Lectionary for April 21, 2019
The Resurrection of Our Lord, Series C, ESV
Isaiah 65:17-25, New Heavens and a New Earth
This section of Isaiah points to the future restoration of the Lord's people and all creation. This vision further defines the new things mentioned earlier, Isaiah 42:9, 48:6. With earthly imagery, the prophet is trying to help his generation understand the blessings of eternal life.
Verses 18-19 point to the new Jerusalem and its temple as the center of the new creation. Ezekiel 48:30-35; Zechariah 14:10-21; Revelation 21:2-22:5
Verses 21-25 point to the blessings of the covenant with God which are again expounded as being fully restored for His people. Deuteronomy 6:10-12
Psalm 16, You Will Not Abandon My Soul
Who are the saints in the land, verse 3? Exodus 19:5-6; 1 Peter 2:9-10
Regarding verse 5, Numbers 18:20 describes Aaron's distribution of the Promised Land after the conquest. David claims the Lord is as precious to him as his ancestral plot of land.
In verse 6, David offers thanks and praise for a beautiful estate and holding of property. However, David also refers to his eternal dwelling in verses 10 and 11.
David praises the Lord who gives me counsel, verse 7. 1 Samuel 23:9-12 and 2 Samuel 5:18-19 provide a couple of examples. in the night also my heart instructs me , David prayed and meditated on God's Word nightly.
What does it mean to have God at your right hand, verse 8? Psalm 109:31, 110:5, 121:5
In verse 11, David proclaims, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 36:7-9 expands on those pleasures.
1 Corinthians 15:19-26, The Resurrection of the Dead
Christ being raised from the dead is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep., verse 20. Firstfruits were the earliest portion of a harvest, which Israel sacrificed to God in thanks for the full harvest to come, Exodus 23:19a. fallen asleep means physical death.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 provide insight into his coming, verse 23.
Christ presently wars against sin, death, and the power of the devil. In verse 24, Christ, as a conquering general, will deliver the kingdom to God the Father, who has given Him authority to wage this war. Daniel 7:13-14, 27
What happens when death is destroyed, verse 26? Revelation 20:11-15
Luke 24:1-12, The Resurrection
Verse 1 reads, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. Who are they? Luke 23:46-57
the stone in verse 2 would have been disk-shaped and several feet in diameter, it was thick enough to keep out animals. It was rolled in a hewn channel to seal off the tomb's entrance and would require several men to move it.
The two men, in verse 4, are identified as angels in verse 23. As angels announced Jesus' birth, Luke 2:8-14, they also announce His resurrection.
Women followed Jesus, supporting the ministry of Jesus and the apostles. This is striking, because females did not normally follow Jewish rabbis. The women were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground , verse 5. The disciples had a similar reaction to risen Jesus. Luke 24:36-37.
One of the women was Joanna, verse 10. She was a wife to the household manager of Herod Antipas, she would have belonged to a higher social class.