Reformation Sunday (Observed)
(25 October 2015)
Revelation 14:6–7; Ps. 46:1-11; Romans 3:19–28; John 8:31–36 or Matthew 11:12–19
The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace
“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son, has justified us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:18–19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by the hearing of that Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - Violent and Free Reformation Madness! - John 8:31-36 & Matt. 11:12-19
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! ReformationRAMA! Worldview Everlasting takes on the texts appointed for the celebration of the Reformation.
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): The Eternal Gospel – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Reformation Sunday with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2015-Oct-19)
31 Ἔλεγεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς πρὸς τοὺς πεπιστευκότας αὐτῷ Ἰουδαίους· Ἐὰν ὑμεῖς μείνητε ἐν τῷ λόγῳ τῷ ἐμῷ, ἀληθῶς μαθηταί μού ἐστε,
32 καὶ γνώσεσθε τὴν ἀλήθειαν, καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς.
33 ἀπεκρίθησαν πρὸς αὐτόν· Σπέρμα Ἀβραάμ ἐσμεν καὶ οὐδενὶ δεδουλεύκαμεν πώποτε· πῶς σὺ λέγεις ὅτι Ἐλεύθεροι γενήσεσθε;
34 Ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν δοῦλός ἐστιν τῆς ἁμαρτίας·
35 ὁ δὲ δοῦλος οὐ μένει ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα· ὁ υἱὸς μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.
36 ἐὰν οὖν ὁ υἱὸς ὑμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃ, ὄντως ἐλεύθεροι ἔσεσθε.
John 8:31–36 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation
31 [3said 1then 2Jesus] to the [2believing 3in him 1Jews], If you should stay in [2word 1my], truly [2disciples 1you are my].
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall free you.
33 They answered him, [2seed 3of Abraham 1We are], and to no one have we been a slave to at any time. How do you say that, [2free 1You shall become]?
34 [2answered 3to them 1Jesus], Amen, amen, I say to you that, Every one committing the sin is a slave of the sin.
35 And the manservant does not abide in the house into the eon; the son abides into the eon.
36 If then the son should free you, really you will be free.
12 ἀπὸ δὲ τῶν ἡμερῶν Ἰωάννου τοῦ βαπτιστοῦ ἕως ἄρτι ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν βιάζεται, καὶ βιασταὶ ἁρπάζουσιν αὐτήν.
13 πάντες γὰρ οἱ προφῆται καὶ ὁ νόμος ἕως Ἰωάννου ἐπροφήτευσαν·
14 καὶ εἰ θέλετε δέξασθαι, αὐτός ἐστιν Ἠλίας ὁ μέλλων ἔρχεσθαι.
15 ὁ ἔχων ὦτα ἀκουέτω.
16 Τίνι δὲ ὁμοιώσω τὴν γενεὰν ταύτην; ὁμοία ἐστὶν παιδίοις καθημένοις ἐν ταῖς ἀγοραῖς ἃ προσφωνοῦντα τοῖς ἑτέροις
17 λέγουσιν· Ηὐλήσαμεν ὑμῖν καὶ οὐκ ὠρχήσασθε· ἐθρηνήσαμεν καὶ οὐκ ἐκόψασθε·
18 ἦλθεν γὰρ Ἰωάννης μήτε ἐσθίων μήτε πίνων, καὶ λέγουσιν· Δαιμόνιον ἔχει·
19 ἦλθεν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐσθίων καὶ πίνων, καὶ λέγουσιν· Ἰδοὺ ἄνθρωπος φάγος καὶ οἰνοπότης, τελωνῶν φίλος καὶ ἁμαρτωλῶν. καὶ ἐδικαιώθη ἡ σοφία ἀπὸ τῶν ἔργων αὐτῆς.
Matt. 11:12-19 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until just now the kingdom of the heavens is forced, and [2by assailants 1is snatched].
13 For all the prophets and the law [2until John 1prophesied].
14 And if you want to receive, he is Elijah, the one being about to come.
15 The one having ears to hear, let him hear!
16 But what shall I liken this generation? It is likened to boys in a market sitting down and calling out to their companions.
17 And they say, We piped for you, and you did not dance; we wailed for you, and you did not beat your chest.
18 [3came 1For 2John] neither eating nor drinking, and they say, [2a demon 1He has].
19 [2came 1The son of man] eating and drinking, and they say, Behold, the man is a glutton and a winebibber, [2of tax collectors 1a friend] and sinners. And [2was 3justified 1wisdom] by her children.
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
(18 October 2015)
Eccl 5:10–20; Psalm 119:9-16; Heb 4:1–13, 14–16; Mark 10:23–31
By the Voluntary Poverty of Christ, We Enter the Kingdom of God
To love and trust in earthly wealth is vanity. For nothing of this earth will last forever, nor can any of it grant eternal life (Eccl. 5:10). But the one who trusts in God is “occupied with joy in his heart” and is able to sleep in peace, “whether he eats little or much,” because he knows that the “days of his life” are “the gift of God” (Eccl. 5:12, 18–20). The person who trusts in riches cannot sleep, because he “shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand” (Eccl. 5:15). Therefore, it is difficult “for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 20:23). Indeed, it is impossible for man, yet “all things are possible with God” (Mark 20:27). Thus, the Rich Man, Jesus Christ, has made Himself poor and has gone through “the eye of a needle,” through death and the grave, “to enter the kingdom of God” on our behalf (Mark 20:24–25). He is the “great high priest who has passed through the heavens” (Heb. 4:14), so that we may now enter His Sabbath rest by faith in His forgiveness (Heb. 4:3–9).
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 24 - Series B - Mark 10:23–31 with Dr. John Nordling
Dr. John Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 21
23 Καὶ περιβλεψάμενος ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγει τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· Πῶς δυσκόλως οἱ τὰ χρήματα ἔχοντες εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰσελεύσονται. 24 οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ἐθαμβοῦντο ἐπὶ τοῖς λόγοις αὐτοῦ. ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς πάλιν ἀποκριθεὶς λέγει αὐτοῖς· Τέκνα, πῶς δύσκολόν ἐστιν εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν· 25 εὐκοπώτερόν ἐστιν κάμηλον διὰ τῆς τρυμαλιᾶς τῆς ῥαφίδος διελθεῖν ἢ πλούσιον εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν. 26 οἱ δὲ περισσῶς ἐξεπλήσσοντο λέγοντες πρὸς ἑαυτούς· Καὶ τίς δύναται σωθῆναι; 27 ἐμβλέψας αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγει· Παρὰ ἀνθρώποις ἀδύνατον ἀλλʼ οὐ παρὰ θεῷ, πάντα γὰρ δυνατὰ παρὰ τῷ θεῷ.
28 Ἤρξατο λέγειν ὁ Πέτρος αὐτῷ· Ἰδοὺ ἡμεῖς ἀφήκαμεν πάντα καὶ ἠκολουθήκαμέν σοι. 29 ἔφη ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, οὐδείς ἐστιν ὃς ἀφῆκεν οἰκίαν ἢ ἀδελφοὺς ἢ ἀδελφὰς ἢ μητέρα ἢ πατέρα ἢ τέκνα ἢ ἀγροὺς ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ ἕνεκεν τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, 30 ἐὰν μὴ λάβῃ ἑκατονταπλασίονα νῦν ἐν τῷ καιρῷ τούτῳ οἰκίας καὶ ἀδελφοὺς καὶ ἀδελφὰς καὶ μητέρας καὶ τέκνα καὶ ἀγροὺς μετὰ διωγμῶν, καὶ ἐν τῷ αἰῶνι τῷ ἐρχομένῳ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. 31 πολλοὶ δὲ ἔσονται πρῶτοι ἔσχατοι καὶ οἱ ἔσχατοι πρῶτοι.
Mark 10:23–31 Literal Translation
Mar 10:23 And Jesus having looked round, saith to his disciples, `How hardly shall they who have riches enter into the reign of God!'
Mar 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words, and Jesus again answering saith to them, `Children, how hard is it to those trusting on the riches to enter into the reign of God!
Mar 10:25 It is easier for a camel through the eye of the needle to enter, than for a rich man to enter into the reign of God.'
Mar 10:26 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying unto themselves, `And who is able to be saved?'
Mar 10:27 And Jesus, having looked upon them, saith, `With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.'
Mar 10:28 And Peter began to say to him, `Lo, we left all, and we followed thee.'
