Time in the Word

A Study of Pentecost 15

Theme for the Week:  “A Humble person”

Proverbs 25:6-7 - A humble person refrains from putting self first

Hebrews 13:1-8 - A humble person renders service to the needy

     Luke 14:1, 7-14 - A humble person takes the lowest place and invites the needy

            Psalm of the week: Psalm 119:161-168

Hymn of the week: TLH #348 “Jesus, Jesus, Only Jesus”

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Monday, September 10, 2001

Humility is mentioned in both the Old Testament and Gospel lessons for this coming week.  The opening lines of the Old Testament lesson is repeated in the Gospel lesson. Although not specifically mentioned in the Epistle lesson, the lesson of humility is taught in the author to the Hebrew’s encouragement for us to love both the stranger and the poor.

Tuesday September 11, 2001  –  Proverbs 25:6-7

In this lesson we find a general admonition for wise behavior.  The proud person places himself as first and foremost above anyone else.  We need to remember the words of John the Baptist who reminded the people that he must decrease while Christ must increase. The world pushes us to place self above all others. True and genuine faith places God first, others second and the self-last.

Wednesday September 12, 2001  –  Hebrews 13:1-8

Again, while the word humility is not mentioned in our lesson for this morning, the concept is mentioned. We practice true and godly humility by the way in which we treat others around us especially those who are unfortunate. Love is demonstrated in practicing genuine hospitality, in concern for prisoners, and in the family through the bond of marriage. Pride wishes to be served at all times. Genuine humility endeavors to serve.

Thursday, September 13, 2001  –  Luke 14:1, 7-14

A genuine humble person will take the lowest place at a dinner and invite the needy to fellowship.  Pride wants only the prominent and eminent of guests. Genuine humility is expressed by the way we reach out to others. Make no mistake; this is more then mere manners. Christ is the one who humbled Himself even to the point of death. He bore our sins and took our misery to Himself that in exchange for our sin we might receive the righteousness of God.  If this is how the Savior has treated us how much more should we demonstrate the same hospitality to others.   

Friday, September 14, 2001  -  Psalm 119:161-168

Last week we had the shortest Psalm in the book of Psalms. This week’s Psalm is a portion of the longest Psalm in the book of Psalms.  An acrostic Psalm the Hebrew letter designated in this portion is the letter Sin and Shin. In these words the Psalmist exhorts us to praise God constantly. Seven, a number of perfection or completion suggests that our praise to God needs to be totally dedicated to the Father. As we follow the law of the Lord and we obey His statutes and precepts we will be blessed beyond all measure.

Saturday, September 15, 2001  - Ephesians 3:19

When we follow Christ we have a full and working knowledge of God. Jesus is the one who fills all things. Jesus, Jesus, only Jesus suggests our hymn writer is all we will ever need.  What else do we need once we have Christ? As we experience life in all of its circumstances only Christ can fulfill our deepest desires. Once we have Christ, we need nothing else.

The Prayer for Pentecost 15 Lord of all power and might, Author and Giver of all good things, graft into our hearts the love of Your name. Increase in us true religion. Nourish us with all goodness, and bring forth in us the fruit of good works. This we pray in the Name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p. 138

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.187