Lectionary for May 26, 2019
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Series C, ESV
Acts 16:9-15, The Conversion of Lydia
Macedonia , verse 9, a region of what is today, northern Greece.
Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and Acts. As the opening words of Acts show, Acts 1:1-3, Acts cannot be considered separate from the Gospel of Luke. Acts differs from Luke in that Luke himself was an eyewitness to the events he records in Acts, Luke 1:1-4. For example, scholars have noted several "we" passages as seen in verse 10, where Luke writes as a companion of Paul, beginning with Paul's second missionary journey. Other "we" passages include: Acts 20:5-15, 21:1-18, 27:1-28:16.
Setting sail from Troas , verse 11, to Philippi, verse 12, would have required crossing the Aegean Sea. This may be the first time the Gospel moves from Asia onto the continent of Europe.
Kudos to the women once again, for on this Sabbath, verse 13, who were the only ones to come and worship?
After Lydia heard us and The Lord opened her heart to pay attention, verse 14, how long did it take for her to be baptized?
Psalm 67, Make Your Face Shine Upon Us
Perhaps intended for corporate worship, before or after the benediction; verse 6 suggests the possibility of this Psalm's use in connection with the harvest. It was accompanied by stringed instruments. The Jewish Talmud records that the Levites usually played cymbals for beating time, nine soprano harps for melody, and two bass harps. Large orchestras were formed for special services. 2 Chronicles 5:11-14
For verse 1, see Numbers 6:22-27 and Proverbs 16:15.
God is making His way … known on earth, verse 2. Acts 18:24-28
In verse 3, since the saved cannot help but praise their Savior, the psalmist is in effect praying for the salvation of the nations.
judge the peoples with equity , verse 4. God judges us to be justified (not guilty), not because of our merit but because of what He has done for us by grace. Micah 6:1-8; Romans 3:21-26; Acts 17:30-31
Regarding verse 6, the faith of God's people in times of poor harvest can also serve as a witness. Habakkuk 3:17-19
Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27, The New Jerusalem
In verse 10, The angel carried John away in the Spirit. Because of the Spirit's role in his visions, John's message was as inspired and authoritative as those of the Old Testament prophets. The holy city Jerusalem sometimes represents heaven itself as in Revelation 22:2. Here though it seems to represent God's people as also seen in Revelation 21:2.
John saw God's people having the glory of God, verse 11. Philippians 3:20-21
Twelve as used in verses 12, 14, & 21 was first associated with the sons of Jacob, Genesis 35:22b-26, from whom descended the tribes of Israel, Exodus 28:21, Numbers 1:1-16. Twelve thus represents the people of God. This later applied to the New Testament people of God, the Church, led by the twelve apostles, Matthew 19:25-30.
I saw no temple , verse 22. God gave the tabernacle and temples in order to mediate His presence on earth. In heaven, however, His people will see Him fact-to-face and experience Him directly. Thus, a temple will be unnecessary.
In verse 24 we read, kings will bring their glory. Isaiah 60:1-6 This idea emphasizes the complete fulfillment of God's plan to save all people, Revelation 7:9. This suggest the transformation rather than the annihilation of the old orders.
John 16:23-33, I Have Overcome the World
Verse 23 begins, In that day, which day is that? John 16:16 Christ describes his burial and resurrection. you will ask nothing of me, why? John 14:20 The disciples will pray directly to their heavenly Father.
Jesus tells the disciples they will be scattered in verse 32. Zechariah 13:7-9 describes this scattering.
If Christ has overcome the world, verse 33, why do we still have tribulation? Revelation 12:9-12
John 5:1-9, The Healing at the Pool
Read John 4:46-54 for lead-in.
feast , verse 1, some manuscripts have "the feast." Possibly the Feast of Booths, commemorating Israel's 40-year wandering, or the Feast of the New Year. See Leviticus 23 for scriptural reference to the various feasts.
Sheep Gate , verse 2, small opening within the north wall of the temple, where the sheep were washed in the pool before entering the sanctuary. Nehemiah 3:1 Bethesda, "house of grace" or "house of mercy," signaling the miracle that Jesus was about to perform.
In verse 3, the disabled gathered here because of the popular Greek cultic belief that the pool had healing powers, with angels present at the water's first stirring.
Regarding verse 4, some Greek manuscripts exclude this verse. The ESV related footnote for 5:3 states: "Some manuscripts insert, wholly or in part, 'waiting for the moving of the water; 4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had.'"
The man was still focused on the pool in verse 7, hoping Jesus might help him reach it in time.