Tenth Sunday after Trinity 05 August 2018 A.D.

Tenth Sunday after Trinity                05 August 2018 A.D.                 Holy Communion


The Epistle. 1 Corinthians. 12: 1-11                     The Gospel.  St. Luke 19: 41-47a

                             LET thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers
                             of thy humble servants; and, that they may obtain 
                             their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall
                             please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord.        Amen.

                “Because He knows the future.”
 
    When we read the account of the last verses of Luke 19, we can see that there must be at least two different times that Jesus is making reference to.  
   The first four verses are pointing to some future event that will overtake Jerusalem.  Jesus was compassionate towards the folk living there and those who would be affected by the events to come, as he comes upon the city he is overcome by compassion. He weeps over the city. 
   This compassion is two fold.  First, being that those in the city, have no knowledge of the peace that should be theirs, it is hidden from them. Jesus spent three and a half years preaching, teaching, doing miracles, healing the sick, and yet the people do not see.  This is the first reason Jesus is overcome with compassion for the lost.   Interestingly it will be because many of God’s chosen will reject the Messiah, Jesus Christ, that the Gentile will be adopted into the Family of God.  
  Secondly, he speaks of a time that is coming, where an enemy will completely surround Jerusalem, so no one can leave.  Then the bad stuff happens: many will be killed, along with their children, and the destruction of the city will also be accomplished.  This destruction of Jerusalem will occur in the lifetime of many of those who followed Jesus, in 70 A.D.   Titus the Roman general will destroy Jerusalem, many Jews will be killed, those who survive will be sold into slavery.  The city will be leveled.
    Then Jesus does what the post modern church never teaches.  He becomes angry, he throws the money changers and merchandisers out of the temple grounds.  This was not because Jesus was against capitalism.  He was against corruption and theft. The temple system allowed for the exchange of foreign coin (which was considered unclean) for “temple” coin, which was allowed on the temple grounds.  These temple coins were used by the faithful for their offerings to God.
The essential idea wasn’t bad, it was how it was corrupted.  The money changers would short change the faithful in the transaction.  They would keep a percent and share a percent with the temple staff.   Another part of the corruption and thievery was sale of unfit animals used in sacrifice.  Many of the faithful Jews would make a once in a lifetime trip to Jerusalem to worship at the great temple.  They would only bring what they could safely travel with, so no sacrificial animals were brought, especially during high holy days, such as Passover.  The foreign travelers would have to rely on the sale of local animals and temple money to complete their duties and sacrifices.
This is how the corrupt money changers got established.  What really made Jesus angry was the collusion between the money changers and the temple staff.  “...it is written, My house is the house of prayer: but you have made it a den of thieves...”
  Then notice what Jesus does. He begins to teach, daily, to the crowds that have followed him into Jerusalem. 
   How do we tie up this message today?  
            1. Jesus has compassion on those who are lost.  
                2. He gives fair warning to what destruction and woe is to come, today we can find this warning in the Bible.
                    3. He continually teaches us; again in the pages of the Bible, to seek him and the peace that he offers.

                             LET thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers
                             of thy humble servants; and, that they may obtain 
                             their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall
                             please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


 Let us pray:

O LORD Jesus Christ, who saidst unto thine Apostles, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; Regard not our sins, but the faith of thy Church; and grant to it that peace and unity which is according to thy will, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

ASSIST us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, who pourest out on all who desire it, the spirit of grace and of supplication; Deliver us, when we draw nigh to thee, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections, we may worship thee in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace, this night and evermore. Amen.

  

   


 

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