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February 10, 2008 - First Sunday in Lent

Standard LSB A Readings:
First: Gen. 3:1-21
Epistle: Rom. 5:12-19
Gospel: Matt. 4:1-11
Psalm: Ps. 32:1-7

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the LSB Gospel, Matthew 4:1-11 for the First Sunday in Lent, February 10, 2008.

It is from Large Catechism, The Lord's Prayer, Part III, paragraphs 107-110, page 421.

Our Lord shows us that only through His help can anyone resist temptations. This is another reason why we need God's Word every day of our lives. Jesus warns all of us that some will fall, "those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. (Luke 8:13 ESV).

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDFIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
LARGE CATECHISM, THE LORD'S PRAYERTHE SIXTH PETITION: LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

To feel temptation is a far different thing from consenting or yielding to it. We must all feel it, although not all in the same way. Some feel it in a greater degree and more severely than others. For example, the young suffer especially from the flesh. Afterward, when they reach middle life and old age, they feel it from the world. But others who are occupied with spiritual matters, that is, strong Christians, feel it from the devil. Such feeling, as long as it is against our will and we would rather be rid of it, can harm no one. For if we did not feel it, it could not be called a temptation. But we consent to it when we give it the reins and do not resist or pray against it.

We Christians must be armed (Ephesians 6:10-18) and daily expect to be attacked. No one may go on in security and carelessly, as though the devil were far from us. At all times we must expect and block his blows. Though I am now chaste, patient, kind, and in firm faith, the devil will this very hour send such an arrow into my heart that I can scarcely stand. He is an enemy that never stops or becomes tired. So when one temptation stops, there always arise fresh ones.

So there is no help or comfort except to speak to God from the heart like this: "Dear Father, You have asked me to pray. Don't let me fall because of temptation." Then you will see that the temptations must stop. (paragraphs 107-110)



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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