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A god for New Years

Who was Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings? | MercatorNet

Janus was the Roman’s god of beginnings and endings, of time.  The name of the  first month of our calendar is derived from this deity and seems appropriate:  looking back, looking forward. I would think that the Romans were a “forward looking” people, given the profile of Janus, and maybe forever assessing according to worldly wisdom the year past. The media is obsessed with Janus reflections and predictions right now.

Note though: this false god is never portrayed looking straight at the viewer, that is the present and the present is the only real time we live in. C. S. Lewis in his fictional piece, The Screwtape Letters which are letters to a junior tempter in inferno from his Uncle Screwtape, a senior tempter who gives Wormwood advice on tempting a Christian who has newly rediscovered his faith. In letter 10, Screwtape concentrates on time and in Janus fashion advises:

Our business is to get them away from the eternal, and from the Present. With this in view, we sometimes tempt a human (say a widow or a scholar) to live in the Past. But this is of limited value, for they have some real knowledge of the past and it has a determinate nature and, to that extent, resembles eternity. It is far better to make them live in the Future. Biological necessity makes all their passions point in that direction already, so that thought about the Future inflames hope and fear. Also, it is unknown to them, so that in making them think about it we make them think of unrealities. In a word, the Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most completely temporal part of time — for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.

As it says in Scripture that today is the day of salvation when and where God’s salvation in Jesus Christ is brought to us in the Word today, the present, not so we can ‘know the future’ but have hope in His salvation on the Cross.

When Bill Clinton first won his first nomination to run for President, in the big celebration, the song played was “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac and it became his campaign song. The refrain is telling for this posting:

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here
It’ll be here better than before
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone

This is the theme song of so many politicians that our good is somewhere in the future, just come along with me and I’ll bring you. Lewis: “There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.” Temptation is always in the future. If you just ‘get some’, of whatever and whoever, you’ll be happy. The old Adam is like a jackass always with the carrot dangling in front of him but never quite reaching it.

Again “Screwtape” and as you read it keep in mind both politic and the media, left and right:

“…we want a man hag-ridden by the Future — haunted by visions of an imminent heaven or hell upon earth — ready to break the Enemy’s commands in the present if by so doing we make him think he can attain the one or avert the other — dependent for his faith on the success or failure of schemes whose end he will not live to see. We want a whole race perpetually in pursuit of the rainbow’s end, never honest, nor kind, nor happy now, but always using as mere fuel wherewith to heap the altar of the future every real gift which is offered them in the Present.

By “visions of an imminent heaven or hell upon earth”, we are now saturated with fear mongering and this has been raised to a demonic art with Covid. Then couple with covid hysteria the satanic stuff of socialism and communism which has been repackaged now then our wellbeing is some future utopia which is Godless. We can wipe our covid and racism/sexism/transgender phobia. We can wipe out sin. Man can not wipe out disease nor sin. Only God can wipe out sin and death and He has by His forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Jesus is no Janus. We preach Christ and Him crucified. St. Paul said, I am the chief of all sinners. These two Scripture verses are in the present tense: a present tense Savior for present tense sinners: today.

As Lewis points out through Screwtape, The Enemy (the Lord) to all that is dark and evil, in His own way want us think about the future, so Screwtape correctly points out regarding the Lord:

The duty of planning the morrow’s work is today’s duty; though its material is borrowed from the future, the duty, like all duties, is in the Present. This is not straw splitting. He does not want men to give the Future their hearts, to place their treasure in it. We do. His ideal is a man who, having worked all day for the good of posterity (if that is his vocation), washes his mind of the whole subject, commits the issue to Heaven, and returns at once to the patience or gratitude demanded by the moment that is passing over him.

We need to stop listening to the Januses on TV and internet as their trajectory is always to future. The future is the one thing we can’t keep thinking about. The past? We are forgiven. The Lord has given us two ways to live and think in the present: being taught the Word of God and praising the Lord in His Word.