Mar 10:29 And Jesus answering said, `Verily I say to you, there is no one who left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or fields, for my sake, and for the good news',
Mar 10:30 who may not receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and fields, with persecutions, and in the age that is coming, life age-during;
Mar 10:31 and many first shall be last, and the last first.'
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - It's All About Camels - Mark 10:23–31 (but, really, all of chapters 9-10)
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Earthly Riches and the Kingdom of Heaven” – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 21 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-Oct-14)
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
(11 October 2015)
Amos 5:6–7, 10–15; Heb 3:12–19; Mark 10:17–22
Christ Jesus Is the One and Only Good by Whom You Inherit Eternal Life
The Lord is the Author and Giver of life, as well as a consuming fire of judgment against all “who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate” (Amos 5:12). “Seek the LORD and live,” therefore, by hating what is evil, loving what is good and doing what is just and right, according to His Word. “And so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you” (Amos 5:6, 14–15). Understand that “no one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18). The life that you are called to live is found neither in your “great possessions,” nor in your good works, but only in Christ Jesus. Let go of “all that you have” and follow Him, even unto death, and “you will have treasure in heaven” (Mark 10:21–22). Do not harden your heart against His voice, nor turn away from Him, lest you “fall away from the living God.” Rather, hear and heed His call, cling to His Word and “exhort one another every day,” that you may remain steadfast in Christ and “firm to the end” (Heb. 3:12–15).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - We're All Camels Eyeing Needles - Mark 10:17–31
No one gets it. The disciples don’t. The crowds don’t. And we don’t. We always ask the same question - “What must I do to be saved?” And it’s always the wrong question. But often when people read today’s text, Mark 10:17-31, they think they have finally found an answer. Sell everything! Give it all the poor! Follow Jesus!! But is that what Jesus actually said? Or did his words mean something entirely different?
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): “Jesus and the Rich Young Man” – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 20 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:11, 23.1 MB, 2015-Oct-07)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 23 - Series B - Mark 10:17–22 with Dr. John Nordling
Dr. John Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 20
17 Καὶ ἐκπορευομένου αὐτοῦ εἰς ὁδὸν προσδραμὼν εἷς καὶ γονυπετήσας αὐτὸν ἐπηρώτα αὐτόν· Διδάσκαλε ἀγαθέ, τί ποιήσω ἵνα ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομήσω; 18 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Τί με λέγεις ἀγαθόν; οὐδεὶς ἀγαθὸς εἰ μὴ εἷς ὁ θεός. 19 τὰς ἐντολὰς οἶδας· Μὴ φονεύσῃς, Μὴ μοιχεύσῃς, Μὴ κλέψῃς, Μὴ ψευδομαρτυρήσῃς, Μὴ ἀποστερήσῃς, Τίμα τὸν πατέρα σου καὶ τὴν μητέρα. 20 ὁ δὲ ἔφη αὐτῷ· Διδάσκαλε, ταῦτα πάντα ἐφυλαξάμην ἐκ νεότητός μου. 21 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ἐμβλέψας αὐτῷ ἠγάπησεν αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ἕν σε ὑστερεῖ· ὕπαγε ὅσα ἔχεις πώλησον καὶ δὸς τοῖς πτωχοῖς, καὶ ἕξεις θησαυρὸν ἐν οὐρανῷ, καὶ δεῦρο ἀκολούθει μοι. 22 ὁ δὲ στυγνάσας ἐπὶ τῷ λόγῳ ἀπῆλθεν λυπούμενος, ἦν γὰρ ἔχων κτήματα πολλά.
Mark 10:17–22 Literal Translation
Mar 10:17 And as he is going forth into the way, one having run and having kneeled to him, was questioning him, `Good teacher, what may I do, that life age-during I may inherit?'
Mar 10:18 And Jesus said to him, `Why me dost thou call good? no one is good except One--God;
Mar 10:19 the commands thou hast known: Thou mayest not commit adultery, Thou mayest do no murder, Thou mayest not steal, Thou mayest not bear false witness, Thou mayest not defraud, Honour thy father and mother.'
Mar 10:20 And he answering said to him, `Teacher, all these did I keep from my youth.'
Mar 10:21 And Jesus having looked upon him, did love him, and said to him, `One thing thou dost lack; go away, whatever thou hast--sell, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come, be following me, having taken up the cross.'
Mar 10:22 And he--gloomy at the word--went away sorrowing, for he was having many possessions.
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(04 October 2015)
Amos 5:6–7, 10–15; Psalm 90:12-17; Heb 3:12–19; Mark 10:17–22
Christ Jesus Is the One and Only Good by Whom You Inherit Eternal Life
The Lord is the Author and Giver of life, as well as a consuming fire of judgment against all “who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate” (Amos 5:12). “Seek the LORD and live,” therefore, by hating what is evil, loving what is good and doing what is just and right, according to His Word. “And so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you” (Amos 5:6, 14–15). Understand that “no one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18). The life that you are called to live is found neither in your “great possessions,” nor in your
good works, but only in Christ Jesus. Let go of “all that you have” and follow Him, even unto death, and “you will have treasure in heaven” (Mark 10:21–22). Do not harden your heart against His voice, nor turn away from Him, lest you “fall away from the living God.” Rather, hear and heed His call, cling to His Word and “exhort one another every day,” that you may remain steadfast in Christ and “firm to the end” (Heb. 3:12–15).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - The Wienermobile Isn't Stupid But Divorce Is - Mark 10:2–16
Divorce is not a fun topic, and Jesus doesn’t mince words in Mark 10:2-16, our text for today’s Greek Tuesday. This episode condemns us all. No one escapes the Law here. But thankfully, the Gospel is also there to comfort us!
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Let the Little Children Come to Me” – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 19 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:22, 23.2 MB, 2015-Sept-28)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 22 - Series B - Mark 10:2–16 with Dr. Peter Scaer
Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 19
2 Καὶ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν εἰ ἔξεστιν ἀνδρὶ γυναῖκα ἀπολῦσαι, πειράζοντες αὐτόν. [Alt: και προσελθοντες οι φαρισαιοι επηρωτησαν αυτον ει εξεστιν ανδρι γυναικα απολυσαι πειραζοντες αυτον] 3 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Τί ὑμῖν ἐνετείλατο Μωϋσῆς; 4 οἱ δὲ εἶπαν· Ἐπέτρεψεν Μωϋσῆς βιβλίον ἀποστασίου γράψαι καὶ ἀπολῦσαι. 5 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πρὸς τὴν σκληροκαρδίαν ὑμῶν ἔγραψεν ὑμῖν τὴν ἐντολὴν ταύτην· 6 ἀπὸ δὲ ἀρχῆς κτίσεως ἄρσεν καὶ θῆλυ ἐποίησεν αὐτούς· 7 ἕνεκεν τούτου καταλείψει ἄνθρωπος τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ τὴν μητέρα καὶ προσκολληθήσεται πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ, 8 καὶ ἔσονται οἱ δύο εἰς σάρκα μίαν· ὥστε οὐκέτι εἰσὶν δύο ἀλλὰ μία σάρξ· 9 ὃ οὖν ὁ θεὸς συνέζευξεν ἄνθρωπος μὴ χωριζέτω.
10 Καὶ εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν πάλιν οἱ μαθηταὶ περὶ τούτου ἐπηρώτων αὐτόν. 11 καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Ὃς ἂν ἀπολύσῃ τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ καὶ γαμήσῃ ἄλλην μοιχᾶται ἐπʼ αὐτήν, 12 καὶ ἐὰν αὐτὴ ἀπολύσασα τὸν ἄνδρα αὐτῆς γαμήσῃ ἄλλον μοιχᾶται.
13 Καὶ προσέφερον αὐτῷ παιδία ἵνα αὐτῶν ἅψηται· οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ἐπετίμησαν αὐτοῖς. 14 ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἠγανάκτησεν καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ἄφετε τὰ παιδία ἔρχεσθαι πρός με, μὴ κωλύετε αὐτά, τῶν γὰρ τοιούτων ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ. 15 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ὃς ἂν μὴ δέξηται τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ ὡς παιδίον, οὐ μὴ εἰσέλθῃ εἰς αὐτήν. 16 καὶ ἐναγκαλισάμενος αὐτὰ κατευλόγει τιθεὶς τὰς χεῖρας ἐπʼ αὐτά.
Mark 10:2–16 Literal Translation
Mar 9:38 And John answered Him, saying, Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, who does not follow us. And we forbade him, because he does not follow us.
Mar 10:2 And coming near, the Pharisees asked Him if it is lawful for a man to put away a wife, testing Him.
