Oh, do listen up!

Looking forward to this Sunday. It is “Sexagesimae” – the second Sunday before Lent):

Oh, that today You would listen as He speaks! Do not harden Your hearts.

Hebrews 3,15

This blessed Sunday we are focused on the triune God´s holy word. The Psalm 1,19 and 119 teach us in that regard. With the Introit all believers confess:

Psalm 119,89-92.103-105.116

And the good Lord lets us hear His words through the holy prophet Isaiah, which we have in well preserved text scrolls dating back nearly 3 millenia…

Isaiah 55,8-12

The designated sermon text is from the letter to the Hebrews. There we get a strong and powerful picture of this very holy Word of God:

Hebrews 4,12-13
Darstellung des Gleichnisses aus dem Hortus Deliciarum der Herrad von Landsberg (12. Jahrhundert)

Our good Lord and Savior Jesus Christ elaborates the efficacy of His most holy Gospel:

St. Luke 8,4-8

Blessed translators through the ages!

We listen up and sing with this blessed churchman´s hymn:

Thy strong word did cleave the darkness;
At thy speaking it was done.
For created light we thank thee
While thine ordered seasons run.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!

Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness,
Dark as night and deep as death,
Broke the light of thy salvation,
Breathed thine own life-giving breath.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!

Thy strong Word bespeaks us righteous;
Bright with thine own holiness,
Glorious now, we press toward glory,
And our lives our hope confess.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!

From the cross thy wisdom shining
Breaketh forth in conqu’ring might;
From the cross forever beameth
All thy bright redeeming light.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!

Give us lips to sing thy glory,
Tongues thy mercy to proclaim,
Throats to shout the hope that fills us,
Mouths to speak thy holy name.
Alleluia! Alleluia! May the light which thou dost send
Fill our songs with alleluias, Alleluias without end!

God the Father, light-creator,
To thee laud and honor be.
To thee, Light from Light begotten,
Praise be sung eternally.
Holy Spirit, light-revealer, Glory, glory be to thee.
Mortals, angels, now and ever Praise the holy Trinity!

Martin H. Franzmann 1907-1976

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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