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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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February 9, 2014 - Epiphany 5, series A

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Matthew 5:13-20 for the Epiphany 5, series A, February 9, 2014.

It is from Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments, page 380.

Some things never change. In the days of Isaiah the Lord called on His people to have compassion and share with the homeless, hungry and the naked. More than 700 years later the incarnate Lord emphasizes our responsibility to help those in need. We are to become the instruments of God's mercy.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


The sum of what it means not to murder is to be impressed most upon the simpleminded. We must harm no one, either with our hand or by deed. The heart must not be ill disposed toward anyone or wish another person ill in anger and hatred.

A person who does evil to his neighbor is not the only one guilty under this commandment. It also applies to anyone who can do his neighbor good, prevent or resist evil, defend, and save his neighbor so that no bodily harm or hurt happen to him—yet does not do this. If you send away someone who is naked when you could clothe him, you have caused him to freeze to death. If you see someone suffer hunger and do not give him food, you have caused him to starve. So also, if you see anyone innocently sentenced to death or in similar distress, and do not save him, although you know ways and means to do so, you have killed him. You have withheld your love from him and deprived him of the benefit by which his life would have been saved.

God calls people murderers who do not provide counsel and help in distress and danger of body and life. He will pass sentence upon them in the Last Day. Christ will say, "I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me, naked and you did not clothe Me…" (paragraphs 188-191)

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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