Lectionary 21 C

This might be a good week to spend some time dwelling in the Third Commandment, and another reminder of God's will in election.

Hebrews 12:18-29

Verse 25 is cited through an editorial insert, along with several other citations, in Formula of Concord, Epitome, Article 11: Election, Affirmative Thesis 11 (Ep 11.12) showing that God's condemnation comes not from God's will but from our unwillingness to listen to God and God's messengers.

Luke 13:10-17

This entire pericope is cited in a footnote to The Large Catechism, The First Part: The Ten Commandments, The Third Commandment (LC 1.81) with many other scriptural citations giving examples of people who "slandered Christ and would not permit him to do the very same things they themselves did on that day" (LC 1.81) to make the point that the commandment to rest cannot be kept simply by not doing work.


There seems a natural movement here from God's condemnation of us coming from our deciding first that we love our sin more than God and the idea that following the letter of the law is sufficient for righteousness.

  • When can following the letter of the law be sin?
  • How do we make time for hearing God's work and the preaching of it every day, both as households and as congregations?