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The Word and the World

January 15, 2019
By Martin Luther

You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.



The Word and the World

This verse is, therefore, threatening and terrifies the godless who oppose this King. On the other hand, it is comforting for us who ally ourselves with this King. We know that as far as the world is concerned He is a weak king, laboring in many infirmities and opposed by the tyrants and powers in the world, by false brothers and the founders of sects and heresies, and by our own conscience. Nevertheless neither the weakness of our being nor the power of His adversaries is so great as to prevent the eventual collapse and destruction of all who oppose Him. We should, therefore, cling to this consolation when the world rages and proceeds against this King with force and arms. For even if the world has great power and this King by contrast is completely weak, since He has nothing with which to fight except the Word of the Gospel, which we see thoroughly despised by the world; nevertheless this very Word, so despised and neglected by the world, will at last destroy all His enemies. It is truly, as the prophet says here, a rod of iron, whereas the world is a potter's vessel.

From Commentary on Psalm 2 (Luther's Works 12:62-63)

January 15