Friday, April 21, 2017

Psalm 102:4 Your daily bread...

Psalm 102:4       My heart is struck down like grass and has withered;   I forget to eat my bread.

AELW 11:297
"I am smitten as grass, and my heart is withered, because I forgot to eat my bread. Until now he is speaking in the person of his part, which savors the flesh; they are grass, as was said Ps. 90:6, and they are cut down by the scythe of death. And then the carnal heart, which flourished in the flesh and with the flesh, dries up and withers with it at the same time. Why? Because he does not eat his bread, that is, the Word of the Lord which endures forever. For Is. 40:6, 8 says: “All flesh is grass … The flower has fallen, and the grass has withered, … but the Word of the Lord endures forever.” These things will not befall him, but those of whom the people here speaking are a part."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Psalm 102 - Hear my prayer O Lord, let my cry come to you!

Psalm 102:1-2
      1       Hear my prayer, O LORD;
               let my cry come to you!
      2       Do not hide your face from me
                    in the day of my distress!
                Incline your ear to me;
                    answer me speedily in the day when I call!

AELW 11:295-296

"O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to Thee....

...and what does my prayer and my cry want? Turn not Thy face away from me (v. 2)

...Therefore he here seeks his good things, which are the very face of Christ, and he has the mind and the spirit in his prayer at the same time, for he understands what he prays, and he knows what he desires.

After this, he prays that his evils might be removed, saying: In whatever day I am in trouble, incline Thy ear to me. For we do not yet possess our good things in reality, but in faith and hope, and therefore it is necessary to be in tribulations and evils. For if those blessings were here in this life, we would not have evils. But we do not have those blessings now; and we still hope for those others. Nothing is left but that we have these evils. However, lest we fail in these, we cry to the Lord that He would not forsake us in tribulation."

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Psalm 98:9 "He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity"

Psalm 98:9 "He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity"

AELW 11:274-275

"Thus the good things that are preached have to do with Christ glorified and with heavenly things, while the things that reprove our evils have to do with Christ crucified. To preach Christ crucified is to preach our evils that must be crucified and us who must be reproved.

....We want to rejoice with the saints, but we do not want to hear our sins reproved. The future joys please us, but we do not want to disturb our sins.

...suffering is common to all, but men do not want to receive doing good from God, because they boast of their own strength. Nothing is to be preached, indeed practiced, so much as knowing that we are nothing of ourselves and that we have everything only from above"

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Psalm 96:6 Presence of God, Therfore, all saints are in one place, in one view...

95:6  Splendor and majesty are before him;  strength and beauty are in his sanctuary

Here again in verse 6 is the word   פָּנָה  transliterated pâneh, meaning: face, presence, in sight of, before

AELW 11:260 
"Presence of God here as well as in Ps. 100:2 is understood passively rather than actively, that is, in the sense that God is seen. Hence Israel has his name because he saw the Lord face to face.1 So also in the preceding psalm (Ps. 95:2): “Let us come before His presence,” which comes about through our active vision. And in this vision is the true place and seat of the church. So Ps. 68:3 reads: “Let the righteous exult before God”; and Ps. 5:8: “O Lord, direct my way in Thy sight.” Here, therefore, all saints are in one place, in one view, however much they may be distant in place and separated in the sight of men. For they are here not with the feet of the body but of the soul, that is, with the eyes of the soul through the sight of faith."

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Psalm 95 Verse 3 - For the Lord is a great God...

95:3 For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods.

AELW 11:253-4
"Here he removes the impulses that get in the way and adds those that move forward. And they are so wonderful and powerful that he who is not moved and freed from his hindrances is without doubt beyond hope and a son of unbelief. By these impulses he makes void all four emotions of the flesh, which are fear, hope, joy, sadness. These arise out of love and hate, two from each. Love produces hope of future good and joy in present good. Hatred begets fear of the future evil and sadness in present evil. By these emotions man is hindered from approaching Christ, for because   V 11, p 254  by them he clings to earthly things. Therefore he here attracts love and excludes fear. And he tries to introduce the opposite. But I am venturing into a great sea. This passage is deep indeed"

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Psalm 95 - Oh Come, let us sing to the LORD

