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BOC for Lent I – Incovabit

by ToddPeperkorn ~ February 4th, 2008

ONLY ONE GOD – Our Lord in His temptation in the wilderness teaches us that we are to have only one God, and that he alone will provide for all our wants of body and soul. From the Large Catechism on the First Commandment:

1] That is: Thou shalt have [and worship] Me alone as thy God. What is the force of this, and how is it to be understood? What does it mean to have a god? or, what is God? 2] Answer: A god means that from which we are to expect all good and to which we are to take refuge in all distress, so that to have a God is nothing else than to trust and believe Him from the [whole] heart; as I have often said that the confidence and faith of the heart alone make both God and an idol. 3] If your faith and trust be right, then is your god also true; and, on the other hand, if your trust be false and wrong, then you have not the true God; for these two belong together, faith and God. That now, I say, upon which you set your heart and put your trust is properly your god.

4] Therefore it is the intent of this commandment to require true faith and trust of the heart which settles upon the only true God, and clings to Him alone. That is as much as to say: “See to it that you let Me alone be your God, and never seek another,” i.e.: Whatever you lack of good things, expect it of Me, and look to Me for it, and whenever you suffer misfortune and distress, creep and cling to Me. I, yes, I, will give you enough and help you out of every need; only let not your heart cleave to or rest in any other.

All Book of Concord quotations are taken from the Triglotta, copyright 1921 by CPH. It is in public domain.

BOC Reading for Invocavit – Lent 1

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