Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016         Thy Will Be Done  


Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.  Deuteronomy 4:1-2

God’s promise of blessing was subject to Israel’s response to His laws and decrees. Israel’s obedience here should be understood in the broad sense as obedience that results from God’s gift of faith. Go in and take possession of the land. This command was given 70 times in the book of Deuteronomy. However, as Israel transitions from the nomadic to the settled life, God’s relationship with them will not change.[1]

What is the 3rd Petition? Thy will be don on earth as it is in heaven. What does this mean? The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also. [2]

Give ear to our prayers, O Lord, and direct the way of your servants in safety under your protection, that, amid all the changes of our earthly pilgrimage, we may be guarded by your mighty aid; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.[3]

[1] The Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House St. Louis, MO Pp.283
[2] Luther’s Small Catechism, 3rd Petition of the Lord’s Prayer © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[3] Collect for Wednesday of Lent 3,

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