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A Lodging Place for the Night

November 27, 2019
By Martin Luther

From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar.

GENESIS 20:1

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A Lodging Place for the Night

The prophets and other saints pondered those wanderings of Abraham more diligently and warned that one must look for another country and fatherland than this physical and transient one; otherwise his physical land would have been given to Abraham himself, to whom it was promised. But not even a footbreadth became his during his entire lifetime. He even bought a burial place for Sarah with his own money (Genesis 23:16) . . .. The Letter to the Hebrews (11:8-10) . . . relates these ordinary things to the Spirit Himself and declares that those ordinary deeds were done in faith. In faith he took a wife, and in faith he wandered about; that is, everywhere he sustained himself with the divine promises or the Word and looked for a resting place or abode other than an earthly one. Of this present one he made use as of food and drink. Hence let us, too, learn to use this life as an inn or a lodging place for the night. If you understand Abraham's wandering in this manner, you will not say that it was something ordinary; for it is a work of faith, and of a very fervent and strong faith at that.

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