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Collect of the Day

Merciful Lord, cast the bright beams of Your light upon Your Church that we, being instructed in the doctrine of Your blessed apostle and evangelist John, may come to the light of everlasting life;   for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy  Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lessons: Revelation 1: 1-6 Psalm 11 1 John 1: 1-2: 2 St. John 21: 20-25

Intro: St. John was a son of Zebedee and brother of James the Elder (whose festival day in July 25).  John was among the first disciples to be called by Jesus (Matthew 4: 18-22) and became known as the “disciples whom Jesus loved” as he refers to himself in the Gospel that bears his name (e.g., John 21: 20).  Of the Twelve, John alone did not forsake Jesus in the hours of His suffering and death.  With the faithful women, he stood a the Cross, where our Lord made him the guardian of His mother.  after Pentecost, John spent his ministry in Jerusalem and at Ephesus, where tradition says he was bishop.  He wrote the fourth Gospel, the three Epistles that bear his name, and the Book of revelation (also known as The Apocalypse of St. John the Divine).  Especially memorable in His Gospel are:

  • the account of the wedding at Cana:  John 2: 1-12
  • the “Gospel” in a nutshell:  John 3: 16
  • the raising of Lazarus from the dead:  John 11
  • Jesus’ encounter with Mary Magdalene on Easter morning:  John 20: 11-11
  • Jesus’ long godly one to one conversations:  with Nicodemus, chapter 3; with the Samaritan woman at the well, 4: 1-45;  with the man born blind, chapter 9;  with Mary and Martha after the death of Lazarus, chapter 11
  • And probably central:  the “I Am” passages: John 6:35,  John 8:12, John 8:58, John 9:5, John 10:11, John 11:25, John 14:6, John 15:5

According to tradition, John was banished to the island of Patmos (off the coast of Asia Minor) by the Roman emperor Domitian.  John lived to a very old age, surviving all the apostles, and died at Ephesus around AD 100.  (From:  The Treasury of Daily Prayer, Concordia Publishing House, with additions by the blogger)

Reflection:  In one of years of the three-year lectionary for Lent, the long godly one to one conversations between Jesus and another person, such as the man born blind, the Samaritan woman and Nicodemus, are the Gospel readings.  Some of those Gospel readings are an entire chapter. So long  I ask the Congregation to be seated.  These conversations are unique to St. John’s Gospel. It is important to hear these conversations, as they are conversations of the Word-made-flesh (St. John 1: 14).  We can learn so much from them for faith and life.  Here are but a few things we can learn just skimming the top of the Scripture:

  1. Jesus spent the time with people.  In evangelism, we look for the quick and easy to “get people to come to church”.  Much of evangelism’s evangelism has been buttonholing someone to make a decision for Christ. There is heartache, sorrow and sin in our lives.  Jesus listened to people. We must as well.
  2. Every man and woman, boy and girl are important to the Lord, as He so loved us all (St. John 3: 16).  Jesus spent time with individuals because of He is the lover of mankind.
  3. Jesus does not get people to follow Him, or join His Church as we do not join the Church, or follow Him:  we are baptized into His Church, born from above by His Word and Work, not ours:  see St. John 3: 5).
  4. It follows from #3, that the Lord increases membership, not us.  As a colleague liked to say to congregants who want to know how the pastor will increase membership:  “I am amazed that anyone is there to begin with”!  In other words:  ‘membership’ is the work of the Holy Spirit through the preaching of Jesus Christ.  He is the Vine and without Him we can do nothing (see John 15: 4-5). Membership is the Holy Spirit’s great work and miracle of His Word. Second: we think the right program will do the trick.  It won’t.  “Spiritual problems cannot be solved by administrative techniques.” (Abraham Heschel, Jewish theologian). Spiritual problems are only solved by Holy Spirit-uality which is the only begotten Son of the Father. It is only by Christians in and through the Word of God, in the Scriptures, going through the Word brings one to Jesus Christ as He comes to them. 

