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November 8, 2009 - 23rd S. a Pentecost

Standard LSB B Readings:
First: 1 Kings 17:8-16
Epistle: Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel: Mark 12:38-44
Psalm: Psalm 146:1ff 9a

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel Mark 12:38-44 for the 23rd S. a Pentecost, November 8, 2009.

It is from Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XIIB, paragraphs 71, 75-77, pages 182-183.

Jesus contrasts the pride and arrogance of the scribes with the humble contrite spirit of the poor widow who bore the fruits of a repentance by giving all she had to live on.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD23RD S. A PENTECOST
APOLOGY OF THE AUGSBURG CONFESSIONARTICLE XIIB: CONFESSION AND SATISFACTION

Augustine says: "True satisfaction is to cut off the causes of sin, that is, to put the flesh to death, likewise to hold the flesh in check, not in order that eternal punishments may be paid for, but so that the flesh may not be drawn to sin." We have shown that these canonical satisfactions, that is, unrequired works performed to pay for punishment, do not have the command of the Gospel.

Works of satisfaction are not required. For if the Gospel would command that punishments be paid for by such works, the works would already be required. But they speak in this way in order to burden the inexperienced.

We have testified that repentance should produce good fruit. These good fruit are what the commandments teach: prayer, thanksgiving, the confession of the Gospel, teaching the Gospel, obeying parents and rulers, and being faithful to one's calling. We should not kill, not hold on to hatred, but we should be forgiving and give to the needy, so far as we can according to our means. We should not commit sexual sins or adultery, but should hold in check the flesh, not for a repayment of eternal punishment, but so as not to obey the devil or offend the Holy Spirit. We should speak the truth. These fruit have God's command and should be produced for the sake of God's glory. (paragraphs 71, 75-77)



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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