The Call of Moses

Exodus 1-3

Daniel 9.18b—We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.

Salvation Unto Us Has Come v.6

All blessing, honor, thanks, and praise
To Father, Son, and Spirit,
The God who saved us by his grace
All glory to his merit!
O Triune God in heav'n above,
You have revealed your saving love;
Your blessed name be hallowed!

Amen.  What does this mean?  We can be sure that these petitions are acceptable to our Father in heaven and are heard by him, for he himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to hear us.  Therefore we say, "Amen," "Yes, it shall be so."
 

Moses and the Burning Bush, Sabastien Bourdon

Moses and the Burning Bush, Sabastien Bourdon

The Life of Jospeh

Genesis 36-50

Hebrews 12.1,2—Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God.

Salvation Unto Us Has Come v.5

Since Christ has full atonement made
And brought to us salvation,
Each Christian therefore may be glad
And build on this foundation.
Your grace alone, dear Lord, I plead;
Your death is now my life indeed,
For you have paid my ransom.

THE SEVENTH PETITION  But deliver us from evil.  What does this mean?  In conclusion, we pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would deliver us from every evil that threatens body and soul, property and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, grant us a blessed end and graciously take us from this world of sorrow to himself in heaven.

Joseph's Tunic, Diego Velazquez

Joseph's Tunic, Diego Velazquez

The Call of Abram and Covenants

Genesis 12.1-9; 15.1-21; 17.1-27

Luke 16.13—“No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”

Salvation Unto Us Has Come v.2

What God does in his law demand
And none to him can render,
Brings wrath and woe on ev'ry hand
For man, the vile offender.
Our flesh has not those pure desires
The spirit of the law requires,
And lost is our condition.

What, then, is meant by daily bread?  Daily bread includes everything that we need for our bodily welfare, such as food and drink, clothing and shoes, house and home, land and cattle, money and goods, a godly spouse, godly children, godly workers, godly and faithful leaders, good government, good weather, peace and order, health, a good name, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.
 

Abram Journeying with His Family, Joseph Molnar

Abram Journeying with His Family, Joseph Molnar

The Tower of Babel

Genesis 11.1-9

James 4.7—Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Salvation Unto Us Has Come v.1

Salvation unto us has come
By God's free grace and favor.
Good works cannot avert our doom;
They help and save us never.
Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone,
Who did for all the world atone;
He is the one Redeemer.

THE FOURTH PETITION  Give us this day our daily bread.  What does this mean?  God surely gives daily bread without our asking, even to all the wicked, but we pray in this petition that he would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
 

The Flood

Genesis 6-9

1 Corinthians 15.55-57—“Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing v.6

O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
All praise to you let earth accord.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
You are, while endless ages run,
With Father and with Spirit one.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

How is God's will done?  God's will is done when he breaks and defeats every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world and our sinful flesh, which try to prevent us from keeping God's name holy and letting his kingdom come.  And God's will is done when he strengthens and keeps us firm in his word and in the faith as long as we live.  This is his good and gracious will.

 

Jacapo Bassano, The Flood

Jacapo Bassano, The Flood

Cain Kills Abel

Genesis 4

Colossians 1.15—He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing v.5

Be now our joy on earth, O Lord,
And be our future great reward.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Then, throned with you forever, we
Shall praise your name eternally.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

THE THIRD PETITION Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  What does this mean?  God's good and gracious will certainly is done without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

Cain Killing Abel, Daniele Crespi

Cain Killing Abel, Daniele Crespi

The Fall into Sin and the Promise of Grace

Genesis 3

James 1.22—Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.

A Hymn of Glory Let us Sing v.4

"You see him now, ascending high
Up to the portals of the sky."
Alleluia! Alleluia!
"Hereafter Jesus you shall see
Returning in great majesty."
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

How does God's kingdom come?  God's kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives his Holy Spirit, so that by his grace we believe his holy Word and lead a godly life now on earth and forever in heaven.

Benjamin West, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise

Benjamin West, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise

The Creation of Man

Genesis 2

Galatians 2.20—I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing v.3

To them the shining angels cry,"Why stand and gaze upon the sky?" Alleluia! Alleluia! "This is the Savior," thus they say. "This is his glorious triumph day." Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

THE SECOND PETITION  Thy kingdom come.  What does this mean?  God's kingdom certainly comes by itself even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may also come to us.
 

The Creation of the Heavens and the Earth

Philippians 4.13—I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing v.2

The holy apostolic band
Upon the Mount of Olives stand,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
And with his followers they see
Their Lord ascend in majesty.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

How is God's name kept holy?  God's name is kept holy when his Word is taught in its truth and purity and we as children of God lead holy lives according to it.  Help us to do this, dear Father in heaven!    But whoever teaches and lives contrary to God's Word dishonors God's name among us.  Keep us from doing this, dear Father in heaven!

