Call to Worship:
L: Show me your paths , Lord, and teach me to follow
P: Guide me by your truth and instruct me
L: You keep me safe and I always trust you;
All: In everything you do, you are kind and faithful to everyone who keeps
their agreement with you.
L: Praise the name of the Lord.
P: The Lord's name be praised!
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a sermon based on Luke 13:31-35
by Rev. Randy Quinn
It's curious in this
passage that the Pharisees come to Jesus to warn him about Herod. Curious
because the Pharisees have made it clear that they are not on Jesus' side (Lk
6:11; 11:53). Curious because Jesus already knows about Herod (Lk 9:7-9).
And curious too, because when Herod finally meets Jesus he has questions,
but presents no real threats to harm him (Lk 23:6-12).
These facts might lead us to the conclusion that there is something good
in the Pharisees, that they are not all bad. Or we might conclude that there
really is no threat from Herod and the Pharisees are trying to trick Jesus.
Maybe these Pharisees are trying to lure Jesus into a different place to
fulfill a plan of their own. Or perhaps these Pharisees are trying to get
Jesus to keep the lid on things; they’re thinking the threat of Herod may
help them silence Jesus. Yet it could be that these Pharisees are trying to
trap Jesus into saying he was working for Herod rather than for the Jews. We
don't really know and scholars are not all in agreement. . .
. . . Like a mother hen, Jesus says, God wants to draw us under her wings and
protect us. But we'd rather peck the ground in front of us and not pay
attention to our direction, our purpose, our path. In doing so, we fail to
see obstacles and dangers before us, but maybe worse yet, we also miss the
opportunities and blessings that God has prepared for us.
We are neither proactive nor do we have a long enough range in our vision
to see where we are heading. Instead, we react to whatever is pushing us
right now or whatever we see in front of us right now. And we haven't a clue
as to where our current path will lead us.
In all honesty, I haven't spent much time around chickens. What I know
about chickens is based on third hand information and stereotypes I've
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