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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Lord’s Prayer— Introduction and 1st Petition

November 24, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 60: A Psalm of Praise to God for His Salvation and Providence—During the reign of King Saul, Israel was not at rest and had much conflict from within and without.  During the reign of David, the Lord solidified the kingdom and gave victory to Israel over her enemies.  In Psalm 60, David traces the gracious providence of the Lord.  There were times when He allowed them to be afflicted because they had turned away from Him.  There were times that He delivered them.  Only the God who at times cast them off would be the God who would give them help. David’s kingdom had been established after Saul.  The ancient ascription tells us that this psalm was written, “when David fought against Mesopotamia and Syria of Zobah, and Joab returned and killed twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt” (2 Samuel 8). David rightly addresses the Lord in humble terms.  If the Lord had not gone with them into battle, they would have failed miserably.  But the Lord established the Davidic kingdom as He had promised and David rejoices. The geographic reference points show the extent to which the kingdom of David had spread.  The psalm ends with a prayer for God’s ongoing help, the renunciation of human strength, and a confession of firm faith: “Give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man. Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who will tread down our enemies.”CP191124

Lord’s Prayer— Introduction and 1st Petition

November 17, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 59: A Prayer of Christ Against the Enemies of the Lord—Psalm 59 is yet another prayer of David during that period in which Saul sought to destroy him.  The entire psalter was not only known and prayed by our Lord Jesus, but the psalms also speak of Him.  The words of Psalm 59, especially, belong in the mouth of Christ.  When we understand it first as His prayer to His Father, then we are enabled to pray it through faith in Jesus.  Look at how the words rightly belong in Jesus’ mouth: “Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloodthirsty men. For look, they lie in wait for my life; the mighty gather against me, not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord. They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine…  But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them….” These words rightly belong in Jesus’ mouth as He faces those who ultimately wanted to destroy Him.  In the end, however, we learn how faith in Christ both thinks and prays by the pattern of Jesus’ prayers.  In Christ we are declared righteous and therefore have the right to approach the throne of grace, through Christ, when we are attacked in the same way that He was. CP191117

Creed — 3rd Article

November 10, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 58: A Prayer of Comfort Against Enemies that Are Not as Strong as We Think—Psalm 58 is a prayer of comfort for the Church and individual Christians when we are threatened by false teachers and the voices of a society and culture which appear overwhelming in their strength.  It appears as if we are weak and that they are all powerful, but greater by far is Him who fights for us than all the forces of evil combined.  The false teaching is like the poison of a snake, and the false teachers are like a deaf cobra who will not listen to the truth of God’s Word but rather fight against it.  Their lies are charming and their number is great.  David commended his cause and the cause of the church to God.  He will judge the wicked.  Their apparent power is like a flood of water that soon dissipates, or like a crossbow and arrow that is soon broken, or slug that is soon dried up in the sun, or stillborn child whose life is no more, or a thornbush that is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Although the world and her false teachers threaten the Church, the Lord will preserve His people from all harm, defend them from destruction, and judge His enemies. “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely He is God who judges in the earth.” CP191110

Creed — 3rd Article

November 3, 2019

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 57: A Prayer for Safety from the Enemies of Faith—The time of David’s persecution under King Saul were very fruitful for him.  By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit who strengthened him to bear up under the incessant attacks by Saul, he produced many of his greatest psalms.  Psalm 57 was prayed by him when he fled from Saul into a cave.  On that occasion, King Saul fell into David’s grasp without Saul realizing it as Saul entered the same cave in which David was hiding to relieve himself.  David and his men remained silent in the darkness of the cave.  Though given the opportunity to strike down his enemy, David would not raise his hand against the anointed King.  Instead, he commended himself to God who judges righteously and who would avenge his cause as he saw fit.  David’s example is an encouragement for us during times of prolonged and intense persecution for our faith. “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.”CP191103