Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Psalm 88.3-9, Exodus 9.29-10.20, Hebrews 3.1-19 - Lectionary for 4/19/11

Today's readings are Psalm 88.3-9, Exodus 9.29-10.20, and Hebrews 3.1-19.

Jesus Christ is proclaimed in Hebrews as the "builder." All of creation is his. He is the one who receives the honor in all creation. Where is our confidence to be? It is to be in God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God in three persons. What is our response when we see our friends and neighbors turn against us, when plagues come upon our land, when we are faced with struggles every day? We turn to our Lord, not hardening our hearts against him, and by trust in the Lord we enter into our rest, rest from all our toils.

The Christian life is, then, a life of rest. It is not a life of rest from labor, because we are told to love and serve our neighbors. This world has plenty of work for us to do. But Jesus has broken the curse of sin. As we trust in our Lord, our labor does not break us. It has broken him, so we no longer need to be broken by the sin of the world. We have entered into our rest, even though we are still active.

It's a complicated life, isn't it?

Dave Spotts
blogging at http://capnsaltyslongvoyage.blogspot.com

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