Time in the Word

A Study for Pentecost 3

  Theme of the Week: God’s Power 0f Life Over Death

1 Kings 17:17-24 – Power of life through Elijah
Galatians 1:11-24 – Power of life in Paul’s conversion
Luke 7:11-17 – Power of life in Jesus
Psalm: 116:1-9
Hymn of the week: TLH #590 “In the Midst Of Earthly Life”
 

Monday, June 18, 2001

Two miracles are recorded in our lessons for this coming week; the raising of the widow’s son by Elijah the prophet and the raising of the widow’s son by Jesus in the town of Nain. By these miracles we see the power of God. They prove an important truth that the gift of life is found in the hands of our living Lord. Today those miracles which deliver a quick response usually get the greatest attention; however, those who work over time are usually the most impressive. The ultimate miracle for us is the gift of eternal life, which we will receive when our course on earth has run.

Tuesday June 19, 2001  – 1 Kings 17:17-24

A number points could be made with respect to this miracle. Notice that the widow feels guilty for her son’s death. There are many today walking around with a great deal of guilt. Notice that Elijah addresses her guilt by ignoring it. He wasn’t there to offer her pity. He introduces her to the author of life. Elijah could have dealt with the non-essentials. Instead he addresses her real pain and asks the Lord to intervene. 

Wednesday June 20, 2001  – Galatians 1:11-24

Life in God need not be experienced only at life’s end. The Christian life which is offered us in not as the old yard says “A pie in the sky when we die” To the contrary Jesus has said: “I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly” Paul is living proof of the type of life the Savior offers. Once he was converted his life was forever changed. To this day the Savior is in the business of changing lives. The life, which you have, has been given to you by the Father. May we celebrate His gift to us by our life and conduct.

Thursday, June 21, 2001 – Luke 7:11-17

Jesus is the healer. Jesus is the Lord and giver of life. Notice how there are differences between the two miracles presented this week. Elijah has to pray, Jesus merely speaks. Elijah has to spread himself over the body of the deceased three times while Jesus merely touches the casket. Simply a touch and a word is all the Savior needs.  Jesus is more then a mere prophet. The manner in which He works proves that He has the power of God in Himself. 

Friday, June 22, 2001  -  Psalm 116:1-9

This Psalm could have been written by David after a long illness, or after a threat was put on his life. He lived with many toils and dangers that surrounded him constantly. So with us, when we have survived a long ordeal may we, with the Psalmist give glory to God who”…has rescued the soul from death, our eyes from tears and our feet from stumbling” [v.8]

Saturday, June 23, 2001 - 1 Samuel 20:3

The inspiration for tomorrow’s sermon hymn comes from such an instant in David’s life where his life was in grave danger. Saul, then king of Israel had sought to kill David. To make matters worse, Jonathan, David’s great friend was stuck in the middle, as he was Saul’s son.  If David could be threatened with death Jonathan could be the target of Saul’s fury as well. The two needed protection. Where did that protection come? It came from the Lord. In the midst of our earthly life many pains and sorrows surround us. May the Lord watch over us and protect us all our days.

The Prayer for Pentecost 3 O God, from whom all good proceeds, grant to us, Your humble servants, that by Your holy inspiration we may think the things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p. 64

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.147