Sermon of the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
2nd Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14:1-7; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21
We begin with our lesson in 2nd Samuel whereby David sends his people to check on the status of the current battle, and he happens to see Bathesheba taking a bath on her room, likes her and sends for her. After meeting with her, he talks about her husband Uriah, and finds he is in the battle. He lays with Bathsheba and she becomes pregnant. The lesson is simply that if you lay with someone not whom you are married to, it is a sin! This should already be well known, but he realizes if means if you are of high office or even the king, it still supplies. So, he sends for Uriah, and asks him about the battle, and decides he will compound his sin by sending Uriah back into battle, though this time he directs his commander to put him on the front lines, where he is sure to be killed and that was what happened to him. Uriah was supposed to come home, lay with his wife and his sin would be covered up, but Uriah was an honorable man, who refused to go to his wife eat and be refreshed and enjoy his time with his wife. He slept at the palace door, while his fellow combatants were in tents or open fields. He did die and after a time of mourning, David took Bathsheba as his wife. He thought this would be forgotten, but as in most sins, they have a way of raising their herds later.
From Psalm 14 contrasts the wickedness of scorn from God with a thoroughgoing righteousness of regard for God in Psalm 15. The extreme evil derives from lack of faith. That extreme evil derives from lack of faith. Unbelief is foolish because the skeptic never learns or never experiences God’s presence. The prayer is given in worship or instruction, showing that prayer not only speaks to God but also instructs the congregation.
In Ephesians we learn that the Holy Spirit gives revelation so we may have power to understand and act. Paul prayed that the Ephesians would be given power, not power to act but power to understand the extent of God’s love. Only the Spirit could reveal this. That limitless and gracious love is revealed ultimately in Jesus and His sacrifice. The Spirit always works to help the church remember Jesus and His gospel appreciate the love of God demonstrated at the Cross, and understand the purpose of God being carried out there. When we begin to comprehend this love, the Spirit gives us power to act in this very same love, with others around us.
Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John opens with Jesus crossing the Sea f Galilee (aka the Sea of Tiberius) and he was followed by a great many people, for he had been healing many people of sickness. Jesus moved up on the mountainside and sat down with His disciples. We all know this story, there are 5,000+ people (meaning they didn’t count the women and children, but rather a great multitude was gathering). The Jewish Passover was almost upon them. Jesus saw them coming towards Him and he asked Philip where can we buy enough bread to feed them? Jesus already knew what He had on His mind to do, but asked anyway. Philip said, “it would take the money of a man’s pay for 8 months to provide the necessary food. Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother said, “* months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Andrew says, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they to among so many?” Jesus says have everyone sit down in small groups and then He took the barley loaves, gave thanks and instructed them to pass the food around and eat as much as they desired. He then did the same and they were were also passed around.
In the Old Testament, Moses was a prophet, but he also represented the people before God and God before the people. The prophets represented God to the people. They foretold the message God gave them and told forth ideas of social justice and practical application of the will of God for their day. He also left a promise that a prophet like Moses would come again to lead God’s people. Early Christians saw the coming of Jesus as a fulfillment of this prophecy
After everyone had eaten to their fill, they gathered the scraps into twelve baskets. Jesus sensed the people would try to make him a king and so He and his disciples moved into a boat and out into the water, while Jesus move away from all and went to pray. The disciples saw something coming toward the boat, a strong wind had picked up and they are scared, than they recognized Jesus walking on the water towards them and He said, “It is I, don’t be afraid.
From the Gospel today, we learned Jesus was a Prophet, that he was the One that was coming, though not to be king, but to bring salvation for all of God’s children. We also learned that as he neared the boat and realized they were scared, He called out to them, saying, “It is I!” Do not be afraid. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, we do not need to be afraid, for He is always with us and will protect us. God is not to be afraid of; rather we are to love Him as much as He already loves us. He has removed all barriers and we have access to Him any time. Amen,