All of the this is from St. John’s Gospel.  This Gospel was Martin Luther’s favorite. Jesus Christ took the time with people where they lived, not to keep them the same in the lives, but ever to  lead them forth to the wells of eternal life in His Name: 

 13 Jesus said to her (the Samaritan woman), “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

St. John 4

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Meme of the Season

From National Right to Life

I must add though, yes, a pregnancy unplanned by man but planned by God from the beginning of time! Even more amazing, the Father’s Son, pregnant from the Virgin Mary, is the means by which He saves us. No man could have thought this and could plan it.

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The Christmas season is a time of visiting, or visitations.  Family coming home. This can be also any time of the year.  When I was a child, I visited for a month each summer my Grandparents, Lutch and Marie in Southern Minnesota on their farm.  Friday and Saturday nights were times to go visiting other family members in their homes.  Grandma would always have something at the ready to serve anyone who might stop by their home. The exchange went like this:  Grandma:  “Would you like some lunch?”  “Oh, no, that’s okay, please don’t bother.”  “I have some coffee, and dessert.”  “Thanks, Marie…do you have a beer?”  “Sure.”  The spread would be pastry, cookies, sausage, cheese and bread.  Like it was easy, it was because everything was prepared.  I found those visits kind of joyful…especially because food was involved and hanging out with cousins and aunts and uncles!

When Mary goes to see Elizabeth, her kinswoman, the encounter is celebrated with its own feast day:  The Visitation, May 31st.  This visitation is no “power lunch”, no high stakes conference. Conferences of nations before and after a war are to decide the fate of nations. The Visitation is not to determine our fate, but faith.

“… it was that the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith.”—St. Irenaeus of Lyons

The Visitation is joyful because of the great grace of God unveiled in their wombs for the fallen sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve. Mary and Elizabeth’s conversation is seasoned with the Word of Christ by which the Holy Spirit teaches them the fullness of their future labors for us and our salvation. They live in a poor land.  A land in political bondage and spiritual bondage, under the control of Rome and their own supposed superior spirituality they invented.  And yet,

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.

The angel Gabriel announces Mary will give birth to the Son of God in the town of Nazareth.  When one of the Lord’s prospective disciples is told about Jesus’ hometown says, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Nazareth and sleepy Bethlehem, in the shadow of Jerusalem is to show that all lands will be visited by the Lord.

Visitation is of two types in the Bible: 

#1:  Exodus 32:  33 But the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book. 34 But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.”  This is the Lord’s visitation of His judgment upon the unrepentant, those who seek not the tender mercies of the Lord but rely on false gods and engage in immorality.

#2:   Genesis 21 The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.  This is the Lord’s visitation of His grace upon those know their utter need of the Lord, salvation unto us has come, by God’s free grace and favor. Here, for the first time in the Bible, the Lord visits His people with a  child, a child by the free woman.

The two types of the Lord’s visitation are His judgment and grace.

Visiting is all over the Bible and especially the Gospels:  what an unexpected guest list Joseph and Mary had!  Shepherds, then Magoi from the East following a star to where the Child was.  Jesus at age 12 makes an unexpected visit to the Temple in Jerusalem when He and His family were in Jerusalem for Passover.  Jesus, all grown up, goes visiting the breadth and length of Israel:  to tax collectors’ homes, to Pharisees’ homes, wanting to visit a Roman Centurion’s home, Peter’s home, to Lazarus’ tomb.  Maybe one of the saddest of our Lord’s statements is after He prophesies the fall of Jerusalem, says, “And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” 

Know O people of the Lord, the time of your visitation.  He comes again to visit, giving us Himself, His Body and Blood.  Then the Lord sends out the disciples, two by two, and 72 others to do what:  go visiting!  Go and be a guest and proclaim the reign of God, the love of God in Jesus. Even in people’s homes.  The visit will result in one of two ends:  judgment or grace. Grace because those who abide in that home hear the grace of God in Christ for them and will hear of it in their need.  Judgment because those abide in that home won’t hear of it, of Jesus and His forgiveness, I’ll go my own way, I don’t need THAT.  Luke 9:5  And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”

