FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 7B)
(24 June 2018)
Job 38:1–11; Ps. 85:1-6, 7-13; 2 Corinthians 6:1–13; Mark 4:35–41
Of the Day: LSB 726 Evening and Morning
Offertory: LSB 818 In Thee Is Gladness
Distribution: LSB 715 Jesus, Savior Pilot Me;
The Word of Christ Bestows Peace on His Creation through His Forgiveness of Sins
In his anguish and affliction, Job must be reminded that, as a finite creature, he is in no position to question the Maker of the heavens and the earth. Job’s “words without knowledge” are unable to penetrate the wisdom of the Lord (Job 38:1–2). For the Lord has “prescribed limits” and “set bars and doors,” so that “here shall your proud waves be stayed” (Job 38:9–11). That’s how He humbles us unto repentance. But also by His powerful Word, He calms the “great windstorm” and the waves “breaking into the boat.” He does not permit the chaos of this fallen world to overwhelm us or bring us to despair. By the Word of His Gospel, He speaks “Peace!” to us, which bestows the “great calm” of His new creation (Mark 4:37–39). Therefore, do not be afraid, and do not receive this grace of God in vain. “Now is the favorable time,” and “now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:1–2).
THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
(24 June 2018)
Isaiah 40:1–5; Ps. 85:1-6, 7-13; Acts 13:13–26; Luke 1:57–80
Of the Day: LSB 346 When All the World Was Cursed
Offertory: LSB 511 Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment
Distribution: LSB 344 On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry;
St. John the Baptist Was Sent to Prepare the Way of the Lord
St. John the Baptist is not the Christ, only His forerunner (Acts 13:25). He was called from the womb to bring Jacob back to God through his Baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Is. 49:5), just as Christ was the true Servant of the Lord. Miraculously conceived by Zechariah the priest of barren Elizabeth, John was marked to be the greatest born of women (Matt. 11:11). The Church rejoices over the Lord’s mercy just as Elizabeth’s neighbors and relatives did at John’s birth (Luke 1:58). But when Zechariah’s tongue was loosed, John was not the subject of his song. Instead, he said, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people” (Luke 1:68). John is the voice crying, “Prepare the way of the Lord” (Is. 40:3); Jesus, the virgin-born Son of God, is that Lord. John is “the prophet of the Most High” (Luke 1:76). He is born “to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,” because Christ the Dayspring is visiting (Luke 1:76–79). Thus, what John preaches is the comfort of iniquity pardoned by Jesus, the promised Savior of Israel (Acts 13:23), so “that [His] salvation may reach to the end of the earth” (Is. 49:6).
Dr. Martin Luther:
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Mark 4:35–41 (June 24)
“The common people are deeply moved by allegories and parables; therefore Christ also used them often. They are like pictures of a sort, which show things to simple people as though before their very eyes and for this reason have a profound effect on the mind, especially of an uneducated person.” Luther’s Works 26:433
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – 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, 57:31, 52.7 MB, 2018-Jun-18)
Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 5 - Series B - Mark 4:35–41 with Prof. Jeffrey Pulse
Prof. Jeffrey Pulse, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.
35 Καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ὀψίας γενομένης· Διέλθωμεν εἰς τὸ πέραν.
36 καὶ ἀφέντες τὸν ὄχλον παραλαμβάνουσιν αὐτὸν ὡς ἦν ἐν τῷ πλοίῳ, καὶ ἄλλα ⸀πλοῖα ἦν μετʼ αὐτοῦ.
37 καὶ γίνεται λαῖλαψ ⸂μεγάλη ἀνέμου⸃, ⸂καὶ τὰ⸃ κύματα ἐπέβαλλεν εἰς τὸ πλοῖον, ὥστε ⸂ἤδη γεμίζεσθαι τὸ πλοῖον⸃.
38 καὶ ⸂αὐτὸς ἦν⸃ ⸀ἐν τῇ πρύμνῃ ἐπὶ τὸ προσκεφάλαιον καθεύδων· καὶ ⸀ἐγείρουσιν αὐτὸν καὶ λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· Διδάσκαλε, οὐ μέλει σοι ὅτι ἀπολλύμεθα;
39 καὶ διεγερθεὶς ἐπετίμησεν τῷ ἀνέμῳ καὶ εἶπεν τῇ θαλάσσῃ· Σιώπα, πεφίμωσο. καὶ ἐκόπασεν ὁ ἄνεμος, καὶ ἐγένετο γαλήνη μεγάλη.
40 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Τί δειλοί ἐστε; ⸀οὔπω ἔχετε πίστιν;
41 καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν φόβον μέγαν, καὶ ἔλεγον πρὸς ἀλλήλους· Τίς ἄρα οὗτός ἐστιν ὅτι καὶ ὁ ἄνεμος καὶ ἡ θάλασσα ⸀ὑπακούει αὐτῷ;
(35) And evening having come, He said to them on that day, Let us pass over to the other side.
(36) And dismissing the crowd they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other small boats also were with Him.
(37) And a great windstorm occurred, and the waves beat into the boat so that it was filled already.
(38) And He was on the stern, sleeping on the headrest. And they awakened Him, and said to Him, Teacher, does it not matter to You that we are perishing?
(39) And being awakened, He rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Silence! Be still! And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
(40) And He said to them, Why are you so fearful? How do you not have faith?
(41) And they feared a great fear and said to one another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?
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.