A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series October 20, 2013 - Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, John 4:46-54 for the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity, October 20, 2013.
It is from Large Catechism, Ten Commandments.
In today's Gospel lesson, a government official of some prominence in the community calls Jesus, "Lord," and asks Him to "come down" to his home to heal his ailing son. The Second Commandment, is all about God's invitation to "call upon [His name] in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks." We can and should do so in all faith because, in Christ Jesus, He has come down to dwell with us and answer our prayers.
49 You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.. 50 . . . This commandment now leads us forward and directs the mouth and tongue to God. For the first things that spring from the heart and show themselves are words (Matthew 12:34). . . . 63 Besides this you must also know how to use God's name rightly. For when He says, "You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain," He wants us to understand at the same time that His name is to be used properly. For His name has been revealed and given to us so that it may be of constant use and profit. 64 So it is natural to conclude that since this commandment forbids using the holy name for falsehood or wickedness, we are, on the other hand, commanded to use His name for truth and for all good, . . . . This commandment also applies to right teaching and to calling on His name in trouble or praising and thanking Him in prosperity, and so on. All of this is summed up and commanded in Psalm 50:15, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." For all this is bringing God's name into the service of truth and using it in a blessed way. In this way His name is hallowed, as we pray in the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9). 71 This is also a blessed and useful habit and very effective against the devil. He is ever around us and lies in wait to bring us into sin and shame, disaster and trouble (2 Timothy 2:26). But he hates to hear God's name and cannot remain long where it is spoken and called upon from the heart. . . . 72 Indeed, many terrible and shocking disasters would fall upon us if God did not preserve us by our calling upon His name. . . . To confuse the devil, I say, we should always have this holy name in our mouth, so that the devil may not be able to injure us as he wishes.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen