God Is a Consuming Fire

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Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17

 

Unlike your ancestors, you didn’t come to Mount Sinai—all that volcanic blaze and earthshaking rumble—to hear God speakMSG No, you have been allowed to approach the true Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly JerusalemPhillips

The true city is presented to us by the Son of Man in today’s reading as in all other Gospel readings. How would God deal with the crippled woman? God would heal her, even on the Sabbath. We know that is true because that is what the Son of Man did.

Many Christians complain today about how degraded the Sabbath has become and long for the days when all businesses were closed and people stayed home. Yet, in the past 100 years those Sabbath days have not existed in the US. At least some businesses have been open and at least some Christians have taken advantage of them. In the 1930’s, movie theaters became some of the first business to install air-conditioning and Christians flocked to them for the comfort if not for the movies. After church meals are taken increasingly at restaurants. Like the Pharisees, we too often miss the truth.

The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the SabbathNIV My uncle was a staunch Methodist and firm believer in resting on Sunday. But he was also a farmer and when the wheat was ready for harvest, work continued through the Sabbath. We do not live in a one-rule world. What is right for me may not be right for you.

Jeremiah was chosen before inception to be a prophet. Every human who has ever lived has been given a task to do. Most have refused to do it. In fact, most never know what the task is because they choose to live far from God. We must be listening to God and willing to do as He asks, even if it is to shake the foundations of the world.

We live in a world of shaky foundations, but we long for the firm foundation of the world to come.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fireNIV

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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