Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016              Thy Kingdom Come                          

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. Matthew 25:31-34  

See Daniel 7:13-14, where the Son of Man is presented as holy but never actually sits on heaven’s throne. Here the Son of Man sits in glory as God. Sheep and goats are not described as being judged on this day, but rather separated. Accordingly, this parable is not primarily about judgment but about the revelation and public vindication of true believers. In the ancient world, the right hand was regularly associated with privilege or honor. [1]

In the Second Petition, we ask God to hasten the coming of His kingdom of glory. See Philippians 3:20, Revelation 22:29

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom you have given a fervent desire to pray, may, by your mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.[2]

[1] The Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House St. Louis, MO Pp.1639
[2] Collect for Tuesday of Lent 3, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm

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