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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 114

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From the Word: And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2)

From the ConfessionsThe Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.)

Therefore, we must teach young people that they should regard their parents as God’s agents. They must learn that however lowly, poor, frail, or odd they may be, they are nevertheless the father and mother given to them by God. They are not to be divested of honor because of their conduct or their failings. Therefore, we are not to regard their persons, whatever they may be, but of the will of God who has created and ordained them to be our parents. In other respects, we are undeniably alike in the eyes of God, but there must be among us a kind of inequality and so, some structured distinctions. God commands you to specifically obey me as your father, and recognize my authority.

Pulling It Together: The harvest begins at home. Knowing how the kingdom's laborers will be limited, God orders matters efficiently from the outset. There are two workers assigned to each of us so that we may each be properly gathered into his harvest. This works out to varying degrees of success, depending upon how well we are obedient to our responsibilities. Nevertheless, God has ordered it so that we may be brought into his harvest. We begin to learn to listen to God by listening to and obeying our parents, those laborers whom God has provided in the home fields.

Prayer: Lord, help me listen to my parents, and hear them wherever this day may take me. Amen.

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