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The Foolishness of the Saints

February 03, 2020
By Martin Luther

Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "I heard your father speak to your brother Esau, 'Bring me game and prepare for me delicious food, that I may eat it and bless you before the LORD before I die.' Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you."

GENESIS 27:6-8

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The Foolishness of the Saints

At the beginning of this chapter the following facts should be carefully noted: in the first place, that the First Table [Exodus 20:3-8] must be given precedence over the Second [Exodus 20:12-17]; in the second place, that God pardons the foolishness and rashness of His saints, yes, even causes it to turn out successfully. Consequently, if you do anything wrong in any walk of life, you should not despair; but you should acknowledge your mistake with humility and think as follows: "God, who was able to lead Rebecca and Jacob out of such great danger, is all-powerful. Therefore I, too, shall not despair but shall be confident that He will bring me out of this misfortune." Although Rebecca's plan was rash, it had a fortunate outcome, because God brings the plans of the ungodly to nothing but honors and helps His saints.

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