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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

June 21, 2009 - 3rd S. a. Pentecost

Standard LSB B Readings:
First: Job 38:1-11
Epistle: 2 Cor. 6:1-13
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41
Psalm: Psalm 124:1ff 8

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Mark 4:35-41 for the 3rd S. a. Pentecost, June 21, 2009.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXIV, paragraphs 28-29, page 225.

It often takes many storms in life for us to learn that Jesus is the Lord who wants us to call upon Him and who desires to answer our prayers.

Click here for the reading formatted for the back of a standard CPH bulletin.

Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


God had commanded this: "Hear Me," that is, "believe Me that I am your God, and that I wish to be known when I care for you and help you. I do not need your sacrificial victims. Believe that I want to be God the Justifier and Savior, not because of works, but because of My Word and promise. Seek and expect help from Me from the heart."

Psalm 50:13-15, which rejects sacrificial victims and requires prayer: "Do I eat the flesh of bulls .?" "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." The psalmist testifies that this is true service and true honor if we call upon Him from the heart.

Likewise, "Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, but You have given me an open ear" (Psalm 40:6), that is, "You have offered me Your Word that I may hear it, and You do require that I believe Your Word and Your promises. You truly desire to care for me and to help," and so on. Likewise, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise" (Psalm 51:17). "Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord" (Psalm 4:5). He asks us to hope, and says that this is a righteous sacrifice, meaning that other sacrifices are not true and righteous sacrifices. And, "I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord" (Psalm 116:17). (paragraphs 28-29)

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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