Mar 10:3 But answering, He said to them, What did Moses command you?
Mar 10:4 And they said, Moses allowed "to write a bill of divorce, and to put away."
Mar 10:5 And answering, Jesus said to them, With respect to your hardheartedness he wrote this command to you.
Mar 10:6 But from the beginning of creation "God made them male and female."
Mar 10:7 "Because of this, a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife,
Mar 10:8 and the two shall be one flesh;" so that they no longer are two, but one flesh.
Mar 10:9 Therefore, what God yoked together, let not man put apart.
Mar 10:10 And again, in the house His disciples asked Him about the same.
Mar 10:11 And He said to them, Whoever may dismiss his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.
Mar 10:12 And if a woman puts away her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.
Mar 10:13 And they brought children to Him, that He might touch them. But the disciples rebuked those carrying them.
Mar 10:14 But seeing, Jesus was indignant. And He said to them, Allow the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them. For of such is the kingdom of God.
Mar 10:15 Truly I say to you, Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a child may not enter into it, never.
Mar 10:16 And having taken them in His arms, laying hands on them, He blessed them.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(27 September 2015)
Num 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29; Jas 5:1–12, 13–20; Mark 9:38–50
Christ Jesus, the Son of God, Cares for Us and Serves Us with the Forgiveness of Sins
When the people of Israel wept, complaining that they had no meat to eat (Num. 11:4), Moses cried out to the Lord that “the burden of all this people” was too heavy for him and that he was “not able to carry all this people alone” (Num. 11:11–14). So the Lord had Moses gather “seventy men of the elders of Israel” (Num. 11:16), and the Lord “took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders” (Num. 11:25), so that Moses would not carry the burden alone. All who thus labor are honored, and all the people are cared for, in the name of the Lord (Mark 9:39–41). Everything is done with reference to Christ Jesus. So we cling to Him, and we flee from all sins that would separate us from Him (Mark 9:42–48). The life of the Church is one of repentant faith in Christ. Christians confess their sins to one another, and they “pray for one another,” that each would be raised up and healed by the Lord Jesus, who covers “a multitude of sins” and saves our souls from death (James 5:15–20).
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - Men Without Hands - Mark 9:38-50
There are so many transitions going on right now that Greek Tuesday is very late…but it IS here! In our Mark 9:38-50 text for today, the disciples still don’t get that Jesus is going to die. And now things get a bit confusing and context really matters to understand what is going on here!
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Temptations to Sin – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 18 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 1:07:40, 27.3 MB, 2015-Sept-23)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 21 - Series B - Mark 9:38-50 with Dr. Peter Scaer
Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 18
38 Ἔφη αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰωάννης· Διδάσκαλε, εἴδομέν τινα ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου ἐκβάλλοντα δαιμόνια, καὶ ἐκωλύομεν αὐτόν, ὅτι οὐκ ἠκολούθει ἡμῖν. 39 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Μὴ κωλύετε αὐτόν, οὐδεὶς γάρ ἐστιν ὃς ποιήσει δύναμιν ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου καὶ δυνήσεται ταχὺ κακολογῆσαί με· 40 ὃς γὰρ οὐκ ἔστιν καθʼ ἡμῶν, ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἐστιν. 41 Ὃς γὰρ ἂν ποτίσῃ ὑμᾶς ποτήριον ὕδατος ἐν ὀνόματι ὅτι χριστοῦ ἐστε, ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐ μὴ ἀπολέσῃ τὸν μισθὸν αὐτοῦ.
42 Καὶ ὃς ἂν σκανδαλίσῃ ἕνα τῶν μικρῶν τούτων τῶν πιστευόντων εἰς ἐμέ, καλόν ἐστιν αὐτῷ μᾶλλον εἰ περίκειται μύλος ὀνικὸς περὶ τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ βέβληται εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν. 43 Καὶ ἐὰν σκανδαλίζῃ σε ἡ χείρ σου, ἀπόκοψον αὐτήν· καλόν ἐστίν σε κυλλὸν εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωὴν ἢ τὰς δύο χεῖρας ἔχοντα ἀπελθεῖν εἰς τὴν γέενναν, εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ ἄσβεστον. 45 καὶ ἐὰν ὁ πούς σου σκανδαλίζῃ σε, ἀπόκοψον αὐτόν· καλόν ἐστίν σε εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωὴν χωλὸν ἢ τοὺς δύο πόδας ἔχοντα βληθῆναι εἰς τὴν γέενναν. 47 καὶ ἐὰν ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου σκανδαλίζῃ σε, ἔκβαλε αὐτόν· καλόν σέ ἐστιν μονόφθαλμον εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ ἢ δύο ὀφθαλμοὺς ἔχοντα βληθῆναι εἰς τὴν γέενναν, 48 ὅπου ὁ σκώληξ αὐτῶν οὐ τελευτᾷ καὶ τὸ πῦρ οὐ σβέννυται.
49 Πᾶς γὰρ πυρὶ ἁλισθήσεται. 50 καλὸν τὸ ἅλας· ἐὰν δὲ τὸ ἅλας ἄναλον γένηται, ἐν τίνι αὐτὸ ἀρτύσετε; ἔχετε ἐν ἑαυτοῖς ἅλα, καὶ εἰρηνεύετε ἐν ἀλλήλοις.
Mark 9:38-50 Literal Translation
Mar 9:38 And John answered Him, saying, Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, who does not follow us. And we forbade him, because he does not follow us.
Mar 9:39 But Jesus said, Do not forbid him. For there is no one who shall do a work of power in My name, yet be able to speak evil of Me quickly.
Mar 9:40 For who is not against us is for us.
Mar 9:41 For whoever gives you a cup of cold water to drink in My name, because you are of Christ, truly I say to you, In no way he will lose his reward.
Mar 9:42 And whoever causes one of these little ones that believe in Me to offend, it is good for him if rather a millstone be laid about his neck, and he be thrown into the sea.
Mar 9:43 And if your hand offend you, cut it off. For it is profitable for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go away into Hell, into the unquenchable fire,
Mar 9:44 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out.
Mar 9:45 And if your foot causes you to offend, cut it off, for it is profitable for you to enter into life lame, than having two feet to be thrown into Hell, into the unquenchable fire,
Mar 9:46 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
Mar 9:47 And if your eye offends you, cast it out. For it is profitable for you to enter into the kingdom of God one-eyed, than having two eyes to be thrown into the Hell of fire,
Mar 9:48 "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched." Isa. 66:24
Mar 9:49 For everyone will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be salted with salt.
Mar 9:50 Salt is good, but if the salt becomes saltless, by what will you season? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
(20 September 2015)
Jer. 11:18–20; James 3:13—4:10; Mark 9:30–37
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 - Greek Tuesday - 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!
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Who Is the Greatest? – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 17 with Dr. Ken Schurb on Issues Etc (mp3, 55:05, 22.3 MB, 2015-Sept-14)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 20 - Series B - Mark 9:30-37 with Dr. Arthur Just
Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 17
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.
Mark 9:30-37 (Literal)
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.
