Saturday, July 20, 2019

Pentecost 6 - Proper 11


July 21, 2019
Luke 10:42
One thing necessary

[1]

Only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken from her.” 

Grant us, Lord, the Spirit to think and do always such things as are please in Your sight that we, who without Your guidance cannot do anything that is good, may be enabled to live according to Your will. [2]

It was the June meeting of the Tabea Society. Some years ago.  Each month there was roll call. Alone with a question. Asked by the host. And the question for the JUNE meeting was…”what are your plans for Thanksgiving?”  This seemed only natural for those sitting around the table.

Thanksgiving?  Why ask such a question? In June?  We hadn’t even celebrated Flag Day! Or the 4th of July. Or Labor Day. Or Columbus Day. Thanksgiving? “What are your plans for Thanksgiving?” In June?

Well, over time I’ve discovered that Thanksgiving is the one holiday when people travel. Especially if you have family living out of state. So it’s only natural to be making plans for Thanksgiving even as early as June. Who cares if the holiday is five months away!  If you’re hosting an event. And it’s your responsibility. It’s never too soon to start making preparations now.

And now that the children are out of the house, living far, far away Tammy and I, from time to time have had the discussion, “so, what are our plans for Thanksgiving?”


Mary and Martha have Jesus over for dinner. He is invited for a meal in their home. Martha was concerned about everything. The furnishing. The guests seated at the table. The meal.  Everything had to be perfect. Mary is content to sit at the feet of the Savior.

Martha is distracted with much serving. She’s frustrated. Because her sister ignores her. So she asks Jesus to intervene. “Lord, you do care, don’t you, that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” Assist me. Make her cooperate. Tell her to take up this service!

What can be gleaned from this conversation the Savior had with the members of this family?

1. Only one thing is needed. The one thing needed is for you to sit at the feet of the Savior; to listen to His Word, to abide in Him, to know of His direction and care in your life. 

A. To sit at the feet of the Savior.

1. You are doing this, this very moment. You are sitting at the feet of the Savior, listening to His Word. Drinking deep from His instruction.

2. This has been your habit, your routine. In a word, it’s called “faithfulness.” You have been found to be faithful. Faithful in coming to service. Faithful in your hearing of the Savior’s word. Faithful in receiving His gifts with thanksgiving.

B. To listen to His Word.

1. As Christ comes to you in His Word, which is preached, taught shared and read. You respond with a faithful heart. 

2. Make it a daily habit. Make it a part of your daily ritual. There are countless resources, which are readily available. Our daily devotionals; Time in the Word, Portals of Prayer, and for our children – the daily Bible stories read in Morning Prayer at school.   Use them! [3]

C. To abide in Christ. 

1. He alone initiated this with you when you were baptized. St. Paul would remind us, “When we were baptized into Christ Jesus, we were baptized into His death. We were buried with Him by our baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection life His.” – Romans 6

2. He will keep this promise. The writer to the Hebrews speaks of this wonderful promise. “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever Amen.” –Hebrews 13:21

D. To know of His direction and care.

1. He has been doing this all your life. His word and promise to you on the day of His Ascension is an enduring promise. He said, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.” – Matthew 28 

2. Every moment of your life. In every circumstance. He is shaping and using these events of your life to draw you closer to Himself.  The temptation of this age is to live in the moment. Christ has the perspective of eternity. Know this – He orders all of your days. He directs your path.

3. Yet, will He change? Will He change His mind concerning your situation? He can never change. You and I are so fickle – changing our minds constantly. Not so with your Lord. He has bound Himself to His Word.  He has clearly spoken this truth through His prophet Malachi, “I am the Lord, I do not change.” – Malachi 3:5

Transition:  Only one thing is needed. To sit at the Savior’s feet is a wise choice.

2. Mary chose what is better. She chose to trust and believe in Christ first. Serving has its place – yet, serving comes from believing.

A. To trust and believe in Christ is of the first import.

1. It must be top priority. When Christ is not the center of everything we do – we violate the 1st Commandment.  We must fear love and trust in God above all things. 

