Now the disciples have just witnessed Jesus calming the storms and it is late in the day, most likely just getting dark and as they step their feet out of the boat upon the solid ground, and they look up and see this crazed looking man coming out from the tombs.
I’m sure you have already deduced that the central theme of Job and a theological conundrum is the problem of suffering and more accurately innocent suffering. Job is a man of God, a faithful person who suffers greatly!
Moses is born and his mother is able to hide him at first. This makes sense, he is quiet, newborns sleep a lot, her close friends would keep the secret and she is able to keep him out of sight while closed off in their small home.
I like Thomas! I like his boldness, his resolve and his heartfelt desire to know the truth. He knows himself and he knows what he needs in order to believe. Thomas without regret or hesitation says, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
Watch the Sermon Posted by Elk Grove Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 25, 2020The Scripture Ephesians 3: 16-21 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell...
When I first read this passage, I thought I have never experienced anything like what these refugees in Babylon are experiencing! Nothing to such a great extent of being forced out of one’s home and living in a foreign land.
Pain and suffering, persecution, and wounds were all part of the landscape for those early Christians. Believing in Jesus meant your life was in peril and death could come at any time; death because you believed Jesus was the Son of God.
He did not take even this to heart! Pharaoh’s heart is hardened to the point he is unable to hear the request by Moses to let the Israelites free from bondage…free from serving the Egyptian people.
On the surface this story seems pretty straight forward but then we realize we know very little about the intentions of this man Zacchaeus. What would prompt him to climb a tree, how could his life so drastically have changed? As with many stories in the bible, we have to step back and look at the broader context of this passage.
I have to be honest with you here. When I read this passage weeks ago I kept thinking how do I preach on this? It’s hard to even understand what is happening here! Maybe, I should just forget this passage and find another one, one that seems more palatable, one that doesn’t paint a picture of life as so harsh and our God so revengeful and punitive!