The Determined Word

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Daily Reformation, Mark 6:1-13

From the Reformer

I am sure and certain, when I go up to the pulpit to preach or read, that it is not my Word I speak, but that my tongue is the pen of a ready writer, as the Psalmist has it. God speaks in the prophets and men of God, as St Peter in his epistle says: “The holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Therefore we must not separate or part God and man, according to our natural reason and understanding. In like manner, every hearer must say: I hear not St Paul, St Peter, or a man speak, but God himself.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

They persecuted the Master and they will belittle the servant. “A servant is not greater than his lord.” (John 13:16) Of course, many will never believe a word you say. It was this way for the Apostles and indeed, for their Lord. While multitudes followed Jesus, nations kept apart. The crowds that followed him did so for food and cure — not for his words. (John 6:26) But he taught and preached without fail, though they reviled, stoned, argued, and spat. In a final attempt to silence him, they crucified him — only to find they had increased his voice.

The word is determined. Are you?

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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