Time in the Word

A Study of Pentecost 12

Theme for the Week:  The Faith Of The Christian

Genesis 15:1-6 – Faith accounted as righteousness
Hebrews 11:1-3; 8-16 – Faith; its nature and power
Luke 12:32-40 – Faith in the coming kingdom
Psalm for the Day: Psalm 50
Hymn of the Day: TLH #263 “”O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe”

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Monday, August 20, 2001

Faith is the main theme of our readings for this coming week. Abraham’s prayer is answered but it will take faith to believe it. In the Epistle lessons we read from a section often called the heroes and heroines of faith. In the Gospel lesson Jesus reminds us that we have no fear when Jesus directs us. From the Gospel lesson our hymn for this week finds it’s inspiration. The Psalm speaks of having faith and confidence in the words and promises of our God as He comes to deliver His people. 

Tuesday August 21, 2001  –  Genesis 15:1-6

In the Old Testament lesson Abraham had no one to name as an heir to his estate. Should he leave it with Eliezer of Damascus?  The answer is a resounding “NO!”  The Lord will give Abraham, even in his old age a son. Now, that’s quite a promise! Will the Lord come through for Abraham? The Lord gives Abraham a promise and a sign. Abraham is directed to look into the heavens and count the stars in the sky. Such will be the number of his descendants. Now that is a mighty promise and a mighty sign. The miracle happens when we realize that we are Abraham’s sons by faith in Christ. 

Wednesday August 22, 2001  –  Hebrews 11:1-3; 8-16

The words of our Epistle lesson have been shared with many folk especially when they are going through rough and stormy times. When you suffer some loss, when you face death, when you feel defeated, when you need a word of reassurance from God where do you turn? The answer is found in the chapter on faith. The writer gives us a good working definition of what it means to walk by faith. He simply tells us that faith “is being sure about things we hope for and being certain about things we can’t see.”

Thursday, August 23, 2001  –  Luke 12:32-40

The theme of faith is harder to find in our Gospel lesson. It’s far less obvious yet it is inferred. To be watchful to be ready, to be alert takes faith. To have a confidence that the Good Shepherd will watch over us and give us the kingdom also takes faith. When will the Savior return? We simply do not know the time, the season, or the hour. Yet we watch and wait by faith.

Friday, August 24, 2001  -  Psalm 50

The Lord stands ready to help His own. That is what the writer of this coming week’s Psalm assures us. The Lord will watch over us and come to help us for He alone is the mighty God. He is the Lord, the Mighty One, the Creator who speaks this world into existence and will bring it to a close. It He is able to do so much in nature and sustain it by His creative hand how much more will He be able to help us in our every day needs. It takes faith to believe these words. By believing we watch Him act for us.

Saturday, August 25, 2001  - Luke 12:32

Tomorrow morning’s sermon hymn comes from our Gospel lesson. We need not fear the Foe for the Shepherd has promised to give us His kingdom. We need not fear with Him at hand to bless us. We need not fear when Jesus draws near. We need not fear when He comes to bless us. We need not fear for He has promised to give us His Father’s kingdom. Yes, friend, have no fear, for the Father has promised to give you His kingdom.

The Prayer for Pentecost 12 Almighty and everlasting God, You are always more ready to hear than we are to pray and always ready to give us more than we either desire or deserve. Pour down on us the abundance of Your mercy, forgive us the things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us the good things we are not worth to ask by through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord and Savior. Amen. 

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p. 74

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.177