Daily Lectionary: Job 2:1-3:10; John 1:19-34

 

We should fear and love God that we may lead a chaste and decent life in word and deed and each love and honor his spouse. (The Small Catechism: Sixth Commandment)

 

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. This commandment is often seen as awkward for Christians to bring up. Whether it’s upholding the biblical view of marriage between one man and one woman or the fact that the Bible calls divorce a sin, what are Christians to do in a day and age when our world champions the breaking of the Sixth Commandment?

God has called us to be faithful with the gift of marriage and human sexuality. With all the temptations around us and the popular views of marriage and sexuality, it is sometimes difficult to remain faithful to those given to us by God.

Jesus is the one who has come for you, His Bride, the Church, and you are a member of Her by Baptism and faith. He lived the perfect, chaste, and decent life, and promises that by His blood we have the forgiveness of all our sins, including those sins against the Sixth Commandment. Jesus Christ is faithful to you. He forgives and will strengthen you and keep you from temptation.

Your Baptism is a guarantee in all of this, for, “Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for Her, that He might sanctify Her, having cleansed Her by the washing of water with the Word, so that He might present the Church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that She might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27). In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Kent Schaaf

 

The voice that breathed o’er Eden, That earliest wedding-day, The primal marriage blessing,–It hath not passed away. Still in the pure espousal Of Christian man and maid The Triune God is with us, The threefold grace is said. (The Voice that Breathed o’er Eden, The Lutheran Hymnal 622:1)

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