Lectionary Readings for Proper 24 year B
In Isaiah the prophet proclaims that one will come to bare our sins and provide for our healing and peace. Peter writes of this prophecy in his first letter.
Why is this not as evident in our day as it has been in generations past?
There are no easy answers. In today’s message we consider some possibilities and solutions for this situation. Join the discussion!
Here are some of the verses referenced in considering this situation:
1 Peter 2:23-25
23 When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
Why don’t we see more of this manifested in the world? After all, Jesus said:
John 14:12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
Truly Knowing and Seeking God….
- Hosea 4:6 My people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge (NIV) [because you don’t know me. (NLT)]
- Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
- Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
- Deuteronomy 11:26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse—
- 30:15 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. (NLT)
- 30:19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live
- Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Faith, Hope, Love…
Mark 6:5-6 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (NRSV)
In what, who, do we put our hope…
Psalm 33:20 We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield.
Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope (trust) in (or wait for) the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
This by no means exhaustively explains why we are not seeing this with more regularity in our day. Are we ready to see a great outpouring of God’s power? If not, how can we get ready?