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The Large Catechism – part 97

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From the Word: And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not be sustained by bread alone.’” (Luke 4:4)

From the ConfessionsThe Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments

The Third Commandment

Indeed, we Christians should keep every day as a holy day, and be occupied with nothing but holy pursuits—that is, be engaged daily with God’s Word, and carry it in our hearts and upon our lips. But as has been said, we do not at all have times of leisure, so we should devote some time each week caring for the young, and at least a day for the congregation. Then we may focus on these pursuits alone, especially urging the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer, directing our whole life and being according to God’s Word.

Pulling It Together: We spend our days working for the food to feed ourselves and our families, struggling for higher position, and trying to keep illness and death at bay. These were the very temptations that faced Jesus in the wilderness. But food, power, and health will not sustain us forever. We should remind ourselves daily that it is God who cares for us, even if we cannot. We should rest at least one day in seven, and spend that time focused on the one who preserves us through life—and when this life is over.

Prayer: Break thou the Bread of Life, dear Lord, to me. Amen.

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