Time in the Word

A Study for Pentecost 5

  Theme of the Week: The Christ of The Christian

Zechariah 12:7-10 – Compassion for the afflicted one
Galatians 3:26-29 – Christians are one in Christ
Luke 9:18-24 – Confession of Jesus as the Christ
Psalm for the week: Psalm 119:41-48
Hymn for the week: TLH #473 “The Church’s One Foundation”

Monday, July 2, 2001

With whom do you identify? That is the question that our lessons ask of us today. The answer of course is that we identify with Jesus Christ. We bear his name and walk in His train. This, of course is true. Then we must ask yet another question. With which Jesus do we identify? We identify with the crucified Christ. As He went to the cross, even so we are to crucify the flesh, deny the world, and follow Him. Not an easy task to carry out. Yet, by His help we are able to accomplish this. Our lessons show us how.  

Tuesday July 3, 2001  –  Zechariah 12:7-10

Who is the “afflicted one”? In a broad sense, it would be any down and out fellow that we might happen to think of or identify.  But in a narrow and specific sense, the “afflicted one” is Jesus Christ. He suffered in our place. He became of nothing so that we could bask in the richness of the graces of God. By His humble suffering we receive everything. By His humiliation we receive grace upon grace. Thanks be to God that He was wounded and suffered every type of affliction so that we could share in the richness of the Father’s power and majesty. 

Wednesday July 4, 2001  –  Galatians 3:26-29

Again, the question: “with whom do you identify?” We identify with Christ. In our Epistle lesson we are reminded that as Christians we are called to be the sons of god through faith in Jesus Christ. Sonship comes because of a daring and confident faith in the triumphant Christ. He is the one with whom we are to connect. He is our king, savior, redeemer, preserver, our wise, kind and heavenly friend. Now that is One with whom we all can identify.  

Thursday, July 5, 2001  –  Luke 9:18-24

The passion and the cross of Christ are a way of life for the Christian. Thus Jesus tells us that no matter what men may say that the son of man may be we, who correctly refer to Him as the Christ are to follow Him by the cross. It was necessary for Jesus to go to Jerusalem, to suffer, die and on the third day rise again. To identify with Him we are to do the same. How do we do that? We do that by denying self, and following Him and His will.  

Friday, July 6, 2001  -  Psalm 119:41-48

Psalm 117 is the shortest Psalm. Psalm 119 is the longest. In reality Psalm 119 is an acrostic psalm, with twenty-two stanzas each for a letter in the Hebrew alphabet. This was done for the Hebrew people to memorize Scripture more easily.  In addition to having 22 stanzas each stanza has eight lines, and each of the eight lines begins with the same Hebrew letter. In the verses for this week we focus on the Hebrew letter “Vav” in which we are called to keep the commandments of God. We do this not out of pressure or fear of reprisals but for the love, which God has for us and for the good that following God has for us. Meditate upon these words. Make them apart of your every day living.  

Saturday, July 7, 2001 - Ephesians 2:20

This will be the key verse of our Wyneken school term of 2001/2002 As we build our school on whom do we build? We build on Jesus Christ. He is the chief cornerstone.  The Old and New Testaments are the foundation upon which the cornerstone is built. This is all we have to build upon. It is the only thing, which will last. Anything else will crumble and fall. Any other material will fail us. We base our life not on psychology, or the latest study, or on what conventional thinking thinks! We base all that we have on that one thing needed Jesus Christ and Him who was crucified.

Prayer for our Nation –  Almighty God, You have given us this good land as our heritage. Grant that we remember Your generosity and constantly do Your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action. Make us who come from many nations with many different languages a united people. Defend our liberties, and give those whom we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom that there may be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and in troubled times do not let our trust in You ever fail; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

The Prayer for Pentecost 5 O Lord, whose gracious presence never fails to guide and govern those whom you have nurtured in Your steadfast love and worship, make us ever to love and adore Your Holy Name; 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. 66; 126, 127

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.153