Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 16A (August 21–27)

Isaiah 51:1–6; Ps. 138:1-8; Romans 11:33–12:8; Matthew 16:13–20

Entrance: LSB 818 In Thee Is Gladness

Of the Day: LSB 645 Built on the Rock

Offertory: LSB 783 Take My Life and Let It Be

Distribution: LSB 535 How Wide the Love of Christ;

LSB 575 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

Closing: LSB 662 Onward, Christian Soldiers

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God

Jesus asked His disciples: “But who do you say that I am?” The question is also put to us: “Who do you say that He is?” Flesh and blood do not reveal this to us, but by the Ministry of the Gospel the Father in heaven reveals His Son to us on earth, who has become flesh and suffered death for our salvation. Thus we believe and confess that He is “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16). As He died for our transgressions and was raised for our justification, He looses us from all our sins and preserves our life within His Church, against which even “the gates of hell shall not prevail” (Matt. 16:18–19). His salvation is forever, and His righteousness “will never be dismayed” (Is. 51:6). He comforts us with the Gospel in His Church, so that “joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song” (Is. 51:3). Therefore, “according to the measure of faith that God has assigned” (Rom. 12:3), we also offer ourselves “as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Rom. 12:1) through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Dr Martin Luther:

For he says: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” This knowledge is above the powers of reason. And yet it must previously have been known to him that God is merciful, gracious and friendly to all those who confess their sins, who call upon him and long for grace. As he heard that God is gracious by virtue of his very nature, to all those who humble themselves and seek comfort in him. But to preach thus is always the pure Gospel. (Church Postils, Trinity 11)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Y'all Confess, Now, Y'hear! (Matthew 16:13-20)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Matthew 16:13-20, which means not only throwing down the gauntlet at anti-creedalism but also smacking down that horrible idea of the Papacy, which simultaneously lauding the biggest fish story in the history of the world. None too shabby, that!


Worldview Everlasting – You're Not Worthy To Quantify Your Good Works (Romans 11:33-12:8))

Paul’s epistles are not written in such a way that the first half is the Gospel and the second half is about how to live the Christian life. If you think that, then you’ve missed the entire point. So what are they about? And what does that have to do with the end of Romans 11 and the beginning of Romans 12? You’ll have to watch and find out!



Matthew 16:13-20, “You Are the Christ” – Pastors Rossow and Ostermeyer – Pastors’ Roundtable – Issues, Etc.

Pastor Timothy Ostermeyer of Hope Lutheran, St. Ann, Mo., and Pastor Timothy Rossow of Bethany Lutheran, Naperville, Ill., discuss Matt. 16:13-20, "You are the Christ", with Pr. Todd Wilken (mp3, 54:29, 21.9 MB, 2011-Aug-18)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:19, 52.5 MB, 2017-Aug-21)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 16 - Series A - Matthew 16:13-20 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 16:13–20 (SBLGNT)

13 Ἐλθὼν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς τὰ μέρη Καισαρείας τῆς Φιλίππου ἠρώτα τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ λέγων· ⸀Τίνα λέγουσιν οἱ ἄνθρωποι εἶναι τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου;

14 οἱ δὲ εἶπαν· Οἱ μὲν Ἰωάννην τὸν βαπτιστήν, ἄλλοι δὲ Ἠλίαν, ἕτεροι δὲ Ἰερεμίαν ἢ ἕνα τῶν προφητῶν.

15 λέγει αὐτοῖς· Ὑμεῖς δὲ τίνα με λέγετε εἶναι;

16 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ Σίμων Πέτρος εἶπεν· Σὺ εἶ ὁ χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ζῶντος.

17 ⸂ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ⸃ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Μακάριος εἶ, Σίμων Βαριωνᾶ, ὅτι σὰρξ καὶ αἷμα οὐκ ἀπεκάλυψέν σοι ἀλλʼ ὁ πατήρ μου ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς·

18 κἀγὼ δέ σοι λέγω ὅτι σὺ εἶ Πέτρος, καὶ ἐπὶ ταύτῃ τῇ πέτρᾳ οἰκοδομήσω μου τὴν ἐκκλησίαν, καὶ πύλαι ᾅδου οὐ κατισχύσουσιν αὐτῆς·

19 ⸀δώσω σοι τὰς ⸀κλεῖδας τῆς βασιλείας τῶν οὐρανῶν, καὶ ὃ ⸀ἐὰν δήσῃς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἔσται δεδεμένον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς, καὶ ὃ ⸁ἐὰν λύσῃς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἔσται λελυμένον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς.

20 τότε ⸀διεστείλατο τοῖς ⸀μαθηταῖς ἵνα μηδενὶ εἴπωσιν ὅτι αὐτός ⸀ἐστιν ὁ χριστός.


Literal Translation

(13)  And coming into the parts of Caesarea of Philip, Jesus questioned His disciples, saying, Whom do men say Me the Son of Man to be?

(14)  And they said, Some say John the Baptist, and others Elijah, and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.

(15)  He said to them, But you, whom do you say Me to be?

(16)  And answering, Simon Peter said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

(17)  And answering, Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven.

(18)  And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against her.

(19)  And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. And whatever you bind on earth shall occur, having been bound in Heaven. And whatever you may loose on the earth shall be, having been loosed in Heaven.

(20)  Then He warned His disciples that they should tell no one that He is Jesus the Christ.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.


Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Dr. C.F.W. Walther's Insights on what makes a Sermon a Lutheran Sermon

from The Lutheran Teaching of the Office of the Ministry Conference
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Newton, N.C.
October 20, 2007
Videographer: Barry Propes


 

Is One a Broken Sinner? Is One a Secure Sinner?

