July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Romans 8:12-25
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24


Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2

from the book
Scripture Notes
For use with Common, Lutheran and Roman Catholic Lectionaries

Norman A. Beck

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There is an interesting tension in these four texts between whether the salvation that God provides from sin and death will be received by the entire world or by only a selected few people who are in the world. This tension between universalism and particularism is present in many biblical texts, of course, and in other religious literature as well. In these texts, and in others, it is clear that the salvation that God provides is considered to be great enough to save the entire world. Universalism would be possible, therefore, if all of the people of the world would be receptive to the grace of God. All of the people of the world are not receptive to God's grace, however. Salvation will be received only by the particular few who are responsive to God's grace. Perhaps the world will be saved through these few. In some texts that expectation is present; in many others it is not.

Psalm 40:1-11
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This Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 worship resource, EPIPHANY 2, is based on Psalm 40:1-1 and relates to Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This worship resource is excerpted from the book Scripture Notes . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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