Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Luther: the reason for the commandments

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    Commemoration of Bartolomè de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies, 1566
    [Jesus:] “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”
    —Revelation 3:17 (NIV)
    The commandments are not given inappropriately or pointlessly; but in order that through them the proud, blind man may learn the plague of his impotence, should he try to do as he is commanded.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), The Bondage of the Will, Revell, 1957, P. 160 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 3:17; Matt. 15:13-14; Rom. 3:10-23; Gal. 3:24; Eph. 4:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, only You can cure my blindness.
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