2. It must be chief among all of us. Says St. Paul, “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” – 1 Corinthians 2:2

B. Serving does have its place.

1. Without serving nothing would get done. There are so may needs. We need faithful people. To be the hands and feet, the fingers and toes of Jesus. 

2. There is much to do. What then should be our motivation? Consider the instruction of St. Paul: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Then He gets specific:

a. Wivessubmit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

b. Husbandslove your wives and do not be harsh with them.

c. Childrenobey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord

d. Parentsdo not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

e. EmployeesObey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. – Colossians 3:18-22

C. Yet serving comes from believing.

1. We serve. Only after we have sat and listened at the feet of Jesus. We receive instruction first. Then, we go out into the world as ambassadors for Christ. We serve, with all our strength. But first, we’re fed.

2. Serving is our response to sitting and listening. We go to a worship service. Then, in service, we worship. We worship on Sunday. Service is performed Monday through Saturday – as you live your live in your given vocation as husband, wife, child, employee, master – praising God while you serve your neighbor. Remember the slogan of the cleaning service, ServiceMaster® - providing Service to the Master.

Transition: Because you choose to sit at the feet of the Savior and listen – your reward cannot be taken from you. 

3. It will not be taken away from her. A faith, which trusts, is an enduring faith. It is the blessed assurance you have in Christ. It is a faith that endures though out time. 

A. A faith, which trusts, is an enduring faith. Faith is nothing more than another word for trust. Trust is nothing more than taking God at His Word. 

1. The Spirit gives you faith. It will get you through times of testing – When you are tempted to believe, whether God your Father will act for you.

2. The Spirit gives you faith. It will get you through times of doubt – In which you are called to question whether God your Father is concerned for you. 

B. This is the “blessed assurance” you have in Christ. He relieves all fear. He removes all doubt. He sets you apart to be His for time and eternity.

C. It is a faith that will endure.

1. The devil, world and flesh cannot defeat faith. They are already crushed. As Jesus went to the bloody and cruel cross of Calvary. Where He suffered for you, and then victoriously rose from the grave. To defeat your last enemy – death. 

2. Every time you commune at His altar. The promise of the cross and tomb is given to you. Christ’s body is given – for you – as His blood was shed –for you!

3. You are secure in Christ. That’s why you pray in the morning and evening, “…into Thy hand I commend myself (placing) my body and soul and all things (into Your care.) Let Your Holy Spirit be with me – that the devil, world, and flesh – may have no power over me. “

Only one thing is needful. What was evident in the life of Mary – sitting at the feet of Jesus –may it continue to be found in you – today, tomorrow – and throughout your days! In Jesus’ Name. Amen 
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[1] Luther’s Seal © Higher Things
[2] Collect for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Lutheran Worship © 1980 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[3] If you would read the daily readings contained in Time in the Word over a three- year period you would go through much of the Bible. The readings found in Morning Prayer contain 140 Bible stories - 70 from the Old Testament, 70 from the New Testament.
Woodcut by Baron Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld, 1794-1872, a distinguished German artist known especially for his book, Das Buch der Bücher in Bilden [The Book of Books in Pictures]) ©WELS.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Proper 11 Series C

Proper 11 Series C
(For 7.21.2019)

(July 17-23)

Genesis 18:1–10a (10b–14)
Colossians 1:21–29
Luke 10:38–42

The Word of Christ Is the One Thing Needed

The Lord appeared to [Abraham] by the oaks of Mamre” (Genesis 18:1) and received his hospitality. But Abraham received the gracious promise of a son. Though Abraham and Sarah were very old, nothing is “too hard for the Lord” (Genesis 18:14). 

His Word appointed the time and fulfilled the promise. In the same way, the Lord Jesus “entered a village” and received Martha’s hospitality (Luke 10:38). “Martha was distracted with much serving” because she was “anxious and troubled about many things” (Luke 10:40–41), but her sister Mary “sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching” (Luke 10:39). The service of love is no sin, but “one thing is necessary” for both faith and love — the Word of Christ (Luke 10:42). 

Thus, the ministers of Christ are sent “to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints” (Colossians 1:25–26).

