Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Tuesday Lectionary Leanings: "Trust Me" Edition
Lessons for this coming Sunday can be found here
"Trust me." How do you feel when you hear that assurance?
This Sunday's lessons hinge on the concept of trust. God shows up in Abraham's life and promises this elderly man and his childless wife, disappointed by life in many ways, a special covenant; a legacy of countless descendants; a place at the table of the nations. "Trust me." And, it says in Genesis, Abraham did. Paul expands on this trust relationship in our Epistle lesson, expanding that covenantal relationship to all people who trust in God's saving power.
In Psalm 22 the Psalmist clings to trust in God against all odds.
In our Gospel lesson Peter seems to have "rock-solid" faith in Jesus as the Messiah -- but as Peter starts objecting to Jesus' sobering predictions of what will happen to him in Jerusalem, Jesus' rebuke suggests that Peter's faith is grounded in his own expectations of the Messiah, not in Jesus. What are the limits of our trust?
What are your thoughts on the lessons, as you study, pray, plan and write your way into worship this week?