Time in the Word

A Study of Pentecost 13

Theme for the Week:  “The fire of God’s Word”

Jeremiah 23:23-29The fire of God’s Word destroys
Hebrews
12:1-13The fire of God’s Word disciplines
Luke
12:49-53The fire of God’s Word divides
Psalm for the Day: Psalm
119:81-88  
Hymn of the Day: TLH
285 - "How Precious Is the Book Divine"

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Monday, August 27, 2001

This coming week we will focus on not merely the Word of God but specifically the fire of God’s Word.  In the gospel lesson, the incarnate Word says He came to send fire on earth resulting not in harmony but in division in the most intimate and integrated area of life, namely, the family. In the Old Testament lesson god describes His Word as a fire, which destroys. Hebrews in the Epistle lesson explains suffering as the discipline of God. Since discipline is allied with cleansing, the theme of the Word as fire can be seen in this reading although fire is not specifically mentioned. The Psalm reading for the week speaks of waiting for God’s word although we “have become like a wineskin in the smoke…”. The Hymn for the day suggests that it is the light of God’s Word as a lamp that will guide our way. 

Tuesday August 28, 2001  –  Jeremiah 23:23-29

God’s Word is to be spoken faithfully and truly. In this lesson the Word is described as a hammer and as fire. When we come upon the evil and conflict of this earth where do we turn? We turn to the power of God’s Holy Word which  like fire consumes evil and as a hammer breaks and hinders every evil counsel of the devil, the world and our own flesh. 

Wednesday August 29, 2001  –  Hebrews 12:1-13

As sons, God the Father disciplines us for our good.  You and I as Christians live by faith. In our epistle lesson for this coming week Paul urges us to run the race of faith. Every athlete knows that it takes discipline and training to reach one’s maximum potential. Likewise, the Father disciplines us so that the fire of faith will burn endlessly in us..

Thursday, August 30, 2001  –  Luke 12:49-53

Jesus came not to bring peace but to cast fire on this earth.  The message of Christ, and the person of Christ will either connect or divide persons. Quite a stir was created  over the recent play on the IPFW campus, which portrayed Christ as a homosexual. Some simply can’t get over the real Jesus. What do you think of Jesus? The answer to that significant question will determine your fate for all of eternity.    

Friday, September 1, 2001  -  Psalm 119:81-88

The folk of the Old Testament would sing Psalm 119 during high and holy days. It is the longest Psalm. To help the people memorize this Psalm it was written in the original language starting with a specific letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This segment falls under the Hebrew letter Kaph. We languish for the salvation of God. We wait upon God and His Word. When He comes to us not only will he revive us, He will be strong to save us as He keeps His every promise.

Saturday, September 2, 2001  - Psalm 119:105 – The illustration from childhood is  simple and direct.  When you need direction at night take a flashlight. God’s Word is a lamp and a light to direct our way along life’s highway. Sometimes the path may seem treacherous.  There may be obstacles lying “in our road”. The testimony of God’s Word is sure. It will illumine our path to direct our way. Of this, we can be sure.

The Prayer for Pentecost 13 Merciful Father, since You have given Your only Son as the sacrifice for our sin, also give us grace to receive with thanksgiving the fruits of His redeeming work and daily follow in His way.

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p. 75

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.181