Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10. This event is during the time after the Lord had restored a remnant of His people to Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity. The people are ready and eager to hear the word of the Lord. Notice how much they wanted to hear and learn God’s word. May we also love the word of the Lord as much and gladly hear and learn it.
Holy Spirit, open us up each day to Your Word so that we gladly hear and learn it, and that Your Word brings us great joy and draws us to You, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Psalm 19: Today’s psalm seems to be two psalms put together, but it is one psalm showing us ways that the Lord is revealed to us. Certainly we can see God’s creative nature as we observe the sun, moon, stars, etc., but we also need to have God revealed to us through His Word. There are those who think they don’t need to study the Bible because they can learn about God in nature; yes, they can learn some things about God in nature, but only through His revelation in His Word (taught, studied, preached) can we have the full revelation of the Lord. Let us rejoice in God’s creative aspects, and let us study and grow in His redemptive nature revealed in His Word.
Holy and awesome God, Your glory and power are declared in all that You have made. Enable us to see Your creative hand, and be awed by Your power and benevolence in creation. But, also bring us to You in Your Word where we see, hear, and grow in Your redemption in Jesus, the Word made flesh. Keep our relationship with You whole. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a: In the Second Reading, we read the apostle Paul’s further explanation of spiritual gifts and our place in the Body of Christ, the Church. Notice that each person has a place and is important to the health and full functioning of the Church. Are you feeling insignificant? You are not, each of us has an indispensible place in the Body of Christ. May we be faithful in using the gifts He has given to us for the sake of His Body, the Church.
Holy Spirit, keep our eyes focused on You and on those around us, ministering to others with Your love and the gifts you have given. Enable each of us to see how important we are to You and to each other. In Jesus’ Name, Who loves us so much that He would die and rise again for our redemption, we pray. Amen.
Luke 4:16-30: The Gospel is recorded in Luke 4:16-30. In this reading we find Jesus in the synagogue, as was His custom. He was asked to read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah; He found the passages quoted, and read these words to the assembly. He then told them that the words of the prophet were now being fulfilled! At first the people were thrilled at Jesus’ words, until they asked for a miracle as a show; a request Jesus refused. He would do many miracles, but not for show. There are times when people are thrilled to hear the word of God until it becomes uncomfortable, then people are all too willing to kill the messenger. How about you? Are you willing to listen and learn, even when it’s uncomfortable, or do you want to throw the messenger over the cliff? Be careful that you aren’t throwing Jesus over the cliff.
Lord Jesus, give us discernment to hear Your voice, even when it’s uncomfortable. Let Your message sink down deeply into us and make us new people each day. Always keep us turning to You. Amen.