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21 November 2012

Sermon: Thanksgiving (OT)

21 November AD 2012

Title: Not Only Bread (MP3 Audio)

A Good Land
Summary: We are certainly thankful for all of the physical, earthly gifts God gives us. Food, family, and friends, clothing, shoes, and shelter — all of these come from Him.

However, even more important gifts remain, especially forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation through the life, suffering, and death of Jesus Christ. As the Bread of Life come down from heaven, He nourishes us by Word and Sacrament not only until this life ends but also so we might be sustained to everlasting life.

Today’s Old Testament reading includes words that Jesus would later quote against Satan’s temptation. The Christ accepted the humbling demanded by His Father, not to teach Him dependence but rather to accept it that we might be forgiven for resisting God’s Word and work in and for our lives.

Jesus’ battle with the Devil came to its peak after forty days of testing in the Wilderness, bringing to mind Israel’s forty year wandering in the Wilderness due to its rebellion against God. Again, He was not banished as punishment for His sins but rather was driven into the Wilderness by the Holy Spirit that He might do all that Israel — and all of sinful mankind — refuses to do, submitting Himself absolutely to the Father’s holy will, making right our wrongs, and setting forth to lead all people out of this world’s sin-stricken desert and into the green pastures of eternal life.

Text: “The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.

Temptation of Christ
“And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

“Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him.

“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.” Deuteronomy 8:1-10

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 the MP3 of Not Only Bread, 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 67; Philippians 4:6-20; Luke 17:11-19

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