Look into the Mirror of God's Law

Jan 28, 2001
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 340(1-7); 295; 398; 657
Pre-Service Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I come confessing my many sins including those I do not know I have done. Teach me to use Your Law to uncover sin in my life and then repent of it. I grow so tired of the struggle between my Spirit-created desire to follow Your will and my self-serving desire to follow sin. Lift me up and strengthen me in that struggle so that with You I may prevail. Be with me and my fellow believers in worship today that we may give You Your rightful praise and glory; and that we may leave heartened and refreshed by the Gospel. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 19

First Reading: 

2 Kings 22:8-20

The spiritual state in Judah had become so bad that the written record of God’s Law had been ignored and then lost. When the priests found the written Law during Josiah’s reign it was read before the king. The Law showed what God wanted the people to do and it also showed how they had been failing. Having been made aware of the sin, the king took steps to correct the sin in his life and in the lives of his people (repentance).

Second Reading: 

Luke 7:36-50

A false understanding about sin leads to a self-righteous attitude and a behavior that looks down upon other “greater sinners.” Simon felt this way toward the sinful woman who came to Jesus. Jesus rebuked Simon’s attitude and commended the woman who acted out of love and thanksgiving toward her Savior. If someone has been forgiven great sins, that forgiveness will create great joy. The Lord has forgiven each of us much—let us rejoice greatly!