Lectionary for August 11, 2019
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Series C, ESV
Genesis 15:1-6, God's Covenant with Abram
In verse 1, the Lord is our shield. Psalm 18:2 What reward had been promised to Abram? Genesis 12:1-3
Alternate wording for I continue childless in verse 2 is "I shall die childless."
member in verse 3 literally translates "son of the house", a servant born and raised in Abram's household, but not one of blood descent.
In verse 4, your very own son translates literally "out of your inward parts," out of Abram's body, his natural-born son.
Psalm 147:4 is a cross-reference fornumber the stars, verse 5. offspring in Hebrew is singular and sometimes translated "seed." Christ is ultimately the promised Seed. Galatians 3:16
Writes Luther concerning Abram's righteousness, verse 6, "Righteousness is nothing else than believing God when He makes a promise." Romans 4:13-25
Psalm 33:12-22, The Steadfast Love of the Lord
God fashions the hearts, verse 15, of all the children of man by bestowing the powers of the mind and will. He then observes to see how they will use His gifts.
Verses 20-22 are a three-verse response to praise. The king is the protector of the citizen and God is the protector of His chosen people Israel. Psalm 84:11, 91:4, 115:9-11; Deuteronomy 33:29; Proverbs 30:5
In summary, God's people are always to put their trust in Him alone and not in arms, generals, national defenses, and so on. Through His Word and Spirit, almighty God grants us faith in His Christ and His steadfast love. Thus He gives us hope in our hearts and minds and certainty of His salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 11:1-16, By Faith
2 Corinthians 4:18 adds dimension to verse 1, things not seen.
In verse 4, Abel's example still speaks to us because it is recorded in scripture. One could make the case that it was Abel's faith that led to his death, making him the first martyr. Genesis 4:2-8; Proverbs 15:8; Hebrews 12:24
Read about Enoch, verse 5, in Genesis 5:21-24. Who else did not see death because God had taken him? 2 Kings 2:11
Revelation 21:10-14 describes the city in verse 10.
In verse 13, the Old Testament saints died in faith, not having received the things promised . They did not see and hear the promised Messiah. John 8:56-59; Matthew 13:16-17; Ephesians 2:19-20
Matthew 25:34 and John 14:2-3 are cross-references for, God has prepared for them a city, verse 16.
Luke 12:22-40, Do Not Be Anxious, Be Ready!
Regarding verse 23, physical needs are an important part of life, but they should not dominate a Christian's thinking.
From verse 27, even Solomon in all his glory could not compare to the beauty of a simple flower. 1 Kings 10:4-7, 14-25
What does it mean to seek his kingdom, verse 31? Matthew 5:6; Luke 11:2-4; 1 Kings 3:5-14; Mark 10:28-31; 1 Peter 3:8-9
Check out these bible verse to see how God cares for His little flock, verse 32. Isaiah 40:10-11; Matthew 26:31; John 10:11, 16, 21:15-17; Acts 20:28-29; 1 Peter 5:2-3
Luke 11:41 expands on give to the needy, verse 33. Giving from the heart, especially to those in need, is a much more authentic expression of piety and godliness. James 1:27; Matthew 25:34-40
If one wants to see what is most important to oneself, there will your heart be, verse 34, it is most telling to look at where you spend most of your money, where your treasure is.
Because a wedding feast, verse 36, lasted for days, the servants could not know precisely when their master would return.
ready … Son of Man is coming , verse 40, faithfulness is defined as doing the work Jesus has given us while eagerly awaiting His return. Matthew 25:1-13