Category Archives: Old Testament

Back to Basic

Proper 22B: Mark 10:2-16, Gen. 2:18-25 There are many things that are basic in life. The basics are needed for a person to build on. Learning the ABCs is basic for education. Learning to boil water is a basic for … Continue reading

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Easter Vigil: Darkness to Light

(For the fourth year in a row, we rejoice in celebrating baptisms on this night as well! Thanks be to God!) It is the most holy of nights. The stars are brightly shining. It’s not the night of our dear … Continue reading

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Midweek Lent 5: Incarnation to Holy Week

Isaiah 49:1-6 In the reading from Isaiah 49, the speaker calls us to attention: “Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar.” Are you listening? Who is it that is speaking? Listen and hear again, “The … Continue reading

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Get Out and Flee – Midweek Lent 4

Isaiah 48:17-22 Over and over again through our Isaiah readings we hear the the reminder of God as, “your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” And that’s where our Old-Testament reading for today begins: “The Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy … Continue reading

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Snakes and Crosses, Lifted Up

Fourth Sunday in Lent: Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21 Our bodies suffer from attacks from the outside world. Viruses and infections come from all around, jumping from person to person. The weather has affects on aches and pains of … Continue reading

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Midweek Lent 3: Gates Broken

Isaiah 45:1-8 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Gates have many functions. They keep things in and contained. The gates mentioned in our text are likely the well-known Ishtar Gates constructed … Continue reading

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The Temple Overturning Hearts and Lives

Lent 3B: Exodus 20:1-17, John 2:12-25 Dear saints of God at Bethlehem Lutheran, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. You have heard this morning in our Old Testament that which has become very … Continue reading

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The Lord’s, And There Is No Other

Midweek Lent 2: Isaiah 44:1-8 As Isaiah proclaimed these words there were other great matters to be concerned about for the people of Israel. The Assyrians were in the midst of overtaking the northern kingdom of Israel. These were not simply … Continue reading

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Covenant Promise, Everlasting, Given Without Fail

Lent 2: Gen. 17:1-16, Mark 8:27-38 Dear saints of the covenant, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. How often have you promised something? Truthfully, many of us make promises without intending … Continue reading

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Fear Not, I Am With You

Midweek Lent 1: Isaiah 41:8-20 Thanks to Mr. Jarvis Manning, elder and teacher at Bethlehem, for delivering this sermon in my absence. Dear saints at Bethlehem, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. … Continue reading

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