Time in the Word

A Study for Pentecost 9

Theme of the Week: Fellowship with the Divine

Genesis 18:1-10a - Abraham and Sarah provide a dinner for three angels
Colossians 1:21-28 - Christ makes us presentable to God
Luke 10:38-42 - Mary and Martha have Jesus for a meal in their home
Psalm for the week: Psalm 27
Hymn of the week: TLH #352 "O Savior, Precious Savior"

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Monday, July 30, 2001

As has been suggested this could very well be Hospitality Sunday or friendship Sunday as each reading expresses genuine hospitality. In the Old Testament lesson, at Mamre, Abraham entertains three guests who have come on a long journey. In the Epistle lesson is a continuation of a series of readings from Colossians yet Paul makes the point that through the cross of reconciliation we are made friends of God. Because of the cross, which reconciled us to the Father, we can now approach God on His terms. We are clothed with righteousness and holiness because of Christ and the cross. In the Gospel lesson Jesus is the invited guest in the home of Mary and Martha which is an excellent setting for Jesus to instruct us on what is truly needful in this life.

Tuesday July 31, 2001    Genesis 19:1-10a

At Mamre, Abraham has three dinner guests who appear unannounced. Abraham recognizes them as men sent from God, in fact, one is likened unto the Son of God - Jesus our Savior. He leaves with a blessing and a promise.  Do we recognize God when He comes to us? Do we recognize his voice?  When He comes do we expect a blessing? When He gives a blessing what sort of gift does He give us?  How long should we wait until God's promise is fulfilled? Are we willing to wait years for God's promise to be fulfilled? These and many other questions are answered in our Old Testament lesson for this week.

Wednesday August 1, 2001    Colossians 1:21-28

Through the cross Christ reconciled those once estranged that they might be blameless before God. This is the message, which Paul gives us in our Epistle lesson.  He goes on to explain why he must suffer for the sake of the gospel. How willing are we to suffer for the sake of Christ?  Of what benefit is Christ's suffering? Do we really consider ourselves once lost and estranged from God?  How is it that we have come home and returned back to the Father? This is all made possible through the cross of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, August 2, 2001    Luke 10:38-42

At the home of Mary and Martha Jesus is entertained, as He becomes the invited guest. What a wonderful picture for us to follow. Christ is the invited guest in each of our homes. Mary and Martha serve as prime examples for our Christian living. Martha was a busy worker, and there is much that we do to keep busy serving the Lord. There are many long hours spent in serving God and neighbor. We can become wearied by our much activity. Notice that the Savior does not scold Martha. Rather, He calls her by name and invites her to come and take some rest to join her sister Mary. Mary chooses the better part by sitting at the feet of the Savior listening to Him. This is what we plan to do on Sunday, to sit at the feet of the Savior and listen to Him.  But today is Thursday, Sunday is still three days away. The point being, spend a little time each day at the feet of the Savior. There will be plenty of time for us to keep busy as Martha. But today, spend some time with the Savior, listening to Him at His feet. 

Friday, August 3, 2001  -  Psalm 27

There are plenty of fears around and terrors in our road. Where will turn when the cares of life seem to overtake us and overwhelm us?  David gives us the answer in the words of our Psalm for this week. These words are spoken over many a young person on the day of their confirmation. They serve us well to heed them and take them to heart. "The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?"  When the Lord shines His light of truth upon our hearts and stands ready to help us we need not fear any foe. He stands ready to help and to bless us.

Saturday, August 4, 2001 - 1 Peter 1: 8

Has anyone ever seen God? Abraham in our Old Testament lesson was granted the privilege of seeing God in the form of his three guests. The Apostles, Mary and Martha, they saw Jesus face to face. Not so with us. Are we any different then these folk? Are we to feel left out? Peter understood that there would be literally millions of believers who would not be given the privilege of seeing the Savior face to face. With you in mind Peter says "Though you have not seen Him you love Him and even though you do not see Him now you believe in Him and are willed with an inexpressible and glorious joy" This was the inspiration of a much loved hymn; #352 "O Savior, Precious Savior" Although you have never seen Jesus face to face you do believe in Him and have an inexpressible love for Him.

The Prayer for Pentecost 9 Grant us, Lord, the Spirit to think and do always such things as are pleasing in Your sight, that we, who without You cannot do anything that is good, may by You be enabled to live according to Your will. Amen.

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p. 70

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.167