Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20B)
(23 September 2018)
Jeremiah 11:18–20; Ps. 34:1-22; James 3:13—4:10; Mark 9:30–37
Of the Day: LSB 851 Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us
Offertory: LSB 605 Father Welcomes
Distribution: LSB 706 Love in Christ Is Strong and Living;
Our Father Cares for His Children with the Gospel of His Son
The sinful heart is filled with “bitter jealousy and selfish ambition” (James 3:14), which causes hostility, quarrels and conflicts, even among those who are fellow members of the body of Christ. This should not be so! Rather, God “opposes the proud” with His Law, in order to humble them unto repentance; He “gives grace to the humble,” in order to exalt them by His Gospel of forgiveness (James 4:6–10). This true “wisdom from above” is found in the gentleness, mercy and peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself and sacrificed Himself for the salvation of sinners (James 3:17). He was “like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter,” committing Himself to God, His Father, “who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind” (Jer. 11:19–20). Therefore, “after three days,” His Father exalted Him by raising Him from the dead (Mark 9:31). In Holy Baptism, He takes disciples of all ages into His arms like little children. In receiving Him through repentance and faith in His forgiveness of sins, they receive from His Father a share in the glory of His cross and resurrection (Mark 9:36–37).
Worldview Everlasting - When Vanity Strikes (Mark 9:30-37)
In which Pastor Fisk briefly shares about the recent loss of their unborn son and the comfort they found in Christ through this difficult time. And then we have Greek Tuesday where he goes through Mark 9:30-37! Wherein the disciples just don’t get what Jesus is talking about. He says he’s going to die, so they fight about who is going to be the greatest of them. Silliness. What does it all mean? Watch and find out!
ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Who Is the Greatest — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 55:05, 22.3 MB, 2015-Sept-14)
Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 18 - Proper 20 - Series B - Mark 9:30–37 with Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.
Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.
30 Κἀκεῖθεν ἐξελθόντες ⸀παρεπορεύοντο διὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἵνα τις γνοῖ·
31 ἐδίδασκεν γὰρ τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι Ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδίδοται εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων, καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀποκτανθεὶς ⸂μετὰ τρεῖς ἡμέρας⸃ ἀναστήσεται.
32 οἱ δὲ ἠγνόουν τὸ ῥῆμα, καὶ ἐφοβοῦντο αὐτὸν ἐπερωτῆσαι.
33 Καὶ ⸀ἦλθον εἰς Καφαρναούμ. καὶ ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ γενόμενος ἐπηρώτα αὐτούς· Τί ἐν τῇ ⸀ὁδῷ διελογίζεσθε;
34 οἱ δὲ ἐσιώπων, πρὸς ἀλλήλους γὰρ διελέχθησαν ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ τίς μείζων.
35 καὶ καθίσας ἐφώνησεν τοὺς δώδεκα καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Εἴ τις θέλει πρῶτος εἶναι ἔσται πάντων ἔσχατος καὶ πάντων διάκονος.
36 καὶ λαβὼν παιδίον ἔστησεν αὐτὸ ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν καὶ ἐναγκαλισάμενος αὐτὸ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς·
37 Ὃς ⸀ἂν ἓν τῶν τοιούτων παιδίων δέξηται ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου, ἐμὲ δέχεται· καὶ ὃς ⸁ἂν ἐμὲ ⸀δέχηται, οὐκ ἐμὲ δέχεται ἀλλὰ τὸν ἀποστείλαντά με.
(30) And going forth from there, they passed by through Galilee. And He desired that no one know.
(31) For He taught His disciples, and said to them, The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And being killed, He will rise up the third day.
(32) But they did not know the Word, and feared to question Him.
(33) And they came to Capernaum. And having come into the house, He questioned them, What were you disputing to yourselves in the way?
(34) And they were silent, for they argued with one another in the way as to who was greater.
(35) And sitting, He called the Twelve and said to them, If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.
(36) And taking a child, He set it in their midst, and having embraced it, He said to them,
(37) Whoever receives one of such children on My name receives Me. And whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but the One having sent Me.
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.