Psalm 95:2
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

AELW 11:252
"For it has often been said, on the basis of the apostle’s teaching, how we behold the glory of the Lord with open face (2 Cor. 3:18). Therefore in this life no one sees the face of the Lord except by faith. Therefore “to come before His face” means to come before by faith in His divinity, as Ps. 4:6 says: “The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, is signed upon us.” Briefly, then, “the Lord’s face” is the very revelation of the divinity of Christ, which was veiled under the letter and the humanity, as was the face of Moses under a veil (2 Cor. 3:13). But after His ascension into heaven He revealed it through the Holy Spirit, as He promised, saying: “He will glorify Me” (John 16:14). Hence he rightly adds “with thanksgiving” (in confessione), to express how His face could be taken hold of, namely, not in clear sight, but by faith and thanksgiving. Faith confesses to the Lord."

Monday, April 3, 2017

Psalm 92:4 - “The wise man will know and the prudent will understand..."

AELW 11:230

"The first iniquity of all is certainly that of preferring the flesh to the spirit and working in the vanity of this life, while the solidity of eternal life has been cast aside. People build visible structures and put away spiritual ones, only to perish forever. Why? Because they do not want to die in a saving way in this life, they only want to live healthy according to the flesh, to flourish in happiness. But the righteous die and dry up in this age, so that they may live forever."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mueller Dogmatics Freeze Dried - 3. The Number of Religions in the World (Two: True & False)

Mueller Dogmatics Freeze Dried - 3. The Number of Religions in the World (Two: True & False)

True: (by faith)
"Holy Writ acknowledges as true religion only that which teaches that the sinner is saved through faith in Christ." pp. 6-14

False:(by works)
"All who do not believe the Gospel are kept in darkness and in the power of Satan, from which they can be delivered only through sanctification by faith." pp.6-14

Mark 16:15-16

Mueller Dogmatics Freeze Dried - 2. Of Religion in General

Mueller Dogmatics Freeze Dried - 2. Of Religion in General

"To Christians, religion means true faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ" pp 4-6.

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ that we might be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the Law." Gal. 2:16

Mueller Dogmatics Freeze Dried - 1. The Scriptural Viewpoint of the Christian Theologian

1. The Scriptural Viewpoint of the Christian Theologian

Scriptura locuta, res decisa est.

Holy Scripture is the only source and norm of Christian faith and life. pp. 1-4

Jesus said: "It is written..."

Matt 4:4, John 5:39, Matt 5:17-19, John 8:31-32

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Psalm 92:6-8 - Dumb & Dumber=>No. Invisible & Christ = Yes

"[The Church's] entire structure is inward in the presence of God, invisible"

Psalm 92 Verses 6 thru 8
6       The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this: 
   7       that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, 
   they are doomed to destruction forever; 
   8       but you, O LORD, are on high forever. 

AELW 11:229
"This is so because Christ’s work and creation, the church, does not appear to be anything outwardly, but her entire structure is inward in the presence of God, invisible. And so it is not known to physical eyes but to spiritual ones, in the understanding and faith. But the senseless despise her, because they know only what is outwardly impressive, as is stated in what follows, When the wicked shall spring up as grass (v. 7), as if to say: “Your work does not have the appearance and is not blooming as those people want it to flourish. And so they are scandalized and offended by it.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Psalm 92:1-2 - Mercy & Truth belong to the new creation

  1       It is good to give thanks to the LORD, 
   to sing praises to your name, O Most High; 
   2       to declare your steadfast love in the morning, 
   and your faithfulness by night, 
   3       to the music of the lute and the harp, 
   to the melody of the lyre. 

AELW 11:229
"ALTHOUGH this psalm can be explained as dealing with the works of creation, it is more fittingly explained as dealing with the new creation, which is the church in Christ. Eph. 2:10: “We are His workmanship, created for good works.” Gal. 6:15: “In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but a new creation.” James 1:18: “That we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creation.” Rev. 21:5: “Behold, I make all things new.” That this is what the psalm has in mind is clear from the following:

First, because he says that these works which are to be proclaimed and praised are mercy and truth (v. 2). But mercy and truth belong to the new creation."