A Reading from the Book of Concord 3 year series September 9, 2007 - Fifteenth S a Pentecost
Standard LSB C Readings: First: Deut 30:15-20 Epistle: Philemon 1-21 Gospel: Luke 14:25-35 Psalm: Ps 1 (6)
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB, C series, Old Testament, Deuteronomy 30:15-20 for the Fifteenth S a Pentecost, September 9, 2007.
It is from Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments, paragraphs 320-323, pages 422-423.
Speaking to the people God chose as His own and redeemed from slavery in Egypt, God told them that they have a choice to do good or evil. If they wish to show love to God for His mercy and walk in His ways, keeping His commandments they will receive many earthly blessings.
I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love Me and keep My commandments (Exodus 20:5-6).
This appendix was laid down for the sake of all the commandments… This also should be presented to and taught to the young. Then they may see what must move and compel us to keep these Ten Commandments…
There is included in these words both an angry, threatening word and a friendly promise. These are to terrify and warn us. They are also to lead and encourage us to receive and highly value His Word. God Himself declares how much He is concerned about it and how rigidly He will enforce it: He will horribly and terribly punish all who despise and transgress His commandments. Also, He declares how richly He will reward, bless, and do all good to those who hold them in high value and gladly do and live according to them. So God demands that all our works proceed from a heart that fears and regards God alone. From such fear the heart avoids everything that is contrary to His will, lest it should move Him to wrath. And, on the other hand, the heart also trusts in Him alone and from love for Him does all He wants. For He speaks to us as friendly as a father and offers us all grace and every good. (paragraphs 320-323)
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