Herrenhuter readings for Saturday, the 18th July 2015


„Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.“ (Ps 139:16 NIV) “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.(John 1:48a NIV)

Going to a doctor, who knows you, is sensible. Buying your bread from a trustworthy baker is a good thing too. Biblically loving and knowing go hand-in-hand. You can’t love somebody, you don’t know and loving someone is knowing her intimately and deep down. Off course our human knowledge is fallible. We land up with a quack instead of a medical expert. Eating some poor bread proves that the baker is everything but trustworthy and not worth another visit never mind another purchase. The saying that familiarity leads to contempt, may be true if love is not sustained and that’s why loving always needs forgiveness of those fallibilities, faults and downright evils, which we carry along as baggage more or less.

Omniscience is divine. The living God – Father, Son and Holy Ghost – knows our very being, our coming in and going out, our sitting and lying down as well as our standing up and moving about. He knows our origin and our destination also. He knows our feelings, our thoughts, our inmost movements and motions of our hearts even. He was there when we were formed in dark places, when we were but a loving thought in his eternal heart and a glimmer of gracious goodness and godly care. And he had ordained them wonderfully – full of mercy and wonder and lovely surprises and godly choice and calling. A divine miracle in the making!

This is most certainly true for I believe and confess „that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses, and still preserves them; in addition thereto, clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and homestead, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He provides me richly and daily with all that I need to support this body and life, protects me from all danger, and guards me and preserves me from all evil; and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him.“

And he loves us without end. He proved that in his Son Jesus Christ. His Holy Spirit affirms that positively in his apostolic and prophetic revelation in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament. He knows us and still he continues to love us. Truly amazing! No need to hide, even if it was possible. He has come to seek and save the lost. To return us back home and reunite us with the Father. The healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are ill do. He is our true physician, who heals all our deseases. He is the true bread from heaven so that he, who eats of him, will never hunger. Come and taste, how friendly your God is. Know that he is God and loves you truly. Amen.

  1. Love Divine, all love excelling, Joy of heaven, to earth come down, Fix in us Thy humble dwelling, All Thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure, unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation, Enter every trembling heart.
  2. Breathe, oh, breathe Thy loving Spirit Into every troubled breast; Let us all in Thee inherit, Let us find the promised rest. Take away the love of sinning; Alpha and Omega be; End of faith as its beginning, Set our hearts at liberty.
  3. Come, Almighty, to deliver; Let us all Thy life receive. Suddenly return and never, Nevermore, Thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessings, Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, Glory in Thy perfect love.
  4. Finish, then, Thy new creation; Pure and spotless let us be. Let us see Thy great salvation Perfectly restored in Thee, Changed from glory into glory, Till in heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

 Text: Ps. 106:4 by Charles Wesley, 1707-1791

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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