Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Saturday after the Seventh Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on August 6, 2022 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: St. Luke 11:34-36 (NKJV)
11:34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”
Today’s text speaks about the Light of the world, Jesus Christ, of which we are called to be torch bearers, carrying that holy Light into a fallen, darkened world. Those challengers of Jesus and His Gospel who are asking for a sign do not need more light, they need good eyes to allow the holy, divine Light already present before them to enter. God has not obscured the Light of His revelation; Jesus is not a lamp set under a basket. He is a lamp set on a cross for all to see.
His words and works are clear for all to see and experience. But as the unsound eye deprives the body of the light, though the light is present in all its wonderful fullness. The unsound eye of unbelief can deprive the whole man of the Light which is designed to make man’s life wholly bright, fully illuminated, by the gracious revelation of God. These words are a warning, where the various reactions of men to Jesus’ revelatory deeds are all examples of the unsound eye that leaves fallen sinful men in darkness.
Prayer: O God, Whose never-failing Providence ordereth all things both in Heaven and Earth: we humbly beseech Thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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