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Lectionary Theme: Jesus brings Holy Disruption
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Ah! Lord God.
Praise my soul.
Purify my heart.
This is my desire.
O Worship the King.
Be thou my vision.
May the Lord.
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Good morning boys and girls. Hope you are enjoying your school holidays. While you are doing that, lets remind each other about what scriptures are saying about Jesus bringing Holy disruption.
A disruption is a disturbance in our daily ways of doing things and we don’t like it. But we are told Jesus’ disruption is good for us as Christians.
In the passage of Isaiah God was then not pleased with the Jewish offerings and sacrifices yet He had given rules that the Jews must offer to Him burnt offerings as a way of worship and the aroma pleased Him.
Why was he not happy anymore? He wasn’t because the Jews were not righteous. The offerings were meaningless not from the heart. Rulers were cruel to the people. The poor, the widows and needy in one way or the other were neglected. God told them that He didn’t want such offerings from bad people. God forgives you by changing the way you see things and makes you see them in a good way which is holy. When you give your Sunday offering, remember also to do good, otherwise God will reject your offering. A good offering which is accompanied by good deeds pleases God and there is a reward for it.
In the passage of Luke 12, Jesus says God wants the disciples to inherit the Kingdom. You are disciples of Christ and the kingdom is yours too. But Jesus tells them a parable which tells them to be alert and wait for the master who will come back. The master is Jesus when he will come back in our time although we dont know when. As we wait both old and young, we must be doing good deeds and not just going to church or Sunday School without showing that we are followers of Christ. The master will entertain the alert servants instead of servants serving him. Thus part of a holy disruption. A different way of doing things. Being waited by the master! This is how it will be in the new kingdom.
Do not doubt these things just believe and do as the Word of God tells you. Jesus was brought in by God to put things right and for our righteousness. All what is needed is to have Faith in him if we are to inherit the kingdom. This we find in Hebrews passage Chapter 11.
Let us pray. Thank you heavenly Father for this little flock. May they grow to understand the way the Word moulds them to be true followers of Christ. May their Faith grow each day until we meet with Jesus in His second coming and fellowship with Him.
In Jesus’ name we pray .
1 From east to west, the powerful LORD God
has been calling together everyone on earth.
2 God shines brightly from Zion, the most beautiful city.
3 Our God approaches, but not silently;
a flaming fire comes first, and a storm surrounds him.
4 God comes to judge his people.
He shouts to the heavens and to the earth,
5 “Call my followers together! They offered me a sacrifice,
and we made an agreement.”
6 The heavens announce, “God is the judge,
and he is always honest.”
7 My people, I am God! Israel, I am your God.
Listen to my charges against you.
8 Although you offer sacrifices and always bring gifts,
9 I won’t accept your offerings of bulls and goats.
22 You have ignored me! So pay close attention
or I will tear you apart, and no one can help you.
23 The sacrifice that honours me is a thankful heart.
and I, your God, will show my power to save.
1 I am Isaiah, the son of Amoz.
And this is the message that I was given about Judah and Jerusalem when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were the kings of Judah:
10 You are no better than the leaders and people
of Sodom and Gomorrah!
So listen to the LORD God:
11 “Your sacrifices mean nothing to me.
I am sick of your offerings of rams and choice cattle;
I don’t like the blood of bulls or lambs or goats.
12 “Who asked you to bring all this
when you come to worship me? Stay out of my temple!
13 Your sacrifices are worthless, and incense is disgusting.
I can’t stand the evil you do on your New Moon Festivals
or on your Sabbaths and other times of worship.
14 I hate your New Moon Festivals and all others as well.
They are a heavy burden I am tired of carrying.
15 “No matter how much you pray, I won’t listen.
You are too violent.
16 Wash yourselves clean!
I am disgusted with your filthy deeds.
Stop doing wrong 17 and learn to live right.
See that justice is done. Defend widows and orphans
and help those in need.”
18 I, the LORD, invite you to come and talk it over.
Your sins are scarlet red,
but they will be whiter than snow or wool.
19 If you willingly obey me, the best crops in the land
will be yours.
20 But if you turn against me, your enemies will kill you.
I, the LORD, have spoken.
1 Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. 2 It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God.
3 Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God’s command. We also know that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen.
32 My little group of disciples, don’t be afraid! Your Father wants to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give the money to the poor. Make yourselves moneybags that never wear out. Make sure your treasure is safe in heaven, where thieves cannot steal it and moths cannot destroy it. 34 Your heart will always be where your treasure is.
35 Be ready and keep your lamps burning 36 just like those servants who wait up for their master to return from a wedding feast. As soon as he comes and knocks, they open the door for him. 37 Servants are fortunate if their master finds them awake and ready when he comes! I promise you that he will get ready and have his servants sit down so he can serve them. 38 Those servants are really fortunate if their master finds them ready, even though he comes late at night or early in the morning. 39 You would surely not let a thief break into your home, if you knew when the thief was coming. 40 So always be ready! You don’t know when the Son of Man will come.