A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series March 29, 2009 - Fifth Sunday in Lent
Standard LSB B Readings: First: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Epistle: Hebrews 5:1-10 Gospel: Mark 10:(32-34)35-45 Psalm: Psalm 119:9-16
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Mark 10:32-45 for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2009.
It is from Large Catechism, Part III, The Lord's Prayer paragraphs 59-63, pages 415-416.
Like the Lord's apostles, we are unaware of the evil forces trying to tear us and others away from the Lord. We are overconfident that we can bravely withstand suffering and we fail to daily pray and to seek strength in God's word and sacrament. Jesus asks us, "Are you able to drink the cup I drink?"
So far we have prayed that God's name be honored by us and that His kingdom triumph among us. These two points deal with God's honor and our salvation. We receive God as our own and all His riches. But now we must firmly keep God's honor and our salvation, and not allow ourselves to be torn from them. In God's kingdom, although we have prayed for the greatest need we must also pray that God's will be done if we are to abide in God's will. We shall have to suffer many blows from everything that seeks to oppose the fulfillment of the first two petitions.
No one can believe how the devil opposes these prayers. He cannot allow anyone to teach or to believe rightly. It hurts him to have his lies and abominations exposed, which have been honored under the sham use of the divine name. It hurts him when he himself is disgraced, is driven out of the heart, and has to let a breach be made in his kingdom. Therefore, he rages as a fierce enemy with all his power and might. He marshals all his subjects and, in addition, enlists the world and our own flesh as his allies. For our flesh is in itself lazy and inclined to evil [Rom. 7:18], even though we have believed God's Word. The world is wicked. So he provokes the world against us, fans and stirs the fire, so that he may drive us back, cause us to fall, and again bring us under his power [2 Cor. 2:11; 1 Tim. 3:6-7]. (paragraphs 59-63)
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