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The Large Catechism – part 117

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From the Word: The one who is not with me is against me, and the one who does not gather with me scatters. (Luke 11:23)

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.)

“What God commands must be far nobler than everything that we may devise ourselves. Because there is no higher or finer teacher to be found than God, there can be no better teaching than his. He teaches fully what we should do if we wish to perform truly good works, and by commanding them, he confirms that they please him. If then, it is God who commands this, and since no one can devise anything better, I will never improve upon it.”

Pulling It Together: We cannot imagine how something could be so; the Lord surely did not mean it that way. Perhaps it was just a man writing down his own thoughts that came to be considered The Holy Bible. It must be the way I imagine it, one reasons, defying “what is written” (Luke 10:26). Luther said that reason is the devil’s whore. We are wise in our own estimations (Proverbs 3:7; Romans 12:6), but the one who is truly astute, gathers wisdom from the Lord. Are you with Christ Jesus? If so, then your reason is aligned with faith, with the revelation of God in his Word.

Prayer: Teach me, Lord Jesus, that I may know all wisdom in you. Amen.

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