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(13 September 2015)
Isaiah 50:4–10; James 3:1–12; Mark 9:14–29
Christ Jesus Delivers Us from Sin, Death and the Devil
Those who teach the Word of God “will be judged with greater strictness” (James 3:1) because it is by the Word that saving faith is obtained, whereas false doctrine always threatens to destroy Christian faith and life. The tongue “boasts of great things,” whether for good or evil (James 3:5). In fallen man, “it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). But anyone who bridles his tongue with the Word of God, who “does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man” (James 3:2). It is Christ who opens His ear to the voice of His Father, so that, with “the tongue of those who are taught,” He is able to sustain the weary “with a word” (Is. 50:4–5). Entrusting Himself to His Father, even to death, He is not put to shame but is vindicated in His resurrection (Is. 50:6–9). By His faith and faithfulness, He casts out the “mute and deaf spirit” from us (Mark 9:25). He has compassion on us and helps us, so that we are not destroyed but cleansed from every evil and raised up from death to life (Mark 9:22–27).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 16 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 58:15, 23.5 MB, 2015-Sept-08)
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 19 - Series B - Mark 9:14-29 with Dr. David Scaer
Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 16
Mark 9:14-29 14 Καὶ ἐλθόντες πρὸς τοὺς μαθητὰς εἶδον ὄχλον πολὺν περὶ αὐτοὺς καὶ γραμματεῖς συζητοῦντας πρὸς αὐτούς. 15 καὶ εὐθὺς πᾶς ὁ ὄχλος ἰδόντες αὐτὸν ἐξεθαμβήθησαν, καὶ προστρέχοντες ἠσπάζοντο αὐτόν. 16 καὶ ἐπηρώτησεν αὐτούς· Τί συζητεῖτε πρὸς αὑτούς; 17 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ εἷς ἐκ τοῦ ὄχλου· Διδάσκαλε, ἤνεγκα τὸν υἱόν μου πρὸς σέ, ἔχοντα πνεῦμα ἄλαλον· 18 καὶ ὅπου ἐὰν αὐτὸν καταλάβῃ ῥήσσει αὐτόν, καὶ ἀφρίζει καὶ τρίζει τοὺς ὀδόντας καὶ ξηραίνεται· καὶ εἶπα τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου ἵνα αὐτὸ ἐκβάλωσιν, καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν. 19 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτοῖς λέγει· Ὦ γενεὰ ἄπιστος, ἕως πότε πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν; φέρετε αὐτὸν πρός με. 20 καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὸν πρὸς αὐτόν. καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν τὸ πνεῦμα εὐθὺς συνεσπάραξεν αὐτόν, καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐκυλίετο ἀφρίζων. 21 καὶ ἐπηρώτησεν τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ· Πόσος χρόνος ἐστὶν ὡς τοῦτο γέγονεν αὐτῷ; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Ἐκ παιδιόθεν· 22 καὶ πολλάκις καὶ εἰς πῦρ αὐτὸν ἔβαλεν καὶ εἰς ὕδατα ἵνα ἀπολέσῃ αὐτόν· ἀλλʼ εἴ τι δύνῃ, βοήθησον ἡμῖν σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐφʼ ἡμᾶς. 23 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Τὸ Εἰ δύνῃ, πάντα δυνατὰ τῷ πιστεύοντι. 24 εὐθὺς κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου ἔλεγεν· Πιστεύω· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. 25 ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ὅτι ἐπισυντρέχει ὄχλος ἐπετίμησεν τῷ πνεύματι τῷ ἀκαθάρτῳ λέγων αὐτῷ· Τὸ ἄλαλον καὶ κωφὸν πνεῦμα, ἐγὼ ἐπιτάσσω σοι, ἔξελθε ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ μηκέτι εἰσέλθῃς εἰς αὐτόν. 26 καὶ κράξας καὶ πολλὰ σπαράξας ἐξῆλθεν· καὶ ἐγένετο ὡσεὶ νεκρὸς ὥστε τοὺς πολλοὺς λέγειν ὅτι ἀπέθανεν. 27 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς κρατήσας τῆς χειρὸς αὐτοῦ ἤγειρεν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀνέστη. 28 καὶ εἰσελθόντος αὐτοῦ εἰς οἶκον οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ κατʼ ἰδίαν ἐπηρώτων αὐτόν· Ὅτι ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἠδυνήθημεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό; 29 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Τοῦτο τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ ἐν προσευχῇ.
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - If Mr. T Can - Mark 9:14-29
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(06 September 2015)
Introit: Psalm 28:1-2, 6-7; Is 35:4–7a; Psalm 146:1-10; James 2:1–10, 14–18; Mark 7:24–37
Our Merciful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Does All Things Well
The Lord proclaims the Gospel “to those who have an anxious heart,” to comfort and encourage them with His presence. He comes, not only with threats of “vengeance” and “recompense,” but with His gracious salvation (Is. 35:4). He opens “the eyes of the blind” and “the ears of the deaf,” and He loosens “the tongue of the mute” to “sing for joy” (Is. 35:5–6). Like water on thirsty ground, He speaks His life-giving Word to people of all nations. With His Word and the touch of His hand, He does “all things well,” so that you may now speak “plainly” (Mark 7:31–37). You confess the truth of God in Christ, to the glory of His holy name, and you call upon His name in every trouble, confident that He will hear and answer. As you pray and confess with your tongue, so also “love your neighbor as yourself” (James 2:8). Show your faith “in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory,” by loving without partiality. For God has “chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom” (James 2:1–5).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Jesus Heals a Woman and a Deaf Man – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 15 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:14, 23.1 MB, 2015-Aug-31)
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - The Unworthy Receive Bacon - Mark 7:24-37
So we’re day late…but we’re not a dollar short! In today’s Greek…Wednesday… we go through Mark 7:24-37 where those who should be receiving Jesus’ word are rejecting him and those who have no business knowing who he is hear his word and keep it. Even the dog gets a sandwich, to sort of paraphrase the text…
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 18 - Series B - Mark 7:24-37 with Dr. David Scaer
Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 15
Mark 7:24–37 24 Ἐκεῖθεν δὲ ἀναστὰς ἀπῆλθεν εἰς τὰ ὅρια Τύρου. καὶ εἰσελθὼν εἰς οἰκίαν οὐδένα ἤθελεν γνῶναι, καὶ οὐκ ἠδυνήθη λαθεῖν· 25 ἀλλʼ εὐθὺς ἀκούσασα γυνὴ περὶ αὐτοῦ, ἧς εἶχεν τὸ θυγάτριον αὐτῆς πνεῦμα ἀκάθαρτον, ἐλθοῦσα προσέπεσεν πρὸς τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ· 26 ἡ δὲ γυνὴ ἦν Ἑλληνίς, Συροφοινίκισσα τῷ γένει· καὶ ἠρώτα αὐτὸν ἵνα τὸ δαιμόνιον ἐκβάλῃ ἐκ τῆς θυγατρὸς αὐτῆς. 27 καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτῇ· Ἄφες πρῶτον χορτασθῆναι τὰ τέκνα, οὐ γὰρ καλόν ἐστιν λαβεῖν τὸν ἄρτον τῶν τέκνων καὶ τοῖς κυναρίοις βαλεῖν. 28 ἡ δὲ ἀπεκρίθη καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· Κύριε, καὶ τὰ κυνάρια ὑποκάτω τῆς τραπέζης ἐσθίουσιν ἀπὸ τῶν ψιχίων τῶν παιδίων. 29 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ· Διὰ τοῦτον τὸν λόγον ὕπαγε, ἐξελήλυθεν ἐκ τῆς θυγατρός σου τὸ δαιμόνιον. 30 καὶ ἀπελθοῦσα εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτῆς εὗρεν τὸ παιδίον βεβλημένον ἐπὶ τὴν κλίνην καὶ τὸ δαιμόνιον ἐξεληλυθός. 31 Καὶ πάλιν ἐξελθὼν ἐκ τῶν ὁρίων Τύρου ἦλθεν διὰ Σιδῶνος εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν τῆς Γαλιλαίας ἀνὰ μέσον τῶν ὁρίων Δεκαπόλεως. 32 καὶ φέρουσιν αὐτῷ κωφὸν καὶ μογιλάλον, καὶ παρακαλοῦσιν αὐτὸν ἵνα ἐπιθῇ αὐτῷ τὴν χεῖρα. 33 καὶ ἀπολαβόμενος αὐτὸν ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου κατʼ ἰδίαν ἔβαλεν τοὺς δακτύλους αὐτοῦ εἰς τὰ ὦτα αὐτοῦ καὶ πτύσας ἥψατο τῆς γλώσσης αὐτοῦ, 34 καὶ ἀναβλέψας εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν ἐστέναξεν, καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ· Εφφαθα, ὅ ἐστιν Διανοίχθητι· 35 καὶ ἠνοίγησαν αὐτοῦ αἱ ἀκοαί, καὶ ἐλύθη ὁ δεσμὸς τῆς γλώσσης αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐλάλει ὀρθῶς· 36 καὶ διεστείλατο αὐτοῖς ἵνα μηδενὶ λέγωσιν· ὅσον δὲ αὐτοῖς διεστέλλετο, αὐτοὶ μᾶλλον περισσότερον ἐκήρυσσον. 37 καὶ ὑπερπερισσῶς ἐξεπλήσσοντο λέγοντες· Καλῶς πάντα πεποίηκεν, καὶ τοὺς κωφοὺς ποιεῖ ἀκούειν καὶ ἀλάλους λαλεῖν.
