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“In Scripture and nowhere else” by Martin Luther

And assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah: for prom you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel.’ (Matt. 2:4–6)

Here we ask why Christ did not lead these Magi up to Bethlehem with the star, but instead permitted His birth, which was now known, to be searched for in Scripture. He did this to teach us to cling to Scripture and not to follow our own presumptuous ideas or any human teaching.

For it was not His desire to give us His Scripture in vain. It is in Scripture and nowhere else, that He permits Himself to be found. He who despises Scripture and sets it aside, will never find Him.

We heard earlier that the angel gave a sign to the shepherds [Luke 2:12]; but to Mary or Joseph or to any other man, however pious they may have been, He gave no sign except the swaddling clothes in which He was wrapped, and the cradle into which He was laid, that is, the Scripture of the Prophets and the Law.

In these He is enclosed, they possess Him, they speak of Him alone and witness to Him and are His sure sign, as He says Himself (John 5:39).”

–Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 52: Sermons II (ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann; vol. 52; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 171–172.

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“Someone else is praying” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“A psalm that we cannot utter as a prayer, that makes us falter and horrifies us, is a hint to us that here Someone else is praying, not we; that the One who is here protesting his innocence, who is invoking God’s judgment, who has come to such infinite depths of suffering, is none other than Jesus Christ himself. He it is who is praying here, and not only here but in the whole Psalter.”

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (New York: Harper & Row, 1954), 45.

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“This book of Psalms” by Jonathan Edwards

“This book of Psalms has such an exalted devotion, and such a spirit of evangelical grace everywhere breathed forth in it! Here are such exalted expressions of the gloriousness of God, and even of the excellency of Christ and His kingdom.

There is so much of the gospel doctrine, grace, and spirit, breaking out and shining in it, that it seems to be carried clear above and beyond the strain and pitch of the Old Testament, and almost brought up to the New. Almost the whole book of Psalms has either a direct or indirect respect to Christ and the gospel which he was to publish.”

–Jonathan Edwards, “God’s Excellencies” in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 10, Sermons and Discourses 1720-1723. Ed. Wilson H. Kimnach (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992), 415.

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