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Concealed in Humanity

March 07, 2019
By Martin Luther

He made darkness His covering, His canopy around Him, thick clouds dark with water.

PSALM 18:11

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Concealed in Humanity

The hiding place of God is darkness. In the first place, because [God] dwells in the riddle and darkness of faith. Second, because He dwells in an unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16), so that no mind can penetrate to Him. . .. For thus God is hidden and beyond understanding. Third, this can be understood as referring to the mystery of the incarnation. For He is concealed in humanity, which is His darkness. Here He could not be seen but only heard. Fourth, this refers to the Church or the blessed Virgin, for He was concealed in both and continues to be hidden in the Church to the present. The Church is dim to the world but clear to God. Fifth, it refers to the sacrament of the Eucharist, where He is most completely concealed.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 18 (Luther's Works 10:119-20)

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