Monday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: Genesis 12:1-9

“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.’”
– Genesis 12:1-3

Who was Abram/Abraham? God changes his name in Genesis 17:5. He was the son of Terah who was a descendent of Shem, one of the righteous sons of Noah. We find Abram living in the land of Haran and God calling him to go to the land of what we know as Israel.

God calls Abram and he listens to the call. This call is a call to live under God’s blessings and grace, “I will bless you and make your name great.”

You have also received the same call as you have been blessed through God’s call to Abram. It happened in the waters of Holy Baptism, which rest on the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As we read in Galatians 3:27 – 29: For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”

Lent is a season where we are reminded we have been called to live under the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.

As we learn from the Small Catechism concerning the 2nd Part of Holy Baptism,

What benefits does Baptism give?

It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

Which are these words and promises of God?

Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)

Lent, with its focus on repentance, points to and confirms the truth. Salvation is in Jesus Christ. Like Abram, you have been called into that blessing through the waters of Holy Baptism.

Prayer: All who believe and are baptized Shall see the Lord’s salvation; Baptized into the death of Christ, They are a new creation. Through Christ’s redemption they shall stand Among the glorious, heav’nly band Of ev’ry tribe and nation. With one accord, O God, we pray: Grant us Your Holy Spirit. Help us in our infirmity Through Jesus’ blood and merit. Grant us to grow in grace each day That by this sacrament we may Eternal life inherit. (All Who Believe and are Baptized, LSB 601).

This devotion was written by Rev. Christopher Roepke – Pastor of Concordia Lutheran, Burlington.

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