Be Grateful for What You Have

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year B, Old Testament Lesson

Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9

Our scripture this week challenges us to listen for God’s goodness in a passage that is uncomfortable. Some claim that the God of the Hebrew Scriptures was an angry God and when Jesus came God became about Love, but that interpretation denies the eternal benevolence of God. In today’s passage we hear more about the Israelites whom God rescued out of slavery and is leading to the Promised Land. Last week God sent the 10 Commandments to help the people get back on track following a series of complaints and missteps. This week, we hear that the Israelites are, once again, complaining about God and feeling as though God is abandoning them. It would be easy to gloss over the arrival of the snakes only to focus on the anti-venom provided – but that does a disservice to the passage. In this passage we learn that the journey is what we make it to be. By complaining constantly and overlooking each blessing bestowed, the Israelites bring upon themselves more and more difficult hardships. However, God continues to provide the remedy for what ails them. Through this seemingly endless journey through the wilderness, the Israelites are starting to realize that the Promised Land is ahead of them, but might be for the next generation rather than those who started out of Egypt. God has made a covenant with the people – God has promised to take them out of slavery into the Promised Land; until the people trust God and the messengers God sends, they will not arrive. A covenant requires that both sides of the promise live into it, mutually.

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Remembering

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year C, Old Testament
Scripture: Joshua 5:9-12 

In this week’s lesson, we move forward in time again, to the time of Joshua, just after the people of God have ended their 40 years of post-Exodus wandering in the desert, and have crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land. The lesson today takes place between this river crossing, which has many parallels to the crossing of the Red Sea in the Exodus story, and the battle of Jericho.

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Come to the Light

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year B
Scripture: John 3:14-21

Jesus patiently prepares his followers for what is to come. Jesus is to be “lifted up” so that he may then lift up all of us. The light has come into the world – a light some will seek at all costs. For others, the darkness is preferable to the penetrating brightness of the light. God reaches out to all of us, sending the Son into the world so that all might be saved through him. We do not know what the disciples made of this revelation. Our concern is what we make of it and what re-alignment we may be called to make.

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God Looks at our Heart

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Once David is anointed with oil by Samuel, the Spirit of the Lord comes upon him and he is empowered to speak for God as Israel’s king. The Hebrew word for one who is anointed as king or spokes person for God is “messiah.” The Greek word for the same title is “Christos.”  This story connects to the baptismal themes of Lent by reflecting the baptismal rite of anointing the newly baptized person with oil. “You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.” [Book of Common Prayer, p. 308.] The Christian is given the gift of enlightenment through the Holy Spirit.

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Searching for Sight

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A
Scripture: John 9:1-41

A man born blind, and a healing that placed the authorities at risk: How does the way we look at things affect our capacity to see?

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Amazing Grace

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year C
Scripture: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Tax collectors, who are sinners, invited to the table? Shocking! So Jesus tells them a story: A son who blows an inheritance and a father who forgives before the son even has a chance to ask. What might we discover about the gospel of grace?

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