A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series July 4, 2004 - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Standard LW 3-year Readings: First: Zech 12:7-10 Epistle: Gal 3:23-29 Gospel: Luke 9:18-24 Psalm: Psalm 119:41-48
The following reading from the Kolb edition of the Book of Concord is for the Series C Old Testament, Zechariah 12:7-10 for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 4, 2004.
It is from The Smalcald Articles, Part III, paragraphs 33-38, pp. 317-318.
The Lord speaking through the Prophet Zechariah promised to pour out on the house of David a spirit of grace and supplication. Moved by the Holy Spirit people are moved with grief to acknowledge their sin and call upon our gracious Lord for forgiveness and restoration.
33] In the same way Paul also preaches, Rom. 3, 10-12: There is none righteous, there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God, there is none that doeth good, no not one; they are all gone out of the way; they are together become unprofitable. 34] And Acts 17, 30: God now commandeth all men everywhere to repent. "All men," he says; no one excepted who is a man. 35] This repentance teaches us to discern sin, namely, that we are altogether lost, and that there is nothing good in us from head to foot [both within and without], and that we must absolutely become new and other men.
36] This repentance is not piecemeal [partial] and beggarly [fragmentary], like that which does penance for actual sins, nor is it uncertain like that. For it does not debate what is or is not sin, but hurls everything on a heap, and says: All in us is nothing but sin [affirms that, with respect to us, all is simply sin (and there is nothing in us that is not sin and guilt)]. What is the use of [For why do we wish] investigating, dividing, or distinguishing a long time? For this reason, too, this contrition is not [doubtful or] uncertain. For there is nothing left with which we can think of any good thing to pay for sin, but there is only a sure despairing concerning all that we are, think, speak, or do [all hope must be cast aside in respect of everything], etc.
37] In like manner confession, too, cannot be false, uncertain, or piecemeal [mutilated or fragmentary]. For he who confesses that all in him is nothing but sin comprehends all sins, excludes none, forgets none. 38] Neither can the satisfaction be uncertain, because it is not our uncertain, sinful work, but it is the suffering and blood of the [spotless and] innocent Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world.