A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series March 13, 2011 - Invocavit: First Sunday in Lent
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, Mathew 4:1-11 for the Invocavit: First Sunday in Lent, March 13, 2011.
It is from Large Catechism, Lord's Prayer.
If our dear Lord was tempted by the devil himself, will we not be also? Jesus, the Son of God in the flesh, quoted Scripture in the face of temptation. In praying the Sixth Petition of the Lord's Prayer we do likewise, for our flesh is wont to be led astray.
99 And lead us not into temptation. 100 . . . even though we are godly now and stand before God with a good conscience, we must pray again that He would not allow us to fall again and yield to trials and temptations. 101 Temptation, however, or (as our Saxons in olden times used to call it) Bekörunge, is of three kinds: of the flesh, of the world, and of the devil. 102 For we dwell in the flesh and carry the old Adam about our neck. He exerts himself and encourages us daily to unchastity, laziness, gluttony and drunkenness, greed and deception, to defraud our neighbor and to overcharge him [Galatians 5:19-21; Colossians 3:5-8]. In short, the old Adam encourages us to have all kinds of evil lusts, which cling to us by nature . . . 103 Next comes the world, which offends us in word and deed. It drives us to anger and impatience. In short, there is nothing but hatred and envy, hostility, violence and wrong, unfaithfulness, vengeance, cursing, railing, slander, pride and haughtiness, with useless finery, honor, fame, and power. No one is willing to be the least. Everyone desires to sit at the head of the group and to be seen before all [Luke 14:7-11]. 104 Then comes the devil, pushing and provoking in all directions. But he especially agitates matters that concern the conscience and spiritual affairs. He leads us to despise and disregard both God's Word and works. He tears us away from faith, hope, and love [1 Corinthians 13:13], and he brings us into misbelief, false security, and stubbornness. Or, on the other hand, he leads us to despair, denial of God, blasphemy, and innumerable other shocking things. . . . 106 This, then, is what "lead us not into temptation" means. . . . While we live in the flesh and have the devil around us, no one can escape his temptation and lures. It can only mean that we must endure trials—indeed, be engulfed in them [2 Timothy 2:3]. . . .
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen