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21st Sunday after Pentecost
 

Texts & Discussion:
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46


 

This Week's Themes:

Love God and Neighbor
God Provides
Living in God's Vision

 

 A Prayerful Declaration of Love to God

You, who alone is worthy of all love and adoration, cause me to not only know your precious word, but let it become a medium through which I might encounter you in the depth of my heart. You ever surround me with a sense of  boundless love and infinite wisdom. Through your Spirit, strengthen the bond of love between us every day.   Bless the LORD, O my soul, and declare your great love for Him in all the earth!

 

 

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Final Jeopardy
a sermon based on Matthew 22:34-40

Rev. Randy Quinn

I think someone had too much time on their hands. That’s what I think. Someone – some unknown person centuries ago – carefully examined the books of Exodus and Leviticus and Numbers and Deuteronomy and determined that there were exactly 613 different commands God gave the people of Israel. And what’s worse, there were people who verified the correct count!

Clearly they didn’t have enough to do!

But there is no doubt that there were plenty of laws from which Jesus could have chosen. Which is the greatest commandment?

In some ways, it’s too bad we are so familiar with the answer Jesus gives. I say that because it would be a fruitful exercise for each of us to read through the law and come up with our own answers.

I’m convinced Micah did that. He summarized the law by saying God requires us to “act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly” with our God (Mic. 6:8). David came up with his own list of 11 things in Psalm15. Some would argue that, in fact, the Ten Commandments were the first attempt to simplify and prioritize the numerous laws God had given, and that their role in the scripture is to invite us to do the same – to find ways to summarize them for ourselves.

But since Jesus has done such a good job, we think there is a “right” answer and a “wrong” answer to the question. We are tempted to “push the buzzer” and yell out the answer rather than experience the benefits that come from the process of thinking it through for our selves.

So let me try a different question. Of all the things Jesus said, what do you think is the most important?

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