Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

Painting by Anton Losenko, 1762 (first miracle)

Painting by Anton Losenko, 1762 (first miracle) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Why Do We Need Miracles?103012

 

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Psalm 119:17-24 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20119:17-24&version=MSG

2 Kings 6:8-23 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Kings%206:8-23&version=MSG

Acts 9:32-35 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%209:32-35%20&version=MSG

 

Why Do We Need Miracles? 103012

 

In the book of Acts, we hear the story of Aeneas, a paralyzed man, who after eight years, rose and folded up his blanket bed and walked away. But there is the question we have to ask—-why do we even need miracles.

 

Of course we do demand miracles. To believe in God many of us have demanded, and still demand a miracle, A miracle itself we could call an event that transcends the ordinary course of human life. But what in ‘ordinary human life, and ordinary human existence is not completely miraculous. A Russian mystic once went on a lifelong quest ‘in search of the miraculous’, but how can we live in God and not see the miraculous all around, What is NOT miraculous?

 

Pray for peace.

Bill

 

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Psalm 119:17-24

The Message (MSG)

17-24 Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life;     not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. Open my eyes so I can see     what you show me of your miracle-wonders. I’m a stranger in these parts;     give me clear directions. My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!—     insatiable for your nourishing commands. And those who think they know so much,     ignoring everything you tell them—let them have it! Don’t let them mock and humiliate me;     I’ve been careful to do just what you said. While bad neighbors maliciously gossip about me,     I’m absorbed in pondering your wise counsel. Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight;     I listen to them as to good neighbors!

 

2 Kings 6:8-23

The Message (MSG)

8 One time when the king of Aram was at war with Israel, after consulting with his officers, he said, “At such and such a place I want an ambush set.”

9 The Holy Man sent a message to the king of Israel: “Watch out when you’re passing this place, because Aram has set an ambush there.”

10 So the king of Israel sent word concerning the place of which the Holy Man had warned him.

This kind of thing happened all the time.

11 The king of Aram was furious over all this. He called his officers together and said, “Tell me, who is leaking information to the king of Israel? Who is the spy in our ranks?”

12 But one of his men said, “No, my master, dear king. It’s not any of us. It’s Elisha the prophet in Israel. He tells the king of Israel everything you say, even what you whisper in your bedroom.”

13 The king said, “Go and find out where he is. I’ll send someone and capture him.”

The report came back, “He’s in Dothan.”

14 Then he dispatched horses and chariots, an impressive fighting force. They came by night and surrounded the city.

15 Early in the morning a servant of the Holy Man got up and went out. Surprise! Horses and chariots surrounding the city! The young man exclaimed, “Oh, master! What shall we do?”

16 He said, “Don’t worry about it—there are more on our side than on their side.”

17 Then Elisha prayed, “O God, open his eyes and let him see.”

The eyes of the young man were opened and he saw. A wonder! The whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha!

18 When the Arameans attacked, Elisha prayed to God, “Strike these people blind!” And God struck them blind, just as Elisha said.

19 Then Elisha called out to them, “Not that way! Not this city! Follow me and I’ll lead you to the man you’re looking for.” And he led them into Samaria.

20 As they entered the city, Elisha prayed, “O God, open their eyes so they can see where they are.” God opened their eyes. They looked around—they were trapped in Samaria!

21 When the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “Father, shall I massacre the lot?”

22 “Not on your life!” said Elisha. “You didn’t lift a hand to capture them, and now you’re going to kill them? No sir, make a feast for them and send them back to their master.”

23 So he prepared a huge feast for them. After they ate and drank their fill he dismissed them. Then they returned home to their master. The raiding bands of Aram didn’t bother Israel anymore.

 

Acts 9:32-35

The Message (MSG)

Tabitha

32-35 Peter went off on a mission to visit all the churches. In the course of his travels he arrived in Lydda and met with the believers there. He came across a man—his name was Aeneas—who had been in bed eight years paralyzed. Peter said, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!” And he did it—jumped right out of bed. Everybody who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him walking around and woke up to the fact that God was alive and active among them.

 

I'll Try Something New (song)

I’ll Try Something New (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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