Sunday, Nov 4, 2018: Scripture Readings – Pentecost-24


Old Testament: Isaiah (25:6-9)


On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples

         a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,

         of rich food filled with marrow, of

               well-aged wines strained clear.

And he will destroy on this mountain

         the shroud that is cast over

                  all peoples,

         the sheet that is spread over all nations;

he will swallow up death forever.

Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces,

and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,

for the LORD has spoken.

It will be said on that day,

Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.

This is the LORD for whom we have waited;

let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.


  • Discusses God’s embrace of all peoples — even enemies.

  • The great day of the Lord of Hosts.
  • Ultimate destiny of all things.




The Response: Psalm 24


1  The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, *

    the world and all who dwell therein.

2  For it is he who founded it upon the seas *

    and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

3  “Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? *

             and who can stand in his holy place?”

4  “Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, *

    who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,

   nor sworn by what is a fraud.

5  They shall receive a blessing from the Lord *

     and a just reward from the God of their salvation.”

6  Such is the generation of those who seek him, *

    of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

7  Lift up your heads, O gates;

   lift them high, O everlasting doors; *

    and the King of glory shall come in.

8  “Who is this King of glory?” *

     “The Lord, strong and mighty,

    the Lord, mighty in battle.”

9  Lift up your heads, O gates;

   lift them high, O everlasting doors; *

    and the King of glory shall come in.

10 “Who is he, this King of glory?” *

     “The Lord of hosts,

   he is the King of glory.”


  • Yahweh is king of all things — it is his world.
  • Stewardship… who’s world is it after all?
  • God’s creation is complete when the temple is built.




The Epistle: Revelation (2:1-6a )


I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

      “See, the home of God is

               among mortals.

      He will dwell with them;

      they will be his peoples,

and God himself will be with them;

he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more;

mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.


  • Last chapters – multiple stories about the end of the world.
  • This is the final one.
  • There is no destruction, but a transformation of heaven and earth.
  • Isaiah (65:17) references the new heaven and earth.
  • Many of these stories already existed in Jewish traditions.
  • John expresses the totality of God being everything. 




The Gospel: John (11:32-44)


When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.  He said, “Where have you laid him?”  They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”  Jesus began to weep.  So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”  Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”  Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  So they took away the stone.  And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth.  Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

  • Last of the great signs (seven total).  The first is Jesus turning water into wine at Cana.
  • This was the turning point where it was decided that Jesus had to be killed.
  • Dead for “four days” emphasized that he was “really dead.”
  • It was believed your spirit stayed with you for three days.