God’s graces are richly poured out on us this day, for there are three major angles on Pentecost in the Sacred Scriptures. Pentecost is the harvest festival in Leviticus, the time that Israel counted fifty (pentecoste) days after the sickle was first put to the grain and enjoyed a harvest festival to the Lord. In later Jewish tradition, Pentecost celebrated the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai, when God first made a people for Himself. In the NT, Pentecost is the day the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles in special measure, sending their sound out into all lands and their words into the ends of the world. This morning, we will explore all three aspects of Pentecost: the harvest of souls, the giving of the law, and the coming of the Holy Spirit.
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In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Acts chapter two describes the great act of God in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. John chapter 14 shows a more pleasant picture of the workshop of the Holy Spirit. As we learned in the Small Catechism, […]
In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit It has been said that this Sunday is the saddest of the entire church year. Christ has ascended into heaven, but the Holy Spirit is not yet here. The disciples thought otherwise as Saint Luke writes they worshiped […]
In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Reading the epistle of James requires lenses. At first glance, it seems James takes away what Peter and Paul and the other epistle writers give. Peter and Paul preach forgiveness of sins by God’s grace appropriated by faith […]
In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Today’s Collect proclaims God makes the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. The Epistle shows two different wills at war: the will of God and the will of sin. God’s will is for us to […]