Bible Readings — July 13, 2014

bible_6796cnpReadings for the Fifth Sunday in Pentecost are:

Isaiah 55:10-13

 Psalm 65:1-13

Romans 8:12-17

Matthew 13:1-23

The first Reading is from Isaiah 55:10-13. This passage is filled with hope, God’s word is like the snow and rain replenishing the earth; God’s word will accomplish the very thing He sends it to do. This is Good News and hope for us because in Christ God’s Word means life and salvation for us. Let us hold fast to God’s faithfulness to do what He promises through His Word.

A side note on this passage, it is the key passage for the Gideon Society, this is the passage that causes them to do what they do. The Gideons know and trust that God’s Word will accomplish what He sends it to do, so the Gideons are diligent in placing God’s Word, the Bible, where ever and when ever they can. And God uses His Word for the benefit of humanity, accomplishing what He sends it to do.

Today’s Psalm, 65:1-13, continues the theme of God’s faithfulness. Notice in the first part of the psalm how God forgives and restores His people. Through Jesus, we have this hope. The second part of the psalm fits in well with the First Reading in praising God for His faithfulness to give us the rain we need. This year we certainly see God’s abundant blessings in the rains we have received and the hope of a good harvest.

The Second Reading, Romans 8:12-17, rejoices in what God has done for us to make us His children, including giving us His Holy Spirit. All this God does for us through Baptism. As the Baptized, let us rejoice in God’s adoption of us and in His giving us eternal life in Jesus.
When Paul talks about “living according the to flesh”, this is his way of saying, “living according to the sinful self”. He urges us to live “according to the Spirit”, to live according to the way the Spirit of God leads us, and not to live according to the sinful self.
Notice one of the gifts God gives us – through His Holy Spirit we can call Him: Father What a privilege! Let us call on our heavenly Father in prayer and praise.

The Gospel, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, is a familiar passage to us, it is the Parable of the Sower. We are asked what kind of soil we are – do we produce fruit for the kingdom of God? Do we? This time when you read the parable consider the Sower. How does he treat the seed? How does he treat the soils? What soils get the blessings of the seed?

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