Then at the end of the Gospels, which continue in the next book, Acts, the  Lord sends 12 apostles. They are to visit in homes, synagogues, city squares with the Good News that God was born and has borne our sins in His own Body: by His grace ye are saved, it is not your own doing, it is the gift of God. lest anyone should boast.  God’s gift of His forgiveness makes every day a Christmas, a visitation of His grace and His gifts. The Lord want to visit with you, visit ye with Him. When we know our sin, we are visited by His just judgment and by His forgiveness we are visited with His grace. Even more: we are put into His Body, the Church and brothers and sisters in the Lord can encourage, laugh, cry, pray and commune at His Altar for the strengthening of faith. The Holy Spirit moved and John leapt in his mother’s womb. We too leap, are picked and we can lift up our hearts to God in all of our hearts’ conditions.

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An Advent Meme

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O God, our refuge and strength, You raised up Your servant Katharina to support her husband in the task to reform and renew Your Church in the light of Your  Word. Defend and purify the Church today and grant that, through faith, we may boldly support and encourage our pastors and teachers of the faith as they proclaim and administer the riches of Your grace made known in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Katharina Luther, nee von Bora (1499–1552) was placed in a convent when still a child and became a nun in 1515. In April 1523 she and eight other nuns were rescued from the convent and brought to Wittenberg. There Martin Luther helped return some to their former homes and placed the rest in good families. Katharina and Martin were married on June 13, 1525. Their marriage was a happy one and blessed with six children. Katharina skillfully managed the Luther household, which always seemed to grow because of his generous hospitality. After Luther’s death in 1546, Katharina remained in Wittenberg but lived much of the time in poverty. She died in an accident while traveling with her children to Torgau in order to escape the plague. Today is the anniversary of her death. (Collect and Intro from The Treasury of Daily Prayer, Concordia Publishing House)

Katharina Luther died on this day in 1552.  She died in the Advent Season with the approach to Christ Mass (Christmas).  The associations of Dr. Luther and Mrs. Luther are close and intimate with Christ Mass and so much so that there is a legend, passed on as fact, that Dr. Luther had the idea of the Christmas tree.  He and his wife may have started the custom of giving gifts, but for this godly couple it was the gift of the Child-for-us that was the wonder:  the Incarnation.  In this quote we hear Luther’s amazement:

“God must be much friendlier to me and speak to me in friendlier fashion than my Katy to little Martin. Neither Katy nor I could intentionally gouge out the eye or tear off the head of our child. Nor could God.  God must have patience with us.  He has given evidence  of  it, and therefore  he sent  his Son  into our flesh in order that we may look to him for the best…When I reflect on the magnitude of God’s mercy and majesty, I am myself horrified at how far God has humbled himself.” (Luther’s Works, Vol.54, Table Talk)           

The evidence of things not seen is the only begotten Son of the Father was born of the Virgin Mary:  “…into our flesh”. Mrs. Luther, her family and household, and so many guests could see in Luther his cheerful countenance in this blessed time.

Just think:  Fr. Luther, the priest, was the first father of a child, in his own family according to the laws of God and man in maybe over a thousand years. Here is Luther marveling at birth and motherhood, in his beloved Katy:

“It’s difficult to feed two guests, one in the house and the other at the door.” This he (Dr. Martin Luther) said when he saw his son Martin being nursed at his Mother’s breast at the same time that Katy, the doctor’s wife, had become pregnant.” ((Luther’s Works, Vol.54, Table Talk: Between June 12 and July 13, 1532/Paul Luther was born January 28, 1533)

Luther seems to have been taken aback by the strength of his wife.  No wonder Luther saw in this  holy season the wonders of God’s love as he had a living example in his Katy and their fatherhood and motherhood to open his eyes to the Incarnation..  Don’t take your family for granted, but give thanks for such a gift and the Child born for us Who of all the sons of men began to bore your sin and sorrow on the 25th of December. Come home for Christ Mass.

