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17 February 2013

Sermon: Lent 1C (OT)

Sunday 17 February AD 2013

Title: The Lord Brought Us to This Place (MP3 Audio)

Previtali: Pharaoh Submerged in the Red Sea Summary: As the Lord brought Israel out of bondage in Egypt with “a mighty hand and an outstretched arm,” so also He delivered us from Satan’s tyranny, leading us to dwell in the Church, the eternal Promised Land for all who believe in Jesus. While we are still sojourners — strangers and pilgrims on earth — we are also citizens of the Eternal Kingdom.

The beginning of the Lenten season thus brings a different facet of God’s salvation plan into focus. In the Christ Child, we saw Him revealed in His most helpless state. Today, with the heroic Old Testament reading and the Gospel account of Jesus’ temptation, we encounter the One capable of “great deeds of terror,” of “signs and wonders.”

The meek Babe of Bethlehem grew into God’s perfect weapon of war, but the terror He brings is not ours. It belongs to the Devil and all who deny God’s rule and Christ’s salvation. Our Lord treats us tenderly and exercises the wrath of His outstretched arm in the direction of those who would bring His people harm and threaten His kingdom’s peace.

Cranach the Younger: Weimar Alterpiece Text: “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there. And you shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.’

“Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God.

“And you shall make response before the Lord your God, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. And the Egyptians treated us harshly and humiliated us and laid on us hard labor. Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders. And he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O Lord, have given me.’

“And you shall set it down before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God. And you shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.” Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear MP3 of The Lord Brought Us to This Place, preached to the saints of God at Faith Lutheran Church, Knob Noster, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 91:1-13; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13

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