February 22, 2024     3:26 pm
352. Week of Twenty Third Sunday after Trinity - Monday
Blessing of a faithful pastor
          Your eyes shall see your teachers; and your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying: This is the way, walk in it.   Isaiah 30:20,21
          It is a most gracious favour of God for a congregation to have a pastor who preaches and teaches the Word of God in its truth and purity and with all simplicity. God promises this as a gracious gift to His people that wait upon Him, saying: "Your eyes shall see your teachers and your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying: This is the way, walk in it." Isn't this a mark of God's gracious favour, if you, a child of God, desiring to go the way that leads to heaven, may see your teacher and hear from his lips the Word of God which will unmistakably show you the way which you must go to reach heaven, and which warns you against every deviation to the right or to the left? Tell me, if God is always with you through the word of your pastor, and leads and guides and keeps you on the way His children should take to reach heaven, and always guards you against aberrations - isn't that a wondrous gift of grace? Therefore thank God unceasingly if He has given you such a preacher of the Gospel. And obey and follow your teacher and preacher, and do your part towards making him do his work with joy, by readily accepting his instruction; and do not cause him to grieve over you, for that is unprofitable for you. (Hebr. 13:17) Yes, indeed, that is unprofitable for you. For the Lord Jesus says to those who truly preach His Word: "He that hears you hears Me; and he that despises you despises Me; and he that despises Me despises Him that sent Me." (Luke 10:16)
          PRAYER: - Help us, good Lord, my God, that we, Your children, may at all times have among us true and faithful teachers of Your Word, and that we may guard against false teachers, lest, being seduced into error, we be led away from You. Grant that with singleness of heart we may abide steadfast in Your Word to our end, and thus obtain salvation through Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Amen.

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