A Word of Despair; A Word of Comfort (2013) at Redeemer Lutheran, Bellevue, TN

Videographer: Matthew Carver

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Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 15A (August 14–20)

Isaiah 56:1, 6–8; Ps. 67:1-7; Romans 11:1–2a, 13–15, 28–32; Matthew 15:21–28

Entrance: LSB 823 May God Bestow on Us His Grace

Of the Day: LSB 653 In Christ There Is No East or West

Offertory: LSB 831 “How Shall They Hear,” Who Have Not Heard

Distribution: LSB 615 When in the Hour of Deepest Need;

LSB 571 God Loved the World So That He Gave

Closing: LSB 832 Jesus Shall Reign

The Church Lives Under the Cross of Christ and Prays in the Hope of His Mercy

By her persistent prayer that Jesus would have mercy and help her (Matt. 15:22, 24), and even in the face of His initial silence and apparent rejection (Matt. 15:23–26), the Canaanite woman boldly confessed her faith in Him (Matt 15:28). Her beautiful example encourages us to cling to the words and promises of the Gospel, even in the face of the Law that accuses and condemns us. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 10:29), and His Law “has consigned all to disobedience” for the very purpose “that He may have mercy on all” (Rom. 10:32). Hence, the woman’s faith and hope were not disappointed, but her prayers were answered in the mercy of Christ. Not only does He grant us the crumbs from His Table, but He also feeds us with “the children’s bread” in the house of His Father (Matt. 15:26–27). He has brought us to His “holy mountain,” and He makes us joyful in His house, where He hears our prayers and accepts our sacrifice of praise upon the altar of His cross (Is. 56:7).

Dr Martin Luther:

But believers in God risk all in him and transfer all things into his care, for him to do according to his pleasure, and think thus: God has given you your home and wife, you have not produced them Yourself; now because they are God’s, I will entrust them all to his care, he will keep them from all harm. I must otherwise leave all at any rate, therefore I will bravely trust him with them, and for his sake give up all I have. If God wants me here, he will give me other treasures, for he has promised to give enough for this life and for the life to come. If he does not want me here, I owe him a death, which will bring me into eternal life; when he calls me, I will go trusting in his Word. (Church Postils, Trinity 10)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Throwing Bread to the Chiasm (Matthew 15:21-28)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Matthew 15:21-28


Worldview Everlasting – Apparently God's Word Does Not Fail (Romans 11)

Apparently, Romans 11 explains the role of Israel, the Law, and what God’s Word does. And the whole “once saved always saved” idea pretty much gets laid to rest with a clear reading of the text, so don’t miss that!


Worldview Everlasting – WEtvBurst: Remnant - Romans 11


The Faith of the Canaanite Woman, Matthew 15:21-28 – Pastors’ Roundtable - Issues, Etc.

Pr. Michael Walther of Good Shepherd Lutheran, Collinsville, Ill., and Pr. Christopher Gillespie of Grace Lutheran, Dryer, Ind. discuss Matt. 15:21-28 with Pastor Todd Wilken. (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Feb-22)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 56:49, 52.0 MB, 2017-Aug-15)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 15 - Series A - Matthew 15:21-28 with Dr. Peter J. Scaer

Dr. Peter J. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 15:21–28 (SBLGNT)

21 Καὶ ἐξελθὼν ἐκεῖθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς τὰ μέρη Τύρου καὶ Σιδῶνος.

22 καὶ ἰδοὺ γυνὴ Χαναναία ἀπὸ τῶν ὁρίων ἐκείνων ἐξελθοῦσα ⸀ἔκραζεν λέγουσα· Ἐλέησόν με, κύριε ⸀υἱὸς Δαυίδ· ἡ θυγάτηρ μου κακῶς δαιμονίζεται.

23 ὁ δὲ οὐκ ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῇ λόγον. καὶ προσελθόντες οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ⸀ἠρώτουν αὐτὸν λέγοντες· Ἀπόλυσον αὐτήν, ὅτι κράζει ὄπισθεν ἡμῶν.

24 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· Οὐκ ἀπεστάλην εἰ μὴ εἰς τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἀπολωλότα οἴκου Ἰσραήλ.

25 ἡ δὲ ἐλθοῦσα ⸀προσεκύνει αὐτῷ λέγουσα· Κύριε, βοήθει μοι.

26 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· Οὐκ ἔστιν καλὸν λαβεῖν τὸν ἄρτον τῶν τέκνων καὶ βαλεῖν τοῖς κυναρίοις.

27 ἡ δὲ εἶπεν· Ναί, κύριε, καὶ γὰρ τὰ κυνάρια ἐσθίει ἀπὸ τῶν ψιχίων τῶν πιπτόντων ἀπὸ τῆς τραπέζης τῶν κυρίων αὐτῶν.

28 τότε ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῇ· Ὦ γύναι, μεγάλη σου ἡ πίστις· γενηθήτω σοι ὡς θέλεις. καὶ ἰάθη ἡ θυγάτηρ αὐτῆς ἀπὸ τῆς ὥρας ἐκείνης.


Literal Translation

(21)  And going out from there, Jesus withdrew to the parts of Tyre and Sidon.

(22)  And, behold, a woman of Canaan coming forth from those borders cried out to Him, saying, Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is badly demon-possessed.

(23)  But He did not answer her a word. And coming near, His disciples asked Him, saying, Send her away, for she cries out after us.

(24)  But answering, He said, I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

(25)  But coming, she worshiped Him, saying, Lord, help me!

(26)  But answering, He said, It is not good to take the bread of the children to throw it to the little dogs.

(27)  But she said, Yes, Lord; for even the little dogs eat of the crumbs falling from the table of their lords.

(28)  Then answering, Jesus said to her, O woman, great is your faith; let it be to you as you desire. And her daughter was healed from that hour.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.


Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 14A (August 7–13)

Job 38:4–18; Ps. 18:1-9, 7-16; Romans 10:5–17; Matthew 14:22–33

Entrance: LSB 792 New Songs of Celebration Render

Of the Day: LSB 726 Evening and Morning

Offertory: LSB 831 “How Shall They Hear,” Who Have Not Heard

Distribution: LSB 618 I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table;

LSB 849 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness

Closing: LSB 717 Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Christ the Crucified Comes to Save Us by the Word of Faith.

The Lord who “laid the foundation of the earth” (Job 38:4) is the Author and Giver of life who governs all things by His Word. His wisdom and power are beyond our understanding, except as He reveals Himself in the incarnate Word, Christ Jesus. He has “entered into the springs of the sea” and “walked in the recesses of the deep” (Job 38:16), and He draws near to us in mercy. We have been “a long way from the land, beaten by the waves,” and tossed about by hostile winds (Matt. 14:24). In our mortality and sinful unbelief, we do not always recognize the Lord Jesus. But as we cry out in fear, He speaks tenderly to us: “Do not be afraid,” and He reaches out His hand to save us (Matt. 14:27, 31). “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13), and now we call upon Him in faith, because we have heard “through the Word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Rom. 10:8).

Dr Martin Luther:

This I say, that men should not cram works into the heart, but let the heart first be good through faith, that the works may flow forth, otherwise you do no one any good; for if you have before given a person anything, it did not come from the heart. Hence the conclusion is, that I must first be good before I can do good. You cannot build from without inward, you do not commence at the roof, but at the foundation. Therefore faith must first be present. (Church Postils, Trinity 9)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – The Water Walkin' Boogity (Matthew 14:22-33)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Matthew 14:22-33, where Jesus and Peter walk and water, and Jesus gives us an ancient-god-of-the-deep smackdown. TKO!


Worldview Everlasting – These Feet Need More Cowbell (Romans 10:5-17)

The righteousness of the Law and the righteousness of Christ. There are two kinds of righteousness. Romans, Luther and the Formula of Concord all speak of them. How do we rightly understand this? And does God’s Word truly have power to do anything? Can the Gospel really make feet beautiful? All this and more as Greek Tuesday returns with Romans 10:5-17!


Pastors Roundtable: Matthew 14:22-33, “Jesus Walks on the Sea” - Pastors Golden and Martin - Issues, Etc.

Pastor Kevin Martin of Our Savior Lutheran, Raleigh, NC and Pastor Kevin Golden of Village Lutheran, Ladue, Mo. discuss Matt. 14:22-33, Jesus Walks on the Sea, with Pastor Todd Wilken. (mp3, 54:29, 21.9 MB, 2011-Aug-04)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Tenth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 52.5 MB, 2017-Aug-07)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 14 - Series A - Matthew 14:22–33 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 14:22–33 (SBLGNT)

22 Καὶ εὐθέως ⸀ἠνάγκασεν τοὺς μαθητὰς ἐμβῆναι ⸀εἰς πλοῖον καὶ προάγειν αὐτὸν εἰς τὸ πέραν, ἕως οὗ ἀπολύσῃ τοὺς ὄχλους.

23 καὶ ἀπολύσας τοὺς ὄχλους ἀνέβη εἰς τὸ ὄρος κατʼ ἰδίαν προσεύξασθαι. ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης μόνος ἦν ἐκεῖ.

24 τὸ δὲ πλοῖον ἤδη ⸂σταδίους πολλοὺς ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς ἀπεῖχεν⸃, βασανιζόμενον ὑπὸ τῶν κυμάτων, ἦν γὰρ ἐναντίος ὁ ἄνεμος.

25 τετάρτῃ δὲ φυλακῇ τῆς νυκτὸς ⸀ἦλθεν πρὸς ⸀αὐτοὺς περιπατῶν ἐπὶ ⸂τὴν θάλασσαν⸃.

26 ⸂οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν⸃ ἐπὶ ⸂τῆς θαλάσσης⸃ περιπατοῦντα ἐταράχθησαν λέγοντες ὅτι Φάντασμά ἐστιν, καὶ ἀπὸ τοῦ φόβου ἔκραξαν.

27 ⸀εὐθὺς δὲ ἐλάλησεν ⸂αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς⸃ λέγων· Θαρσεῖτε, ἐγώ εἰμι· μὴ φοβεῖσθε.

28 Ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ⸂αὐτῷ ὁ Πέτρος εἶπεν⸃· Κύριε, εἰ σὺ εἶ, κέλευσόν με ⸂ἐλθεῖν πρὸς σὲ⸃ ἐπὶ τὰ ὕδατα·

29 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Ἐλθέ. καὶ καταβὰς ἀπὸ τοῦ ⸀πλοίου Πέτρος περιεπάτησεν ἐπὶ τὰ ὕδατα ⸂καὶ ἦλθεν⸃ πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν.

30 βλέπων δὲ τὸν ἄνεμον ⸀ἰσχυρὸν ἐφοβήθη, καὶ ἀρξάμενος καταποντίζεσθαι ἔκραξεν λέγων· Κύριε, σῶσόν με.

31 εὐθέως δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐκτείνας τὴν χεῖρα ἐπελάβετο αὐτοῦ καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· Ὀλιγόπιστε, εἰς τί ἐδίστασας;

32 καὶ ⸀ἀναβάντων αὐτῶν εἰς τὸ πλοῖον ἐκόπασεν ὁ ἄνεμος.

33 οἱ δὲ ἐν τῷ ⸀πλοίῳ προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ λέγοντες· Ἀληθῶς θεοῦ υἱὸς εἶ.


Literal Translation

(22)  And immediately Jesus made His disciples get into a boat and to go before Him to the other side until He should dismiss the crowds.

(23)  And having dismissed the crowds, He went up into the mountain alone to pray. And evening coming on, He was there alone.

(24)  But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

(25)  But in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went out to them, walking on the sea.

(26)  And seeing Him walking on the sea, the disciples were troubled, saying, It is a phantom! And they cried out from the fear.

(27)  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Be comforted! I AM! Do not fear.

(28)  And answering Him, Peter said, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the waters.

(29)  And He said, Come! And going down from the boat, Peter walked on the waters to go to Jesus.

(30)  But seeing the wind strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me!

(31)  And immediately stretching out the hand, Jesus took hold of him, and said to him, Little-faith, why did you doubt?

(32)  And coming into the boat, the wind ceased.

(33)  And those in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, Truly, You are the Son of God.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.


Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 13A (July 31–August 6)

Isaiah 55:1–5; Ps. 136:1-9, 23-26; Romans 9:1–5, 6–13; Matthew 14:13–21

Entrance: LSB 697 Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death

Of the Day: LSB 642 O Living Bread from Heaven

Offertory: LSB 699 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Distribution: LSB 618 I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table;

LSB 633 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

Closing: LSB 652 Father, We Thank Thee

Christ Jesus, the Living Bread from Heaven, Feeds the Children of God.

By the Gospel of “the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever” (Rom. 9:5), we are “the children of God” (Rom. 9:8), “not because of works but because of His call” (Rom. 9:11). Therefore, “listen diligently,” and “hear, that your soul may live.” By His sacrificial death in His flesh and blood He has made “an everlasting covenant” for us. Since He now calls us to Himself, we come to Him “and eat what is good, and delight … in rich food” (Is. 55:2–3). He has come with divine compassion to save us from sin and death and to feed us with Himself. As our Lord Jesus once took bread, “said a blessing,” broke the loaves, “and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds” (Matt. 14:18–19), He also now takes bread, blesses it by His Word to be His very Body, and distributes it to His Church by the hand of His called and ordained servants. Just as “they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces,” there is more than enough for His whole Church to eat and to be satisfied (Matt. 14:20).

Dr Martin Luther:

Now this Gospel here overthrows the very foundation of popery and of all councils, for we are not bound to keep what the Pope commands and men decree. Therefore I say again, firmly grasp what this Gospel teaches, for the authority has never been given either to the Pope or councils, or anyone else, to sit and determine what is faith. For Christ says: “Beware of false prophets.” (Church Postils, Trinity 8)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Deserting Hymnody On a Boat (Matthew 14:13-21)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday is back after a week singing hymns at the Higher Things youth conference in HOTlanta, and we check out Matthew 14:13-21 where Jesus thinkum iz more than his disciples thinkum iz. Yeah, we'll learn'em'guuuud!


Worldview Everlasting – WEtv Burst: Not All Israel (Romans 9)

 


Pastors Roundtable: Matthew 14:13-21, “Jesus Feeds the 5,000” - Issues Etc

Pastor Jonathan Ferguson of Peace Lutheran, St. Louis, Mo, and Pastor Ralph Patrick of Peace with Christ Lutheran, Fort Collins, Colo., discuss the Gospel Lesson with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 54:17, 21.8 MB, 2011-Jul-28)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Ninth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 53:21, 48.8 MB, 2017-Aug-04)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 13 - Series A - Matthew 14:13–21 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 14:13–21 (SBLGNT)

13 ⸂Ἀκούσας δὲ⸃ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἀνεχώρησεν ἐκεῖθεν ἐν πλοίῳ εἰς ἔρημον τόπον κατʼ ἰδίαν· καὶ ἀκούσαντες οἱ ὄχλοι ἠκολούθησαν αὐτῷ πεζῇ ἀπὸ τῶν πόλεων.

14 καὶ ⸀ἐξελθὼν εἶδεν πολὺν ὄχλον, καὶ ἐσπλαγχνίσθη ἐπʼ αὐτοῖς καὶ ἐθεράπευσεν τοὺς ἀρρώστους αὐτῶν.

15 ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης προσῆλθον αὐτῷ οἱ ⸀μαθηταὶ λέγοντες· Ἔρημός ἐστιν ὁ τόπος καὶ ἡ ὥρα ἤδη παρῆλθεν· ἀπόλυσον τοὺς ὄχλους, ἵνα ἀπελθόντες εἰς τὰς κώμας ἀγοράσωσιν ἑαυτοῖς βρώματα.

16 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Οὐ χρείαν ἔχουσιν ἀπελθεῖν· δότε αὐτοῖς ὑμεῖς φαγεῖν.

17 οἱ δὲ λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· Οὐκ ἔχομεν ὧδε εἰ μὴ πέντε ἄρτους καὶ δύο ἰχθύας.

18 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Φέρετέ μοι ⸂ὧδε αὐτούς⸃.

19 καὶ κελεύσας τοὺς ὄχλους ἀνακλιθῆναι ἐπὶ ⸂τοῦ χόρτου⸃, λαβὼν τοὺς πέντε ἄρτους καὶ τοὺς δύο ἰχθύας, ἀναβλέψας εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν εὐλόγησεν καὶ κλάσας ἔδωκεν τοῖς μαθηταῖς τοὺς ἄρτους οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ τοῖς ὄχλοις.

20 καὶ ἔφαγον πάντες καὶ ἐχορτάσθησαν, καὶ ἦραν τὸ περισσεῦον τῶν κλασμάτων δώδεκα κοφίνους πλήρεις.

21 οἱ δὲ ἐσθίοντες ἦσαν ἄνδρες ὡσεὶ πεντακισχίλιοι χωρὶς γυναικῶν καὶ παιδίων.


Literal Translation

(13)  And having heard, Jesus withdrew privately from there in a boat, into a deserted place. And hearing, the crowds followed Him on foot out of the cities.

(14)  And going out, Jesus saw a great crowd and was filled with pity toward them. And He healed their infirm ones.

(15)  And evening coming, His disciples came near to Him saying, The place is deserted, and the hour is already gone by. Dismiss the crowds, that going away into the villages they may buy provisions for themselves.

(16)  But Jesus said to them, They have no need to go away. You give them food to eat.

(17)  But they said to Him, We have nothing here except five loaves and two fish.

(18)  And He said, Bring them here to Me.

(19)  And commanding the crowds to recline on the grass, and taking the five loaves and two fish, looking up to Heaven, He blessed. And breaking, He gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the crowds.

(20)  And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up the left over pieces, twelve hand-baskets full.

(21)  And the ones eating were about five thousand men, besides women and children.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.


Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 12A (July 24–30)

Deuteronomy 7:6–9; Ps. 125:1-5; Romans 8:28–39; Matthew 13:44–52

Entrance: LSB 554 O Jesus, King Most Wonderful

Of the Day: LSB 713 From God Can Nothing Move Me

Offertory: LSB 654 Your Kingdom, O God, Is My Glorious Treasure

Distribution: LSB 574 Before the Throne of God Above
LSB 724 If God Himself Be for Me

Closing: LSB 646 Church of God, Elect and Glorious

The Son of God Has Redeemed Us for Himself with His Holy and Precious Blood

The Lord our God has chosen us to be “His treasured possession,” not because of any strength in us, but solely “because the Lord loves” us (Deut. 7:6–8). He is faithful, and He “keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deut. 7:9). He has searched for us and found us in love, and He has bestowed on us “great value” by the great price that He has paid on the cross (Matt. 13:45–46). In His joy, He has redeemed us by His cross and gathered us into His Kingdom by the Gospel. Now we are “hidden in a field,” covered by the cross and subject to the persecution of the world (Matt. 13:44), not for destruction, but “to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). Since we “are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28), and because Christ Jesus died, rose again, and lives to intercede for us “at the right hand of God” (Rom. 8:34), there is nothing in all creation that can separate us from “the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39).

Dr Martin Luther:

Thus, faith is a sure foundation, through which I expect that which l see not. Therefore, faith must always have sufficient, for before it should fail the angels would have to come from heaven and dig bread out of the earth in order that believing persons should be fed. Yes, the heavens and the earth would have to pass away before God would let his believers lack clothing and the other necessaries of life. The comforting and powerful Word of the divine promise requires and demands this. (Church Postils, Trinity 7)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – WEtvBurst: Inseparable


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Eighth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:47, 52.9 MB, 2017-Jul-26)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 12 - Series A - Matthew 13:44–52 with Dr. Charles Gieschen

Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 13:44–52 (SBLGNT)

44 ⸀Ὁμοία ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν θησαυρῷ κεκρυμμένῳ ἐν τῷ ἀγρῷ, ὃν εὑρὼν ἄνθρωπος ἔκρυψεν, καὶ ἀπὸ τῆς χαρᾶς αὐτοῦ ὑπάγει καὶ ⸂πωλεῖ πάντα ὅσα ἔχει⸃ καὶ ἀγοράζει τὸν ἀγρὸν ἐκεῖνον.

45 Πάλιν ὁμοία ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν ⸀ἀνθρώπῳ ἐμπόρῳ ζητοῦντι καλοὺς μαργαρίτας·

46 ⸂εὑρὼν δὲ⸃ ἕνα πολύτιμον μαργαρίτην ἀπελθὼν πέπρακεν πάντα ὅσα εἶχεν καὶ ἠγόρασεν αὐτόν.

47 Πάλιν ὁμοία ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν σαγήνῃ βληθείσῃ εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν καὶ ἐκ παντὸς γένους συναγαγούσῃ·

48 ἣν ὅτε ἐπληρώθη ἀναβιβάσαντες ἐπὶ τὸν αἰγιαλὸν καὶ καθίσαντες συνέλεξαν τὰ καλὰ εἰς ⸀ἄγγη, τὰ δὲ σαπρὰ ἔξω ἔβαλον.

49 οὕτως ἔσται ἐν τῇ συντελείᾳ τοῦ αἰῶνος· ἐξελεύσονται οἱ ἄγγελοι καὶ ἀφοριοῦσιν τοὺς πονηροὺς ἐκ μέσου τῶν δικαίων

50 καὶ βαλοῦσιν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν κάμινον τοῦ πυρός· ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων.

51 ⸀Συνήκατε ταῦτα πάντα; λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· ⸀Ναί.

52 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Διὰ τοῦτο πᾶς γραμματεὺς μαθητευθεὶς ⸂τῇ βασιλείᾳ⸃ τῶν οὐρανῶν ὅμοιός ἐστιν ἀνθρώπῳ οἰκοδεσπότῃ ὅστις ἐκβάλλει ἐκ τοῦ θησαυροῦ αὐτοῦ καινὰ καὶ παλαιά.


Literal Translation

(44)  Again, the kingdom of Heaven is compared to treasure being hidden in the field, which finding, a man hid; and for the joy of it, he goes and sells all things, as many as he has, and buys that field.

(45)  Again, the kingdom of Heaven is compared to a man, a merchant seeking excellent pearls;

(46)  who finding one very precious pearl, going away has sold all things, as many as he had, and bought it.

(47)  Again, the kingdom of Heaven is compared to a drag net thrown into the sea, and gathering together of every kind;

(48)  which, when it was filled, drawing it up on the shore, and sitting down, they gathered the good into containers, and they threw out the rotten.

(49)  So it will be in the completion of the age: the angels will go out and will separate the evil from the midst of the righteous,

(50)  and will throw them into the furnace of fire; there will be weeping and gnashing of the teeth.

(51)  Jesus said to them, Have you understood all these things? They said to Him, Yes, Lord.

(52)  And He said to them, Because of this, every scribe schooled to the kingdom of Heaven is like a man, a master of a house, who puts forth out of his treasure new and old.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.


 

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 11A (July 17–23)

Isaiah 44:6–8; Ps. 119:57-64; Romans 8:18–27; Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43

Entrance: LSB 901 Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty

Of the Day: LSB 585 Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide

Offertory: LSB 761 Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Distribution: LSB 827 Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling;

LSB 794 The Lord, My God, Be Praised

Closing: LSB 584 Faith and Truth and Life Bestowing

The Word of the Gospel Bestows the Righteousness of Christ and Brings Forth Faith

The good Seed, which is “the Son of Man,” Jesus Himself (Matt. 13:37), brings forth a harvest of faith and bears good fruits in “the children of the kingdom” (Matt. 13:38). Whatever is sown apart from His Word is of the devil, who plants the weeds of unbelief and sin, even among the people of God. Thankfully, the Lord is patient and He does not uproot the weeds, lest the plants also be destroyed. He lets “both grow together until the harvest” (Matt. 13:30) while He continues to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins. Thus He preserves His Church in righteousness, because He alone is “the King of Israel and his Redeemer” (Is. 44:6). Since all things are in His gracious care and keeping, “fear not, nor be afraid” (Is. 44:8). For “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:19), and in this hope we also wait with patience. Though we do not yet see it, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness” (Rom. 8:26) and, in truth, “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Rom. 8:18).