One Thing Is Necessary
Published on July 17th, 2019 - Pr. Daniel J. Brege

Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teaching.  The one thing necessary is continued catechesis—continued learning and growing in the Word of Christ. This is what Mary was doing.

In Luke 1:4 we are informed that the Gospel was written so that the unidentified Theophilus would have certainty concerning the things that he was “taught” (literally “catechized”).  Theophilus, Mary, Martha and each “mature” Christian has been catechized—taught the foundational truths of the faith.  Jesus would drive home the reality that the one thing necessary is to continue at His feet, continue to be catechized.  Was Martha’s work of serving then worthless?  By no means!  But continued catechesis is the ultimate necessity.

Such continued catechesis should first be realized in the home.  Upon completion of the 8th grade when children are traditionally “confirmed” among us, they may wrongly be given the impression that they are done, that they have “graduated”.  The head of a given household should take it upon himself to keep his family at the feet of Jesus.  We then also should take it upon ourselves to have Jesus continue catechizing us as individually we daily study our catechism.  Martin Luther, who penned the Small Catechism, wrote in his preface to the Large Catechism:  “I must still read and study the [Small] Catechism daily, yet I cannot master it as I wish, but must remain a child and pupil of the Catechism…”  Luther remained at the feet of Jesus, he remained a student of the Catechism.  Of course “catechesis” generally connotes instruction in God’s Word, but specifically it refers to instruction drawn from The Small Catechism.

Some might ask, “Why are you emphasizing The Small Catechism?  Shouldn’t our emphasis be upon continued study of the Bible?”  Truly we, unlike most in previous centuries, are privileged to personally own and be able freely to study the Holy Bible, the fountain of all doctrine. This is wonderful, yet, as is true of any difficult and deep subject, one must first master the basics, the framework.  Thus to find your way around a city you must first learn the main roads.  Using the main roads you will then learn various roads that branch off of these thoroughfares. The Small Catechism is a wonderful condensation of Holy Scripture, conveying the “main roads” of the faith.[1]  What better way to learn the depths of the Holy Bible than to first master its “main roads”.  Yet as Luther rightly reminds, in this sinful world no one fully masters even the basics of the faith.  So remain a catechist at the feet of Jesus.

Even as The Small Catechism is a wonderful condensation of the entire Bible, so there is an even more concentrated condensation.  The one-word condensation of the Catechism is the same as the one-word condensation of the entire Bible: Jesus.  Jesus—crucified and risen—is the meaning behind, the fulfillment of, and the direction taken in each of the six Chief Parts of the Catechism.  Jesus—crucified and risen—is the summary of the entire Bible (John 5:39, etc.).  Indeed, we sit at the feet of Jesus that we may learn not only from Jesus, but about Him.  And through that Word the Holy Spirit brings eternal gifts, gifts wrought by Jesus.

[1] Luther notes that the church through the centuries especially recognized the first three chief parts to be foundational (Decalogue, Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer).

Mary and Martha
38 Ἐν δὲ τῷ πορεύεσθαι αὐτοὺς αὐτὸς εἰσῆλθεν εἰς κώμην τινά• γυνὴ δέ τις ὀνόματι Μάρθα ὑπεδέξατο αὐτὸν.
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a (certain) village. And a (certain) woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.

Why "certain?" Jesus goes to this place and to this woman.

39 καὶ τῇδε ἦν ἀδελφὴ καλουμένη Μαριάμ, ἣ καὶ παρακαθεσθεῖσα πρὸς τοὺς πόδας τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἤκουεν τὸν λόγον αὐτοῦ.
And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.

This is perhaps a welcoming on the part of Jesus
Look at those who sat at Jesus' feet...
A prostitute
A demonic
A woman at the tomb Easter Sunday

40 ἡ δὲ Μάρθα περιεσπᾶτο περὶ πολλὴν διακονίαν• ἐπιστᾶσα δὲ εἶπεν• Κύριε, οὐ μέλει σοι ὅτι ἡ ἀδελφή μου μόνην με κατέλειπεν διακονεῖν; εἰπὲ οὖν αὐτῇ ἵνα μοι συναντιλάβηται.
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”

Assist me, cooperate, take up the service...

