Jesus’ Words are the truth and by them the Holy Spirit works faith in those who hear. Faith is what receives the forgiveness of sins. Bearing this in mind, we confess from the Old Testament reading that since the Lord has saved us from sin through His Word, we teach it to our children so that they may be saved, too.
In just a little while, Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field and the field into a forest. That is to say, in just a little while the Lord will put an end to the present order of things even as He is already making all things new in Christ.
Both Cain and Abel offered sacrifices to God. Yet, only one was accepted by God – the sacrifice that was offered in faith and thanksgiving to God.
We confess that our God is a just God, who punishes those who despise Him; but even more, does He stand ready to forgive those who trust in Him.
The Lord lightened David’s darkness. He does the same for us. Our Lord God is continually merciful to us by forgiving us our sins and He strengthens us with His Word so that our feet are, “like the feet of a deer.”
As Christians, we confess that God calls true prophets to preach His whole counsel, which includes both Law and Gospel.
Yes, the Law of God in the Commandments should continually be preached and taught in Christian congregations. But, why?
The Lord comforted Elijah with His Word and then sent him back out to do what the Lord called him to do in the first place. The Lord also calls us, His Church, to proclaim His Word in the world, even as He comforts us through the same voice of His Word and Sacraments.
Forgiving others is a hard thing to do, especially when we have been greatly hurt by the sins others have committed against us. And yet, God does not hold our sins against us. Instead, He freely forgives us for the sake of Christ.
Micah knew that the Lord does not retain His anger forever, but will again have compassion on His people. From him we learn that the Lord will, indeed, have compassion on His people on the Final Day, even as He pardons and forgives us now in Christ.