Reflections: March 3, 2021
Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent
By Aaron Fenker
"You shall not commit adultery." (Small Catechism: The Sixth Commandment)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. What's the Sixth Commandment all about? Jesus is pretty clear on that one, not just at Sinai, but also in what we call His Sermon on the Mount: "You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery,' but I say to you that anyone who looks at a woman and thinks of her with lust has committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5). There's no getting around that. When the Triune God created man He said, "Be fruitful and multiply." This blessing from God is now all out of whack in the desires of mankind, because we also join in, rebelling in heart, soul, mind, and strength.
We do what we want. We do what feels good. We jump the tracks of what the Lord intended for marriage, a beautiful intimacy between two human beings. We turn a blind eye to divorce. We act like husband or wife, with many people along the way. We live in a world where sex sells, along with other deeper, darker things which ought not to be named among us!
Put away your porn. Stop dating for the sake of dating. Stop doing things that are for marriage alone. But if you really want to keep doing them, not caring in the least what God says about them, then the Lord promises that He will give you exactly what you want. He'll hand you over to these things (Romans 1).
This isn't about God's setting up rules, or being a prude. This is actually all about Jesus. He saves His Bride, the Church. He dies for Her. Sheds His blood for Her. Marriage, between one man and one woman, is all a picture of this. The relationship between Jesus and His Church is one of mercy, love, and forgiveness, and the Lord brings husbands and wives together so that their household would be of His mercy, love, and forgiveness.
You are a member of the Church, the Lord's Bride, because you are baptized into Him. You're saved from your lusts. They aren't you anymore! Jesus sets you free, forgives you, enlivens you to be with the husband or wife He's chosen for you in holiness and honor. After all, Jesus died for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Father, You created Adam, Crafted Eve, and made them one; Jesus, from their sin You saved us, As God's true incarnate Son; Holy Spirit, You forgive us; From our sins we are released. Bring us, Lord, at last to heaven, To the endless wedding feast. ("Gracious Savior, Grant Your Blessing" LSB 860, st.5)
-Rev. Aaron T. Fenker is the pastor of Bethlehem and Immanuel Lutheran churches in Bremen, KS.
He is also the dean of theology for Higher Things.
He is also the dean of theology for Higher Things.
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