Posts from June 2020

Posts from June 2020

Acts 2:1-11 – wind, fire and speaking

Jerusalem was once again crowded. Seven weeks after Jesus death at Passover, the Jewish people gathered for the day of Pentecost. Pentecost celebrated the first gathering of the wheat harvest and was also the anniversary of the giving of the law at Mount Sinai. Two things came from heaven. Having just been told that Jesus ascended into heaven the passage assumes that we…

Psalm 109 – What Became of Judas

Psalm 109 is what we call a prayer of imprecation. That means that it is a prayer in which someone calls on God to judge wicked people. Many Christians do not like these kinds of psalms. These psalms are not about revenge for petty insults and offense one has taken. Rather these psalms are about the kingdom of God – the rule of God in our world. The Psalmist is asking God…

Psalm 69 – The Cross

This Psalm is quoted in Gospel narratives about the crucifixion and in Acts concerning Judas. It is a prayer of David but is easily placed on the lips of Jesus as well – except one verse makes people a bit uneasy in doing that. To sink in the mire and to have the waters sweep over you is to be dying (1-2). To be crying out to God and to be unheard is what Jesus…

Acts 1:15-26 – Very different inheritances

During the ten day wait between the ascension of Jesus and Pentecost, Peter raises the issue of how the Twelve have become eleven due to Judas’ apostasy. Jesus had specifically chosen twelve disciples because they were to become the beginning of the renewed people of God. Eleven will not do. Hence…

Luke 2:1-21 – The Birth of Jesus Christ

It would have appeared at the time that Caesar Augustus ruled the world – after all as Augustus issues a world-wide decree. And yet Caesar Augustus’ decree is simply a small part of the workings of God to bring a young couple to Bethlehem in Judea – so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. Caesar Augustus’ census highlights the defeat of God’s people…

Luke 1:57-80 – The Birth of John the Baptist

Finally, Elizabeth gives birth to John the Baptizer. Zechariah now acts in faith by naming his son, John the name Gabriel had given to him nine months earlier. In doing so he demonstrates that he believes what Gabriel had said about John being the forerunner of God’s coming. The result of this is…