Weekly Lectionary Readings

Proper 16
August 26, 2007

How appropriate God’s words from the prophet Jeremiah are for me today. Tomorrow I am planning on preaching from 1 Samuel where Samuel is born and dedicated to God’s work. The words from God to the prophet are meaningful. “I knew you before you were in your mother’s womb.” Jeremiah protested, “I’m too young.” God tells Jeremiah don’t worry about it, because I have appointed you. That is comforting to think of when we are in the Lord’s work. If God has appointed us, nothing others can say or do should derail us from doing God’s work, whether we are young or old, male or female.

The words of the psalmist echo the words of Jeremiah. He acknowledges that God knows who we are and He has a plan for us. When the trials come…when those things come or people come that threaten to derail us or our ministry, remember that God is my rock…He is my fortress. This is a great comfort in times of storm.

The writer of Hebrews reminds us of how the Israelites came to Mt. Sinai and how God spoke to them through the multi-media experience. Even though they had all of that to remind them of who God was, they refused to listen. They refused to listen many times to what God’s man of the hour had to say to them. Then we are reminded that we are not unlike the Israelites…we need to listen to God, because someday this heaven and earth will be shaken. There will only be one thing that remains…the unshakable kingdom of God and so 28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29 For our God is a devouring fire. Is the work you are doing building the shakable or unshakable Kingdom?

We are reminded in Luke, that God’s Kingdom doesn’t always look like our kingdom. The Pharisees were upset that Jesus, once again we’ll assume, healed someone on the Sabbath. He reminds them that Kingdom work is no different than taking care of animals on the Sabbath. Some things need to be done no matter what day it is, especially Kingdom work. Lately, I have been very excited about all the new technology that has come my way. I enjoy technology especially after working all day at RadioShack dealing with customers. This scripture reminds me that people are still part of the job. Technology (computers, internet, projectors, and software) is just a tool to get the job done…it is not the job. The Pharisee thought the laws were the Kingdom and that the Kingdom had to serve the laws when it really is the other way around…the laws serve the Kingdom. Technology only serves Kingdom building. It in itself is not building the Kingdom. That’s an interesting thought and even a convicting one for me this evening.

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