Time in the Word

A Study for Pentecost 4

  Theme of the Week: Unawareness Of Sin

2 Samuel 12:1-10, 13 – David is made aware of his sin of murder
Galatians 2:11-21 – Paul exposes Peter’s sin of compromise
Luke 7: 36-50 – Self-righteousness blinds one to sin
Psalm of the week: Psalm 32
Hymn of the week: TLH # 324 “Jesus Sinners Doth Receive”
 

Monday, June 25, 2001

We do not deny the fact that there is sin. Sin is all around us, we hear of it and we can see its effects. The problem is that so often we fail to see the sin in ourselves. The statement of Jesus is appropriate when He says, “take the log out of your own eye before you attempt to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”  This is where a lack of an awareness of sins comes to play. We need to remove the log to receive from the Lord salvation and life. May the Lord not only make us more aware of our own sin but may He lead us to the waiting arms of the Savior who has promised to restore and redeem us.

Tuesday June 26, 2001  –  2 Samuel 12:1-10, 13

David, the King of the nation is accused of the sin of murder. Although he never physically killed the man, he gave the order and thus he murdered through means. Some might say that Nathan set David up. Not so. He was used of God to expose David to the seriousness of his actions.  David made himself above the law. May each of us see that the law is meant for each of us.

Wednesday June 27, 2001  –  Galatians 2:11-21

Peter is shown to be a hypocrite in our Epistle lesson for this coming week. He urged Gentiles to act a certain way and to refrain from certain actions and then was found not practicing what he preached. This showed him to be putting a hindrance to the Gospel. In keeping with our theme for this week Peter in his own mind though he was doing a good thing. He was completely unaware that his actions were putting a hindrance to the gospel. He was unaware of his own sin of hypocrisy. This verse should cause us to examine our own lives and to take an inventory of our heart and actions.  Our actions, may they be in keeping with our thoughts and desires.

Thursday, June 28, 2001  –  Luke 7:36-50

“I thank Thee Father, that You have not created me as others…” Such was the prayer of the Pharisee. They took umbrage at others and took pride in the fact that they were not as others. They simply thought themselves to be better. We can see the hypocrisy in such thinking for each of us are under the judgment of sin. The witnesses of the woman’s kindness expressed at Jesus fell because they could not see Jesus associate with someone of her reputation and character. True, we are called to a life of righteousness, but never a life of self-righteousness. We dare not look down our noses at someone else, for with the level that we accuse we may some day be accused of the very same thing. 

Friday, June 29, 2001  -  Psalm 32 – This week’s psalm was written by David soon after he was found to be guilty of adultery and murder. This is a wonderful psalm which cries out to God in contrite confession and pleads for the mercy of God. In humiliation and shame David wrote this psalm and in his confession he found the Savior’s absolution. Confession, the saying goes, is good for the soul. What is better is the Savior’s absolution which comes through the means of grace. We find that forgiveness through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. May we find in Christ the solution as well as the remedy for our burden of sin. 

Saturday, June 30, 2001 - Luke 15:2 – The old bumper sticker reminds us “I’m not perfect – just forgiven!” And so we are in Jesus Christ. None of us can claim perfection. Our sin haunt us and they give us away. But for all who are found to be sinful there is a remedy for our fallen nature. His name is Jesus Christ. He receives us unto Himself and gives us His salvation and life. May we cherish this most perfect gift. How true it is. Jesus sinners doeth receive!

The Prayer for Pentecost 3 Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love; and that we may obtain what You have promised, make us love what you have commanded; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p. 65

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.150