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(30 August 2015)
Introit: Psalm 51:2, 7, 10-12; Deut 4:1–2, 6–9; Psalm 119:129-136; Ephesians 6:10–20; Mark 7:14–23
We Are Cleansed and Sustained by the Word of God
Wickedness and evil come “from within, out of the heart,” and that is what defiles a person (Mark 7:21–23). Hence, we cannot save ourselves, because we are sinful and unclean from the inside out. But as the Lord Jesus “declared all foods clean” (Mark 7:19), so He cleanses us by His Word, by the preaching of repentance and the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, “listen to the statutes and the rules” of the Lord, “and do them, that you may live” (Deut. 4:1). For His Word is righteous, and to live according to it is “your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples” (Deut. 4:6). Cling to His Word, and also teach it “to your children and your children’s children” (Deut. 4:9). Put on this “armor of God” by hearing and heeding what He speaks to you, that you may “stand firm” in the evil day (Eph. 6:11–13). Gird yourself with the righteousness of Christ, by faith in the “gospel of peace,” and take up “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” by confessing Christ Jesus and “praying at all times in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:14–18).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – What Defiles a Man – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 14 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:50, 23.4 MB, 2015-Aug-24)
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - You Aren't What You Eat - Mark 7:14-23
What is evil? What is good? What makes one unclean? In today’s Greek Tuesday episode, Pastor Fisk continues going through Mark 7 and Jesus’ discourse with the Pharisees. But this time, he’s out to make the point that no only are the Pharisees not clean by what they eat, but the Gentiles are also going to be cleansed!
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 17 - Series B - Mark 7:14-23 with Dr. Arthur Just
Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 14
Mark 7:14-23 Καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος πάλιν τὸν ὄχλον ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· Ἀκούσατέ μου πάντες καὶ σύνετε. 15 οὐδέν ἐστιν ἔξωθεν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου εἰσπορευόμενον εἰς αὐτὸν ὃ δύναται κοινῶσαι αὐτόν· ἀλλὰ τὰ ἐκ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐκπορευόμενά ἐστιν τὰ κοινοῦντα τὸν ἄνθρωπον. 17 Καὶ ὅτε εἰσῆλθεν εἰς οἶκον ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου, ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ τὴν παραβολήν. 18 καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀσύνετοί ἐστε; οὐ νοεῖτε ὅτι πᾶν τὸ ἔξωθεν εἰσπορευόμενον εἰς τὸν ἄνθρωπον οὐ δύναται αὐτὸν κοινῶσαι, 19 ὅτι οὐκ εἰσπορεύεται αὐτοῦ εἰς τὴν καρδίαν ἀλλʼ εἰς τὴν κοιλίαν, καὶ εἰς τὸν ἀφεδρῶνα ἐκπορεύεται;— καθαρίζων πάντα τὰ βρώματα. 20 ἔλεγεν δὲ ὅτι Τὸ ἐκ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐκπορευόμενον ἐκεῖνο κοινοῖ τὸν ἄνθρωπον· 21 ἔσωθεν γὰρ ἐκ τῆς καρδίας τῶν ἀνθρώπων οἱ διαλογισμοὶ οἱ κακοὶ ἐκπορεύονται, πορνεῖαι, κλοπαί, φόνοι, 22 μοιχεῖαι, πλεονεξίαι, πονηρίαι, δόλος, ἀσέλγεια, ὀφθαλμὸς πονηρός, βλασφημία, ὑπερηφανία, ἀφροσύνη· 23 πάντα ταῦτα τὰ πονηρὰ ἔσωθεν ἐκπορεύεται καὶ κοινοῖ τὸν ἄνθρωπον.
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(23 August 2015)
Isaiah 29:11–19; Psalm 14:1-7; Ephesians 5:22–33; Mark 7:1–13
The True Tradition of the Church Is the Ministry of the Gospel of Christ Jesus, Her Savior
The true tradition of the Church is the Gospel, which is the preaching and administration of Christ Jesus. Other traditions, although not commanded by God, may serve and support that sacred tradition of the Gospel. But the Church dare not “[reject] the commandment of God” in order to establish or hold to “the tradition of men” (Mark 7:8–9). Sinful people attempt to draw near to the Lord “with their mouth” and to honor Him “with their lips,” while their hearts are far removed from Him (Is. 29:13). Yet, He is “the Holy One of Israel,” who brings about salvation by His cross. Therefore, “the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,” but “the deaf shall hear” and “the eyes of the blind shall see” (Is. 29:14–19). This mystery of Christ is profound, for He is the Husband of the Church, and He is her Savior. Not because of any works that she has done, but solely for the sake of His great love, He “gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word” (Eph. 5:25–26).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) Traditions of Men – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 13 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:49, 23.3 MB, 2015-Aug-17)
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - Pretenders Making Up Doctrines of Men - Mark 7:1-13
While the disciples eat with unclean hands, Jesus gets a little snarky with the Pharisees and scribes. And make sure you are using the right Greek lexicon because some might lead you astray in properly understanding words and their context.
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 16 - Series B - Mark 7:1-13 with Dr. Arthur Just
Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 13
Mark 7:1-13 Καὶ συνάγονται πρὸς αὐτὸν οἱ Φαρισαῖοι καί τινες τῶν γραμματέων ἐλθόντες ἀπὸ Ἱεροσολύμων 2 καὶ ἰδόντες τινὰς τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ ὅτι κοιναῖς χερσίν, τοῦτʼ ἔστιν ἀνίπτοις, ἐσθίουσιν τοὺς ἄρτους— 3 οἱ γὰρ Φαρισαῖοι καὶ πάντες οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι ἐὰν μὴ πυγμῇ νίψωνται τὰς χεῖρας οὐκ ἐσθίουσιν, κρατοῦντες τὴν παράδοσιν τῶν πρεσβυτέρων, 4 καὶ ἀπʼ ἀγορᾶς ἐὰν μὴ βαπτίσωνται οὐκ ἐσθίουσιν, καὶ ἄλλα πολλά ἐστιν ἃ παρέλαβον κρατεῖν, βαπτισμοὺς ποτηρίων καὶ ξεστῶν καὶ χαλκίων καὶ κλινῶν— 5 καὶ ἐπερωτῶσιν αὐτὸν οἱ Φαρισαῖοι καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς· Διὰ τί οὐ περιπατοῦσιν οἱ μαθηταί σου κατὰ τὴν παράδοσιν τῶν πρεσβυτέρων, ἀλλὰ κοιναῖς χερσὶν ἐσθίουσιν τὸν ἄρτον; 6 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Καλῶς ἐπροφήτευσεν Ἠσαΐας περὶ ὑμῶν τῶν ὑποκριτῶν, ὡς γέγραπται ὅτι Οὗτος ὁ λαὸς τοῖς χείλεσίν με τιμᾷ, ἡ δὲ καρδία αὐτῶν πόρρω ἀπέχει ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ· 7 μάτην δὲ σέβονταί με, διδάσκοντες διδασκαλίας ἐντάλματα ἀνθρώπων· 8 ἀφέντες τὴν ἐντολὴν τοῦ θεοῦ κρατεῖτε τὴν παράδοσιν τῶν ἀνθρώπων.
9 Καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· Καλῶς ἀθετεῖτε τὴν ἐντολὴν τοῦ θεοῦ, ἵνα τὴν παράδοσιν ὑμῶν τηρήσητε· 10 Μωϋσῆς γὰρ εἶπεν· Τίμα τὸν πατέρα σου καὶ τὴν μητέρα σου, καί· Ὁ κακολογῶν πατέρα ἢ μητέρα θανάτῳ τελευτάτω· 11 ὑμεῖς δὲ λέγετε· Ἐὰν εἴπῃ ἄνθρωπος τῷ πατρὶ ἢ τῇ μητρί· Κορβᾶν, ὅ ἐστιν Δῶρον, ὃ ἐὰν ἐξ ἐμοῦ ὠφεληθῇς, 12 οὐκέτι ἀφίετε αὐτὸν οὐδὲν ποιῆσαι τῷ πατρὶ ἢ τῇ μητρί, 13 ἀκυροῦντες τὸν λόγον τοῦ θεοῦ τῇ παραδόσει ὑμῶν ᾗ παρεδώκατε· καὶ παρόμοια τοιαῦτα πολλὰ ποιεῖτε.
