A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series July 22, 2007 - Feast of St Mary Magdalene
Standard LSB C Readings: First: Prov 31:10-31 Epistle: Acts 13:26-31 Gospel: John 20:1-2,10-18 Psalm:
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Old Testament, Proverbs 31:10-31 for the Feast of St Mary Magdalene, July 22, 2007.
It is from Large Catechism, Ten Commandments, paragraphs 206-209, pages 408-409.
God created man and woman and established marriage as the greatest of all estates. In such an estate a God-fearing wife has the opportunity to bring great praise to God and honor and blessings to her household and her community.
By the Sixth Commandment God both approves and guards marriage. He has approved it in the Fourth Commandment, "Honor your father and your mother." But here He has hedged it about and protected it. He also honors it (Heb. 13:4), maintains and governs it as a divine and blessed estate because, He has instituted it first before all others. He created man and woman separately (Gen. 1:27). This was not for lewdness, but so that they might live together in marriage, be fruitful, bear children, and nourish and train them to honor God (Gen.1:28; Ps. 128; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4).
Therefore, God has most richly blessed this estate above all others. In addition, He has bestowed on it everything in the world, so that this estate might be well and richly provided for. Married life is no joke. It is a an excellent thing and a matter of divine seriousness. For marriage has the highest importance to God so that people are raised up who may serve the world and promote the knowledge of God, godly living, and all virtues, to fight against wickedness and the devil.
This estate should not be despised, as is done by the blind world and false church leaders. Marriage should be regarded as it is in God's Word, where it is sanctified. It is placed first above all other estates -emperor, princes, bishops, and so forth. For both Church and civil estates must humble themselves and all be found in this estate… (pars. 206-209)
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