41 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῇ ὁ κύριος• Μάρθα Μάρθα, μεριμνᾷς καὶ θορυβάζῃ περὶ πολλά,
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,

Martha is being pulled in a different direction
42 ὀλίγων δέ ἐστιν χρεία ἢ ἑνός• Μαριὰμ γὰρ τὴν ἀγαθὴν μερίδα ἐξελέξατο ἥτις οὐκ ἀφαιρεθήσεταιαὐτῆς.
but one thing is necessary Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

This is an attitude of the heart
Don't sit there DO something is the idiom of today. With Jesus it's SIT and listen

This is not an either or distinction Both are necessary yet one is better. The fault is not in her sacrifice but in her trust.

Footnotes:
The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software
ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.





Time in the Word - Proper 11


Time in the Word
15-20 July 2019
Preparation for next week, Pentecost 6 – Proper 11
Fellowship with the Divine

Next Sunday may be called “Hospitality Day.” Human entertain divine beings at dinners. In the Gospel Martha and Mary have Jesus in their home for dinner, but only Mary gets fed by Christ while Martha is busy getting the meal ready. In the Old Testament lesson Abraham offers hospitality to three men from God and receives a blessing from them. The Epistle lesson is a continuation from last Sunday’s lesson from Colossians. Because of the cross which reconciled us to God, we may appear before Him with holiness. Before Christ, we could not approach God or be in His presence because were estranged from Him.

Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: O God, because You have prepared for those who love You such good things as surpass our understanding, pour into our hearts such love towards You that we, loving You above all things, may obtain Your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever

Collect for Proper 11: O Lord, grant us the Spirit to hear Your Word and know the one thing needful that by Your Word and Spirit we may live according to Your will; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

For guidance in our calling: Lord God, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but on that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For steadfast faith: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, because of Your tender love toward us sinners You have given us Your Son that, believing in Him, we might have everlasting life. Continue to grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may remain steadfast in the faith to the end and finally come to love everlasting; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For newness of life in Christ: Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon ourselves the armor of light now in the time of this mortal life in which Your Son, Jesus Christ, came to visit us in great humility, that in the Last Day, when He shall come again to glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to life immortal; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Monday, 15 July 2019Psalm 119:57-60, 64; antiphon, Psalm 119:103— Psalm 119:57-64 is brought to you by the Hebrew Letter “”Heth” The Lord is the Psalmist’s true homestead because it is God’s law that fills the earth with all that makes life secure and joyous. So God’s promises are his hope and God’s righteous laws are his delight.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019Psalm 27— Devotion to God’s House. David speaks of fearless trust in God. God - the strength of his life. David loved to sing, and to pray and to wait on the Lord. The man whose priorities are right (Vv. 4, 8) has nothing to fear (Vv. 1-3, 5-6). He knows where to turn in trouble (Vv. 7-12) and his hope is well founded. (Vv. 13-14)


Wednesday, 17 July 2019Genesis 18:1-18a—At the oaks of Mamre, Abraham feeds three angels of God. At least two of the “men” were angels. The third was the angel of the Lord or the Lord Himself. [See Vv. 1,13,17,20, 26, 33, and especially verse 22] Abraham politely addressed one of his guests as “my lord” and called himself “your servant” (Vv. 3, 5) a common way of speaking when addressing a superior. Hebrews 13:2 is probably a reference to Vv. 2-8 and 19:1-3. Abraham and Sarah were rewarded beyond measure. They entertain the Lord Himself Vv. 1-2 and they are given the miraculous gift of new life. Vs. 10a Note: The woodcut below is a depiction of what transpires in the verses immediately following our lesson.


Thursday, 18 June 2019Colossians 1:21-28—Through the cross Christ reconciled those once estranged that they might be blameless before God and Paul explains the purpose of his sufferings and ministry. Paul explains so much in just a few verses. In Vv.21-23 Paul explains the nature of the gospel, the way of salvation, with an appeal to remain steadfast in the faith. In verse 24, there is the difficult passage concerning Paul’s sufferings completing Christ’s afflictions. In Vv. 26-27 Paul speaks about the mystery of the gospel. The purpose of one’s ministry, the goal of the church’s work is in verse 28: “So we preach Christ to everyone…in order to bring each one into God’s presence as a mature individual in union with Christ.” Maturity in Christ is the goal in thinking, understanding, in attitude, and in practice. 

