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13 March 2013

Sermon: Fifth Wednesday of Lent

Wednesday 13 March AD 2013

Title: A Plague Averted (MP3 Audio)

Locust Summary: Plague! How seldom do we realize the severity of this word! The Lord was threatening a plague of locusts that would destroy both the early and the late crops, leaving Israel starving for at least the following year. He followed that up with the threat of fire which would scorch the land bare.

Yet in both, He relented. He did so out of His own love and for the sake of the prophet’s heartfelt intercession.

God likewise threatens all sinners — us included — with death and damnation. These plagues are more severe than locusts or even fire, for they are unending although deserved punishments for our sin.

However, out of His love, He sent His Son to take the burden of these plagues upon Himself and established Him as our Intercessor. Jesus prayed for us while on earth, as tonight’s Gospel gives beautiful illustration. He continues His intercession on our behalf after His ascension as He constantly asks His Father to deal with us in mercy and not in wrath.

Locust Text: This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, he was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and behold, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.

When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said, “O Lord God, please forgive! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!”

The Lord relented concerning this: “It shall not be,” said the Lord.

This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, the Lord God was calling for a judgment by fire, and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land. Then I said, “O Lord God, please cease! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!”

The Lord relented concerning this: “This also shall not be,” said the Lord God. Amos 7:1-6

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 A Plague Averted, 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 16; John 17:20-26

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