Having the Same God as Moses

Pentecost 14 Monday

Psalm 50:15

“Call upon me in trouble, and I will answer you, and you shall glorify me.”

It is, to be sure, difficult for us to bear the sin of those [who do not honor God’s Word and call upon him] and for us to ask God that he would not let us pay for those sins, for they live among us and we live among them, so either they must enjoy the benefits of our prayer or we must pay for their sins. However, we nonetheless owe God honor and believe in him who calls us to mind our vocation and do our duty. And he also tells and teaches us to pray when he says in Matthew 7:7: “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”… And Psalm 50:15: “Call upon me in trouble, and I will help you, and you shall thank me and praise me.” It is true, however, that we are not Joshua who told the sun to stand still in the sky by his prayer, Joshua 10:12. We are also not Moses whose wholehearted prayer divided the Red Sea, Exodus 14:16, 21. We are also not Elijah whose prayer let fire rain from heaven, 2 Kings 1:10. Yet we are the same people to whom he entrusts his Word which he has preached to us through his Spirit; in fact, we are the same people as Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and the other saints. For we have the same God’s Word and Spirit as they had; and we are the same God’s preachers, servants, and officers as they were. And although they were more glorious than we, neither did they have a higher, better God than we nor did they have better flesh and blood than we. They were humans like we and creatures of the same God. (I am talking now of us poor sinners who nonetheless love Christ and seek his kingdom, not of the papists and false Christians.) And God must, so to say, also hear our prayer as much as their prayer, for we are members of his Church, that is, his Son’s dear Bride, whom he cannot despise if she cries out earnestly. This is why it is not a big deal for God to do works through us that are as big as, or even bigger than, the things he did through them. We have already seen and experienced that God has helped us against the devil of the pope…mightily and wondrously, if we could only consider or believe this. For he says in John 14:12: “Truly, truly, I tell you, he who believes in me will do the works that I do and will do even greater ones; for I am going to the Father.”

St. Louis ed., 20:2201-2202.

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