From the Word: 30 And the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, a deception, as it were, intending to extend anchors from the bow. 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men abide in the ship, you cannot be saved.” (Acts 27:30-31)
From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments
The Third Commandment
Know, then, that you must be concerned not only about hearing the Word but also about learning and remembering it. Do not think that this is optional, of no great importance. This is the commandment of God, who will require of you how you have heard, learned, and honored his Word.
Pulling It Together: Troubles come and troubles go, but we must abide in the ship. We hear the Word on the Lord’s Day, but we should remember it and keep it throughout the week. We must abide in the ark of God’s Word. How can we be saved from the storms of life and death, unless we stay in the ship? Like the psalmist, may we meditate on God’s Word throughout the day. Stay in the ship of God’s Word from Sunday through Saturday, and thereby, sanctify the entire week to yourself.
Prayer: Oh, Lord, how I love your Word. Amen.
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The Smalcald Articles are often considered Luther's theological Last Will and Testament. Written in easy-to-understand language, this study is presented in a discussion formation with assigned readings from the Scriptures and the Book of Concord. Included in the study is a shorter work by Philip Melanchton called "The Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope."