6 March 2016
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 6 March 2016
This psalm encourages Israel to say, “If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side” (vs 1 & 2) and then lists what might have happened. Israel blesses the Lord and acknowledges God as the source of help.
Galatians 4: 21 – 28
Paul uses the scripture story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar to clarify the position of the Christians from other nations. Hagar, a slave had a son born to slavery – although he was Abraham’s son the Law would always bind him. Sarah, the free woman, the childless one, has a child by the spirit of God. That child is the one on which the future is built.
Hagar’s son persecuted Sarah’s son. Just like the church of the Law at the time persecuted Christians. So, Paul argues the Christians are the new inheritors of the promise with the child of the free woman.
Collect for Morning Prayer
Gladstone Qld L Osburn
Sunday 6 March 2016
Genesis 22: 1 – 14
Abraham takes his only loved son to be sacrificed to the Lord. An angel stays his hand. God instead provides a ram for the sacrifice. Abraham calls the place “the Lord will provide”.
Those who trust in God shall never be moved. God will surround and support us. The psalmist prays for blessing on the faithful and that evil be kept away from us.
Luke 23: 1 – 25
The elders, chief priests and scribes bring Jesus to Pilate and claim Jesus said things, which he had not. Pilate questions Jesus and finds no case. He discovers that Jesus is from Galilee so sends Jesus to Herod since Herod has jurisdiction over Galilee. Herod is pleased to see Jesus. He wants to see some sign. Jesus does not respond to Herod but stays silent. Herod and his soldiers show contempt and dress Jesus in an elegant robe. They return Jesus to Pilate. Herod and Pilate, once enemies now become friends over this incident.
Pilate calls the elders, chief priests, scribes and the people. He finds there is no evidence against Jesus from his view and from Herod. His judgement is to flog and release Jesus. In Pilate’s assessment, Jesus had done nothing to deserve death. Those present cry for Barabbas (a man guilty of murder and insurrection) to be released and for Jesus to be crucified. Three times Pilate challenges them on this. The crowd demands Christ’s crucifixion. Pilate releases Barabbas and hands Jesus over.
Collect for Evening Prayer
Harrietville Vic L Osburn
Holy and gracious God you provide the sacrifice and you remind us that when evil comes near our only defence is you. Help us always to trust in you above and beyond all the laws and dogma established by humans so that when evil comes near we call on you, trust in you, and remember that in your trust we can never be moved through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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