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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

July 31, 2011 - Pentecost 7, Proper 13, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB series A Gospel, Matthew 14:13-21 for the Pentecost 7, Proper 13, series A, July 31, 2011.

It is from Large Catechism, Part III, page 418.

Sometimes God places us in situations beyond our ability to provide, not to punish us, but that we might learn our limitations and turn to Him asking for help. God wants us to learn that all our blessings come from Him.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


This petition [Give us this day our daily bread] is especially directed also against our chief enemy, the devil. For all his thought and desire is to deprive us of all that we have from God or to hinder it. He is not satisfied to obstruct and destroy spiritual government by leading souls astray with his lies and bringing them under his power. He also prevents and hinders the stability of all government and honorable, peaceable relations on earth. There he causes so much contention, murder, treason, and war. He also causes lightning and hail to destroy grain and cattle, to poison the air, and so on. In short, he is sorry if anyone has a morsel of bread from God and eats it in peace. If it were in his power and our prayer (next to God) did not prevent him, we would not keep a straw in the field, a farthing in the house, yes, not even our life for an hour. This is especially true of those who have God's Word and would like to be Christians.

In this way, God wishes to show us how He cares for us in all our need and faithfully provides also for our earthly support. He abundantly grants and preserves these things, even for the wicked and rogues. Yet, He wishes that we pray for these goods in order that we may recognize that we receive them from His hand and may feel His fatherly goodness toward us in them. For when He withdraws His hand, nothing can prosper or be maintained in the end. (paragraphs 80-83)

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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