Pondering for Monday, September 16, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Monday of Proper 19 Year 1

AM Psalm 56, 57, [58]; PM Psalm 64, 65 1 Kings 21:1-16; 1 Cor. 1:1-19; Matt. 4:1-11

Matt. 4:4. But he answered, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’

Matt. 4:7. ‘Again it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ’

Matt. 4:10.  Away with you, Satan! for it is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.” ’

Matt. 4:11. Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

(Matthew 4: 4, 7, 10 & 11)

Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  After each temptation Jesus resorts to what “is written” to assist him in resisting the temptation.  Jesus depends on the word of God, trusting God rather than testing God and finally to worship and serve God only.  It is Jesus’ three legged stool.

How about us today?  We have Jesus himself as the Word of God. This is the Word through whom all creation came into being and this Word itself took on human likeness, our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We are to trust in God, Jesus says and in that confident trust there is no testing.  God is not to be tested but rather honored and obeyed; which brings us to the last point of worship and serving God only. We worship God in our common community of the Church. And, as we serve others in Jesus’ Name, we serve God and God only. Yes, in serving others we serve God.  Remember; “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).   These would be the same angels that came and waited on Jesus and like Gabriel (Luke 1: 19), they stand in the presence of God.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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