Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: May 10, 2020

Table of Duties — To Workers of All Kinds

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —Psalm 78:25-52—A Prayer Remembering the Longsuffering Mercy of God for Rebels—The next section of Psalm 78 rehearses the pattern of the Lord’s mercy toward the children of Israel in spite of their ongoing backsliding and rebellion. The meat they demanded from the Lord in the wilderness did not satisfy them, because they did not receive it in faith and thanksgiving. When they turned from Him, He visited them in wrath to bring them to repentance. When they were repentant, He rescued them. Nevertheless, they continued the pattern of rebelling against Him again and again.  When they returned to Him, “He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them… He remembered that they were but flesh [sinful and unclean], a breath that passes away and does not come again.” When the Lord sent plagues of judgment upon the Egyptians, they witnessed how they enjoyed God’s favor as the Children of Israel, yet it so often seemed to make no difference to them. Psalm 78 stands as a witness to us of God’s overwhelming grace to the people He called by His name.  The example of Israel’s perpetual backsliding serves as a warning to us against the desire of our own flesh to drag us away from the Lord. Nevertheless, Psalm 78 is also a clear witness to salvation by grace and that the Lord will never forsake His people: “He destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt… But He made His own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.” CP200510