In Jeremiah 28, Jeremiah faced the situation that another prophet, Hananiah, was assuring the people of Judah that their leaders who had been banished to Babylon would return in two years with the treasures which had been stolen from the temple. Jeremiah heard differently from God. He told the people from Judea it would be seventy years before the people and treasures would return to Jerusalem. God confirmed the word of Jeremiah and sentenced the false prophet Hananiah to death. Prophets today who predict the details of Jesus’ return are the very ones who don’t know when that will happen.
Psalm 89 gives the message that one should forever have belief in God’ steadfast love. Through the ages, followers have sung to proclaim God’s faithfulness with covenants, preserving God through generations and rejoicing in His name. One should understand that Jesus was of the same substance as God and is vital to confession in the Nicene Creed. Jesus also was truly human, truly flesh and blood, which means he knows what it is to be you and me.
Romans 6 discusses how one might believe that sin is an enslaving power that motivates one to live self-serving, disobedient lives which will result in death. Humans have, however, been set free from sin’s slavery to live obediently under God’s grace, whose end is the free gift of eternal life. The Holy Spirit gives sinners the power to fight the forces of evil that repeatedly try to enslave again and again.
Matthew 10 has Jesus sending his disciples out as missionaries. He warns them of persecution and hardships they will face. He also promises to reward any who aid his followers and support their ministry. One needs to welcome in Jesus’ name people who are strangers and might be lonely. As missionaries, if one welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person one will receive the reward of the righteous in eternity.
Good Shepherd Lutheran reaches out with a spirit led by joy, love and service to invite others in the area to visit and participate in the church. All are encouraged to come to the service on June 28, which will commence at 9:30 a.m. and perhaps participate in the Adult Sunday School at 10:45 a.m.