This week's email on the scripture lessons will be a bit truncated. Our readings for this Sunday are:
Isaiah 65:17-25 - God gives Isaiah a vision of a better future. This is not a future of destruction and calamity but a new earth where all people will thrive. I am definitely not doing this passage justice because it is one of the most glorious visions of a New Heaven and a New Earth in our Bible. Please, if you only read one passage from this post, let this be the one.
Isaiah 12 - This is the "Psalm" for our Isaiah 65 passage. In that day we will give God our thanks and we will recognize that our only salvation is God. We will then sing praises to the Lord!
Malachi 4:1-2a - There will be a day when the Lord raises the sun that will burn away the evil of this world and yet bring healing to those who love the Lord.
Psalm 98 - Sing a NEW song to the Lord for God has done marvelous things and made known his vindication, steadfast love and faithfulness. Therefore, make a joyful noise!
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 - Near the end of this letter, Paul warns the church people to keep working and not be idle. They are to imitate Paul who worked while he was sharing the gospel so as to not be a burden. Verse 10b is oft quoted to put down those receiving unemployment assistance and/or "welfare". However, it may not mean what those who quote it mean.
Luke 21:5-19 - Some people were overheard to be admiring the size and beauty of the Temple and Jesus warns that the stones of the Temple will be toppled over. Of course, the disciples want to know when that will be. Jesus say to look for the signs and don't be led astray by false Messiahs (Christs). BTW, some 40 to 42 years later the Roman Army will destroy the Temple and slaughter thousands in Jerusalem.
May the Lord God bless you in your work and play this week.
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary Taylor