18 November 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Wednesday 18 November 2015
Psalms 41 and 44: 1 - 9
The psalmist is sick. Illness was seen in the past as punishment for sin. Enemies hope the psalmist will die but come and visit being pleasant, then make plots when they leave. Even the psalmist’s best friend has turned his back. The psalmist prays for healing, restoration and vindication. God is blessed.
This portion of the second psalm reminds us of God’s actions in nation building and protecting the people in wars. They do not go into battle trusting in their own abilities but in God. And yet, now they have suffered a defeat.
2 Kings 20
Hezekiah is sick. Isaiah instructs him to get his house in order for he will die. Hezekiah turns and prays. Before Isaiah has fully left the king’s house God speaks, tells him to return and to say that Hezekiah’s prayers are heard, he will be healed in 3 days and he will have 15 more years.
Hezekiah has visitors from the King of Babylon and he shows them all the treasures of the King’s house. Isaiah clarifies that he indeed did this and prophesies that all will be removed to Babylon and some of Hezekiah’s sons will be eunuchs in the palace of the King of Babylon. Hezekiah answers that God’s word is good as he thinks this prophecy means there will be peace between the kingdoms.
Hezekiah makes the pool and the conduit to bring water directly into the city. When he dies his son Manasseh becomes king.
Matthew 25: 14 – 30
The kingdom of heaven is as if a man gives varying amounts of resources to his slaves in the proportion 5, 2 and 1. The one with 5 traded and makes 5 more. The one with 2 traded and makes 2 more. The one with 1 buries it. On return the man returns and settles accounts with the slaves. Those whose resources increased are praised and put in control of many things. The one who buried explains that he knows the man profits from things he doesn’t do so kept the resource safe and hands it back in full. The man becomes angry calling the slave lazy and wicked. At least he could have handed the resource to someone and gained interest. The resource the slave had is given to the one who has 5 portions.
For those who have something more will be given and those who have nothing even that will be taken and the worthless one will be cast out into darkness where there will be weeping and distress.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Kangaroo at dawn|
Armadale WA L Osburn
Wednesday 18 November 2015
Psalm 44: 10 – 27
In this psalm there has been a great defeat. The people are scattered, enslaved, had everything taken and destroyed. They are humiliated, derided, taunted, reviled and disgraced. But they do not forget God’s promise or turn their hearts away. If they had, would not God discover it? God knows our heart’s secrets. The psalmist ends with a call to God to rise, to come to our aid and redeem us through steadfast love.
Ecclesiastes 5: 1 – 12
In religious observance take care: listen. Fools can’t help sinning and their sacrifices have little value. Be careful with your words when you speak with God. All dreams come with obligations.
When you make a vow to God; do it. If you do make a vow and don’t fulfil it then blaming God for things going wrong later will be a sin.
Our dreams are entwined with vanities so it is better to revere God.
When we see a province or country where there is oppression we are not to be amazed. Usually there are supervisors and managers. If there are workers in a country it is better to have someone in charge even if there is oppression.
Those who love money or wealth will never have enough. When we have stuff we get bigger but really all the pleasure is that we can see the material things. If we labour we sleep well even if we don’t get much to eat but the rich don’t sleep well because they have more than enough.
When the Lamb opens the 7th seal there is silence in heaven for half an hour.
Seven angles before God have seven trumpets. Another angel has incense. The prayers of all the saints go up to God. The angel with the censer fills it with fire from the altar and throws it to the earth resulting in thunder, lightning, earthquakes…
Four angels in turn blow their trumpet resulting in hail, fire, blood and a scorched earth; a mountain of fire thrown in the sea killing a third of all the creatures there and destroying a third of all the boats; a great star falls and makes all water bitter and; the sun, moon and stars are stuck and lose a third of their light. An eagle rises up crying, “Woe to the earth,” since there are three more trumpets still to be blown.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|City lights at night|
Perth WA L Osburn
Holy almighty God you are worthy to be revered and praised. We thank you for this wake-up call. There is an end of everything and it will come. Give us this night the wisdom to re-set the priorities in our lives so that we are part of your kingdom, your praise and your eternity through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.
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