Monday, April 17, 2017

Martin Luther: Repeat?


As this is the 500th anniversary year of the posting of Martin Luther's 95 Theses1 on the door of the Wittenberg Church, it might be enlightening to review during this year what his observations were; and to review whether we are experiencing a déjà vu. Here is one of his observations recorded in the miraculously preserved2 book, now titled, “Table Talk.”3
LXXXVIII.
The greater God's gifts and works, the less are they regarded. The highest and most precious treasure we receive of God is, that we can speak, hear, see, etc.; but how few acknowledge these as God's special gifts, much less give God thanks for them. The world highly esteems riches, honor, power, and other things of less value, which soon vanish away, but a blind man, if in his right wits, would willingly exchange all these for sight. The reason why the corporal gifts of God are so much undervalued is, that they are so common, that God bestows them also upon brute beasts, which as well as we, and better, hear and see. Nay, when Christ made the blind to see, drove out devils, raised the dead, etc., he was upbraided by the ungodly hypocrites, who gave themselves out for God's people, and was told that he was a Samaritan, and had a devil. Ah! the world is the devil's, whether it goes or stands still; how, then, can men acknowledge God's gifts and benefits? It is with us as with young children, who regard not so much their daily bread, as an apple, a pear, or other toys. Look at the cattle going into the fields to pasture, and behold in them our preachers, our milk-bearers, butter-bearers, cheese and wool bearers, which daily preach unto us faith in God, and that we should trust in him, as in our loving Father, who cares for us, and will maintain and nourish us.4
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1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety-five_Theses
2. See the account of the book's preservation in the introduction
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_Talk_(Luther)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SB8RGI/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o06_?ie=UTF8&psc=1
4. http://www.reformed.org/master/index.html?mainframe=/documents/Table_talk/table_talk.html

 
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