July 25, 2024     2:41 pm
210. Week of Second Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
I am a jealous God
          I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me, and showing mercy to thousands of them that love Me, and keep my commandments.   Exodus 20:5,6
          With these words God threatens to punish all that transgress His commandments. In proof of His earnestness and holy jealousy He points to His acts recorded in Bible history, which tells us that He punished the iniquity of the fathers even upon the children to the third and fourth generation when the children hated Him as their fathers had done. But He promises mercy to all that keep His commandments. And here, too, He points to Bible history, which shows that He has done good to thousands of pious Israelites. Because of His threat we should fear His wrath, and not act contrary to His commandments. And because of His promise we should love and trust in Him, and willingly do according to His commandments. But tell me, Christian, have the threats God utters the power to keep us from sin, so that we do not act contrary to His commandments? By no means! And can we obtain His mercy by keeping His commandments? By no means. Sin has too largely, too firmly and completely, taken possession of us. Driven and drawn by the Holy Spirit, through the Gospel, we must flee to Christ; and daily lay hold upon the grace of God for the forgiveness of sins. And then, then, moved by the Holy Spirit in faith, we must fear and love God that we may shun sin and do according to His commandments. Then, then God looks upon us in Christ with eyes of mercy as upon His dear children, hiding His face from the many sins that still cling to us, and seeing only our keeping of His commandments being pleased with it, although it is so imperfect, and showing mercy to us. And this is nothing but grace, pure grace, grace only.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour, here am I, a poor sinner, who has deserved nothing but wrath and punishment. But bestow upon me that grace which You have procured for me and promised to me. Forgive me my sins. Let me be a child of God. Teach me by Your Holy Spirit to walk, though ever so feebly, in the paths of God's commandments. And be pleased with it according to Your tender mercy, and bless me, and do good to me, O Jesus! Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
July 25, 2024     2:41 pm