Herrenhuter readings for Friday, the 29 January 2016.

Deuteronomy 16:20: That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. (KJV)

1 Timothy 6:11: But thou, O man of God …follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (KJV)

It is good, meet and salutary to follow the holy law of our God, because he is, who he is. Following him and his ordinances, rules & regulations, decrees, testaments and commandments of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. It’s the right thing to do and proper and appropriate. His godly will as laid out clearly, sufficiently and effectively in his divine word and inscribed more or less clearly in our innermost hearts is the best for each one of us human beings, because he leads all things well and brings them to his good and perfect ending. And the very best off course is that he desires the very best for all of us. He does not have evil intent up his sleeve. He does not want to catch us out or see us fall as the devil would. Rather the triune God’s declared mission and purpose is that everybody be helped and come to the knowledge of salvation. He has confirmed that holy purpose in his apostolic and prophetic word of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  That is why he sent his only begotten Son Jesus Christ into our fallen world, so that everybody, who believes in him shall not be condemned, but have forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation – starting off with those shepherds in Bethlehem, the wise men from the east and also including Simeon from Cyrene in Libya, who helped him bear his cross or the treasurer from Ethiopia baptised by St.Philip in the desert stretches leading to Gaza. From the very beginning, his mission was to create, save and sanctify us all out of pure fatherly goodness and mercy without any worthiness or merit on my part. He went all out of himself for us and for our blessed salvation. That is why he has called and brought us into his holy Christian Church, the community of saints, who are all just forgiven sinners and lost persons, who have been found, redeemed and restored. So therefore cling to this his holy promise and take comfort even if your clinging to him is not that determined and vigorous as you’d want it to be or as it should by all just reason be, yet his grip is most firm and he holds, keeps and maintains you in the saving faith by his divine means of grace so that you don’t have to fear any ill, but can take courage and comfort in his saving graces and mercies. It is he, who is strong and able to save, because he is God and he has granted you his good favour through Jesus Christ your Lord and saviour, that you may live and inherit his glorious and eternal inheritance prepared for you even before very beginning of time and before all creation. That he has given to you in his very firm and stable testament of his most holy Baptism. He has confirmed it in his trustworthy words of forgiveness and peace. He has sealed it for you in the most precious gift of his own body and blood given & shed for you on calvary, but put into your mouth to eat and to drink so that you may be consoled, healed and invigorated in trusting and relying solely on him and his divine goodness and mercy. You are his, therefore take comfort and go in peace now and always. Amen.

To God the Holy Spirit let us pray
Most of all for faith upon our way
That He may defend us when life is ending
And from exile home we are wending.
Lord, have mercy!

O sweetest Love, Your grace on us bestow;
Set our hearts with sacred fire aglow
That with hearts united we love each other,
Every stranger, sister, and brother.
Lord, have mercy!

Transcendent Comfort in our every need,
Help us neither scorn nor death to heed
That we may not falter nor courage fail us
When the foe shall taunt and assail us.
Lord, have mercy!

Shine in our hearts, O Spirit, precious light;
Teach us Jesus Christ to know aright
That we may abide in the Lord who bought us,
Till to our true home He has brought us.
Lord, have mercy!

Martin Luther, 1483-1546

And here a congregation singing the German original: Nun bitten wir den Hl.Geist… 

About Wilhelm Weber jr

Rector of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane
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