Dr Martin Luther:

Pray thus: Oh my God, thou hast placed Christ, thine only beloved Son, before me as an example, so that I might lead a like life; but I am not able to do this. O my God, change me, grant me thy grace! God then comes and says: Behold, since you know yourself and seek grace from me, I will change you and do as you desire. And though you are not so perfect as Christ, as indeed thou should be, I shall nevertheless have my Son’s life and perfection cover your imperfections. So you see we must always have something to keep us in the right humility and fear. (Church Postils, Trinity 6)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Thusly Wherefore This Zazania? (Matthew 13:24-39)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on the Parable of the Weeds in Matthew 13:24-39


Worldview Everlasting – WEtvBurst: Interceding


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): 7th Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:10, 52.3 MB, 2017-Jul-19)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 11 - Series A - Matthew 13: 24-30,36-43 with Dr. Charles Gieschen

Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 13:24-30 (SBLGNT)

24 Ἄλλην παραβολὴν παρέθηκεν αὐτοῖς λέγων· Ὡμοιώθη ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν ἀνθρώπῳ ⸀σπείραντι καλὸν σπέρμα ἐν τῷ ἀγρῷ αὐτοῦ.

25 ἐν δὲ τῷ καθεύδειν τοὺς ἀνθρώπους ἦλθεν αὐτοῦ ὁ ἐχθρὸς καὶ ⸀ἐπέσπειρεν ζιζάνια ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ σίτου καὶ ἀπῆλθεν.

26 ὅτε δὲ ἐβλάστησεν ὁ χόρτος καὶ καρπὸν ἐποίησεν, τότε ἐφάνη καὶ τὰ ζιζάνια.

27 προσελθόντες δὲ οἱ δοῦλοι τοῦ οἰκοδεσπότου εἶπον αὐτῷ· Κύριε, οὐχὶ καλὸν σπέρμα ⸀ἔσπειρας ἐν τῷ σῷ ἀγρῷ; πόθεν οὖν ἔχει ζιζάνια;

28 ὁ δὲ ἔφη αὐτοῖς· Ἐχθρὸς ἄνθρωπος τοῦτο ἐποίησεν. οἱ δὲ ⸂δοῦλοι αὐτῷ λέγουσιν⸃· Θέλεις οὖν ἀπελθόντες ⸀συλλέξωμεν αὐτά;

29 ὁ δέ ⸀φησιν· Οὔ, μήποτε συλλέγοντες τὰ ζιζάνια ἐκριζώσητε ἅμα αὐτοῖς τὸν σῖτον·

30 ἄφετε συναυξάνεσθαι ἀμφότερα ⸀μέχρι τοῦ θερισμοῦ· καὶ ἐν καιρῷ τοῦ θερισμοῦ ἐρῶ τοῖς θερισταῖς· Συλλέξατε πρῶτον τὰ ζιζάνια καὶ δήσατε αὐτὰ εἰς δέσμας πρὸς τὸ κατακαῦσαι αὐτά, τὸν δὲ σῖτον ⸀συναγάγετε εἰς τὴν ἀποθήκην μου.

Matthew 13:36-43 (SBLGNT)

36 Τότε ἀφεὶς τοὺς ὄχλους ἦλθεν εἰς τὴν ⸀οἰκίαν. καὶ προσῆλθον αὐτῷ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ λέγοντες· ⸀Διασάφησον ἡμῖν τὴν παραβολὴν τῶν ζιζανίων τοῦ ἀγροῦ.

37 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς ⸀εἶπεν· Ὁ σπείρων τὸ καλὸν σπέρμα ἐστὶν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου· 3

8 ὁ δὲ ἀγρός ἐστιν ὁ κόσμος· τὸ δὲ καλὸν σπέρμα, οὗτοί εἰσιν οἱ υἱοὶ τῆς βασιλείας· τὰ δὲ ζιζάνιά εἰσιν οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ πονηροῦ,

39 ὁ δὲ ἐχθρὸς ὁ σπείρας αὐτά ἐστιν ὁ διάβολος· ὁ δὲ θερισμὸς συντέλεια ⸀αἰῶνός ἐστιν, οἱ δὲ θερισταὶ ἄγγελοί εἰσιν.

40 ὥσπερ οὖν συλλέγεται τὰ ζιζάνια καὶ πυρὶ ⸀καίεται, οὕτως ἔσται ἐν τῇ συντελείᾳ τοῦ ⸀αἰῶνος·

41 ἀποστελεῖ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου τοὺς ἀγγέλους αὐτοῦ, καὶ συλλέξουσιν ἐκ τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ πάντα τὰ σκάνδαλα καὶ τοὺς ποιοῦντας τὴν ἀνομίαν,

42 καὶ βαλοῦσιν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν κάμινον τοῦ πυρός· ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων.

43 Τότε οἱ δίκαιοι ἐκλάμψουσιν ὡς ὁ ἥλιος ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτῶν. ὁ ἔχων ⸀ὦτα ἀκουέτω.


Literal Translation

(24)  He put before them another parable, saying: The kingdom of Heaven is compared to a man sowing good seed in his fields.

(25)  But while the men were sleeping, one hostile to him came and sowed darnel in the midst of the wheat, and went away.

(26)  And when the blade sprouted and produced fruit, then the darnel also appeared.

(27)  And coming near, the slaves of the housemaster said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then from where does it have the darnel?

(28)  And he said to them, A man, an enemy did this. And the slaves said to him, Do you desire, then, that going out we should gather them?

(29)  But he said, No, lest gathering the darnel you should uproot the wheat with them.

(30)  Allow both to grow together until the harvest. And in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather the darnel, and bind them into bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my granary.

(36)  Then sending away the crowds, Jesus came into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the darnel of the field.

(37)  And answering, He said to them, The One sowing the good seed is the Son of Man.

(38)  And the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; but the darnel are the sons of the evil one.

(39)  And the hostile one who sowed them is the Devil, and the harvest is the end of the age, and the angels are the reapers.

(40)  Then as the darnel is gathered and is consumed in the fire, so it will be in the completion of this age.

(41)  The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all the offenses, and those who practice lawlessness.

(42)  And they will throw them into the furnace of fire; there will be weeping and gnashing of the teeth.

(43)  Then the righteous will shine out like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. The one having ears to hear, let him hear.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.


 

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 10A (July 10–16)

Isaiah 55:10–13; Ps. 65:1-8, 9-13; Romans 8:12–17; Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23

Entrance: LSB 686 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Of the Day: LSB 655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

Offertory: LSB 545 Word of God, Come Down on Earth

Distribution: LSB 584 Faith and Truth and Life Bestowing

LSB 594 God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It

Closing: LSB 577 Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast

The Preaching of the Word of Christ Bears the Good Fruits of Faith and Love

As “the rain and the snow come down from heaven” and “water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout” (Is. 55:10), so the Word of God accomplishes the purpose for which He speaks it, granting joy and peace through the forgiveness of sins and producing the fruits of faith and love in those who are called by His Name. Christ Jesus, the incarnate Word, has established the Name of the Lord as “an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off” (Is. 55:13). He opens our ears to hear, our minds to understand, and our hearts to believe His Word, lest the evil one come and snatch it away. He thus transforms our rocky hearts into good soil, which clings to the Gospel and “indeed bears fruit” (Matt. 13:23). He is Himself the firstfruits of all who “have received the Spirit of adoption as sons” (Rom. 8:15). Thus being “led by the Spirit of God,” we are not afraid, but we cry out in faith to our Father in heaven (Rom. 8:14–15). For as we suffer with Christ, the beloved Son, so shall we “also be glorified with Him” (Rom. 8:17).

Dr Martin Luther:

If we speak of faith and are to lean upon God and let him care for us, then they say: Yes, I must believe a long time before a roasted dove flies into my mouth, if I do not labor. Yes it is true, you must toil, for you are commanded to do so: but let thy God provide for you. Believe and labor, then will not only a dove but a roasted goose fly into your mouth. (Church Postils, Trinity 5)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Sowing in Milwaukee (Matthew 13:1-9)

Worldview Everlasting hangs loose with both Paulie and Alice as Greek Tuesday takes on Matthews 13:1-9 and then some, plus a real live infant Baptism! Cause Lutheranism (in effect) rocks.


Worldview Everlasting – Hokey Religions and Self Righteous Works Are No Match for Trust in Christ (Romans 8:12-17)

This last installment of Summer (Almost) Greek Tuesday finds Pastor Fisk expositing on Romans 8:12-17 and the ongoing struggle with our flesh. Rewards, persecution, despair and majesty all make an appearance. And for some reason so do Strongbad, Darth Vader and...Frankenstein??? Yeah, you'll just have to watch and see how that all works out.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Sixth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 59:02, 54.1 MB, 2017-Jul-10)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 10 - Series A - Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 13:1-9 (SBLGNT)

1 ⸀Ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ ἐξελθὼν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ⸀τῆς οἰκίας ἐκάθητο παρὰ τὴν θάλασσαν·

2 καὶ συνήχθησαν πρὸς αὐτὸν ὄχλοι πολλοί, ὥστε αὐτὸν ⸀εἰς πλοῖον ἐμβάντα καθῆσθαι, καὶ πᾶς ὁ ὄχλος ἐπὶ τὸν αἰγιαλὸν εἱστήκει.

3 καὶ ἐλάλησεν αὐτοῖς πολλὰ ἐν παραβολαῖς λέγων· Ἰδοὺ ἐξῆλθεν ὁ σπείρων τοῦ σπείρειν.

4 καὶ ἐν τῷ σπείρειν αὐτὸν ἃ μὲν ἔπεσεν παρὰ τὴν ὁδόν, καὶ ⸂ἐλθόντα τὰ πετεινὰ⸃ κατέφαγεν αὐτά.

5 ἄλλα δὲ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ τὰ πετρώδη ὅπου οὐκ εἶχεν γῆν πολλήν, καὶ εὐθέως ἐξανέτειλεν διὰ τὸ μὴ ἔχειν βάθος γῆς,

6 ἡλίου δὲ ἀνατείλαντος ἐκαυματίσθη καὶ διὰ τὸ μὴ ἔχειν ῥίζαν ἐξηράνθη.

7 ἄλλα δὲ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ τὰς ἀκάνθας, καὶ ἀνέβησαν αἱ ἄκανθαι καὶ ⸀ἔπνιξαν αὐτά.

8 ἄλλα δὲ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν τὴν καλὴν καὶ ἐδίδου καρπόν, ὃ μὲν ἑκατὸν ὃ δὲ ἑξήκοντα ὃ δὲ τριάκοντα.

9 ὁ ἔχων ⸀ὦτα ἀκουέτω.

Matthew 13:18-23 (SBLGNT)

18 Ὑμεῖς οὖν ἀκούσατε τὴν παραβολὴν τοῦ ⸀σπείραντος.

19 παντὸς ἀκούοντος τὸν λόγον τῆς βασιλείας καὶ μὴ συνιέντος, ἔρχεται ὁ πονηρὸς καὶ ἁρπάζει τὸ ἐσπαρμένον ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ· οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ παρὰ τὴν ὁδὸν σπαρείς.

20 ὁ δὲ ἐπὶ τὰ πετρώδη σπαρείς, οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ τὸν λόγον ἀκούων καὶ εὐθὺς μετὰ χαρᾶς λαμβάνων αὐτόν,

21 οὐκ ἔχει δὲ ῥίζαν ἐν ἑαυτῷ ἀλλὰ πρόσκαιρός ἐστιν, γενομένης δὲ θλίψεως ἢ διωγμοῦ διὰ τὸν λόγον εὐθὺς σκανδαλίζεται.

22 ὁ δὲ εἰς τὰς ἀκάνθας σπαρείς, οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ τὸν λόγον ἀκούων, καὶ ἡ μέριμνα τοῦ αἰῶνος ⸀τούτου καὶ ἡ ἀπάτη τοῦ πλούτου συμπνίγει τὸν λόγον, καὶ ἄκαρπος γίνεται.

