The LORD cleanses, prepares, and fills the mouths of His prophets, so they might be able to proclaim the holy Word of the LORD.
Old Testament: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 (Epiphany 3: Series C)
Thus, the people weep and mourn, but they are told to cease with their mourning and rejoice and celebrate as a festival without worry or care, for the day is holy to the LORD who is their refuge and strength.
Old Testament: Malachi 3:1-7b (Advent 2: Series C)
The Messenger is coming—must come—because the LORD God has promised, and He is unchanging and always faithful no matter how unfaithful His people may be.
Old Testament: Isaiah 51:4-6 (Last Sunday of the Church Year: Series B )
The Israelites had taken the Covenantal promise and the language of separation and interpreted them to mean the message of salvation and restoration was meant for only them. But this is counter to the reality of the Scriptures.
Old Testament: Daniel 12:1-3 (Pentecost 25: Series B )
This text arguably contains the clearest teaching concerning the bodily resurrection from the dead in the Old Testament.
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (Pentecost 23: Series B )
The LORD your God is one—He is your LORD. Therefore, you may/can/shall live as His child, and this is what that looks like!
Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:7-9 (Pentecost 22: Series B )
The full effect of the Law had been visited upon God's people, but now the LORD will remember His people and return them to the land of promise and to Holy Jerusalem.
Old Testament: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 (Pentecost 21: Series B )
A little or a lot, great is the joy of the child of God for the meaning of life is not defined by stuff, but rather by the cross.
Old Testament: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 (Pentecost 20: Series B )
God will establish justice and righteousness even in the midst of the most uncertain and evil times. This we know because of the hope based upon the promise.
Old Testament: Genesis 2:18-25 (Pentecost 19: Series B )
Man and woman together are complete. Apart, they are incomplete. The two correspond and form “one flesh” when combined in sexual relationships and as helpmates.
Old Testament: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 (Pentecost 18: Series B )
This complaining is a rejection of the LORD and all He has done to rescue them, guide them, and provide for them as He leads them to the Promised Land.
Old Testament: Jeremiah 11:18-20 (Pentecost 17: Series B )
The “Lamenter” does not ask to carry out the vengeance/action himself, rather He trusts the LORD God to take care of business.
Old Testament: Isaiah 50: 4-10 (Pentecost 16: Series B)
We have a Servant who stands in/is a substitute for Israel. This is the One who will atone for the sin of Israel—even the sin of the whole world.
Old Testament: Isaiah 35:4-7a (Pentecost 15: Series B)
The text gives beautiful imagery of the “waters of life” and how they will transform the dead and barren and bring new life.
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 (Pentecost 14: Series B )
These statutes are a description of what the child of God looks like—how they walk, talk, teach, live, and have their being!
Old Testament: Isaiah 29:11-19 (Pentecost 13: Series B)
Hypocrisy continues to rear its head as the formalistic worship and worshippers neglect their LORD and their neighbor.
Old Testament: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 (Pentecost 12: Series B)
So many distractions—so many false and foreign gods—so many side paths and rabbit trails. What choice, what decision? Who will we follow?