Friday, 19 July 2019Luke 10:38-42— Jesus visits with Martha and Mary in their home. The church needs to reach out into the world demonstrating the compassion of Christ. This is seen in the work of Martha. The church at the same time needs to become a redemptive community – demonstrated by the actions of Mary. Mary chose to fulfill that need by sitting at His feet to learn from Jesus. We can not neglect physical bread for spiritual bread. Both are needed. But which is more important? In the Gospel text Jesus answers this: “Mary chose “the good portion.” Donating food, clothing, shelter, medical care and the like is important yet the Savior encourages us to give top priority to the spiritual needs of life.

Saturday, 20 July 2019 - Romans 3:23-25 – The hymn of the week is “O Savior, Precious Savior” (LSB 527). Having come into the presence of Christ, having heard His Word having communed with Him at His altar, having received His promise of reconciliation in the words of the Absolution we are encouraged to praise the name of the Lord. The words of this much loved hymn finds its focus on Christ and the true worship He is due. Come tomorrow to the Divine Service expecting to be drawn by the Savior to those means of grace that He gives us.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Pentecost 5 - Proper 10

July 14, 2019
Pentecost 5 -Proper 10
Luke 10:25–37
“You are loved”
  
 [1]

Lord Jesus Christ, in Your deep compassion You rescue us from whatever may hurt us. Teach us to love You above all things and to love our neighbors as ourselves; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [2] 

Two questions. Stand as bookends for us today. The first. Is asked by an expert in the Law. The second. Is asked by Jesus. Jesus responds in both instances with a mandate. “This do.” 

The one proficient in the Law asked, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Oh yes, he was skillful in the Law of God. He interpreted it correctly. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”   To which Jesus replies, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

Now it is Jesus’ turn to ask a question. “Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” And the response, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

The righteous requirements of the Law - still remain a mandate. Jesus did not come to eliminate the law but to fulfill it. 

Says the Savior, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.  For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”   -Matthew 5:17-20 “Do all this and you will live.”

The popular phrase, "Be a Good Samaritan" is meant to motivate you to help someone you do not want to bother with. It sounds clever. But, more times than not, it is a burden. Most times, you help the person you do not always desire or want to. Their lack of appreciation and demand for more can be defeating and exhausting. It can leave you feeling you were right after all. That you shouldn't have even tried. More than exhausting. It leads many to give up. [3]  Sadly, in this American culture, most are motivated to serve only to impress the people they really cannot stand! 

So it is with any motivation from the Law. It reveals our sin. “But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” The path into hell is always paved with good intentions. The Old Adam in us is still trying self-justification.

Jesus, though. Did not come teaching lessons like the Good Samaritan to inspire you on how to live a better life but to reveal that we simply can't. But once you realize that. Your Savior then desires to show your repentant heart what He has done to free you and forgive you.

Jesus truly helped all. Only He was the "Good Samaritan." As the Son of God. He was the only one who could be. His greatest act of love proves it to be the case. Jesus offered His life in exchange for yours. He took all your sins as His own. He paid their full price on His cross. In exchange. He gives you everything.  The forgiveness of sins. And eternal life. He then gives you opportunities to help and serve your neighbor in love. 

The Christian life is not mere theory. It is faith always active in love toward the neighbor. God does not need your good works. Your neighbor, however, always will. Thus, the Savior gives you opportunities to love and serve your neighbor. As Jesus says in our Gospel today – “To show mercy!”  Not motivated for some righteous reward. Rather. He gives you a servant’s heart. And places opportunities before you. To be salt and light in this world. 

