November 23, 2014
Matthew 25:31-46
Ephesians 1:15-23
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100

Proper 8

Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13

from the book
PREACHING MATTHEW'S GOSPEL
A Narrative Approach


Richard A. Jensen



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We come now to the final passage in the section of Matthew's Gospel which Robert Smith has called: "The New Community in Its Mission Encounters Hostility." (See Chapter 10.) The verses appointed for this Sunday also bring us to the end of a major teaching section in Matthew's structure. We note the familiar words just after the close of this week's text: "Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples..." (11:1). The four other instances of a formula closely resembling these verses are in 8:28; 13:53; 19:1; 26:1. Many scholars have pointed out that the verses immediately preceding these formula statements which indicate a new section of Jesus' teaching are passages with a common theme of judgment.
"I have not come to bring peace, but a sword," Jesus says (10:34).

Those who first heard Jesus speak these words of division and judgment must have been shocked if they had some idea that he was the Messiah. The Messiah promised to ...

This Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 preaching resource, Proper 8, is based on Matthew 10:40-42 and relates to Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 of Cycle of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book PREACHING MATTHEW'S GOSPEL . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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