such a treasure? (paragraphs 26-29)



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.

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