Sunday, November 21, 2021

Monday prior to Advent 1

Psalm 89:6, 14-16, 18, Antiphon, Zechariah 9:9b – Behold your King is coming to you; righteous and having salvation. These words were fulfilled by Jesus when He entered Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. They hailed Him then but later rejected Him. How would Jesus fare if He were to enter our city today?  Christ is always coming to us whether we recognize Him or not. In which ways does He come to us? Hint: It all starts with the word “W” – Word, Wafer, Wine, and Water. Prepare for Him now while there is still time. There will come a time when time shall be no more.

While many may seem rushed during this particular time of the year, we will celebrated Thanksgiving this week spend some time with your Lord in devotion and prayer. Consider the many blessings He has given you as we begin to prepare for His coming as the promised Savior and Redeemer of the world.

The title of this psalm is A Contemplation of Ethan the Ezrahite. There are several men named Ethan in the Hebrew Scriptures, but this man is mentioned specifically in 1 Kings 4:31 as someone who was famous for his wisdom – yet surpassed by Solomon’s greater wisdom. This means he was likely a contemporary of Solomon and was also alive during the reign of David.

“Ethan is probably identical with Jeduthun, who founded one of the three choirs (cf. 1 Chronicles 15:19; 2 Chronicles 5:12). Ethan shared with Heman a reputation for wisdom.” (Derek Kidner)

They enjoy the favor and fellowship of God’s face: They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.

· They rejoice all day long in the name – the character and nature – of the incomparable God.

· They find their strength in God, especially in His favor: You are the glory of their strength.

· They enjoy God’s protection: Our shield belongs to the LORD.[2]

The theme for the first Sunday of the Church year, Advent 1, falls under the theme, “The return of Christ.  In the Old Testament lesson (Jeremiah 33:14-16) we learn that God will send a Messiah to execute justice and righteousness on the earth. In the Epistle, (1 Thessalonians 3:9-13) St. Paul reminds us to prepare for Christ’s return by being blameless in holiness. In the Gospel lesson, (Luke 21:25-36) we are told to watch and pray as preparation for the sudden return of Christ.

Collect for Psalm 89: Mighty God, in fulfillment of the promise made to David’s descendents you established a lasting covenant through your firstborn Son. You anointed your servant Jesus with holy oil and raise him higher than all kings on earth. Remember your covenant, so that we who are signed with the blood of your Son may sin of your mercies forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. [3]  -22 November 2021

[1] Advent, copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

[3] Collect for Psalm 89, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book For and By the Church, Vol. I © 1994 The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY

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