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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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October 18, 2009 - 20th S. a Pentecost

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Mark 10:23-31 for the 20th S. a Pentecost, October 18, 2009.

It is from Large Catechism, Ten Commandments, paragraphs 16-20, page 360.

Jesus said, "How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God." Why? Because the rich man has, as Luther puts it, "made his god that interest (riches) to which his heart was inclined."

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


Here you have the meaning of the true honor and worship of God, which pleases God, and which He commands under penalty of eternal wrath. The heart knows no other comfort or confidence than in Him. It must not allow itself to be torn from Him. But, for Him, it must risk and disregard everything upon earth. On the other hand, you can easily see and sense how the world practices only false worship and idolatry. For no people have ever been so corrupt that they did not begin and continue some divine worship. Everyone has set up as his special god whatever he looked to for blessings, help, and comfort.

For example, the heathen who put their trust in power and dominion elevated Jupiter as the supreme god. Others, who were bent on riches, happiness, or pleasure, and a life of ease, elevated Hercules, Mercury, Venus, or other gods. Pregnant women elevated Diana or Lucina, and so on. So everyone made his god that interest to which his heart was inclined. So even in the mind of the heathen to have a god means to trust and believe. But their error is this: their trust is false and wrong. For their trust is not placed in the only God, beside whom there is truly no God in heaven or upon earth [Isaiah 44:6]. Therefore, the heathen really make their self-invented notions and dreams of God an idol. Ultimately, they put their trust in that which is nothing. (paragraphs 16-20)

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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