“Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God” (Psalm 84:3).
Martin Luther reminds us in his explanation to the Third Commandment, “We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy and gladly hear and learn it.”
When was the last time you despised preaching and his Word? Most Christians might be tempted to answer that question with an emphatic “Never!”
But despising our Savior’s Word actually comes very naturally to sinners like you and me. By nature, we are, in fact, hostile to what God says about us and to us (Romans 8:7). Sinners can’t help themselves. Even the most faithful Christians among us so easily nod with rapid agreement to what God says yet fail constantly to put his Word into practice. That’s despising his Word. With the apostle Paul we are forced to confess, “What a wretched man I am!” and to ask, “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” (Romans 7:24).
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Author: Peter M. Prange
Volume 107, Number 05
Issue: May 2020