Time in the Word

A Study for Pentecost 7

Theme of the Week: The Nature of God's Kingdom

Isaiah 66:10-14 - Life in the New Jerusalem
Galatians 6:1-10, 14-16 - Life in the Kingdom on earth
Luke 10:1-9, 16 - In Christ god's Kingdom comes near to you
Psalm for the week: Psalm 19
Hymn of the week: TLH # 376 Rock Of Ages

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Monday, July 16, 2001

The Kingdom is the theme of the coming week. Our Missouri Synod meeting in convention has recently met and elected a new president and board members. Service is the name of the game in the church. How will we serve in God's Kingdom? We pray for servants who will try to bring the Kingdom near to us. This is done as we center on the Word and Sacraments and pray that the Holy Spirit would work through these means of grace. To this end may the Savior so guide and lead us. 

Tuesday July 17, 2001    Isaiah 66:10-14

God has promised to guide us with His grace and mercy. In our lesson for today the prophet Isaiah encourages us to rejoice for God has promised to bless us with prosperity, peace and comfort.  What are the reasons for us to rejoice? They come when we are joined in the experience of the glory of God among us. He promises to come to us with prosperity as He comforts us with the message of the gross and empty tomb.

Wednesday July 18, 2001    Galatians 6:1-10, 14-16

In our Epistle lesson for this week St. Paul tells us of the proper behavior needed for living in this world. How do we conduct ourselves in this world today? We bear each other's burdens and we glory in the cross of Christ. As the hymn writer reminds us "In the cross of Christ I glory" Our glory is found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, July 19, 2001    Luke 10:1-9, 16

We continue with the sending of the seventy. They were appointed to go out to encourage others to come meet the Savior. These were to meet any who they would meet. You too are a witness of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His life has saved you. There are people in your circle of friends who need to know of the Savior. As the Lord uses you to be His witness, may you point others to Christ our Lord and our redeemer.

Friday, July 20, 2001  -  Psalm 19

Our Psalm for this week speaks of what we would call "natural revelation" How do we know that there is a God? We know that God is because of our conscience and because of the testimony of creation.  Look around you. What do you see? You see evidence of a Creator who has made this world. David was right "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."

Saturday, July 21, 2001 - 1 Corinthians 10:4

In what do we glory? We glory in the cross of our Savior Jesus Christ.  The people of the Old Testament found the fulfillment of all of the promises of the Old Testament fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Paul writes they all drank from the same spiritual drink and they `all drank from the same rock and that rock was Christ.  The Rock depicted in the Old Testament is all found in Jesus Christ; the Rock of the ages.

The Prayer for Pentecost 7 O grant, Lord, that the course of this world may be so governed by Your direction that Your Church may rejoice in serving You in godly peace and quietness. Amen

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p. 68

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.160