To The Sad Souls Who Live in Unending Fear…

It must be impossible for you to live even the briefest of moments without being filled with dread and terror such that you must always be armed and poised for imminent attack.  

If only you knew God- then you would know the peace that comes from being able to trust him.  ‘Perfect love casts out fear’ declares Scripture.  It’s a great tragedy you have no awareness or experience of that love.

Are you even able to rest at all? Ever?

The Love of God

With that which we call the love of God, we love God entirely well; we cleave to God as the only, chief, and eternal goodness; in him we do delight ourselves and are well pleased; and frame ourselves to his will and pleasure, having evermore a regard and desire of him that we love.  — Heinrich Bullinger

Quote of the Day

The Law of Yahweh is perfect, refreshment to the soul; the decree of Yahweh is trustworthy, wisdom for the simple. The precepts of Yahweh are honest, joy for the heart; the commandment of Yahweh is pure, light for the eyes. The fear of Yahweh is pure, lasting for ever; the judgements of Yahweh are true, upright, every one, more desirable than gold, even than the finest gold; his words are sweeter than honey, that drips from the comb. Thus your servant is formed by them; observing them brings great reward.  But who can detect his own failings? Wash away my hidden faults. And from pride preserve your servant, never let it be my master. So shall I be above reproach, free from grave sin. May the words of my mouth always find favour, and the whispering of my heart, in your presence, Yahweh, my rock, my redeemer. (Ps. 19:7-14)

Finis

It was a good conference.  The joint session Saturday afternoon with ASOR and the Hebrew Bible was the best of the lot.  Now that we’re done I’ll head off to the house.

Next week I have a couple of essays to write.  So no rest for the weary.

Fun Facts From Church History: The Lutheran Bigamist and Luther’s Wink and Nod

luther_melancthon2From Luther’s table talk-

When news of the bigamy of Hesse spread abroad, the doctor [Martin Luther] said with a serene countenance, “He’s a remarkable man. He has his [propitious] star. I think he wishes to obtain it [consent for his bigamy] through the emperor and the pope in order to gratify his desire. It’s also possible that he may defect from us as a result of this business.”

The editor remarks

Landgrave Philip of Hesse, a prominent evangelical prince who had been unhappily married to the daughter of Duke George of Saxony (cf. No. 275, n. 118) and had been resorting to a succession of prostitutes, finally decided to end his immoral conduct by marrying Margaret von der Sale. The theologian Martin Bucer (cf. No. 184, n. 64) interceded in his behalf with Luther and Melanchthon, who reluctantly gave their approval to the proposed marriage on condition that the arrangements be kept secret. On March 4, 1540, the marriage took place. When it became widely known soon after, a scandal resulted.

That because Philip was still legally married when he married his second wife.  Luther wasn’t too bothered by it.  I suppose the support of the Prince was more valuable to Luther than propriety.