Quote of the Week – Different Dishes, Same Food

Martin Luther preached the following in his sermon on the Saturday after the Festival of the Nativity of Mary, September 11, 1540, his fourth sermon on John 4 and his final sermon in a series on John 3 & 4. He was preaching on 4:10 when he said:

But since we don’t apply any respect to the divine Word and don’t seek out anything of our own proper glory either, we therefore don’t listen to the Word, and no one is listened to with any interest unless he has a good, clear voice. When you get to that point, you have already become half a Jacob, when you pay more attention to the pastor than you do to God, and when you do not see God’s person but merely gape to see if the person is learned and skilled and has an interesting style or good diction. For the man who speaks poorly is speaking God’s Word just as much as the man who can speak well. When a father speaks God’s Word, God is speaking just as much as he is, and when your neighbor speaks God’s Word, it is no less the Word than the angel Gabriel spoke. Whether a schoolboy speaks it or the angel Gabriel pronounces it, the Word is no different; it’s just that the one can present it better than the other. The dishes may be dissimilar; some are silver, others are tin or earthen vessels enameled with clay. But one and the same food is served in silver and tin, etc., and wild game that is well seasoned and prepared tastes just as good from a wooden bowl as it does from a silver one.

Source
Weimarer Ausgabe 47:229-230

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2017 Update

I haven’t posted here in a while, so I wanted to update Red Brick readers as to the status of my work.

I am still steadily continuing work on the Strieter autobiography, though more slowly than previously due to a change in the location of my ministry. I am nearly finished with Chapter 11, on Strieter’s ministry in Proviso, Illinois. Only three chapters and an addendum remain after that.

As a way to provide fresh content regularly on this site, I am going to start a new “Quote of the Week” feature. The congregation I serve has asked me to provide them with daily devotions, and on Saturday each week the devotion comes from the Church Fathers, a hymn, or the Lutheran Confessions. Since I almost always go back to the original source and provide a fresh translation for these, I plan to kill two birds with one stone by also posting those quotes here, since they fit very well with the purpose of this blog. You can find the first “Quote of the Week” here.

The triune God bless you all.