Luther Quote of the Day

2. Judea was made His sanctuary, Israel His dominion. The word “sanctification” [in the Latin text] is here taken in the sense of sanctuary, or temple, and the meaning is that Judea is Christ’s sanctuary, or church, over which He Himself has been made priest and bishop. This is His episcopate, priesthood, diocese, church, and sanctuary. And His “dominion,” that is, His kingdom, principality, power is Israel. He is both priest and king. And we are His kingdom and priesthood, as Ex. 19:5–6 says: “You shall be My peculiar possession, a kingdom of priests”; and 1 Peter 2:9: “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood.” Hence also the pontiffs are called kings, Ps. 68:12 “The kings of powers, of the beloved, of the beloved”; Ps. 2:2: “The kings of the earth set themselves.” Consequently, because Judea is the sanctuary, He Himself is called King of the Jews and Melchizedek, that is, king of righteousness (Ps. 110:4). He describes what kind of kingdom this is, namely, a priestly, that is, spiritual, one, which priests should rule. Therefore it is a holy and not a secular kingdom, as he says below in Ps. 115:16: “The heaven of heaven is the Lord’s, but the earth He has given to the children of men.” Again, he says “sanctuary” before “dominion,” because true dominion is acquired through holiness, as Ps. 93:1 says: “The Lord reigns, he is clothed with beauty,” and, thus clothed with beauty, “He is clothed with strength, etc.”

Ps 114

Luther’s works, vol. 11: First Lectures 2
Psalms 76-126
p 393-394


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