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
(16 August 2015)
Prov 9:1–10 or Josh 24:1–2a, 14–18; Eph 5:6–21; John 6:51–69
Jesus Is the Word and Wisdom of God, Who Gives You Life and Light in His Flesh
Jesus is the divine Word by whom all things were made, who has become flesh and dwells among us. He gives His flesh “for the life of the world,” not only as a sacrifice for sin but as “the living bread” from heaven (John 6:51). Eat His flesh and drink His blood (John 6:54–57), and no longer walk in the darkness of sin, but walk in His light. “Arise from the dead” and live in Him, because you are “light in the Lord” (Eph. 5:8, 14). Being filled with His Spirit, confess Him to “one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart” (Eph. 5:18–19). Fear, love and trust in Him, “and serve him in sincerity and faithfulness” (Josh. 24:14). For He has brought you “out of the house of slavery” by His cross and resurrection, and now He does “great signs” in your sight (Josh. 24:17). Indeed, He is the divine wisdom, who has built His house, prepared His feast and set His table; He bids you to recline and eat of His bread and drink of the wine He has mixed (Prov. 9:1–5).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) The Words of Eternal Life – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 12 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:17, 23.1 MB, 2015-Aug-11)
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - Some People Gotta Learn the Hard Way - John 6:51-69
When Jesus’ followers start questioning him, he doesn’t make his words easier. He makes them harder. And in this week’s text, John 6:51-69, that means his listeners think he’s going to rip off parts of his body to feed them. So what is Jesus talking about when he says that to be saved you must eat his flesh? Greek Tuesday is here to explain it to you…but the words will still be hard.
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 15 - Series B - John 6:51-69 with Dr. Charles Gieschen
Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 12
John 6:51-69 εγω ειμι ο αρτος ο ζων ο εκ του ουρανου καταβας εαν τις φαγη εκ τουτου του αρτου ζησεται εις τον αιωνα και ο αρτος δε ον εγω δωσω η σαρξ μου εστιν ην εγω δωσω υπερ της του κοσμου ζωης 52 Ἐμάχοντο οὖν πρὸς ἀλλήλους οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι λέγοντες· Πῶς δύναται οὗτος ἡμῖν δοῦναι τὴν σάρκα αὐτοῦ φαγεῖν; 53 εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐὰν μὴ φάγητε τὴν σάρκα τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καὶ πίητε αὐτοῦ τὸ αἷμα, οὐκ ἔχετε ζωὴν ἐν ἑαυτοῖς. 54 ὁ τρώγων μου τὴν σάρκα καὶ πίνων μου τὸ αἷμα ἔχει ζωὴν αἰώνιον, κἀγὼ ἀναστήσω αὐτὸν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ ἡμέρᾳ. 55 ἡ γὰρ σάρξ μου ἀληθής ἐστι βρῶσις, καὶ τὸ αἷμά μου ἀληθής ἐστι πόσις. 56 ὁ τρώγων μου τὴν σάρκα καὶ πίνων μου τὸ αἷμα ἐν ἐμοὶ μένει κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ. 57 καθὼς ἀπέστειλέν με ὁ ζῶν πατὴρ κἀγὼ ζῶ διὰ τὸν πατέρα, καὶ ὁ τρώγων με κἀκεῖνος ζήσει διʼ ἐμέ. 58 οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ ἄρτος ὁ ἐξ οὐρανοῦ καταβάς, οὐ καθὼς ἔφαγον οἱ πατέρες καὶ ἀπέθανον· ὁ τρώγων τοῦτον τὸν ἄρτον ζήσει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα. 59 ταῦτα εἶπεν ἐν συναγωγῇ διδάσκων ἐν Καφαρναούμ.
60 Πολλοὶ οὖν ἀκούσαντες ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ εἶπαν· Σκληρός ἐστιν ὁ λόγος οὗτος τίς δύναται αὐτοῦ ἀκούειν; 61 εἰδὼς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐν ἑαυτῷ ὅτι γογγύζουσιν περὶ τούτου οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Τοῦτο ὑμᾶς σκανδαλίζει; 62 ἐὰν οὖν θεωρῆτε τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἀναβαίνοντα ὅπου ἦν τὸ πρότερον; 63 τὸ πνεῦμά ἐστιν τὸ ζῳοποιοῦν, ἡ σὰρξ οὐκ ὠφελεῖ οὐδέν· τὰ ῥήματα ἃ ἐγὼ λελάληκα ὑμῖν πνεῦμά ἐστιν καὶ ζωή ἐστιν. 64 ἀλλὰ εἰσὶν ἐξ ὑμῶν τινες οἳ οὐ πιστεύουσιν. ᾔδει γὰρ ἐξ ἀρχῆς ὁ Ἰησοῦς τίνες εἰσὶν οἱ μὴ πιστεύοντες καὶ τίς ἐστιν ὁ παραδώσων αὐτόν. 65 καὶ ἔλεγεν· Διὰ τοῦτο εἴρηκα ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐδεὶς δύναται ἐλθεῖν πρός με ἐὰν μὴ ᾖ δεδομένον αὐτῷ ἐκ τοῦ πατρός.
66 Ἐκ τούτου πολλοὶ ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ ἀπῆλθον εἰς τὰ ὀπίσω καὶ οὐκέτι μετʼ αὐτοῦ περιεπάτουν. 67 εἶπεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς τοῖς δώδεκα· Μὴ καὶ ὑμεῖς θέλετε ὑπάγειν; 68 ἀπεκρίθη αὐτῷ Σίμων Πέτρος· Κύριε, πρὸς τίνα ἀπελευσόμεθα; ῥήματα ζωῆς αἰωνίου ἔχεις, 69 καὶ ἡμεῖς πεπιστεύκαμεν καὶ ἐγνώκαμεν ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ ἅγιος τοῦ θεοῦ.
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
(09 August 2015)
1 Kings 19:1–8; Eph. 4:17—5:2; John 6:35–51
The Lord Jesus Feeds Us with His Flesh, in Order to Strengthen Us with His Own Life
God the Father sent His Son into the world, so that the world might have life in Him. Now He “draws” you to His Son, Christ Jesus, by the preaching of His Gospel. “Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father” comes to Jesus, who will never cast him out but “will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44–45). He is “the bread of life,” who “comes down from heaven” in the flesh, that you may eat of Him and “live forever” (John 6:48–51). Although “the journey is too great for you,” in the strength of this food you shall come to “the mount of God.” Do not be afraid, and do not despair, but “arise and eat” (1 Kings 19:5–8). And “no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds” (Eph. 4:17), but “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Eph. 5:2). In Him, you have been “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24). Therefore, “be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Eph. 5:1), by “forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:32).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) I Am the Bread of Life – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 11 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:36, 23.3 MB, 2015-Aug-03)
Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - Ridiculouser and Ridiculouser - John 6:35-51
We continue in John 6:35-51, as does the people’s unbelief. And as the people get more stubborn in their unbelief, Jesus’ claims seem to get more ridiculous … to which they respond with more unbelief.
