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Jesus, the Prophet 052213

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Psalm

29

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Ezekiel

3:12-21

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Luke

9:18-27

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Jesus, the Prophet 052213

 

 

In Luke 9, when Jesus asks whom the people say he is, he is told they

think he is “John the Baptizer. Others say Elijah. Still others say that one of the

prophets from long ago has come back.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story reveals that Jesus, the people, or both believed him to be a

prophet. The question then arises as to what a prophet is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rather than think a prophet is one who predicts truthfully, could a prophet

be one who speaks truthfully about the PRESENT? It’s a scary proposition, but when Jesus talks about, criticizes and names the

Pharisees, the Sadducees, and everyone else in power during his

preaching, couldn’t he also be talking about our own time and place,

and really, all of humanity before and since his lifetime here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And may I never be so prideful, that Jesus doesn’t know me also, and tell

the truth about me. But it doesn’t matter—there is both

psychological and spiritual forgiveness in moving forward with Jesus,

and never moving back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pray for peace,

 

 

 

Pastor Bill

 

 

 

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Psalm 29

 

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

 

A David Psalm

 

 

 

29 1-2 Bravo, God, bravo!
Gods

and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the

glory,
in awe before God’s visible

power.
Stand at attention!
Dress your

best to honor him!

 

 

 

3 God thunders across the

waters,
Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming

brightness—
God, across the flood waters.

 

 

 

4 God’s thunder tympanic,
God’s

thunder symphonic.

 

 

 

5 God’s thunder smashes

cedars,
God topples the northern cedars.

 

 

 

6 The mountain ranges skip like

spring colts,
The high ridges jump like wild kid goats.

 

 

 

7-8 God’s thunder spits fire.
God

thunders, the wilderness quakes;
He makes the desert of Kadesh

shake.

 

 

 

9 God’s thunder sets the oak

trees dancing
A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips

their branches.
We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”

 

 

 

10 Above the floodwaters is God’s

throne
from which his power

flows,
from which he rules the world.

 

 

 

11 God makes his people strong.
God

gives his people peace.

 

 

 

Ezekiel 3:12-21

 

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

 

12-13 Then the Spirit picked me up.

Behind me I heard a great commotion—“Blessed be the Glory of God

in his Sanctuary!”—the wings of the living creatures beating

against each other, the whirling wheels, the rumble of a great

earthquake.

 

 

 

14-15 The Spirit lifted me and took

me away. I went bitterly and angrily. I didn’t want to go. But God

had me in his grip. I arrived among the exiles who lived near the

Kebar River at Tel Aviv. I came to where they were living and sat

there for seven days, appalled.

 

 

 

16 At the end of the seven days, I

received this Message from God:

 

 

 

17-19 “Son of man, I’ve made

you a watchman for the family of Israel. Whenever you hear me say

something, warn them for me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You are going

to die,’ and you don’t sound the alarm warning them that it’s a

matter of life or death, they will die and it will be your fault.

I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn the wicked and they keep

right on sinning anyway, they’ll most certainly die for their sin,

but you won’t die. You’ll have saved your life.

 

 

 

20-21 “And

if the righteous turn back from living righteously and take up with

evil when I step in and put them in a hard place, they’ll die. If

you haven’t warned them, they’ll die because of their sins, and

none of the right things they’ve done will count for anything—and

I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn these righteous people

not to sin and they listen to you, they’ll live because they took

the warning—and again, you’ll have saved your life.”

 

 

 

Luke 9:18-27

 

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

 

Don’t Run from

Suffering

 

 

 

18 One time when Jesus was off praying by himself, his

disciples nearby, he asked them, “What are the crowds saying about

me, about who I am?”

 

 

 

19 They said, “John the

Baptizer. Others say Elijah. Still others say that one of the

prophets from long ago has come back.”

 

 

 

20-21 He then asked, “And

you—what are you saying about me? Who am I?”

 

 

 

Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” Jesus then warned them

to keep it quiet. They were to tell no one what Peter had said.

 

 

 

22 He went on, “It is necessary

that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and

found guilty by the religious leaders, high priests, and religion

scholars, be killed, and on the third day be raised up alive.”