23 ὁ δὲ ἐπὶ τὴν ⸂καλὴν γῆν⸃ σπαρείς, οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ τὸν λόγον ἀκούων καὶ ⸀συνιείς, ὃς δὴ καρποφορεῖ καὶ ποιεῖ ὃ μὲν ἑκατὸν ὃ δὲ ἑξήκοντα ὃ δὲ τριάκοντα.


Literal Translation

(1)  And going out from the house in that day, Jesus sat down by the sea.

(2)  And great crowds were gathered to Him, so that having entered the boat, He sat down. And all the crowd stood on the shore.

(3)  And He spoke to them many things in parables, saying: Behold, the sower went out to sow.

(4)  And in his sowing, some fell by the roadside, and the birds came and ate them.

(5)  And other fell on the stony places where they did not have much earth, and it immediately sprang up because it had no deepness of earth.

(6)  And the sun rising, it was scorched; and because of having no root, it was dried up.

(7)  And other fell on the thorn-bushes, and the thorn-bushes grew up and choked them.

(8)  And other fell on the good ground and yielded fruit; indeed, one a hundredfold, and one sixty, and one thirty.

(9)  The one having ears to hear, let him hear.

(18)  Then hear the parable of the sower:

(19)  Everyone hearing the Word of the kingdom, and not understanding, then the evil one comes and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is that sown by the roadside.

(20)  And that sown on the stony places is this: the one hearing the Word, and immediately receiving it with joy,

(21)  but has no root in himself, but is temporary, and tribulation, or persecution occurring because of the Word, he is at once offended.

(22)  And that sown into the thorn bushes is this: the one hearing the Word, and the anxiety of this age, and the deceit of riches, choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful.

(23)  But that sown on the good ground is this: the one hearing the Word, and understanding it, who indeed bears and yields fruit, one truly a hundredfold, and one sixty, and one thirty.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.


Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 9A (July 3–9)

Zechariah 9:9–12; Ps. 145:1-14; Romans 7:14–25a; Matthew 11:25–30

Entrance: LSB 504 Father Most Holy

Of the Day: LSB 699 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Offertory: LSB 353 Jesus Came, the Heavens Adoring

Distribution: LSB 570 Just as I Am, without One Plea

LSB 618 I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table

Closing: LSB 707 Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways

Jesus Christ, Our Savior, Is Our True Peace and Sabbath Rest

Though we have died with Christ in Holy Baptism, and we are raised to new life in Him, we find “another law waging war” in our body and life, that is, between our old Adam and the New Man (Rom. 7:23). By the Spirit of Christ, we “desire to do what is right,” but we are not able to do so, because “nothing good” dwells in our sinful flesh (Rom. 7:18). “Thanks be to God,” therefore, “through Jesus Christ our Lord,” who delivers us from “this body of death” (Rom. 7:24–25). We rejoice in Him, our gentle King, who comes “righteous and having salvation” (Zech. 9:9). He speaks peace to our embattled hearts, and by His Blood of the New Testament He sets us “free from the waterless pit,” and He returns us to the stronghold of our Baptism (Zech. 9:10–12). Though we “labor and are heavy laden,” He calls us to Himself and gives rest to our souls through His free and full forgiveness (Matt. 11:28), not because we are “wise and understanding,” but by the “gracious will” of God the Father, whom “the Son chooses to reveal” in love (Matt. 11:25–27).

Dr Martin Luther:

He sees that we are captives of death; but he is merciful and gives us life. He sees that we are the children of hell; but he is merciful and gives us heaven. He sees that we are poor, naked and exposed, hungry and thirsty; but he is merciful, and clothes, feeds and gives us to drink, and satisfies us with all good things. Thus, whatever we have for the body or spirit, he gives us out of mercy, and pours his blessings over us and into us. Therefore Christ says here: Imitate your Father and be also merciful, as He is merciful. (Church Postils, Trinity 4)


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Matthew 11:25-30 (SBLGNT)

25 Ἐν ἐκείνῳ τῷ καιρῷ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Ἐξομολογοῦμαί σοι, πάτερ κύριε τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ τῆς γῆς, ὅτι ⸀ἔκρυψας ταῦτα ἀπὸ σοφῶν καὶ συνετῶν, καὶ ἀπεκάλυψας αὐτὰ νηπίοις·

26 ναί, ὁ πατήρ, ὅτι οὕτως ⸂εὐδοκία ἐγένετο⸃ ἔμπροσθέν σου.

27 Πάντα μοι παρεδόθη ὑπὸ τοῦ πατρός μου, καὶ οὐδεὶς ἐπιγινώσκει τὸν υἱὸν εἰ μὴ ὁ πατήρ, οὐδὲ τὸν πατέρα τις ἐπιγινώσκει εἰ μὴ ὁ υἱὸς καὶ ᾧ ἐὰν βούληται ὁ υἱὸς ἀποκαλύψαι.

28 Δεῦτε πρός με πάντες οἱ κοπιῶντες καὶ πεφορτισμένοι, κἀγὼ ἀναπαύσω ὑμᾶς.

29 ἄρατε τὸν ζυγόν μου ἐφʼ ὑμᾶς καὶ μάθετε ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ, ὅτι πραΰς εἰμι καὶ ταπεινὸς τῇ καρδίᾳ, καὶ εὑρήσετε ἀνάπαυσιν ταῖς ψυχαῖς ὑμῶν·

30 ὁ γὰρ ζυγός μου χρηστὸς καὶ τὸ φορτίον μου ἐλαφρόν ἐστιν.


Literal Translation

(25)  Answering at that time, Jesus said, I praise You, Father, Lord of Heaven and of earth, because You hid these things from the sophisticated and cunning and revealed them to babes.

(26)  Yes, Father, for so it was pleasing before You.

(27)  All things were yielded up to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and the one to whom the Son purposes to reveal Him.

(28)  Come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened, and I will give you rest.

(29)  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am meek and lowly in heart, "and you will find rest to your souls."

(30)  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.