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February 3, 2008 - Transfiguration of Our Lord

Standard LSB A Readings:
First: Ex. 24:8-18
Epistle: 2 Peter 1:16-21
Gospel: Matt. 17:1-9
Psalm: Ps. 2:6-12

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Old Testament reading, Exodus 24:8-18 for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, February 3, 2008.

It is from Smalcald Articles Part III, Article VIII, paragraphs 3, 9-13, pages 280-281.

The first covenant that God made with His people was made on mountain when God revealed His glory to Moses. Moses said, "Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words." The new covenant was revealed by God's word through the beloved Son of God whom we are commanded to listen to. This also occurred on a mountain in the presence of Moses and Elijah - Peter, James and John being witnesses. God's word establishes the covenant and through that word draws men into the covenant.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDTRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD
SMALCALD ARTICLES PART IIIARTICLE VIII: CONFESSION

We must firmly hold that God grants His Spirit or grace to no one except through or with the preceding outward Word (Galatians 3:2,5). This protects us from the enthusiasts (who boast that they have the Spirit without the Word)

Enthusiasm dwells in Adam and his children. Its venom has been implanted into them by the old serpent. It is the origin, power, and strength of all heresy, especially of that of the papacy and Muhammad. We must maintain this point: God does not want to deal with us in any other way than through the spoken Word and the Sacraments. Whatever is praised as from the Spirit- without the Word and Sacraments - is the devil himself. God wanted to appear even to Moses through the burning bush and spoken Word (Exodus 3:2-15). No prophet, neither Elijah nor Elisha, received the Spirit without the Ten Commandments or the spoken Word. John the Baptist was not conceived without the word of Gabriel coming first, nor did he leap in his mother's womb without Mary's voice (Luke 1:11-20,41). Peter says, "For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21). Without the outward Word, however, they were not holy. Much less would the Holy Spirit have moved them to speak when they were still unholy. They were holy, say he, since the Holy Spirit spoke through them. (paragraphs 3, 9-13)



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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