Hooligans

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Daily Reformation, Hebrews 10:16-31

From the Reformer

Hence, it must necessarily follow that he is taught of God, and that he knows now in truth that the meaning of God is nothing more than Helper, Comforter, Saviour, as we say of those who rescue us from danger: Thou wast today my God. From this it is now clear that God will be to us nothing less than a saviour, a helper, and a giver of all blessedness, who neither demands nor desires anything from us. He only gives, he only offers to us; as he says to Israel in Ps 81:10: “I am Jehovah thy God, who brought thee up out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Who would not be kindly disposed to such a God, who approaches us so lovingly and graciously, and offers us his favor and blessings if we only acknowledge him as God and are willing to be taught of him? They cannot escape the severe, eternal judgment of God who ignore such grace, as the Epistle to the Hebrews (10:28-29) says: “A man that hath set at naught Moses’ law dieth without compassion: of how much sorer punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing.”

—Martin Luther, Assorted Sermons

Pulling It Together

Augustine said he could find no reason why a just God would be so fixed on showing mercy to such a hooligan as himself. (Commentary on Psalm 31) Yet he did show mercy. God so loved a world of hooligans that he sent his Son to pay the price for their hooliganism. Those who believe shall be be shown mercy.

That is where human reason fails. We imagine that there must be some sort of price to be paid for such compassion from God. After all, we would demand a high fee. It is the scope of our reason. But God’s wisdom is above our own.

God knows that the hooligans’ sins demand the fine of death. In his wisdom, he not only demands the fee, he pays it for the hooligans—all of us. Our limited wisdom could never envision this wonder but we may believe it of the God who is all mercy, and loves hooligans such as we.

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

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