Time in the Word

A Study for Pentecost 8

Theme of the Week: The Benefits Of Obedience

Deuteronomy 30:9-14 Obedience leads to eternal life
Colossians 1:1-14 - Obedience pleases God
Luke 10:25-37 - Obedience leads to eternal life
Psalm for the week: Psalm 25:1-10
Hymn for the week: TLH #373 "By Grace I'm Saved, Grace Free and Boundless"

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Monday, July 23, 2001

Obedience is the key word for the coming week. The commandments are they suggestions or are they the demands that the Lord places upon us? That is at issue for us to consider this coming week. Why should we be obedient to the Laws of the Lord? The rational for obedience to the Law is outlines in our lessons for this week.

Tuesday July 24, 2001    Deuteronomy 30:9-14

If God's commandments are obeyed, prosperity will come to us. What is the benefit? Does it really pay to be obedient to the Lord? The Lord outlines for us the benefits for being obedient to the Lord. There are promises of prosperity as we remain obedient to the Lord and remain committed to the Lord as He reveals Himself through the Law.

Wednesday July 25, 2001    Colossians 1:1-14

Paul in these words thanks God for the Colossians' faith, love and hope and prays that their lives may be worthy of Christ our Savior. What makes us worthy Christians? Paul would tell us that our lives are made worthy when we express a genuine faith in hope and love. By ourselves we can not do this. Therefore we need to be transformed through the redemption and forgiveness which is offered to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is He who makes us worthy. He is the one who has given us a living and an abiding faith and hope for the future. Everything centers around Him.

Thursday, July 26, 2001    Luke 10:25-37

In this lesson Jesus gives us the two great commandments through the parable of the Good Samaritan. What are these two great commandments? The one is that we love God and the second is that we love our neighbor. The Samaritan proved to be a neighbor by helping not merely a man in need, but one who was a reputed enemy. It's one thing to love those who are neighborly towards us, it's quite another to reach out to someone who acts contrary to us. May the Lord help us to reach out with compassion to all men, especially to the neighbor who is in need. 

Friday, July 27, 2001  -  Psalm 25:1-10

As obedience is the theme for this coming week we turn now to the appointed Psalm for the week. In verse 10 of Psalm 25 David reminds us "All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of His covenant." Two concepts are expressed here. First there are certain demands placed upon us by the Lord in His Law.  Recall the billboard, which reads "what part of Thou shalt not do you not understand?"  The point is clear. God clearly tells us what we are to do and what we are not to do and man naturally rebels against it. Yet, the Law is clear on what we ought to do.  When we follow these commandments we are blessed.   While some might buck and chaff at the law, the Psalmist reminds us that the Lord's ways are faithful and loving. God's ways are best. May He help us to remain true and obedient to His Word.

Saturday, July 28, 2001 -  Ephesians 2:8-9

Our verse for today serves as the inspiration for our sermon hymn for tomorrow. It's pure grace. By grace I'm saved grace freed and boundless the hymn writer tells us. All our activity as righteous and pious as it may seem is stained and spoiled with sin. That is why we are brought to God freely by His grace.  What is grace? Remember the acrostic sentence. G-R-A-C-E- "God's Riches At Christ's Expense" Our salvation and life is all given freely from God. Cherish this most precious gift. 

The Prayer for Pentecost 8 O Almighty God, of your bountiful goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us that we, being read in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish whatever things You want done. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p. 69

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.163