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, […]
The Feast of Pentecost (almost) brings to a conclusion the outlines I’ve translated over the past year. There are some festivals yet to do (Nativity of St. John the Baptist is one of them) and there’s a week last summer I missed because of vacation that I’ll have to do later. 1879, 1891, 1905.
Things come in three’s in Christianity. We hear three Scripture lessons every Sunday. Today, the Day of Pentecost, is the third major festival of the church year, along with Christmas and Easter. The three persons of the Trinity, of course, permeate the entire Christian life, from baptism to eternal life. Today, however, I’d like to focus on another set of three, viz. three books for the Lutheran confirmand. We all need these three books, for they teach us all that we need to know for our faith and life.
Keep My Word John 14:23-31 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. You would expect the Church to be loving, right? Well, the Church on earth, especially in our day, has done a lot of strange things in the name of “love”. To prove […]