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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 259

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From the Word: For the children of Israel are servants to me; they are my servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 25:55)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism, Table of Duties

Certain passages of Scripture for various holy orders and positions, warning them about their duties and responsibilities:

For Young Persons in General

5 Likewise, you who are younger, be submissive to the elders. Yet, all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another. For God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:5–6).

Pulling It Together: Young people are to learn humbleness and submissiveness to those who already know how to live before God. They learn, not simply by obeying the commandment but by observing the rest of us live in this godly manner. As with all of God’s commands, there is good reason for the directive. On that Day, the children of God will share in the glory that is to be revealed in Jesus Christ. Already, God has brought each of us out of the land of bondage to sin, death, hell, and the devil. We did not do this ourselves. So, we are to live humbly with one another so that we may be exalted by God, not by elevating themselves over each other. Let us all live in this way toward all our neighbors, yet especially so toward those of the household of faith, so that the young may learn by example.

Prayer: Give me the courage and faith to humble myself in your sight, Lord. Amen.

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