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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Monday, December 10, 2018

Bible Passage:Psalm 119:150-151

Those who follow after wickedness draw near; They are far from Thy law. Thou art near, O LORD, And all Thy commandments are truth.

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Dr. Justus Jonas told Dr. Martin Luther of a noble and powerful Misnian, who above all things occupied himself in amassing gold and silver, and was so buried in darkness, that he gave no heed to the five books of Moses, and had even said to Duke John Frederic, who was discoursing with him upon the Gospel: "Sir, the Gospel pays no interest." "Have you no grains?" interposed Luther, and then told this fable: A lion making a great feast, invited all the beasts, and with them some swine.  When all manner of dainties were set before the guests, the swine asked: "Have you no grains?" Even so in these days, continued the doctor, it is with our epicureans.  We preachers set before them the most dainty and costly dishes, as everlasting salvation, the remission of sins, and God's grace; but they, like swine, turn up their snouts, and ask for guilders; offer a cow nutmeg, and she will reject it for old hay.  This reminds me of the answer of certain parishioners to their minister, who had been earnestly exhorting them to come and listen to the Word of God.  "Well," said they, "if you will tap a good barrel of beer for us, we̓ll come with all our hearts and hear you."  The Gospel at Wattenberg is like unto the rain which, falling upon a river, produces little effect; but descending upon a dry, thirsty soil, renders it fertile.


Bread of our souls, whereon we feed,
True manna from on high;
Our guide and chart, wherein we read
Of realms beyond the sky:
Lord, grant us all aright to learn
The wisdom it imparts;
And to its heavenly teaching turn.
With simple, childlike hearts.

--
Cuda.
aka Pastor Robin Fish

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6


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