From the Word: But the centurion was more convinced by the pilot and the owner of the ship, than by what Paul said. (Acts 27:11)
From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments
The Third Commandment
Even if no other interest or need sends us, everyone should be impelled to the Word because it drives away the devil and puts him in his place. Besides, in doing so, we keep this commandment, and that is more pleasing to God than any work of hypocrisy, however brilliant.
Pulling It Together: You may think that Paul’s warning to the centurion was not inspired. Yet, see how it finds its way into Luke’s account, into the Scripture? There is great danger in not paying attention to biblical counsel. God’s Word gives us safe passage through the storm, and often enough helps us avoid the storm altogether. But first, we must hear the Word and believe it. We must also understand his Word; that is why God gives us pastors and teachers (Eph 4:11). This too, is good reason for attending to the Lord’s Day. Even so, there is far better cause to do so than safety and ease. God commands it, and keeping a divine command is always wise.
Prayer: Give me the wisdom to listen to your Word, Lord. Amen.
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Learning the Lord's Prayer teaches the Lord's Prayer according to the pattern of Luther's Small Catechism, and is recommended for the Second Grade Level. Each week focuses on a specific Bible story which illustrates the theme, with additional references from Scripture and Luther's Small Catechism - Children's Version.