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The daily Luther

4th July

He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Interpretation of Martin Luther ...

The daily Luther

4th July

He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Luke 1 (li)

This is the work of the Divine Potter: He takes a great king by the shoulders such as Saul who neither fears Him nor keeps His Word and He chooses a poor shepherd in preference and elevates him to a king (...). This is how God works: when He decides to overthrow people who are full of hubris, He first makes them into fools and then blinds them. Afterwards, when they are blind they are soon so disgraced that they are ashamed of all their cleverness. Thus He leads them into ruin by their own wisdom so they commit their misdeeds in a most accurate and perfect manner as Pharaoh did in Egypt when chasing the Jews across the Red Sea. After coming to their most considered decision, they say: "We are going to tackle this problem in such and such a way." Then the Lord God replies mockingly: "Fine, you are on the right track, just carry on as you are doing!" Blinded by their arrogance, He lets them continue forwards. But suddenly they find themselves lying in a heap on top of one another.

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