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Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

– Wednesday –



Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine.

– Matthew 7:6.

These are words of our blessed Lord. “That which is holy” would also include the Lord’s Supper, which is one of our priceless spiritual “pearls.” By “dogs” and “swine” Jesus is referring to such as are known to be ungodly and impenitent; for after the manner of dogs and swine they abuse this most holy thing which the mercy of God has devised for us poor sinners. Is it not so? The Lord’s Supper should be denied to such persons. They would eat and drink damnation to themselves in the Holy Supper. They are unworthy (not fit to partake) of the Lord’s Supper. And “he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body,” says the Holy Ghost (I Corinthians 11:29). When a pastor knowingly and intentionally, out of indifference, from fear of men, or for the love of gain, admits such ungodly and impenitent persons to the Lord’s Supper, then he flatly disobeys the injunction of the Lord and brings down upon himself the punishment of God. And when church-members, for any reason whatsoever, demand that such persons be admitted to the Lord’s Supper, they are in the same position. The Lord’s Supper is instituted for Christians, for God’s children, who repent of their sins, believe in Christ, and are earnestly resolved, with the aid of God the Holy Ghost, henceforth to amend their sinful lives. It is good and profitable for every one to take this to heart.

PRAYER. – Graciously grant, O Lord and Savior, that Thy holy Sacrament may be kept sacred among us, and be used by us for our soul’s welfare, and that it may not be cast before dogs and swine. Grant me and all sincere Christians grace to come to a true knowledge of this Thy will and to take it well to heart. O let Thy blessed Sacrament be to us what Thy mercy hath designed it to be: A table where heavenly food and drink are given to poor and grief-stricken sinners who put their trust in Thee. Amen.

Whoso to this Board repaireth
May take heed how he prepareth;
For if he does not believe,
Then death for life he shall receive.
Hymn 311, 3.




Bible Reading

Weekly Reading Theme: Heroes of Faith

Hebrews 11:11-16
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.


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