Dr. King put it best when he said,

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” [4]

Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” It is, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

[1.]   Google Image, “The Good Samaritan” by Aime Morot LeBon
[2.]  Collect for Proper 10 Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis 
[3]  Pr. Tim Daub, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Hecla, South Dakota
[4.] Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 'The Drum Major Instinct' delivered at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, February 4, 1968
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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Proper 10 -Series C


Proper 10 - Series C
(July 14, 2019)

Leviticus (18:1–5) 19:9–18
Colossians 1:1–14
Luke 10:25–37

Jesus Is Our Good Samaritan

The Law commands that “you shall love the Lord your God” with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Luke 10:27), and that you shall “love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18). Love fulfills the Law because love does no harm to the neighbor. Christ Jesus is the Good Samaritan, who with divine compassion saves you from all evil. He takes your sin and death upon Himself and bears these in His body to the cross. He binds up your wounds with the healing balm of His Gospel, and He brings you into His Church, where He takes care of you at His own expense (Luke 10:34–35). By such mercy, He proves “to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers” (Luke 10:36). Therefore, “you go, and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). By “your faith in Christ Jesus” and “because of the hope laid up for you in heaven” (Col. 1:4–5), you have the same love for others as the Lord Jesus has for you.

The popular phrase "Be a Good Samaritan" is meant to motivate you to help someone you don't want to. It sounds clever, but spiritually speaking, it is a burden. Most times you help the person you don't want to, their lack of appreciation and demand for more can be defeating and exhausting. It can leave you feeling you were right, that you shouldn't have. More than exhausting, it leads many to give up. So it is with any motivation from the Law: it reveals our sin.

Jesus, though, did not come teaching lessons like the Good Samaritan to inspire you how to live a good life but to reveal that we can't. But once you realize that, your Savior then desires to show your repentant heart what He has done to free you and forgive you.

Jesus truly helped all, only He was the "Good Samaritan" we should be. As the Son of God, He was the only One who could be. His greatest act of love proves it to be the case. Jesus offered His life in exchange for yours, took all your sins away as His own, and paid their full price on His cross. In exchange, He gives you everything, the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Luke 10:25-37

:25 Καὶ ἰδοὺ νομικός τις ἀνέστη ἐκπειράζων αὐτὸν λέγων• Διδάσκαλε, τί ποιήσας ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομήσω;
 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτόν• Ἐν τῷ νόμῳ τί γέγραπται; πῶς ἀναγινώσκεις;
 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”

27 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν• Ἀγαπήσεις κύριον τὸν θεόν σου ἐξ ὅλης]τῆς καρδίας σου καὶ ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ ψυχῇ σου καὶ ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ ἰσχύϊ σου καὶ ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ διανοίᾳ σου, καὶ τὸν πλησίον σου ὡς σεαυτόν.
 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

28 εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ• Ὀρθῶς ἀπεκρίθης• τοῦτο ποίει καὶ ζήσῃ.
And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

The righteous requirements of the Law still remain a mandate. Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.  See Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus is not an antinomian. “Do this and you will live.”

29 Ὁ δὲ θέλων δικαιῶσαι ἑαυτὸν εἶπεν πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν• Καὶ τίς ἐστίν μου πλησίον;
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

θέλων δικαιῶσαι ἑαυτὸν The path into hell is always paved with good intentions. The Old Adam in us is still trying self-justification.

30 ὑπολαβὼν]δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν• Ἄνθρωπός τις κατέβαινεν ἀπὸ Ἰερουσαλὴμ εἰς Ἰεριχὼ καὶ λῃσταῖς περιέπεσεν, οἳ καὶ ἐκδύσαντες αὐτὸν καὶ πληγὰς ἐπιθέντες ἀπῆλθον ἀφέντες ἡμιθανῆ.
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.

31 κατὰ συγκυρίαν δὲ ἱερεύς τις κατέβαινεν ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ ἐκείνῃ, καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν ἀντιπαρῆλθεν
 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.

32 ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ Λευίτης κατὰ τὸν τόπον ἐλθὼν καὶ ἰδὼν ἀντιπαρῆλθεν
So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. .

33 Σαμαρίτης δέ τις ὁδεύων ἦλθεν κατ’ αὐτὸν καὶ ἰδὼν ἐσπλαγχνίσθη,
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.