 

 

 

23-27 Then he told them what they

could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me

has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t

run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how.

Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my

way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to

get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is

embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son

of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all

his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This

isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken

their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own

eyes the kingdom of God.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aside

My Apology to the Disciples 080412

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My Apology to the Disciples 080412

Upon reading Matthew 16:5-12 (and re-reading it a dozen times) I have to apologize to the disciples. Often they are cast as ignorant peasants, and I think it was okay to be a peasant in the midst of Jesus, but not ignorant, and the disciples get chastised for not understanding what Jesus is saying. I sympathize with them upon reading Matthew 16:5-12, I didn’t get it either.

I’m still uncertain what it might mean, for Jesus to remind us not follow the Pharisees and Sadducees; we’re in the boat already, Jesus.

But these randomly selected verses that we read and study each day have a way of speaking to what’s going on in the world, and what’s going on in each of our worlds.

I’m interpreting this Bible verse to mean that we don’t have to rely upon the hierarchical culture of the Pharisees, or the rules of the Sadducees and neither will give our daily bread or our daily spiritual bread. Instead Jesus is here to provide us with both.

This morning I read the story of the wildfires burning in Oklahoma, with the hottest temperature (so far) recorded there for yesterday–113°F. Wildfires are wild and they are short of help as neighboring states use their own fire crews for their fires. We pray for the help they need to protect the prairie lands and homes of Oklahoma.

We also should remember in prayer, again, the people and land of Syria engaged in civil war, and the people of Turkey and Iraq who seem to taunting war, the people of Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Congo, and many others worldwide experiencing drought, war, famine, thirst and civil unrest.

Pray for peace. We can’t fight over food and water as we try to preserve it.

brother Bill

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Psalm 78:23-29

23Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven;

24he rained down on them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven.

25Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance.

26He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind;

27he rained flesh upon them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas;

28he let them fall within their camp, all around their dwellings.

29And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved.

Exodus 13:3-10

3Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the Lord brought you out from there by strength of hand; no leavened bread shall be eaten. 4Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. 5When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this observance in this month. 6Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival to the Lord. 7Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen in your possession, and no leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory. 8You shall tell your child on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9It shall serve for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the teaching of the Lord may be on your lips; for with a strong hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt. 10You shall keep this ordinance at its proper time from year to year.

Matthew 16:5-12

5When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6Jesus said to them, “Watch out, and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7They said to one another, “It is because we have brought no bread.” 8And becoming aware of it, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you talking about having no bread? 9Do you still not perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11How could you fail to perceive that I was not speaking about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” 12Then they understood that he had not told them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

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A Day of Grace 032112

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A Day of Grace 032112

I seldom mention anything personal on this blog, because the focus is the Bible, and daily prayer by each of us, so it is more about God, Jesus and you than me.

But overnight our first great-grandchild was born. She has been named Grace.

We pray for this child, as we would for any child. We hope the earth survives human destruction, we hope there will be food and water and safety for this child, as well as for all children.

As a potentially old person I worry how her parents will figure out how to raise her, feed her and keep her clean and safe. But Grandma and I were able to figure it out at her parent’s ages, or younger. So, we pray God will be with them and Grace as all they all begin a wonderful, new family together.

Grace is a gift from God.

Pray for Grace and her parents, and pray for peace for all parents.

Bill

 

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Psalm 107:1-16

Isaiah 60:15-22

John 8:12-20

Psalm 107

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble

and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town;

hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress;

he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town.

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

Some sat in darkness and in gloom, prisoners in misery and in irons,

for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

Their hearts were bowed down with hard labor; they fell down, with no one to help.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress;

he brought them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their bonds asunder.

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

For he shatters the doors of bronze, and cuts in two the bars of iron.

Isaiah 60:15-22

Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, with no one passing through, I will make you majestic forever, a joy from age to age. You shall suck the milk of nations, you shall suck the breasts of kings; and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Instead of bronze I will bring gold, instead of iron I will bring silver; instead of wood, bronze, instead of stones, iron. I will appoint Peace as your overseer and Righteousness as your taskmaster. Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise. The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended. Your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the land forever. They are the shoot that I planted, the work of my hands, so that I might be glorified. The least of them shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the Lord; in its time I will accomplish it quickly.

