Wednesday, March 9, 2016

We Prevail through God's Care

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.

It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives to his beloved sleep.  (Ps 127:2)

Here in figurative fashion he called rest sleep; sleep gives people repose.  So with God granting His peculiar care, he is saying, we shall manage to prevail over the enemies, build without difficulty, live a secure life, sleep without care, and become parents of very many children according to the divine promise; He promised to make our race like sand on the sea shore.  He said it here, too: Behold, children are a heritage from the Lᴏʀᴅ, the fruit of the womb a reward.—that is, the divine promise and the blessing of children is given like a kind of reward to us for hoping in Him.

Theodoret of Cyrus

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