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From Fr. Luther’s Sermon on Luke 2: 21

“One lesson we can learn from the old circumcision is this: when God wants to help his people, he sometimes does it in ways that are nothing less than ridiculous as far as human judgment is concerned! Here God established a covenant with a requirement so silly that it’s hard to imagine anything more ridiculous! For arrogant Gentiles what could be more laughable than that God—the eternal wisdom!—would order an eight-day-old child and the ninety-nine-year old Abraham to be circumcised—together with all others in the future who might wish to adopt the Jewish faith? This became so offensive to the Gentiles that they responded with all sorts of spiteful and scoffing nicknames for the Jews!

But at the same time, here we also have an example of how God makes the world look foolish! What God proposes does not please the world, and what the world undertakes does not please God!  That’s how all of God’s commandments fare: reason butts its head against them and takes offense, as St. Paul says (1 Cor. 1:21): “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (emphasis added)

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