December 09, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Joel 1:1-3:21 Revelation 1:1-20 Proverbs 29:18

“All Wrath is Laid Aside”

“Say to the daughter of Zion,’ behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ “
[Matthew 21:5]

Do not flee, and do not be afraid, for He does not now come as He came to Adam, to Cain, to the flood, to Babylon, to Sodom and Gomorrah, nor as He came to the people of Israel on Mount Sinai. He does not come in wrath; He does not want to call you to account, nor to affix blame. All wrath is laid aside; nothing but gentleness and kindness remain. He indeed wants to deal with you in such a way that your heart will have pleasure, love, and full confidence in Him, that from now on you will cling to Him, and find refuge in Him, much more than before you were terrified and fled from Him. See, He is nothing but gentleness toward you. He is a different Lord completely. He acts as if He were sorry to have ever terrified you and to have caused you to flee by His punishment and wrath. For that reason, He wants to make you bold again and to comfort you and kindly bring you to Himself.

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