Monday of the 14th Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: Proverbs 4:10-23

Daily Lectionary: Nehemiah 1:1-2:10; 1 Timothy 1:1-20

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther in his table of duties quoted Ephesians as scriptural instructions for parents regarding the education of their children. He quoted, "Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Likewise, Solomon addresses his sons that they might listen and hear the life-giving Word of God. Solomon asks his sons not only to hear them but also to "not let them escape from their sight and to keep them within their hearts."

This is just how the Word of God works within us. The Word of God is taught to us, it is poured over us in Baptism, and it is fed to us in the Lord's Supper. John 1:1 tells us, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God." This Word is our Lord Jesus Christ and He was made flesh and born of a virgin, He suffered and was buried, and rose again from death to life, and Christ (the Word) did all of this for us out of His Divine love and compassion for us, His creation.

This Word, that is our Lord Jesus Christ, is life to all those who receive it! How wonderful it is that we have His own Church where He gives us His Word, gives us Himself, each and every Sunday and even for all eternity! This Word brings us life and healing to our flesh, now and forever. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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! (Thy Strong Word, LSB 578:1)

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