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Daily Reformation, 1 Samuel 16:1-13
From the Reformer
“The Lord sware and will not repent, thou art a priest.” This is the most glorious sentence in the whole psalms, where God declares unto us, that this Christ shall be our bishop and high-priest, who, without ceasing, shall make intercession for those that are his, and none other besides him. It shall be neither Caiaphas, nor Annas, Peter, Paul, nor the pope, but Christ, only Christ; therefore let us take our refuge in him. The epistle to the Hebrews makes good use of this verse.
It is, indeed, a great and a glorious comfort (which every good and godly Christian would not miss, or be without, for all the honor and wealth in the world) that we know and believe that Christ, our high-priest, sits on the right hand of God, praying and mediating for us without ceasing—the true pastor and bishop of our souls, which the devil cannot tear our of his hands.
—Martin Luther, Table Talk
Pulling It Together
“I miss our old pastor.” People in her church had heard her say this many times before. She was never rude to the current pastor and she sometimes even prayed for him but she never really gave him a chance and as such he never truly became her pastor. It was not for lack of trying but she remained inapproachable by pining for “the good old days.” The latest pastor was hardly surprised to learn she had left instructions that upon her death the funeral director was to bring back her old pastor to perform the memorial service. He spoke of a lady, full of faith and hope, who loved her Lord and her church.
Ironically, the newer pastor and most people in the church knew she had missed out on the blessings God had brought to her church in recent years, simply because she lived in the past, ever looking to her old pastor and as such, missing out on what One far fairer, her “true pastor,” willed for her life.
Never forget that the Lord has chosen you. You!
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers