A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series September 2, 2007 - Fourteenth S a Pentecost
Standard LSB C Readings: First: Prov 25:2-10 Epistle: Heb 13:1-7 Gospel: Luke 14:1-14 Psalm: Ps 131 (2)
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Gospel, Luke 14:1-14 for the Fourteenth S a Pentecost, September 2, 2007.
It is from Large Catechism, The Lord's Prayer, paragraphs 99-104, pages 446-447.
No matter how strong and mature we are in the Lord we are never beyond being reminded to pray that we might not be lead astray by temptations to offend our Lord. Why do good Christians seek the best seat at the banquet, rather than to accept what is given to them by the Lord?
Although we have received forgiveness and a good conscience and are entirely acquitted, yet our life is of such a nature that we stand today, and tomorrow we fall (Isaiah 40:6-8). We must pray again that He would not allow us to fall again and yield to trials and temptations.
Temptation is of three kinds: of the flesh, of the world, and of the devil. For we dwell in the flesh and carry the old Adam about our neck. He encourages us daily to unchastity, laziness, gluttony and drunkenness, greed and deception, to defraud our neighbor and to overcharge him (Gal 5:19-21; Col. 3:5-8). In short, the old Adam encourages us to have all kinds of evil lusts, which cling to us by nature and to which we are moved by the society, the example, and what we hear and see of other people. They often wound and inflame even an innocent heart.
Next, the world offends us in word and deed. It drives us to anger and impatience. In short, there is nothing but hatred and envy, hostility, violence and wrong, unfaithfulness, vengeance, cursing, railing, slander, pride and haughtiness, with useless finery, honor fame, and power. No one is willing to be the least. Everyone desires to sit at the head of the group and to be seen before all (Luke 14:7-11).
Then the devil leads us to despise and disregard God's Word. He tears us away from faith. (paragraphs 99-104)
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