This week the Old Testament lesson might remind us of homeless people who have found a decent place to live, after years of squalor, insecurity and shifting from one make-shift arrangement to another. The people of God had found a homeland. But their faith would not have liked the word "found." No matter how hard they might struggle, they believed their possessions were given by God. To use the word "found," they would think of themselves. God had found them. God had taken the initiative to make them a distinctive people, a people of distinctive faith.
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So he went his way, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.” (v. 39b)
Good morning boys and girls,
I love seeing you here today. Are you happy to be here in God's holy house? (children respond) Great! I have a scary, wild story from the bible to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond)
This week's text concerning the exorcism which set a captive Gerasene demoniac free is the only text appointed from Luke 8 in this year's lectionary readings. David Tiede points out that the material in Luke 8:3„9:50 sets forth the substance of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as Luke tells the story. There is a theme to the stories in Luke 8, and it is the theme of the power of God's word. We touched upon some of this material in Chapter 13 when we discussed the general theme of hearing and doing God's word.