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Unparalleled Works of God

May 22, 2020
By Martin Luther

Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. "For," he said, "God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house." The name of the second he called Ephraim, "For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction."

GENESIS 41:51-52

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Unparalleled Works of God

Joseph retains the memory of his wretchedness and troubles, and he wants to say: "Behold, I was an exile and poor. Nevertheless, God, who has regard for the humble, the afflicted, the lost, and the condemned, has also had pity on me and has given me a son, Manasseh, in order that I may forget all my misfortunes. Then He has added a second son, in order that I may grow and multiply in the land of my suffering and grief." . . . And this was outstanding praise and glorification of God, whereby Joseph praised the wonderful works of God, namely, that He makes all things out of nothing. We should also acknowledge these works and exercise ourselves in them. For we must be humiliated and mortified, and the grain of wheat that has been thrown into the ground must die and rise again with manifold fruits (John 12:24). For He is the God of ... fruits, but in the land of . . . mortifications. And it is a perpetual and unparalleled rule of the works of God to make all things out of nothing.

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