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Concordia and Koinonia

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Oh, come, Thou Branch of Jesse’s tree,
Free them from Satan’s tyranny,
That trust your mighty pow’r to save;
Bring them in vict’ry through the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!
(LSB #357)

Isaiah had prophesied, “But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” (11:1), and onthat day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.” (11:10). Remember also that Jesse was the father of King David, and Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house and lineage of David and be born in David’s city, Bethlehem (Micah 5:1).

Reflection: Our word “radical” is from the Latin “radix”, “root”, as in the Root of Jesse. C. S. Lewis pointed out that forgiving sin is like…

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Concordia and Koinonia

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Before the coming of the anti-Christ, there is anti-Law and both are one in that they are anti-Truth. There will be a time of lawlessness, not only of civil law, but God’s Holy Law: Matthew 24:12, Romans 6:19, 2 Corinthians 6:14, 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10. When individuals and churches deny that a sin is a sin, then the deceiver, the devil, has been there (1 John 1:8, Revelation 12:9).

The God-given Law by His work shows us our sin, in the depths of our souls, inbred and so we pray, Come with an out-stretched arm and redeem us! His outstretched arm is the arm of the Child born this holy season and Who did outstretch His arm upon the Cross for us all.

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The above are two tragically divergent images of womanhood. I have never watched the TV show “Claws” but have seen the commercials for it too many times. “Claws” refers to the outlandish nail jobs they have and is currently popular. “Claws” remind me of sayings like, I can’t wait to get my claws in him. Clawing one’s way to the top. The show is representative of the worldly image of women today which includes abortion. The painting of the Visitation (Gospel lesson for the 4th Sunday in Advent, 12/19, Year C) is about true and loving women in the Lord. Which is your preferred image of women? Which image is actually non-conformist, that is, non-conformist to the world, the flesh and the devil?

I thought of this reading Martin Luther’s Sermon for The Visitation and this quote which shows us the way to be in this world. And note at the conclusion of the quote, Pr. Luther seems to be speaking of women and men emulating the Blessed Virgin!

But just as women do not conform to the beloved Virgin in humility but are arrogant and proud, they also do not opt for chastity, as unfortunately is evident. Few are the women and maidens today that even think they can be happy and chaste at the same time. Their tongues are sharp and coarse, their behavior is worldly and unchaste. This is the lifestyle that’s “in” today. Yet chastity and happiness should and could stand side by side, if they would but behold this example. But the situation today is especially bad. Young women are so very loose in their talk and behavior, they swear like troopers, to say nothing of the shameful words and offensively foul talk that passes from one to the next. This happens because of the examples their mothers set in the home, not diligently concerned about decent be­havior in their young. This all is a specially sure sign of an impending judgment, when the womenfolk do not uphold decent behavior. For children take after their mothers, and servant girls after their mistresses, until finally there is neither decency nor honor in any station, as is so evident, unfortunately, in our day. We must expect a well-de ­ served punishment for this.

But here in the person of Mary we have an example of proper behavior and morality, especially of uncommon humility. She shames us for our disgusting, detestable arrogance by humbling her­ self so deeply that among all maidens and women there is none like her. It is an example to emulate, to drum into our very being, and say, Ah! See how the dear Virgin Mary has behaved, she who was not obligated to do it (for she might well have allowed herself to be extolled, but refrains from it); how could I ever parade around and give myself airs when I ought rather defer and be unpretending? (Pages 346-347, Pr. Luther’s First Sermon,1523, The Day of Mary’s Visitation, from Sermons of Martin Luther: The House Postils, Volume 3, Baker Books)

