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A Rethink Of Deuteronomy 26

The appointed lesson for Lent 1 (Series C) for the LCMS is Deuteronomy 26:1-11 which says in part:

1 When you come into the Land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it 2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the GROUND which you harvest from the GROUND that the LORD your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and shall go to the place that the LORD your God will choose, to make his name Dwell. 3 You shall go to the priest who is office at the time and say to him,

"I confess aloud today to the LORD your God that I have come into the Land that the LORD swore to our fathers to give to us."

4 Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and lay it to rest before the altar of the LORD your God 5 and you shall respond and say before the LORD your God,

"A wondering Aramean was my father ... 10 "And Behold! now I bring the FIRST FRUITS of the GROUND which you O LORD have given me," and you shall lay it to rest before the LORD your God and worship before the LORD your God.

If we hear Scripture incarnationally, liturgically and sacramentally, which is to say Christologically, (this as opposed to mere information or reportage) we will find a perfect prophecy of the Lord's Resurrection and the Sacrament of the Resurrection, the Blessed Sacrament of Holy Communion. 

We will note that what is written here is a liturgy in which God's people are commanded to offer Christ who is the "first-fruits of the Ground" to our God. This is what we do at every Eucharist but many do not know that. The liturgical gesture that shows it best is to elevate the eucharistized bread and wine to the Father. Why? Because no sinner can approach God without a sacrifice, and we have no other offering to offer except the one that the Father first gave to us. Namely his Son of suffer, die, and rise again for us men and for our salvation.

We also see a prediction of Blessed Baptism which: brings us into the Land of the church. It is our right of Holy Entrance into the Kingdom of God now and eternally. Unless we are first citizens of the Kingdom we will receive no gift, nor offer any thanksgiving / Eucharist.

This dovetails perfectly with Sunday's Holy Epistle lesson in which St. Paul says, "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." The ultimate confession we can make with our mouth is to open it wide so that our God can fill it with the Living Bread of heaven. (Ps. 81:10). This is not to minimize verbal confession of our faith for it always precedes and proceeds from Communion With The Holy.

Now here is much more we could say about this, but let this suffice for now.










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