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The Third Sunday in Lent

The Third Sunday in Lent

Old Test: Exodus 8:16–24
Epistle: Eph. 5:1–9
Gospel: Luke 11:14–28

Jeremiah was charged with speaking evil when he spoke the word of the Lord. (Jer 26:1–15) So also, Jesus is accused of doing evil when in fact He is doing good. He casts out a demon from a mute man so that he is able to speak. (Luke 11:14–28) But some said Jesus did this by the power of Beelzebub, Satan. Like Pharaoh of old, their hearts were hard. (Exod 8:16–24) They did not recognize the finger of God, the power of the Holy Spirit at work in and through Jesus. Jesus is the Stronger Man who overcomes the strong man. He takes the devil’s armor of sin and death and destroys it from the inside out by the holy cross. He exorcizes and frees us by water and the Word. We were once darkness, but now we are light in Christ the Lord. (Eph 5:1–9) As children of light our tongues are loosed to give thanks to Him who saved us. In a world where demons roam we confess, “My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.” (Introit)

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