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See Daniel 3: 16-18

Lord God, heavenly Father, You rescued Daniel from the lions’ den and the three young men from the fiery furnace through the miraculous intervention of an angel. Save us now through the presence of Jesus, the Lion of Judah, who has conquered all our enemies through His blood and taken away all our sins as the Lamb of God, who now reigns from His heavenly throne with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

About Daniel:  Daniel the prophet and the Three Young Men—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—were among the leaders of the people of Judah who were taken into captivity in Babylon. Even in that foreign land they remained faithful to the one true God in their piety, prayer, and life. On account of such steadfast faithfulness in the face of pagan idolatry, the Three Young Men were thrown into a fiery furnace, from which they were saved by the Lord and emerged unharmed (Daniel 3). Similarly, Daniel was thrown into a pit of lions, from which he also was saved (Daniel 6). Blessed in all their endeavors by the Lord—and in spite of the hostility of some—Daniel and the Three Young Men were promoted to positions of leadership among the Babylonians (Dan 2:48–49; 3:30; 6:28). To Daniel in particular the Lord revealed the interpretation of dreams and signs that were given to King Nebuchadnezzar and King Belshazzar (Daniel 2, 4, 5). To Daniel himself the Lord gave visions of the end times. Source: Treasury of Daily Prayer

Reflection:  Today’s Daily Lectionary readings are about God’s people in the midst of the kingdoms/nations of this world, as is the Book of Daniel. Israel was making alliances with the foreign superpowers around them instead of trusting in the Lord. Israel had by this time a sad record of worshiping false gods, even their own unappeasable appetites. Revelation is set in the midst of the rulers of the Roman Empire, the whore of Babylon and the 7 Churches were leaving the Faith of the Church in Christ  John reassured him that in the scroll of history, the One who has conquered, “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David” (Rev. 5:1-5) is worthy to open the scrolls. He is the LORD, crucified and risen. He is, “…the ruler of kings on earth” (Rev. 1: 5). He fully entered into the sin of human history and “…suffered under Pontius Pilate”.  He entered into the fiery furnace as He did for Daniel’s brothers when they were thrown into the fiery furnace for not worshiping false gods:

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” (Daniel chapter 5)

Daniel and the Three Men were faithful, as a synagogue in exile, strangers in a strange land, as was Isaiah and John and the faithful Church. In their midst stands the Son of God. They stood out against the worldly powers about them.  They were also persecuted in varying degrees. Does the Church in our nation so stand out?

As Americans, we have no political king as we are governed by the Constitution.  Yet, too many want to rule and not serve in politics, culture and churches.  Many chase after false messiahs, gods and devils for salvation: money, sex/lust, power and greed, and “stars”, i.e. media personalities. The true King came into His world silently through the back door. Isaiah, John and Daniel did not bend the knee to the statues made of gold made by government and culture and society.  This is for our encouragement so we will not bow down.  There are way far more important institutions in this nation and two come to mind:  Christ’s Church and the family and both are intimately related and the powers that be have the satanic will to overpower them and create their own pagan ‘utopia’ which will be dystopia. “Even in that foreign land they remained faithful to the one true God in their piety, prayer, and life”(from the intro above). Sadly, our own beloved nation has become a foreign land. The Lord’s goal for us is faithfulness in the faith He gives us in Jesus Christ. Let us be encouraged by Daniel and  his brothers in a foreign pagan nation. We can so easily be bogged down in the daily political grind which will grind us down, as Daniel knew. And so we pray:

I waited patiently for the Lord;/he inclined to me and heard my cry./2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,/out of the miry bog,/and set my feet upon a rock,/making my steps secure. (Psalm 40)

Let us not go whoring after other so-called gods to save us and listen to God’s Word from Isaiah for this day:

 “For the LORD  is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver;  the LORD is our King;  He will save us.” (Isaiah 33: 22).

 Read His Word everyday and pray and let the Lord’s people give the Amen.

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