God Creating the Animals Giovanni Francesco Castiglione  

God Creating the Animals

Giovanni Francesco Castiglione

 

The Day of Pentecost

Acts 2  

Proverbs 3.5—Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing v.1

A hymn of glory let us sing! New songs throughout the world shall ring: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Christ, by a road before untrod, Ascends unto the throne of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

THE FIRST PETITIONHallowed be thy name.  What does this mean?  God's name is certainly holy by itself, but we pray in this petition that we too may keep it holy.

 

Marianne Gonzales, Dove Painting

Marianne Gonzales, Dove Painting

Judgment Day and the Resurrection of All Flesh

Matthew 25 ; 1 Corinthians 15

Psalm 37.4-6—Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the  noonday sun.
Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands v.7

Then let us feast this Easter Day On Christ, the bread of heaven; 
The Word of grace has purged away The old and evil leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed; He is our meat and drink indeed;
Faith lives upon no other!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 


THE ADDRESS  Our Father who art in heaven.  What does this mean?  With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that he is our true Father and that we are his true children, so that we may pray to him as boldly and confidently as dear children ask their dear father.
 

The Last Judgment, Hans Memling

The Last Judgment, Hans Memling

The Ascension of Our Lord

Luke 24.36-53Acts 1.1-11

2 Corinthians 4.18—So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands v.6

So let us keep the festival To which the Lord invites us;
Christ is himself the joy of all, The sun that warms and lights us.
Now his grace to us imparts Eternal sunshine to our hearts;
The night of sin is ended. Alleluia!  Alleluia!
 

(Explanation of the 3rd Article Cont.) In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers.  On the Last Day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.
 

Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer

The Raising of Lazarus

 

John 11

2 Corinthians 12.9—But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands 

Here the true Paschal Lamb we see, Whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursed tree—So strong his love—to save us.
See, his blood now marks our door; Faith points to it; death passes o’er,
And Satan cannot harm us. Alleluia!  Alleluia!

What does this (the 3rd Article of the Apostles' Creed) mean?   I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.  But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.
 

The Resurrection of Lazarus, Leon Bonnat

The Resurrection of Lazarus, Leon Bonnat

The Healing of the Blind Man

Lamentations 3.22-23—Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands v.4

It was a strange and dreadful strife When life and death contended.
The victory remained with life; The reign of death was ended.
Holy Scripture plainly says That death is swallowed up by death;
Its sting is lost forever. Alleluia!  Alleluia!
 

THE THIRD ARTICLE  I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.
 

The Healing of the Blind Man, El Greco

The Healing of the Blind Man, El Greco

The Feeding of the 5000

John 6
1 John 5.13—Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.


Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands v.3

Christ Jesus, God’s own Son, came down, His people to deliver;
Destroying sin, he took the crown From death’s pale brow forever.
Stripped of pow’r, no more it reigns; An empty form alone remains;
Its sting is lost forever.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

(The meaning of the 2nd Article cont.) All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally.  This is most certainly true.

The Multiplication of the Loaves Bartolome Esteban Murillo  

The Multiplication of the Loaves

Bartolome Esteban Murillo

 

Jesus Shows Himself to Thomas

John 20.19-31

Hebrews 13.8—Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

(explanation of the Second Article)  What does this mean?  I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord.  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.  

Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands v.2

No son of man could conquer death, Such ruin sin had wrought us.
No innocence was found on earth, And therefore death had brought us
Into bondage from of old And ever grew more strong and bold
And held us as its captive.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
 

The Incredulity of St Thomas, Caravaggio

The Resurrection of our Lord

John 20.1-18

Jeremiah 29.11—“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

THE SECOND ARTICLEI believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands

1Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands For our offenses given;

But now at God’s right hand he stands And brings us life from heaven.

Therefore let us joyful be And sing to God right thankfully

Loud songs of alleluia! Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

 

The Resurrection of Christ, Alonso Lopez

The Resurrection of Christ, Alonso Lopez

Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

John 13.1-17

Ephesians 2.8,9—For it is by grace you have been saved through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

 

How Firm a Foundation v.4

“When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie, 
My grace all-sufficient shall be your supply. 
The flames will not hurt you; I only design
Your dross to consume and your gold to refine.

 

 

THE NINTH COMMANDMENT You shall not covet your neighbor's house.  What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, or obtain it by a show of right, but do all we can to help him keep it.

 

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet Ford Madox Brown

Jesus Washing Peter's Feet Ford Madox Brown

Palm Sunday

Matthew 21.1-11

John 14.6—Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life,  no one comes to the Father except through me.”

 

How Firm a Foundation v.3

“The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes. 
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, 
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!

 

 

THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.  What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

 

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem Hippolyte Flandrin

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem Hippolyte Flandrin

The Death of John the Baptist

Matthew 14.1-12

Revelation 3.22—He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

 

How Firm a Foundation v.2

“Fear not! I am with you. Oh, be not dismayed; For I am your God and will still give you aid; 
I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand, Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

 

 

THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT You shall not steal.  What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor's money or property or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.

 

The Beheading of John Michaelangelo Caravaggio

The Beheading of John Michaelangelo Caravaggio