34 καὶ προσελθὼν κατέδησεν τὰ τραύματα αὐτοῦ ἐπιχέων ἔλαιον καὶ οἶνον, ἐπιβιβάσας δὲ αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὸ ἴδιον κτῆνος ἤγαγεν αὐτὸν εἰς πανδοχεῖον καὶ ἐπεμελήθη αὐτοῦ.
He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.

35 καὶ ἐπὶ τὴν αὔριον ἐκβαλὼν δύο δηνάρια ἔδωκεν τῷ πανδοχεῖ καὶ εἶπεν• Ἐπιμελήθητι αὐτοῦ, καὶ ὅ τι ἂν προσδαπανήσῃς ἐγὼ ἐν τῷ ἐπανέρχεσθαί με ἀποδώσω σοι.
And the next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’

A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer

36 τίς τούτων τῶν τριῶν πλησίον δοκεῖ σοι γεγονέναι τοῦ ἐμπεσόντος εἰς τοὺς λῃστάς;
   Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”

37 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν• Ὁ ποιήσας τὸ ἔλεος μετ’ αὐτοῦ. εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς• Πορεύου καὶ σὺ ποίει ὁμοίως.
He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

The Christian life is not mere theory. It is faith always active in love toward the neighbor. God does not need your good works. Your neighbor, however always will.

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Time in the Word - Proper 10



Time in the Word
08-13 July 2019
Preparation for next week, Pentecost 5 – Proper 11



Jesus Is Our Good Samaritan

The Law commands that “you shall love the Lord your God” with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Luke 10:27), and that you shall “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Love fulfills the Law because love does no harm to the neighbor. Christ Jesus is the Good Samaritan, who with divine compassion saves you from all evil. He takes your sin and death upon Himself and bears these in His body to the cross. He binds up your wounds with the healing balm of His Gospel, and He brings you into His Church, where He takes care of you at His own expense (Luke 10:34–35). By such mercy, He proves “to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers” (Luke 10:36). Therefore, “you go, and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). By “your faith in Christ Jesus” and “because of the hope laid up for you in heaven” (Colossians 1:4–5), you have the same love for others as the Lord Jesus has for you.

Collect for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: O Lord, whose gracious presence never fails to guide and govern those whom You have nurtured in Your steadfast love and worship, make us ever love and adore Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever

Collect for Proper 11: O Lord, grant us the Spirit to hear Your Word and know the one thing needful that by Your Word and Spirit we may live according to Your will; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

For guidance in our calling: Lord God, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but on that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For steadfast faith: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, because of Your tender love toward us sinners You have given us Your Son that, believing in Him, we might have everlasting life. Continue to grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may remain steadfast in the faith to the end and finally come to love everlasting; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For newness of life in Christ: Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon ourselves the armor of light now in the time of this mortal life in which Your Son, Jesus Christ, came to visit us in great humility, that in the Last Day, when He shall come again to glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to life immortal; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Monday, 08 July 2019Psalm 136:23-26, antiphon Psalm 136:1 - Psalm 136 seems to be an expansion of Psalm 135, about God’s mighty works of Creation and in His dealings with Israel, arranged for antiphonal singing. The phrase “His mercy endures forever” occurs in every verse. It is called a “Hallel” Psalm, was sung at the opening of the Passover, and was a favorite Temple Song (see 1 Chronicles 16:41; 2 Chronicles 7:3; 20:21; Ezra 3:11) The description of God’s great works in creation (Vv.4-9) and in history (Vv.10-24) alternate with the people’s refrain to God’s unchanging timeless love.

Tuesday, 09 July 2019Psalm 41— This psalm is David’s pray for mercy when he was seriously ill. His enemies greet the prospect of his death with malicious glee. Even his once close friends betray his friendship see verse 9. Psalm 41 concludes a collection of four psalms connected by common themes, and also form the conclusion to the first section of the book of Psalms. (Psalms 1- 41) In its structure, the psalm is very symmetrical, composed of four stanzas of three verses each. The first and fourth stanzas frame the prayer with a note of confidence; stanzas two and three elaborate the prayer. Verse 13 is a doxology that closes Book I.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019Leviticus 19:9-18 - Obedience demanded from the Lord your God. Notice throughout the Old Testament reading that the people are reminded, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: “I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 18:1) God’s people are given instructions concerning a morality reflecting God’s holiness. God was preparing His people for a life different from their pagan neighbors, whose life-style was deplorably immoral. Our lesson is an expansion of the Ten Commandments as the Lord gives detail as to how and why we must live. We live in obedience because of the relationship with have been given with our God.

