Friday, January 21, 2011

Fri.-Sabbath, 1/21-23/11 Devotion

Wahoo--it's almost Sunday! We GET to go to church!!! In order to help settle our minds, and make preparation, here is the eminent, articu-
late, and ingenious Puritan Presbyterian Pastor Thomas Watson, from his book, entitled, "The Lord's Prayer." TW is dealing with the Fifth Petition of the Prayer (re. forgiveness). . . .

"As soon as Christ had said, 'Give us daily bread,' He adds, 'and forgive us.' He joins the petition of forgiveness of sin immediately to the other of daily bread, to show us that though we have daily bread, yet all is nothing without forgiveness. If our sins be not pardoned, we can take but little comfort in our food. As a man that is condemned takes little comfort from the meat you bring him in prison, without a par-
don; so, though we have daily bread, yet it will do us no good unless sin be forgiven.

"What though we should have manna, which was called angels' food, though the rock should pour out rivers of oil, all is nothing unless sin be done away. When Christ had said, 'Give us our daily bread,' he pre-
sently added, and 'forgive us our trespasses.' Daily bread may satisfy the appetite, but forgiveness of sin satisfies the conscience."