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 14 - Series B - John 6:35-51 with Dr. Charles Gieschen
Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 11
John 6:35-51 ειπεν δε αυτοις ο ιησους εγω ειμι ο αρτος της ζωης ο ερχομενος προς με ου μη πειναση και ο πιστευων εις εμε ου μη διψηση πωποτε 36 αλλ ειπον υμιν οτι και εωρακατε με και ου πιστευετε 37 παν ο διδωσιν μοι ο πατηρ προς εμε ηξει και τον ερχομενον προς με ου μη εκβαλω εξω 38 οτι καταβεβηκα εκ του ουρανου ουχ ινα ποιω το θελημα το εμον αλλα το θελημα του πεμψαντος με 39 τουτο δε εστιν το θελημα του πεμψαντος με πατρος ινα παν ο δεδωκεν μοι μη απολεσω εξ αυτου αλλα αναστησω αυτο εν τη εσχατη ημερα 40 τουτο δε εστιν το θελημα του πεμψαντος με ινα πας ο θεωρων τον υιον και πιστευων εις αυτον εχη ζωην αιωνιον και αναστησω αυτον εγω τη εσχατη ημερα 41 εγογγυζον ουν οι ιουδαιοι περι αυτου οτι ειπεν εγω ειμι ο αρτος ο καταβας εκ του ουρανου 42 και ελεγον ουχ ουτος εστιν ιησους ο υιος ιωσηφ ου ημεις οιδαμεν τον πατερα και την μητερα πως ουν λεγει ουτος οτι εκ του ουρανου καταβεβηκα 43 απεκριθη ουν ο ιησους και ειπεν αυτοις μη γογγυζετε μετ αλληλων 44 ουδεις δυναται ελθειν προς με εαν μη ο πατηρ ο πεμψας με ελκυση αυτον και εγω αναστησω αυτον τη εσχατη ημερα 45 εστιν γεγραμμενον εν τοις προφηταις και εσονται παντες διδακτοι του θεου πας ουν ο ακουσας παρα του πατρος και μαθων ερχεται προς με 46 ουχ οτι τον πατερα τις εωρακεν ει μη ο ων παρα του θεου ουτος εωρακεν τον πατερα 47 αμην αμην λεγω υμιν ο πιστευων εις εμε εχει ζωην αιωνιον 48 εγω ειμι ο αρτος της ζωης 49 οι πατερες υμων εφαγον το μαννα εν τη ερημω και απεθανον 50 ουτος εστιν ο αρτος ο εκ του ουρανου καταβαινων ινα τις εξ αυτου φαγη και μη αποθανη 51 εγω ειμι ο αρτος ο ζων ο εκ του ουρανου καταβας εαν τις φαγη εκ τουτου του αρτου ζησεται εις τον αιωνα και ο αρτος δε ον εγω δωσω η σαρξ μου εστιν ην εγω δωσω υπερ της του κοσμου ζωης
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
(02 August 2015)
Ps. 145:10-21; Ex. 16:2–15; Ephesians 4:1–16; John 6:22–35
Jesus Is the True and Living Bread from Heaven
Having rescued Israel “out of the land of Egypt” (Ex. 16:6), the Lord manifested His glory and made Himself known to His people. He fed them with “meat to eat” in the evening, and with “bread from heaven” in the morning (Ex. 16:4, 8, 12). But now, the “true bread from heaven,” which the Father gives to you, is the Son, “who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:32–33). Whoever comes to Him “shall not hunger,” and whoever believes in Him “shall never thirst.” He is “the bread of life,” who gives Himself to you as “the food that endures to eternal life” (John 6:27, 35). By the gracious working of God you believe in Him, by the calling of one Spirit through the Gospel, so that you also have “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (Eph. 4:4–6). As you eat His one Body in the Holy Supper, so you belong to the one Body of His Church, in which you “are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head” (Eph. 4:16).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) I Am the Bread of Life – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 10 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2015-July-28)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Bread of Unbelief - John 6:22-35
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching John 6:22-35
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 13 - Series B - John 6:22-35 with Dr. Charles Gieschen
Dr. Charles Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 10
John 6:22-35 τη επαυριον ο οχλος ο εστηκως περαν της θαλασσης ιδων οτι πλοιαριον αλλο ουκ ην εκει ει μη εν εκεινο εις ο ενεβησαν οι μαθηται αυτου και οτι ου συνεισηλθεν τοις μαθηταις αυτου ο ιησους εις το πλοιαριον αλλα μονοι οι μαθηται αυτου απηλθον 23 αλλα δε ηλθεν πλοιαρια εκ τιβεριαδος εγγυς του τοπου οπου εφαγον τον αρτον ευχαριστησαντος του κυριου 24 οτε ουν ειδεν ο οχλος οτι ιησους ουκ εστιν εκει ουδε οι μαθηται αυτου ενεβησαν και αυτοι εις τα πλοια και ηλθον εις καπερναουμ ζητουντες τον ιησουν 25 και ευροντες αυτον περαν της θαλασσης ειπον αυτω ραββι ποτε ωδε γεγονας 26 απεκριθη αυτοις ο ιησους και ειπεν αμην αμην λεγω υμιν ζητειτε με ουχ οτι ειδετε σημεια αλλ οτι εφαγετε εκ των αρτων και εχορτασθητε 27 εργαζεσθε μη την βρωσιν την απολλυμενην αλλα την βρωσιν την μενουσαν εις ζωην αιωνιον ην ο υιος του ανθρωπου υμιν δωσει τουτον γαρ ο πατηρ εσφραγισεν ο θεος 28 ειπον ουν προς αυτον τι ποιουμεν ινα εργαζωμεθα τα εργα του θεου 29 απεκριθη ο ιησους και ειπεν αυτοις τουτο εστιν το εργον του θεου ινα πιστευσητε εις ον απεστειλεν εκειος 30 ειπον ουν αυτω τι ουν ποιεις συ σημειον ινα ιδωμεν και πιστευσωμεν σοι τι εργαζη 31 οι πατερες ημων το μαννα εφαγον εν τη ερημω καθως εστιν γεγραμμενον αρτον εκ του ουρανου εδωκεν αυτοις φαγειν 32 ειπεν ουν αυτοις ο ιησους αμην αμην λεγω υμιν ου μωσης δεδωκεν υμιν τον αρτον εκ του ουρανου αλλ ο πατηρ μου διδωσιν υμιν τον αρτον εκ του ουρανου τον αληθινον 33 ο γαρ αρτος του θεου εστιν ο καταβαινων εκ του ουρανου και ζωην διδους τω κοσμω 34 ειπον ουν προς αυτον κυριε παντοτε δος ημιν τον αρτον τουτον 35 ειπεν δε αυτοις ο ιησους εγω ειμι ο αρτος της ζωης ο ερχομενος προς με ου μη πειναση και ο πιστευων εις εμε ου μη διψηση πωποτε
Dr. Michael Middendorf, Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., discusses the first eight chapters of Romans with Pastor Todd Wilken.
1. Introduction (mp3, 57:06, 23.0 MB, 2013-Aug-01)
2. The Wrath of God (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Aug-07)
3. The Righteousness of God (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Aug-08)
4. Abraham, Righteous Through Faith (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Aug-16)
5. Adam and Christ (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Aug-21)
6. The Law, Sin and the Spirit (mp3, 56:40, 22.9 MB, 2013-Aug-30)
7. Conclusion (mp3, 57:20, 23.1 MB, 2013-Sept-04)
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
(26 July 2015)
Gen. 9:8–17; Ephesians 3:14–21; Mark 6:45–56
Creation Is Redeemed and Sanctified by the Word of Christ Jesus
Having spared faithful Noah and his family from the flood, the Lord established His covenant with them, “and with every living creature,” that never again would there be “a flood to destroy the earth” (Gen. 9:9–11). He signed and sealed this everlasting covenant with His rainbow in the clouds, by which He sees and remembers His promise that “the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh” (Gen. 9:13–16). Although creation suffers under the curse of sin, the Lord preserves and orders creation for the benefit of His Church. In particular, all of creation is redeemed and sanctified by the incarnate Son of God. “Take heart,” and “do not be afraid,” for He is with you on the sea. He is not a ghost, but He has come in the flesh to save you. He has gotten “into the boat” with you, and the wind that was against you has ceased (Mark 6:45–51). For He is the Word and promise of the Father, and His own flesh and blood are the covenant by which you are “strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Eph. 3:16–17).
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 12 - Series B - Mark 6:45-56 with Dr. Arthur Just
Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 9
Mark 6:45-54: και ευθεως ηναγκασεν τους μαθητας αυτου εμβηναι εις το πλοιον και προαγειν εις το περαν προς βηθσαιδα εως αυτος απολυση τον οχλον 46 και αποταξαμενος αυτοις απηλθεν εις το ορος προσευξασθαι 47 και οψιας γενομενης ην το πλοιον εν μεσω της θαλασσης και αυτος μονος επι της γης 48 και ειδεν αυτους βασανιζομενους εν τω ελαυνειν ην γαρ ο ανεμος εναντιος αυτοις και περι τεταρτην φυλακην της νυκτος ερχεται προς αυτους περιπατων επι της θαλασσης και ηθελεν παρελθειν αυτους 49 οι δε ιδοντες αυτον περιπατουντα επι της θαλασσης εδοξαν φαντασμα ειναι και ανεκραξαν 50 παντες γαρ αυτον ειδον και εταραχθησαν και ευθεως ελαλησεν μετ αυτων και λεγει αυτοις θαρσειτε εγω ειμι μη φοβεισθε 51 και ανεβη προς αυτους εις το πλοιον και εκοπασεν ο ανεμος και λιαν εκ περισσου εν εαυτοις εξισταντο και εθαυμαζον 52 ου γαρ συνηκαν επι τοις αρτοις ην γαρ η καρδια αυτων πεπωρωμενη 53 και διαπερασαντες ηλθον επι την γην γενησαρετ και προσωρμισθησαν 54 και εξελθοντων αυτων εκ του πλοιου ευθεως επιγνοντες αυτον
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) Jesus Walks on the Water – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 9 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:10, 23.1 MB, 2015-July-22)
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
(19 July 2015)
Jer. 23:1–6; Ephesians 2:11–22; Mark 6:30–44
The Lord Jesus Shepherds His Church on Earth by the Ministry of the Gospel
The Lord rebukes and removes “the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep” (Jer. 23:1). He gathers the flock, brings them back to the fold and sets “shepherds over them who will care for them” (Jer. 23:3–4). He raises up the Son of David, the great Good Shepherd, to “reign as king and deal wisely” (Jer. 23:5). He is “our righteousness,” in whom we “dwell securely” (Jer. 23:6). He has compassion on all of us, who were “like sheep without a shepherd” (Mark 6:34). Not only does He teach us many things, but taking the bread, He blesses and breaks and gives it to the disciples “to set before the people” (Mark 6:41). He abundantly provides for His Church on earth, so that everyone is fed and fully satisfied in body and soul. He preaches peace “to you who were far off,” and “by the blood of Christ,” He brings you near (Eph. 2:13, 17). Though you were “separated from Christ” by your sin, “having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12), now “you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Eph. 2:19).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: (3-Year Lectionary) Jesus Feeds the 5,000 – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 8 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:36, 23.3 MB, 2015-July-13)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 6:30-44
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching Mark 6:30-44
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 11 - Series B - Mark 6:30-44 with Dr. Walter Maier III
Dr. Walter Maier III, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 8
Mark 6:30-44 και συναγονται οι αποστολοι προς τον ιησουν και απηγγειλαν αυτω παντα και οσα εποιησαν και οσα εδιδαξαν (31) και ειπεν αυτοις δευτε υμεις αυτοι κατ ιδιαν εις ερημον τοπον και αναπαυεσθε ολιγον ησαν γαρ οι ερχομενοι και οι υπαγοντες πολλοι και ουδε φαγειν ηυκαιρουν (32) και απηλθον εις ερημον τοπον τω πλοιω κατ ιδιαν (33) και ειδον αυτους υπαγοντας οι οχλοι και επεγνωσαν αυτον πολλοι και πεζη απο πασων των πολεων συνεδραμον εκει και προηλθον αυτους και συνηλθον προς αυτον (34) και εξελθων ειδεν ο ιησους πολυν οχλον και εσπλαγχνισθη επ αυτοις οτι ησαν ως προβατα μη εχοντα ποιμενα και ηρξατο διδασκειν αυτους πολλα (35) και ηδη ωρας πολλης γενομενης προσελθοντες αυτω οι μαθηται αυτου λεγουσιν οτι ερημος εστιν ο τοπος και ηδη ωρα πολλη (36) απολυσον αυτους ινα απελθοντες εις τους κυκλω αγρους και κωμας αγορασωσιν εαυτοις αρτους τι γαρ φαγωσιν ουκ εχουσιν (37) ο δε αποκριθεις ειπεν αυτοις δοτε αυτοις υμεις φαγειν και λεγουσιν αυτω απελθοντες αγορασωμεν διακοσιων δηναριων αρτους και δωμεν αυτοις φαγειν (38) ο δε λεγει αυτοις ποσους αρτους εχετε υπαγετε και ιδετε και γνοντες λεγουσιν πεντε και δυο ιχθυας (39) και επεταξεν αυτοις ανακλιναι παντας συμποσια συμποσια επι τω χλωρω χορτω (40) και ανεπεσον πρασιαι πρασιαι ανα εκατον και ανα πεντηκοντα (41) και λαβων τους πεντε αρτους και τους δυο ιχθυας αναβλεψας εις τον ουρανον ευλογησεν και κατεκλασεν τους αρτους και εδιδου τοις μαθηταις αυτου ινα παραθωσιν αυτοις και τους δυο ιχθυας εμερισεν πασιν (42) και εφαγον παντες και εχορτασθησαν (43) και ηραν κλασματων δωδεκα κοφινους πληρεις και απο των ιχθυων (44) και ησαν οι φαγοντες τους αρτους ωσει πεντακισχιλιοι ανδρες
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
(12 July 2015)
Amos 7:7–15; Ephesians 1:3–14; Mark 6:14–29
The Lord Jesus Brings His People through Death into Life by the Preaching of Repentance
Amos did not choose to be a prophet, but the Lord took him “from following the flock” and said to him, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel” (Amos 7:15). It was a hard word given him to preach: King Jeroboam would “die by the sword,” and Israel would “go into exile away from his land” (Amos 7:10–11). For this word, Amos was hated and threatened. St. John the Baptist also suffered for his faithful preaching of repentance. King Herod “sent and seized John and bound him in prison,” even though he knew that John “was a righteous and holy man” (Mark 6:17, 20). Out of pride and fear, Herod “sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head” (Mark 6:27). Yet in Christ, St. John the Baptist “has been raised from the dead” (Mark 6:14, 16). For Christ is the destruction of death itself “before the foundation of the world,” and even now by faith, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” has blessed us in Christ “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3–4). Through Baptism into Christ, you also “were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit” for life and salvation (Eph. 1:13).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: Pentecost 7 (3-Year Lectionary) – The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 7 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:20, 23.2 MB, 2015-July-06)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 6:14-29
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching Mark 6:14-29
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 10 - Series B - Mark 6:14-29 with Dr. Peter Scaer
Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 7
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
(05 July 2015)
Ps. 123:1-4; Ezekiel 2:1–5; 2 Cor. 12:1–10; Mark 6:1–13
LSB 839: O Christ, Our True and Only Light
The Ministers of Christ Are Sent with His Authority to Forgive Sins and Give Life
The Prophet Ezekiel was raised up by the Spirit of the Lord and sent to speak an unpopular Word to the rebellious house of Israel. As a prophet, he was not to speak his own word, but to preach the Law and the Gospel: “Thus says the Lord God,” whether the people “hear or refuse to hear” (Ezek. 2:4–5). So, too, in the footsteps of the Prophets before Him, the Lord Jesus “went about among the villages teaching” (Mark 6:6). In His hometown, as elsewhere, “many who heard Him were astonished,” marveling at His wisdom and at the “mighty works done by His hands,” and yet, “they took offense at Him” (Mark 6:2–3). The offense culminates in His Cross, which is, ironically, the heart and center of His “authority over the unclean spirit” (Mark 6:7). It is by that authority of His Cross that those He sends preach repentance, “cast out many demons,” and heal the sick (Mark 6:12–13). Thus, the Apostle Paul boasts in the Cross of Christ and in his own weaknesses, knowing that God’s grace is sufficient, and that the power of Christ “is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:8–9).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: Pentecost 6 (3-Year Lectionary) “The Mercy of God” – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 6 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:35, 23.3 MB, 2015-June-29)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 6:1-13
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching Mark 6:1-13
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 9 - Series B - Mark 6:1-13 with Dr. John Nordling
Dr. John Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 6
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
(28 June 2015)
Lam. 3:22–33; 2 Cor. 8:1–9, 13–15; Mk 5:21–43
LSB 735: In the Very Midst of Life
The Lord Jesus Is Faithful, and in Mercy He Raises You Up from Death to Life
The Lord is faithful. His steadfast love never ceases, and “His mercies never come to an end” (Lam. 3:22–23). To keep in repentance and to make our faith grow, He causes grief for a while, but He does not cast off forever; in due time, “He will have compassion” (Lam. 3:31–33). Therefore, “hope in Him,” and “wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord,” for “the Lord is good to those who wait for Him” (Lam. 3:24–26). That is what the woman did “who had a discharge of blood,” and the ruler whose daughter “was at the point of death.” Each waited on the mercy of the Lord Jesus, and each received His saving help (Mark 5:21–28). The woman had suffered much for twelve years, and the ruler’s daughter had already died before Jesus arrived. Yet, at the right time, the woman was immediately “healed of her disease,” and the little girl “got up and began walking around” (Mark 5:29, 42). Such is “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,” who humbled Himself, unto the extreme poverty of death, “so that you by His poverty might become rich,” unto life everlasting (2 Cor. 8:9).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: Pentecost 5 (3-Year Lectionary) “Jesus Heals Jairus’ Daughter” – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 5 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-June-15)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 5
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching Mark 5
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
(21 June 2015)
Job 38:1–11; 2 Cor. 6:1–13; Mark 4:35–41
LSB 726: Evening and Morning
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).
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning: Pentecost 4 (3-Year Lectionary) “The Growth of the Church” – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the propers for Pentecost 4 with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-June-15)
Worldview Everlasting - Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Mark 4:35-41
Pastor Jonathan Fisk teaching Mark 4:35-41
Lectionary Podcast - Proper 7 - Series B - Mark 4:35-41 with Prof. Jeff Pulse
Prof. Jeff Pulse, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Pentecost 4
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