John 8:12-20

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.” Then they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

He Restores My Soul 100811

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Psalm 23

Isaiah 24:17-23

Mark 2:18-22

 

He Restores My Soul 100811

 

Psalm 23 is so familiar to many people. For many it is used as a song at the funeral or graveside of a loved one who has departed this life.

 

But the Psalm is joyous for other times as well. Times like today. For many people around the world these times on earth might seem like walking through the valley of the ‘shadow of death’. It is hard times for so many in America, in Europe and around the world, many more than the percentages reported as unemployed. Many are underemployed, sick, hurt, or their business is at a low point. This may cause us to put the blame on those who are not suffering, and indeed, in some cases it may be the greed of the wealthy that is causing the poverty of others.

 

But sometimes suffering and deprivation can cause us to seek to put on ‘new wineskins, as Jesus teaches in Mark 2. Maybe the present suffering, while not caused by God, enable us to seek new wineskins for new wine. Maybe God is using this present difficulty and walk in the shadows to prepare us for ‘new wine’, new opportunities and challenges for the future.

 

May we pray together that the suffering we may experience or share teaches us all how to love more, rather than encourages us to hate some suspicious group or class.

 

Pray for peace,

(brother) Bill

 

 

Psalm 23

1The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

3he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Isaiah 24:17-23

17Terror, and the pit, and the snare are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth! 18Whoever flees at the sound of the terror shall fall into the pit; and whoever climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For the windows of heaven are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble. 19The earth is utterly broken, the earth is torn asunder, the earth is violently shaken. 20The earth staggers like a drunkard, it sways like a hut; its transgression lies heavy upon it, and it falls, and will not rise again. 21On that day the Lord will punish the host of heaven in heaven, and on earth the kings of the earth. 22They will be gathered together like prisoners in a pit; they will be shut up in a prison, and after many days they will be punished. 23Then the moon will be abashed, and the sun ashamed; for the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before his elders he will manifest his glory.

Mark 2:18-22

18Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.

21“No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Restoring the Garden of Eden 082011

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Psalm 138

Ezekiel 36:33-38

Matthew 16:5-12

Restoring the Garden of Eden 082011

Ezekiel today talks about the Lord restoring the Garden of Eden when our sins are forgiven.  It has occurred to me that maybe the scriptures about the Garden of Eden are what we are supposed to do with and not as much a remembrance of what earth was once like. Even now, we can see the effects of destroying the earth, the Garden of Eden that was given to us to care for.

The cedars of Lebanon that were big enough to frame Solomon’s temple are harvested and mostly gone; the wheat fields of Northern Africa (the bread basket of the Roman Empire) are now the Sahara desert; and some scholars suggest that the environmental destruction of Israel is why the peasants in Jesus’ time were so rebellious and ready to revolt.

So, rather than invest in a new church parking lot, maybe churches can park on the street and use the space for a garden for the poor, rather than asphalt. Maybe we can use our yards for gardens and feed the poor and the elderly. Maybe we can follow the words and teachings of Jesus, ask for forgiveness of our iniquities and seek (environmental) justice.

Pray for the forgiveness of the sins of the rich, and that we seek to restore the garden of Eden.

Peace

(brother) Bill

Psalm 138

1I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;

2I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.

3On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.

4All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth.

5They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.

6For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.

7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.

8The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Ezekiel 36:33-38

33Thus says the Lord God: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the towns to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. 34The land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. 35And they will say, “This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined towns are now inhabited and fortified.” 36Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places, and replanted that which was desolate; I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it. 37Thus says the Lord God: I will also let the house of Israel ask me to do this for them: to increase their population like a flock. 38Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed festivals, so shall the ruined towns be filled with flocks of people. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.

Matthew 16:5-12

5When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6Jesus said to them, “Watch out, and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7They said to one another, “It is because we have brought no bread.” 8And becoming aware of it, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you talking about having no bread? 9Do you still not perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11How could you fail to perceive that I was not speaking about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” 12Then they understood that he had not told them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

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