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The Visitation

November 28, 2020
By Martin Luther

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

ISAIAH 11:1-2

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The Visitation

Isaiah calls [Christ] a "Shoot" (Isaiah 11:1) and says that He sprouts forth like an outstanding and excellent young plant (Isaiah 53:2). With this expression Isaiah indicates that Christ's kingdom is always growing. You see, the Spirit and Christ's Word are always in a state of growing. They move forward constantly, and as a consequence they bear greater fruit. The world sets itself against it with might and main to cause this branch to wither and dry. It attacks the branch with death, disgrace, poverty, and every evil. God, however, always causes it to grow. He supplies it with enough moisture so that it still grows and flourishes even in the burning summer sun.

From Lectures on Zechariah (Latin text) (Luther's Works 20:40)

The Visitation

November 28, 2020
By Martin Luther

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

ISAIAH 11:1-2

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The Visitation

Isaiah calls [Christ] a "Shoot" (Isaiah 11:1) and says that He sprouts forth like an outstanding and excellent young plant (Isaiah 53:2). With this expression Isaiah indicates that Christ's kingdom is always growing. You see, the Spirit and Christ's Word are always in a state of growing. They move forward constantly, and as a consequence they bear greater fruit. The world sets itself against it with might and main to cause this branch to wither and dry. It attacks the branch with death, disgrace, poverty, and every evil. God, however, always causes it to grow. He supplies it with enough moisture so that it still grows and flourishes even in the burning summer sun.

From Lectures on Zechariah (Latin text) (Luther's Works 20:40)

The Devil Underfoot

November 27, 2020
By Martin Luther

"[The devil] is a liar and the father of lies."

JOHN 8:44

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The Devil Underfoot

You will also have the devil about you. You will not entirely tread him underfoot, because our Lord Christ Himself could not entirely avoid him. Now, what is the devil? Nothing other than what the Scriptures call him, a liar and a murderer. He is a liar, to lead the heart astray from God's Word and to blind it, so that you cannot feel your distress or come to Christ. He is a murderer, who cannot bear to see you live one single hour. If you could see how many knives, darts, and arrows are every moment aimed at you, you would be glad to come to the Sacrament as often as possible. But there is no reason why we walk about so securely and carelessly, except that we neither think nor believe that we are in the flesh and in this wicked world or in the devil's kingdom.

From the Large Catechism (Concordia, p. 440)

In Our Weakness, We Sin

November 26, 2020
By Martin Luther

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.

GALATIANS 6:1

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In Our Weakness, We Sin

It sometimes happens that the saints may lapse and gratify the desires of their flesh. Thus David, in a great and horrible lapse, fell into adultery and was responsible for the murder of many when he had Uriah die in battle (2 Samuel 11). Thereby he gave his enemies an excuse to be boastful against the people of God, to worship their idol, and to blaspheme the God of Israel. Peter also lapsed horribly when he denied Christ. But no matter how great these sins were, they were not committed intentionally; they were committed because of weakness. In addition, when they had been admonished, these men did not persist stubbornly in their sins but returned to their senses. . .. Paul commands that such men be received, instructed, and restored, saying: "If a man is overtaken, etc." Those who sin because of weakness, even if they do it often, will not be denied forgiveness, provided that they rise again and do not persist in their sins; for persistence in sin is the worst of all.

From Lectures on Galatians (1535) (Luther's Works 27:80)

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