Tuesday, June 9, 2020

June 09 – Tuesday prior to Proper 6

Exodus 19:2-8 – Through obedience to the covenant the people at Sinai are reminded by the Lord that they are His people. God tells Moses that if the people will keep the covenant, they shall be his people. We do not know who we are until we know whose we are. If we belong to God, we understand who we are — children, sons, and servants of God.

The children of Israel are described as a kingdom of priests. As the consecrated priests would stand between God and his people so the people of Israel would act as priests to the world, set aside by God for service, witness and prayer. Israel would be a priest to all the nations of the world.  Today, Jesus perfectly mediates between sinners and God.[1]

Luther said, “Do not despair after sin, but lift your eyes on high to where Christ intercedes for us. He is our Advocate. He intercedes for us and says, “Father I have suffered for this person; I am looking after him.” This prayer cannot be in vain.[2]

Trust in the Lord’s promises for you today.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50
Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 28:20

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  John 17:15

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

The Church also intercedes on behalf of the world. Peter explains, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”  1 Peter 2:9

For humility - Heavenly Father, You resist the proud and give grace to the humble. Grant us true humility after the likeness of Your only Son that we may never be arrogant and prideful and thus provoke Your wrath but in all lowliness be made partakers of the gifts of Your grace.[3]

[1] Lutheran Study Bible © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[2] Luther’s Works, American Edition 30:326 copyright © Concordia Publishing St. Louis Fortress Philadelphia, 1955-86
[3] Prayer for Humility, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Image Worthy is the Lamb, copyright ©  Ed Riojas, Higher Things

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