Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: June 28, 2020

The Catechism—Christian Questions with Their Answers

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Catechesis Notes for the Week — Psalm 82—A Prayer for Comfort against Tyrants—Luther writes: “The 82nd psalm is a psalm of comfort against the tyrants who oppress those in misery… After the Gospel or the ministry, there is on earth no better jewel, no greater treasure, nor richer alms, no fairer endowment, no finer possession than a ruler who makes and preserves just laws. Such men are rightly called gods…. But worldly government will make no progress. The people are too wicked, and the lords dishonor God’s name and Word continually by the shameful abuse of their godhead. Therefore, he prays for another government and kingdom in which things will be better, where God’s name will be honored, His Word kept and He Himself be served; that is the kingdom of Christ…. For Christ practices aright the three divine virtues…. He advances God’s Word and the preachers of it; He makes and keeps law for the poor; He protects and rescues the miserable. The service of God in Christendom is justice, peace, righteousness, life, salvation. Of this kingdom of Christ, the Gospels, and the Epistles of the apostles, preach and testify.” From Reading the Psalms with Luther, CPH. CP200628