Thursday, 11 June 2019Colossians 1:1-14— Obedience pleases God. In daily life we are accustomed to being transferred, and with each transfer we hope it means a promotion with larger salary. We may transfer schools. We may get a transfer at work from one department to another one. The company may transfer us to another city. In our Epistle Paul talks about the greatest transfer of all: from darkness to the light of God’s kingdom. 

Everyone needs this transfer because we are born into the world of sin and need to be delivered. Has this transfer taken place in your life?



Friday, 12 July 2019Luke 10:25-37 - Obedience leads to eternal life. The common understanding of a neighbor is one who lives close to you in a neighborhood. In today’s world this is not necessarily the case. Many do not even know even the name of the family who lives in the apartment down the hall, nor the couple living in the adjoining townhouse. Using this definition of “neighbor,” the lawyer was sure he was exempt from the law to love your neighbor. In the parable, Jesus gives a new understanding of a neighbor; he is one who is in need of your assistance given out of love.

Saturday, 13 July 2019 - Romans 3:23-25 –The great hymn of faith “By Grace I’m Saved” (LSB 566). The glory God intended man to be is the glory that man had before the fall. (See Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8:5-6; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10. Believers in Christ will again have this glory through faith in Jesus Christ. (See Hebrews 2:5-9)
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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pentecost 4 - Proper 9



July 7, 2019        
Pentecost 4 - Proper 9  
Luke 10:20          
Your Name has been written

Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Deliver us, O God, from our little fears, and spoil for us - whatever confidence we have left in anything but Thy victory. Amen[1]
Jesus sends out seventy-two of His followers to proclaim that the Kingdom of God has come. Christ's kingdom goes beyond the narrow boundaries of Jerusalem, and Judea. It extends to all the nations of the world. This mission has serious implications. - The last days of Old Testament prophecy have broken into this present age. The mission, as always, is a harvest of souls.

How did this mission go? How did they fare? They were successful! The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name! As Jesus commands the demons to obey Him so these ambassadors went forth under the same authority.

Jesus had equipped them for the mission. “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” So, they rejoice. In their success of healing and exorcism.

Jesus gives His endorsement and approval. “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Then, He gives this divine perspective. “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

These words of the Savior are an encouragement for you. “Rejoice that your name is written in heaven.” Don't rejoice simply that demons are subject to you – but rejoice that you are washed in the blood of Jesus; that you are redeemed and saved; that your name is written down in heaven!


Rejoice in your salvation. – Rejoice in what Jesus has done for you. He saved you. Peter explains this truth – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… Baptism now saves you. Not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to Him.”  -1 Peter 1:3; 3:21-22

“He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” – Titus 3:5

According to His mercy He saved you.” What is mercy? Not getting what you deserve.

For by grace are you saved.” says St. Paul. [Ephesians 2:8-9]   What is grace? Receiving what you do not deserve. Both – mercy and grace come from the Savior’s loving nail pierced hand. They are gifts for you. Cherish them.

The Lord looking at you through the eye of mercy and grace is not new thought. The Psalmist would simply say, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints… He will rescue them from oppression and violence and precious shall their blood be in his sight.”     (Psalm 116:15; 72:14)  

You are precious to the Lord, because of the precious blood of Jesus.  Thus Peter could say, “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”   1 Peter 1:18-19

A common crook. Condemned to die. - By crucifixion. Because of his offenses of theft and fraud. Would simply ask, “Jesus remember me when you come into Your kingdom.” To which Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43-44)      

God will not forget about you. The words you hear in absolution, at His communion table, in His word written and proclaimed – “All of your sins have been forgiven by Christ the crucified.”  God is speaking to each of you - "Your name is written in heaven!”  Rejoice!
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[1] Collect for Friday of the week of Pentecost 4, For All the Saints A Prayer Book For and By the Church Vol.II © 1995 American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY