Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Morning Prayer Reading 3 - Ma n in Paradise

3 Man in Paradise 
Genesis 2:7-9, 15-18, 21-25


7 then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[a] of it you shall surely die.”
18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[b] him.

21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[a] into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
    because she was taken out of Man.”[b]

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Footnotes:
Genesis 2:22 Hebrew built
Genesis 2:23 The Hebrew words for woman (ishshah) and man (ish) sound alike

Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcut © WELS used with permission for personal and congregational use Luther’s Seal © Ed Riojas Higher Things

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Morning Prayer Reading 2 - Creation Part 2

The Creation Part 2
Genesis 1:20-2:3

20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds[a] fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man[b] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Footnotes:
Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcut © WELS used with permission for personal and congregational use Luther’s Seal © Ed Riojas Higher Things


The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Proper 15 notes




Proper 15 Series B  
Proverbs 9:1–10 or Joshua 24:1–2a,14–18
Ephesians 5:6–21
John 6:51–69

Jesus Is the Word and Wisdom of God, Who Gives You Life and Light in His Flesh

Jesus is the divine Word by whom all things were made, who has become flesh and dwells among us. He gives His flesh “for the life of the world,” not only as a sacrifice for sin but as “the living bread” from heaven (John 6:51). Eat His flesh and drink His blood (John 6:54–57), and no longer walk in the darkness of sin, but walk in His light.

"Arise from the dead” and live in Him, because you are “light in the Lord” (Eph. 5:8, 14). Being filled with His Spirit, confess Him to “one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart” (Eph. 5:18–19).

Fear, love and trust in Him, “and serve him in sincerity and faithfulness” (Josh. 24:14). For He has brought you “out of the house of slavery” by His cross and resurrection, and now He does “great signs” in your sight (Josh. 24:17). Indeed, He is the divine wisdom, who has built His house, prepared His feast and set His table; He bids you to recline and eat of His bread and drink of the wine He has mixed (Prov. 9:1–5).

Jesus is the divine Word by whom all things were made, who has become flesh and dwells among us.

Collect for Pentecost 12- Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus, to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow His steps in the way that leads to life eternal; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Jesus declares that He is the Living Bread that came down from heaven. It is through Him alone that we can be forgiven, that our sins can be removed, that we can partake of eternal life. Through Word and sacrament, Christ feeds us, bestowing faith and nourishing it. The bread that He gives does not just satisfy for a short time, like earthly food; whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.

Proper 15 Series B

John 6:51-58
ΚΑΤΑ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΝ 6:51-58 Greek NT: Nestle 1904

6:51 Ἐμάχοντο οὖν πρὸς ἀλλήλους οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι λέγοντες Πῶς δύναται οὗτος ἡμῖν δοῦναι τὴν σάρκα φαγεῖν; 
I am the living bread that came down (descended) from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."
He gives His flesh at the cross and in the Supper.

6:52 - Ἐμάχοντο οὖν πρὸς ἀλλήλους οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι λέγοντες Πῶς δύναται οὗτος ἡμῖν δοῦναι τὴν σάρκα φαγεῖν;
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

How can He do it? Thinking in an earthly way, such as, “how can one be born again?” in John 3

They battle against each other. 

6:53 - εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐὰν μὴ φάγητε τὴν σάρκα τοῦ Υἱοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καὶ πίητε αὐτοῦ τὸ αἷμα, οὐκ ἔχετε ζωὴν ἐν ἑαυτοῖς.
So Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

First time he’s mentioned his blood.  Some use this as an argument for infant communion.  Drinking of blood was never done in pagan practice.

6:54 ὁ τρώγων μου τὴν σάρκα καὶ πίνων μου τὸ αἷμα ἔχει ζωὴν αἰώνιον, κἀγὼ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day;

τρώγων - an intensifying verb. see The Formula on the Supper, Article 7 we eat not in a capernetic way. 
We comprehend by faith which comes in the Word.

6:55 -ἡ γὰρ σάρξ μου ἀληθής ἐστιν βρῶσις, καὶ τὸ αἷμά μου ἀληθής ἐστιν πόσις.
for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.

6:56 ὁ τρώγων μου τὴν σάρκα καὶ πίνων μου τὸ αἷμα ἐν ἐμοὶ μένει κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.

We remain see chapter 15 the reference to the vine/branch.  This is jarring language. No one speaks in this way except Jesus. The Protestants turn these words into a metaphor.

6:57 καθὼς ἀπέστειλέν με ὁ ζῶν Πατὴρ κἀγὼ ζῶ διὰ τὸν Πατέρα, καὶ ὁ τρώγων με κἀκεῖνος ζήσει δι’ ἐμέ.
Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me.

6:58 - οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ ἄρτος ὁ ἐξ οὐρανοῦ καταβάς, οὐ καθὼς ἔφαγον οἱ πατέρες καὶ ἀπέθανον· ὁ τρώγων τοῦτον τὸν ἄρτον ζήσει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.
This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever (unto eternal life).”

This is an exulted view of Moses and the fathers from the people. Jesus is no respecter of persons. If you claim to be a follower of Moses you will follow me. He’s putting them in their proper place.

6:60 These words are hard/difficult.  Peter will speak for the 12 these “disciples” a part of the 72, they too criticize.

6:61 -Jesus responds, “this offends you.” See also “we preach Christ, a scandal…” Matthew 11 13:41, Romans 9:33, John 16:1.

6:62 - You offended at this. What if you were to see the Son of Man ascended to where he was at first.  A reference to the cross not Ascension according to Bultman. “Being lifted up” is where Jesus will demonstrate His glory.  If you are offended by what you have seen thus far just you wait.”  You will see him from whence he came.

6:63 - look at the verb for preaching. The flesh gives nothing. Contrast between spiritual/flesh is contrast between fallen nature and the new man. It must be given by the Spirit. See John 3 that which is born of flesh and spirit.


Time in the Word - Pentecost 13 - Proper 15


Time in the Word
 August 13-18 2018
Proper 15
Preparation for next week, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost


The subject of bread continues as we make our way through John 6. The theme for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost is Incarnating the Christ. Christ is the Living Bread who came down from Heaven, the Word made flesh (John 1:14), who gives His flesh for the life of the world.

We can find this Living Bread nowhere else but in Christ. As Peter answered, when asked by Jesus if he wanted to leave, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” After Jesus ascended into heaven, when called before the Jewish council, Peter would proclaim again, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). Come, feast on the Living Bread. Gladly hear His Word, and eat His Body and Blood, given for you for the remission of all your sins.

Collect for Proper 15 Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus, to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow His steps in the way that leads to life eternal; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer for Home and Family: Visit, we implore You, O Lord, the homes in which Your people dwell, and keep far from them all harm and danger. Grant us to dwell together in peace under the protection of Your holy angels, and may Your blessing be with us forever; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer the Unemployed and the under-employed: Heavenly Father, we remember before You, those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work and those under employed. Lead us so to use the wealth and resources of this rich land that all persons may find suitable and fulfilling employment and receive just payment for their labor; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Pray for Peace: O God, whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world simply cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

Collect for Pentecost 13: Merciful Father since You have given Your only Son as the sacrifice for our sin, also give us grace to receive with thanksgiving the fruits of His redeeming work and daily follow in His ways; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

Collect for Psalm 34: Lord, graciously heart us, for we seek You alone. Calm our bodies and minds with the peace which passes understanding and make us radiant with joy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Monday, 13 August 2018Psalm 111:1–5, 9; Antiphon, Psalm 111:10—Atheist groups are taking out ads on city buses in cities across the U.S., even in Indiana (South Bend and Bloomington, so far), that proclaim that there is no God (‘You Can Be Good Without God’; ‘In the Beginning, Man Created God’). What utter nonsense! What through-and-through foolishness! The psalmist tells us what it truly means to be wise: to fear the Lord, to recognize all that He has done for us. Those so-called ‘atheists,’ far from disbelieving in a god, have made themselves their own god, and a very poor one at that.
Tuesday, 14 August 2018Psalm 34:12–22—This is a continuation of the psalm for last Sunday. In the antiphon for to-day (verse 11), David calls us to listen to him, that he may teach us the fear of the Lord: one who is not foolish, and acknowledges the Lord, will turn away from evil and do good; he will seek peace and pursue it. These righteous ones will the Lord deliver out of all their troubles.
Wednesday, 15 August 2018Proverbs 9:1–10—In the Old Testament reading, we continue our education in the way of wisdom from the wisest man who has ever lived, Solomon. Here, he gives wisdom a personality, and we start to understand that the personification of wisdom is Christ our Lord, for it is Christ who invites us to eat of His bread and drink of His wine. These are His body and blood, which He gives for the life of the world.
Thursday, 16 August 2018Ephesians 5:6–21—In this section of our reading from the book of Ephesians, St Paul continues his instruction of how we ought to live. Since Christ has made us His own, and, since, by Word and Sacrament, we have eaten the living Bread that comes down from heaven, we ought to walk, not as unwise, but as wise.
We ought not allow ourselves to be deceived by charlatans masquerading as men of God; we ought not take part in the sins that the world takes pleasure in; we ought, rather, make the best use of time, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Friday, 17 August 2018John 6:51–69—Jesus declares that He is the Living Bread that came down from heaven. It is through Him alone that we can be forgiven, that our sins can be removed, that we can partake of eternal life. Through Word and sacrament, Christ feeds us, bestowing faith and nourishing it. The bread that He gives does not just satisfy for a short time, like earthly food; whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.

Saturday, 18 August 2018—This week, the final two stanzas of O Living Bread from Heaven (LSB 642) serve as the hymn of the day. Having received from the Lord Jesus Christ living bread, we seek to serve Him with holy fear, living as wise, not foolish ones, during our days on earth, and looking forward to the day when we leave this world below, and enter Heaven, where joys unmingled flow.


This Week’s Morning Prayer Readings
Read and review the following Bible stories for each day…
Monday, August 13 - The Creation Part 2 - Genesis 1:20-2:3
Tuesday, August 14 - Man in Paradise - Genesis 2:7-9, 15-18, 21-25
Wednesday, August 15 – Chapel Day
Thursday, August 16 - The Fall of Man - Genesis 3:1-7
Friday, August 17 - First Promise of a Savior – Genesis 3:18-24
From the Small Catechism – 1st & 2nd Commandments

Prayers are from Lutheran Service Book © 2006, Lutheran Worship © 1980 and from Lutheran Worship © 1980 Concordia Publishing House.
For All the Saints: A Prayer Book For and By the Church Vol.1 The Lutheran Publicity Bureau © 1994 Delhi, NY

Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcut used with permission from WELS
Luther’s Seal © Ed Rajas  Higher Things
Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B – John Brokhoff © 1981 CSS Publishing, Lima, OH 


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Pentecost 12 - Proper 14




Pentecost 12 – Proper 14
August 12, 2018
John 6:35-51


Gracious Father, Your blessed Son came down from heaven to be the true bread that gives life to the world. Grant that Christ, the bread of life, may live in us and us in Him.

Who is this Jesus? Where did He come from? Who is He? His reference to His coming from heaven caused folks to cuss, fuss, and discuss. It made them murmur, complain, and disagree.

The conversation continues to this very day. We are no different. All kinds of things are said about Jesus. In books. Lectures. Sermons. And conversations. Who is this Jesus? When He says He comes down from heaven many continue to have difficulty in accepting Jesus as the divine Son of God.
The times in which we live are incredible. While 40% of the American population remains un-churched, [1] yet everyone has their own opinion concerning the person of Jesus Christ. After all. This is America. Where everyone in entitled to their opinion!

Let’s go to the directly to Jesus. And let Him. Tell us. Who He is. What does Jesus have to say concerning Himself? What He says is this:

I am from heaven. V. 41 - “They were grumbling about Him, because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” John reminds us in the introduction to his gospel, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” As Jesus entered time and space He came to be your substitute. He does not merely claim to represent God. He demands that He be known to be God.

Only God can rain down bread from heaven in the form of manna. Only God can send ravens to feed a starving prophet who was holed up in a cave.

To make Himself equal with God caused many to grumble at Jesus. This is what caused many to walk away from Him. Are we to grumble too? He has promised to sustain and lead us. Do we trust Him? It takes faith to submit to His will. And trust Him. Come what may.

Jesus claims to have come from heaven. What’s more? He claims to have direct access to God.

I alone see God. V. 46 - “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.” Jesus is the only one who has seen the Father. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from god. Jesus will not lay claim to anything else but to be the only begotten Son of the Father. Not one who know God. Not one who understands God. Jesus makes an exclusive claim. He is the only one who has seen the Father.

Only Jesus has seen the Father. To have seen God meant sure and certain death. Moses had to shield his face. Jesus will make the sole statement – I alone see God.

Jesus claims to come from heaven. He claims to have seen the Father. He alone is the bread of life.

I am the bread of life. V.48 - “I am the bread of life.” Not to eat is to starve and die. Not to eat enough leads to weakness and disease. To eat the wrong things injures health. To eat too much results in obesity. Yet when we feat on Jesus, the bread of life, we are satisfied. To feast on Jesus the bread of life a new life, which never ends begins.

He is the one who creates life. With ten simple phrases, the entire created order was made. There is nothing that exists, whether on earth, or in heaven, which did not come by the created mouth of Jesus.
He sustains life. He spoke the universe into existence. He promises to sustain and keep it. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22) Times and seasons. Crested by the Savior Himself. Will never end. Until the end of time. This is His promise to you. To be present with you. In every situation. Because you circumstances do not define Him.

Our Old Testament lesson finds Elijah in a precarious circumstance. He had just defeated the prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel. But now. There is a bounty on his life. Wicked queen Jezebel sends him a message.   So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.1 Kings 19:1 

What is he to do? He finds himself deflated, despondent, depressed. He asks the Lord to spare him of his misery. “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life.” 1 Kings 19:4  This is not an irrational thought. If Jezebel has her way. He’s a dead man within twenty-four hours. So he asks the Lord simply, “let me fall asleep and simply not wake up!”

Yet the Lord remains present. Despite Elijah’s circumstances.  He fed Elijah. Not once. But twice. “And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.1 Kings 19:9      

Here the Lord invites us to view our present problems through a lens. Which is able to see His divine presence in this world. Just as He is clearly present to Elijah in order to help him overcome his fears. You too must have the same confidence. That Christ. The true bread of life. Is present. And will be present in your life.

We must also have the awareness that our trials and troubles are far from the whole of our story. Just as God has been present in your past. You persevere. In the hope that Christ will be present in your future.

Hard times might come. Problems might surface. Negative situations might arise. “Yet in all these things. We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.” Romans 8:37 Let your heart be at peace and rest. Christ is present. As the bread of life He is with you. And for you. He will not necessarily take your problems away. Rather He strengthens you. Helping you to face your fears.  

He does not leave you to flounder. He does not make you swim on your own. As the bread of life He comes to you. In your present circumstance. He feeds you. With His Word. And blessed sacraments. He sustains. Nourishes And supports you. He gives you Himself. 


You need such words of deep comfort. The question might be asked, “May those whose faith is weak or who struggle come to the Sacrament?” And the answer, of course, is a resounding YES!  The words, “for you,” shows us that Christ instituted this Sacrament for weak and struggling sinners. To draw us to Himself. And to strengthen our faith in Him. “All that the Father gives to Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me, I will never cast out.” John 6:37

Jesus comes from heaven. He alone sees God. He creates and sustains the earth. He alone gives eternal life.

I give eternal life. V. 50 – “This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.” As soon as the Bread of Life is eaten by faith, a new life, which never ends begins. Heaven is a present possession, for heaven is essentially life in Christ. In Christ, we get life now.
Do you trust these claims by the Savior? Do you believe He is God in the flesh? Do you believe He gives his life for this world? Do you believe His death on the bloody cross and an open tomb can give and sustain life?

In the midst of life, we are in death. Jesus claims if you feast on Him you will not die. Is this life possible? Jesus guarantees eternal life for you. By faith, you believe and live.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven,” Jesus said. “If anyone eats of this bread, He will live forever.” By faith, you trust Him. By faith, you receive Him. In faith, He will sustain you.

Sources:

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Passive Sentences – 4%
Readability – 84.6%
Reading Level – 3.4



[1] http://www.christianpost.com/news/majority-of-unchurched-are-christians-survey-finds-44715/ George Barna survey indicates 28 percent of the U.S. adult population is un-churched or nearly 65 million people. When the number of children living with un-churched adults is also included, the number rises to 100 million people. Barna’s national survey on the un-churched, conducted August 2009 through February 2010 was based upon random samples of 4,020 adults. Of those adults, 1,144 where un-churched and 703 were self-identified Christians.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Morning Prayer Reading 1 - The Creation Part 1

The Creation Part 1
Genesis 1:1-19 (selected verses)
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.


6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse[a] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made[b] the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven.[c] And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.


9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth,[d] and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons,[f] and for days and years,  16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.



Images: Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcut used with permission for personal and congregational use © from WELS
Luther's Seal © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

Footnotes:
  1. Genesis 1:6 Or a canopy; also verses 7814151720
  2. Genesis 1:7 Or fashioned; also verse 16
  3. Genesis 1:8 Or Sky; also verses 9141517202628302:1
  4. Genesis 1:10 Or Land; also verses 11122224252628302:1
  5. Genesis 1:11 Or small plants; also verses 1229
  6. Genesis 1:14 Or appointed times
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Proper 14 notes

Proper 14
1 Kings 19:1–8
Ephesians 4:17—5:2
John 6:35–51

The Lord Jesus Feeds Us with His Flesh, in Order to Strengthen Us with His Own Life

God the Father sent His Son into the world, so that the world might have life in Him. Now He “draws” you to His Son, Christ Jesus, by the preaching of His Gospel. “Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father” comes to Jesus, who will never cast him out but “will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44–45). He is “the bread of life,” who “comes down from heaven” in the flesh, that you may eat of Him and “live forever” (John 6:48–51). 

Although “the journey is too great for you,” in the strength of this food you shall come to “the mount of God.” Do not be afraid, and do not despair, but “arise and eat.” (1 Kings 19:5–8). And “no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds” (Ephesians 4:17), but “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2). In Him, you have been “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). Therefore, “be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1), by “forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” 

John 6:35-41

Gracious Father, Your blessed Son came down from heaven to be the true bread that gives life to the world.  Grant that Christ, the bread of life, may live in us and we in Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

John 6:35-51
Proper 14 Series B

Summary:  What else can one say:  Jesus is the bread of life.  Three words, actually verbs, pop out this week.  All three (καταβαινω, πιστευω and εχω).  John employs them powerfully here to make three points:  
1. Jesus came down to earth; 
2. Jesus came down to earth that we might believe; 
3. Jesus came down to earth that we might thus have life.  Here.  Now.  
Also, this week  includes a quote of the Small Catechism to solve a thorny issue...

Key words:

καταβαινω ("descend" or "go down"; it appears seven times in chapter 6: 16, 33, 38, 41, 42, 50, 51, 58 in various forms). The use of this word throughout John and especially John 6 reminds us that John is an incarnational Gospel (as are all the Gospels!).   While John 6 pushes this in a new direction, the idea of God moving toward earth, coming down, has occurred already in John:  The Spirit descends at Baptism (1:33); Jesus refers to Jacob's dream where angels descended at "Bethel," foreshadowing Jesus; Jesus also "goes down" to heal an officials son (4:47) and lastly, Jesus simply said he descended from heaven (3:13).

One could simply be reminded that Jesus in John's Gospel is not an eagle like philosopher above it all; Jesus is not some Gnostic or Docetic savior; rather he is a flesh and blood, incarnate Son of God. John 6 is all about the Eucharist; and the Eucharist is the summation of all things.  In this case, the Eucharist is the summation of all other downward movements by God.  It includes the Spirit empowering, it includes heaven's gates opening; it includes healing of mortals.  In Jesus, Bethel (house of God) becomes Bethlehem (house of bread).  Jesus is full divine yet fully flesh. (σαρξ)

σαρξ ("flesh"; just about every verse in section 6:51-63)  Jesus says two puzzling things:  First, that σαρξ is useless; but that on the other hand, we must eat of his σαρξ.  John's Gospel is not anti-flesh; yet it wisely points out the limits of flesh.  So why does Communion help?  As Jesus says, "It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life."  

Jesus words make his flesh, the Communion, have life and Spirit!  To put it another way, courtesy of Luther:

"It is not the water indeed that does them, but the word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the word of God the water is simple water and no baptism. But with the word of God it is a baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Ghost, as St. Paul says, Titus, chapter three: By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior, that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying."  http://bookofconcord.org/smallcatechism.php#baptism

πιστευω ("believe"; the word appears 85 times in John's Gospel).  This might just be the most important word in John's Gospel.  Worth noting is that faith only appears as a verb:  It is always an action.  In other words, "Faith" doesn't exist in John's Gospel, but believing does. 

It is not by intellectual assent that we live, but fully trusting in God.  Sadly, it often takes us to get to that moment where all hope has been lost that we actually begin to trust...

Grammar:  
Present tense and εχω

The present tense means something is happening right now and on-going.  Jesus says, "the one who believes is having eternal life."  It does NOT read "the one who believes will have eternal life."  It simply says, "the one who believe HAS eternal life."  Eternal life begins here and now in a relationship based on believing in Jesus Christ.

:35 "I am" Jesus clearly identifies Himself a the source of real life, which lasts forever. 

Will never, ever, no, not ever, hunger. This is the response to give us this bread. What He gives He gives by faith.

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. - John 6:35

:36 - you have seen me yet you do not believe. This verb is to see and believe. John 1:18 "we have seen and believe...

:36 you look for me  because of the miraculous but because you ate and were filled. Their minds are still on earthly things. 

:37 "All"  Those who believe...Father gives...will come to Me.  No one has willpower to choose to believe in Jesus or come to God. Faith comes to the believer as a gift from God just as physical life comes as a gift. 

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. - John 6:37

:38 "for/because I have descended"  not to do my will but the will of My Father. He comes to gather. Look at the  verbs of motion. He comes down to bring up. 

:39 "lose nothing"  Salvation of the believer is secure in Christ, who lets none of His own slop through His fingers... see 1 Peter 1:3-5

Jesus - "I won't destroy what's been given Me." 

And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. - John 6:39

:40 "looks"  Seeing Jesus with eyes of faith. "The chief worship of the Gospel is to desire to receive the forgiveness of sins, grace and righteousness." (Apology V 189) "raise him up on the last day" see 5:28-29

"For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." - John 6:40


:41-42 Jesus' opponents thought they knew His background and parentage.  Thus, any implication that He was more than of human origin was grounds for complaint on their part. see Matthew 13:53-58

They grumble

So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." - "They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?" - John 6:41-42

They ask a question expecting a positive response. "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know

:43 - Jesus responds by saying in short, "Stop it!"

:44 - No one comes unless the Father drags him.  

:45 - it was written in the prophets all will be taught ones of God. God's taught ones. - Isaiah 54:13 

He is the One the prophets mention. Picture of the kingdom and the coming of the Christ. And this is happening among you now.

:46 - not that  anyone the the Father has seen except the one who has seen Him. The the prologue in Genesis. 

The flesh I will give is the cross. 

Source:
http://lectionarygreek.blogspot.com/2012/08/john-63541-51.html


Time in the Word - Pentecost 12 - Proper 14



Time in the Word
August 6-11 2018
Pentecost 12 -Proper 14


Collect for Proper 14Gracious Father, You blessed Son came down from heaven to be the true bread that gives life to the world. Grant that Christ, the bread of life, may live in us and we in Him, who loves and reigns with You and the holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Before the study of God’s WordAlmighty God, our heavenly Father, without Your help our labor is useless, and without Your light our search is in vain. Invigorate our study of Your holy Word that, by due diligence and right discernment, we may establish ourselves and others in Your holy faith; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For reconciliationGod of love, through Your Son You have commanded us to love one another. By the guidance of Your Word and Spirit, deliver us from impenitence and teach us the truth that we might confess our sins, receive Your forgiveness, and be reconciled to one another; through Jesus Christ, our Lord

For guidance in our callingLord 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 only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For a right knowledge of Christ – Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us perfectly to know Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be the way, the truth, and the life, that following His steps we may steadfastly walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through the same 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 this faith to the end and finally come to life everlasting; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.



The theme for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost is “Eat and Live”. The Lord’s own people, the Jews, grumbled when Jesus told them that He is the Bread of Life that came down from heaven. They saw Him only as a man, not the Savior who had been promised from the very beginning in the Garden of Eden after the Fall (Genesis 3:15). Their own expectations of God’s promised Deliverer blinded them to the fact that He was standing before them.

Christ Jesus offers His gift of eternal salvation to all who will receive it. He calls them, and the Father draws them to Him. But some, because of the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their sin, reject the good gift that God has for them. May we ever nourish our faith through our regular church attendance, hearing the word of God preached and proclaimed, and receiving the body and blood of Christ.
  
Monday, 6 August 2018—Psalm 34:8–10; Antiphon, Psalm 145:16—The antiphon should be familiar to us, as it is part of the prayer before a meal which Luther included in the Catechism. The psalmist David then says to taste and see that the Lord is good. How are we to do this? St Peter tell us that we should be like newborn infants, longing for the pure spiritual milk. We have tasted that the Lord is good, for we have heard His Word of forgiveness and salvation, we have eaten of His Holy Supper, and we long for more.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018—Psalm 34:1–8—The psalm appointed for next week is one taken from a bizarre incident in the life of David, when he pretended to be insane before Achish, a Palestinian king in the line of Abimelech. The entire story is recorded in 1 Samuel 21:10-15. David exhorts us to extol the Lord at all times, for as the Lord delivered David in answer to his prayer, so He also has delivered us from sin, death, and the devil.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018—1 Kings 19:1–8—Despite the fact that the Lord had shown that He alone is the true God in Elijah’s showdown with the prophets of Baal, wicked Queen Jezebel clung to her false gods and sought to kill Elijah. To escape, Elijah fled to the wilderness near Beersheba. There, the Lord fed him with bread. The Lord feeds us also; not through the ministrations of an angel, but by farmers, truckers, stock-boys, and grocery-store clerks. “God gives daily bread to everyone…we pray that He would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.”

Thursday, 9 August 2018—Ephesians 4:17—5:2—In this section of our reading from the book of Ephesians, St Paul tells us that, since we have been set free from bondage to sin and death, we should live outwardly in way that reflects our new life in Christ. We are to live as children of light, no longer living in the darkness of sin. Those in the world ought to see a difference in how Christians live versus how the rest of the world lives. As children of God, we imitate God, not the ways of the world.

Friday, 10 August 2018—John 6:35–51—“I am the Bread of Life,” declares Jesus. The bread that He gives is better than earthly bread, for that can only sustain the body while we sojourn in this earthly vale of tears. The bread that Jesus gives—the bread that Jesus is—sustains our souls for all eternity. Jesus gives Himself for the life of the world.

Saturday, 11 August 2018— The hymn of the day is O Living Bread from Heaven (LSB 642). This second stanza proclaims that we have been led by the Lord to His house to receive His good gifts of forgiveness. We could not, and do not, do this on our own, but He leads us, and then feeds us with Word and Sacrament. The ‘food’ we receive in the Divine Service is better than the food we eat daily at our meals, for it is food that gives eternal life.

My Lord, You have led me
To this most holy place.
And with Yourself have fed me
The treasures of Your grace;
For You have freely given
What earth could never buy,
The bread of life from heaven,
That now I shall not die.
-Lutheran Service Book #642:2

Please take note:

This year our Wyneken School opens its doors for the 50th academic year. We review with our students close to 130 Bible stories throughout the year. Please review these stories and discuss them with you student throughout the week. May the Lord bless each of our Friedheim families as we make use of God’s Sacred Word.

For Thursday Aug, 9 Opening Chapel
 For Friday Aug. 10Creation Part 1 – Genesis 1:1-19
From the Catechism – The 1st Commandment

Prayers from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 and Lutheran Worship © 1980 Concordia Publishing House and from Lutheran Worship © 1980 Concordia Publishing House.
Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcut used with permission from WELS
Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B – John Brokhoff © 1981 CSS Publishing, Lima, OH




Saturday, August 4, 2018

Pentecost 11 - Proper 13



Pentecost 11 – Proper 13
August 5, 2018
John 6:22-35
Saved by Work, not works



Certainly most in the parish know that we are not saved by our good works. Yet Jesus says in our text there is a work that saves. How so? It is to believe in Him.


To be saved by the work of God simply means…
  1. That salvation is a gift from Jesus - the Bread of Life –V.27
  2. That faith is the receptive agent – V.29
  3. That faith needs working –V.29



I.        To be saved by the work of God simply means that salvation is a gift of the bread of life
A.     Salvation is not something to be achieved – Jesus tells us “Do not work for food that spoils
1.           Man with His own schemes. Plans. And agendas. Will attempt to please God. By his vain attempts to be good. “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.”  Proverbs 21:2The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”   - Psalm 14:2-3

2.           Yet we can’t come to God on your own terms. Scripture is quite clear. By nature we are;

a.        Blind – “But the natural man cannot accept the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually appraised.” – 1 Corinthians 2:14

b.        Dead – “You were dead in your trespasses and sins.”- Ephesians 2:1

c.        An enemy of God –“The mind set on the flesh it is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the Law of God, for it is not able to do so.” - Romans 8:7

B.     Faith rather places its focus on Jesus. Who took all of your sin to Himself. Thus Jesus will say, “Work for food that endures to eternal life.”



1.         Since we cannot achieve eternal life “by our own reason or strength,” we receive it as a gift. With no strings attached. If it were a loan. There would be an expectation of repayment. With a gift it becomes a gracious inheritance.

2.         Because this salvation is a gift. It becomes your most prized possession. Days after the devastating Hurricane Katrina rolled through the Gulf Coast. There was a discussion. As to what would you take with you. Had you to evacuate your home. What would you take with you? Pictures of your family? Jewelry? A rare family heirloom? We place value on those things. But there is something that is so valuable. That there can be no price fixed. It is your salvation.

A pastor who had lost everything was asked how valuable his library was. He commented, “The only books I have left are the ones I gave away.” Your salvation was “given away” freely by your Savior. When He was nailed to a tree. For this reason you salvation is priceless!

II.     To be saved by works means that Faith is the receptive agent. Jesus tells us “The work of God is this – to believe in the one He sent.”

A.      Jesus came into this world with a purpose. – To destroy the work of the devil. “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” –1 John 3:8

B.      Jesus came into this world to re-establish God and man. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” - 1 John 1:8-10

C.      Jesus came into this world to bring peace to a sin sick world. Which knows nothing but disharmony, bitterness and despair

D.     As He has won this salvation. He now imparts it to you. In His Word preached. Taught. Read. And shared. He also attaches His forgiveness to things which are tangible.  In Baptism. In His Supper. In His word of absolution.

III.   To be saved by works means faith needs working.

A.      The faith is certainly taught. – This is what we do. And what we want to do well. Through our educational ministry. Be it at Wyneken. In our Adult Bible classes. In our Sunday School. Or our Oasis youth ministry.

B.     The faith is also caught. – By living your life for Christ. Being a witness. Living your life with a noble purpose. – To be salt and light in this sin filled world. Giving hope to those in a need. 

This may be a new thought – Faith at work. Is like love in marriage. To be successful you must work at it. To be saved means we must work at our faith so that it continues to exist and grow. The spiritual bread comes as a gift. Yet faith is needed to receive it. Faith is all important for without the Bread of Life (Christ) we cannot be saved.
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