A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series November 25, 2010 - Day of Thanksgiving
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Epistle, 1 Timothy 2:1-4 for the Day of Thanksgiving, November 25, 2010.
It is from Large Catechism, Ten Commandments.
Regardless of what you might think of your local, state, or national government—whether they be faithful or corrupt—they are gifts from God for the sake of keeping peace and order in a sinful world. As God's representatives, we owe them honor and obedience, we thank God for them, and pray that He guides and blesses them.
104 You shall honor your father and your mother that it may be well with you and you may live long upon the earth. 141 In this commandment belongs a further statement about all kinds of obedience to persons in authority who have to command and to govern. For all authority flows and is born from the authority of parents. Where a father is unable alone to educate his rebellious and irritable child, he uses a schoolmaster to teach the child. If he is too weak, he gets the help of his friends and neighbors. If he departs this life, he delegates and confers his authority and government upon others who are appointed for the purpose. 142 Likewise, a father must have domestic manservants and maidservants under him for the management of the household. So all whom we call masters" are in the place of parents and must get their power and authority to govern from them. So also men are all called fathers in the Scriptures, who in their government perform the functions of a father, and have a paternal heart toward their subordinates. From antiquity the Romans and other nations called the masters and mistresses of the household "housefathers" and "housemothers." They called their national rulers and overlords "fathers of the entire country." This is a great shame to us who would be Christians because we do not give them the same title or, at least, do not value and honor them as fathers. 142 . . . Know that it is God who speaks with you and demands obedience. If you obey Him, you are His dear child (John 14:23). But if you despise obedience, then take shame, misery, and grief for your reward. 150 The same should also be said of obedience to civil government. . . . Through them, as through our parents, God gives to us food, house and home, protection, and security. They bear such name and title with all honor as their highest dignity that it is our duty to honor them and to esteem them greatly as the dearest treasure and the most precious jewel upon earth.
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen