Sunday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29, Nov 23

The Good Shepherd

Fr Lawrence Lew, OP, flickr CCL

Meditation
Sunday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29 continued the defining of what made up the family of God. The Psalmist sang praises to God because he was a good shepherd of his flock. The prophet Ezekiel described the attributes of being a shepherd that would take care of his sheep and protect them. He would heal the sick, bring together the scattered and lost, bandage the wounded and in general discern what was needed and take care of it.
In an interesting twist, the prophet spoke of God helping the weak and needy, but destroying the fat and powerful. The implication was that some shepherds were fat and powerful while their sheep were sick and injured, starving to death. Some church leaders have squirreled away money and wealth, while their parishioners were starving both spiritually and physically.
God will hold people accountable for how they treated their flocks. Jesus said in the New Testament lesson in Matthew that on Judgment Day, Christ will adjudicate who belonged in the family of God. He would say that those who fed him when he was hungry, helped him when injured, or visited in prison. Both the righteous and unrighteous would ask him when did that happen, but he responded that the righteous did those things to the least of people and they did it to God; but those arrogant unrighteous that ignored the sick, the injured the prisoners and the hungry, would not be granted access to the kingdom of heaven.
A study was done of a group of theology students. They were given a task to preach on the Good Samaritan passage of Scripture. They were then told the time was changed and they had to go sooner. Along the way, a homeless type person in distress was positioned so they would have to go around the person. Half of the students didn’t stop because they had to get to the place on time. Half recognized that someone in distress took priority.
What we do and how we act matters in this world. We have an opportunity every day to make a difference. If we are obedient to God’s call for our lives, we will be sensitive to those around us.
Thanks be to God.
All Scriptures printed below are in King James Version for copyright purposes. However, clicking on the verse locations will take you to Biblegateway.com where the text is linked to more contemporary versions.
Click on the Scriptures for links to biblegateway.com, where many translations of the same text enhance the understanding the readings, which come from the (RCL) Revised Common Lectionary – Daily Lectionary Readings. I add a Daily Prayer to bless you with God’s Favor.
Enjoy the Daily Encouragement and Bible Study and may you be inspired to be your best self for Ordinary 34, Proper 29.
Ordinary 34, Proper 29
The Lord’s My Shepherd – Nigel Kot

The Shepherd

The Shepherd original drawing by: Bill Rogers. flickr CCL

Prayer: Almighty God, Open my eyes that I might see. Open my mind that I might understand. Open my heart that I might make your words a part of me. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight. Amen
Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us – Rick Betts

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Bible Readings
http://legacy.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%2034:11-16,%2020-24;Psalm%20100;Ephesians%201:15-23;Matthew%2025:31-46&version=KJV;ERV;GNT;NCV;NIV

Sunday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Ezekiel 34:11-16 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46
Daily Bible Verses to Memorize for Meditating

Psalm 100 King James Version (KJV)
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
The King of Love My Shepherd Is – Tiberiu Daniel

The Family of God – the Sheep of His Pasture

Sheep; Waiting for the Word, flickr CCL

Single Bible Study chapter to study

Matthew 25:31-46
King James Version (KJV)
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

sheep and goats; Hejma, flickr CCL

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

hungry and you fed me meat; Arne Halvorsen; flickr CCL \

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Churches protest cancelation of prison visits; publik16, flickr

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

OBSERVE:

Take a moment and write three observations of the verses. What strikes you? An observation is an observable fact from the Word.
1.

2.

3.

INTERPRETATION:

What do you interpret these verses to mean for you today?

APPLY:

Today, I learned _____________________________________and apply it to my life.
Prayer of Encouragement

Almighty God, thank you for bringing us into your family and treating us with the same love as Jesus’ blood relatives. Help us to bring honor to you. In Jesus name, Amen

Ordinary 34, Proper 29 Music

Shepherd of Souls Refresh and Bless – MerryChristmas7777

Ordinary 34, Proper 29 Humor

Healing Requests

©Jeff Larson, Used by permission

O Savior Hear Me – Old Christ Church

I hope you found a chance to encounter your Creator and experience the Love of God and the joy of Christ in Ordinary 34, Proper 29.
Conclusion
Sunday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29 drew a stark contrast to those who would obey the will of God and be counted as a true family member and those who consistently ‘claimed’ to do right, but failed to honor the Word of God and what Christianity is truly about.
We are called to love and be faithful to the Word of God. We are called to give food to the hungry; give drink to the thirsty; heal the sick, bind up the injured and give shelter to those in need; and visit the prisoners. If we are more about supporting a country club for saints than a hospital for sinners, then our focus is on the wrong thing. We are to look for ways to be of service to the least of these…and in so doing, we will be doing it for Jesus.
Go out and be ready for God to do mighty things in your life—for the glory of God.*
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Saturday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29, November 22

The Good Shepherd

Christ the Good Shepherd; Fr Lawrence Lew, OP, flickr CCL

Meditation

Saturday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29 was about family. Who constituted the family of God? His people in the Old Testament Psalm 100, besides lifting up praise to God, acknowledged that God was creator. People were the created—the sheep of his pasture; his people that God would take care of, faithfully and consistently. The lesson in Ezekiel continued with the shepherd metaphor, enumerating the ways the ways that God, the shepherd, would protect his flock.
Sheep were not the brightest animals in the zoo. They would literally starve to death, if their water was not still to drink from and there would be no threat to them from enemies. So, for them to feast in the presence of enemies (much like the 23rd Psalm also said) was a feat in itself. That meant the shepherd was so trusted that the sheep had no fear of being surrounded by enemies. For God’s family, there will be those, who would do harm to God’s people, just as Christ was crucified because he was a threat to those evil types in power. Yet, God’s people didn’t need to worry because God would watch over them and care for their needs.
Just as God brought the Jews out of Egypt and to the Promised Land; just as the battles to take the Promised Land back were successful because of God’s intervention the Lord would continue to intervene and keep the People of God protected.
The New Testament Gospel lesson took a sharp turn, when Jesus was told that his mother and siblings were waiting for him and wanted to talk with him. But Jesus saw beyond blood affiliation. Whoever would do God’s will were his family. While his family were important to him, the total family of the world of Christ-followers was his raison d’etre—his reason for being. Adoption. People who adopt children can treat them as if they were their own or as a second class child to the birth children. But the truth of Jesus was that all the family were equal—blood relative or adopted family.
That means that for us, today, we are as important to God as Jesus’ parents and siblings. And we are never treated as a second class family member.
Thanks be to God.
All Scriptures printed below are in King James Version for copyright purposes. However, clicking on the verse locations will take you to Biblegateway.com where the text is linked to more contemporary versions.
Click on the Scriptures for links to biblegateway.com, where many translations of the same text enhance the understanding the readings, which come from the (RCL) Revised Common Lectionary – Daily Lectionary Readings. I add a Daily Prayer to bless you with God’s Favor.
Enjoy the Daily Encouragement and Bible Study and may you be inspired to be your best self for Ordinary 34, Proper 29.

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
The Lord’s My Shepherd – Nigel Kot

The Shepherd

The Shepherd original drawing by: Bill Rogers. flickr CCL

Prayer: Almighty God, Open my eyes that I might see. Open my mind that I might understand. Open my heart that I might make your words a part of me. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight. Amen

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us – Rick Betts

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Bible Readings
http://legacy.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20100;Ezekiel%2034:25-31;Matthew%2012:46-50&version=KJV;ERV;GNT;NCV;NIV

Saturday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Psalm 100
Ezekiel 34:25-31
Matthew 12:46-50

Daily Bible Verses to Memorize for Meditating

Psalm 100 King James Version (KJV)
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
The King of Love My Shepherd Is – Tiberiu Daniel

The Family of God – the Sheep of His Pasture

Sheep; Waiting for the Word, flickr CCL

Single Bible Study chapter to study

Matthew 12:46-50
King James Version (KJV)
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Jesus in heaven with Mary and followers; this beautiful mosaic from Sta Maria in Trastevere dates to 1140 and shows the Virgin enthroned and crowned, seated on a throne with her divine Son. Fr Lawrence Lew, OP, flickr CCL

49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

OBSERVE:

Take a moment and write three observations of the verses. What strikes you? An observation is an observable fact from the Word.
1.

2.

3.

INTERPRETATION:

What do you interpret these verses to mean for you today?

APPLY:

Today, I learned _____________________________________and apply it to my life.
Prayer of Encouragement

Almighty God, thank you for bringing us into your family and treating us with the same love as Jesus’ blood relatives. Help us to bring honor to you. In Jesus name, Amen

Ordinary 34, Proper 29 Music

Shepherd of Souls Refresh and Bless – MerryChristmas7777

Ordinary 34, Proper 29 Humor

Family of God Don’t Let Grandpa Sleep after Church is Over

©Jeff Larson, Used by permission

O Savior Hear Me – Old Christ Church

I hope you found a chance to encounter your Creator and experience the Love of God and the joy of Christ in Ordinary 34, Proper 29.
Conclusion
Saturday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29 brought the family of God to the foreground. From the Old Testament Psalmist and prophet Ezekiel the metaphor of the good Shepherd, or God, caring for his flock—his people—his family to the New Testament definition of the Family of God by Jesus, it was made clear that those who would obey and follow the will of God constituted his family.
Jesus was told his blood relations wanted to talk with him, but he demonstrated that his view of family was much more inclusive. Anyone who did the will of his Father, were his family.
The beauty of being a first class citizen of the family of God instead of a second class ‘step-child’ rendered Christianity unique. Other religions gave priority on the basis of ‘work’ but Jesus gave everyone equality. His empowerment of people never stops. His presence is like the shepherd protecting the sheep while they ate in the pasture surrounded by enemies.
We are of equal value to God. It doesn’t matter if we are pastor, theologian, beggar or congregant. From the highest in the church to the poor on the street, all are equal in God’s eyes. We can count on his faithfulness, always.
Go out and be ready for God to do mighty things in your life—for the glory of God.*
Thank you for visiting ChapLynne’s Daily Encouragement and Bible Study. Please like if it was meaningful. God bless you.
*If you do not know the Lord as your personal Savior and you are seeking, please contact me. A genuine and simple prayer, asking God into your heart for the forgiveness of your sins will also do.
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Friday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29, Nov 21

Prepare Ye the Way of the LORD

This window is a detail from the church of St Etheldreda, Ely Place in London. Fr Lawrence Lew, OP, flickr CCL

Meditation

Friday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29 remained one of the most musically experienced of all the Scriptures studied. Handel wrote The Messiah and concentrated on Isaiah 40, which prophesied the coming of Jesus. The transformative time of the era, when John the Baptist would be the one crying in the wilderness and preparing people to be ready to recognize the Christ, when he came, but also receive him. John preached a baptism of repentance. He encouraged preparing the hearts for the coming of God in human form.
His cousin, Jesus would be coming and bring comfort to the Hebrew people, and more. To all who would believe, God would be the comforter and the Shepherd who would carry the lambs and walk with those, who were pregnant and struggling.
Life was hard in biblical times, but it remains difficult and challenging today. The more things change, the more they stay the same. People struggled with the obstacles in life before Jesus came and they continue to wrestle with the challenges to overcome the temptations and problems.
But God promised that he would be there for all who love him. God will carry those needing to be carried. He will walk alongside those needing him close at hand. Whatever the needs, the Lord will be there to fulfill them…just as he fulfilled the needs of the Hebrew people as they left Egypt and journeyed to the Promised Land. God provide for their needs just as he will provide for our needs.
We have only to trust God to fulfill his promises to us, even when they may look dismal. God has great plans in store. The promises in Revelation reveal a spectacular location with everything at our fingertips. The streams flow from the throne of God and the trees produce fruit each month—offering healing to the broken.
Thanks be to God.
All Scriptures printed below are in King James Version for copyright purposes. However, clicking on the verse locations will take you to Biblegateway.com where the text is linked to more contemporary versions.
Click on the Scriptures for links to biblegateway.com, where many translations of the same text enhance the understanding the readings, which come from the (RCL) Revised Common Lectionary – Daily Lectionary Readings. I add a Daily Prayer to bless you with God’s Favor.
Enjoy the Daily Encouragement and Bible Study and may you be inspired to be your best self for Ordinary 34, Proper 29.

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Comfort Ye My People/Every Valley Shall Be Exalted – Messiah, — Jerry Hadley, tenor

The Glory of the Lord

Detail from the sumptuous altar of St Francis Xavier in the Jesuit church of Il Gesu Rome. Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, flickr CCL

Prayer: Almighty God, Open my eyes that I might see. Open my mind that I might understand. Open my heart that I might make your words a part of me. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight. Amen

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion – Marilyn Horne and Vienna Cantata Orchestra

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Bible Readings
http://legacy.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20100;Isaiah%2040:1-11;Revelation%2022:1-9&version=KJV;ERV;GNT;NCV;NIV versions)

Friday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Psalm 100
Isaiah 40:1-11
Revelation 22:1-9

Daily Bible Verses to Memorize for Meditating

Psalm 100 King James Version (KJV)
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
And the Glory of the Lord — Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra.

Christ in Glory

Detail of a mural by Gwyneth Leech, c.1998 in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow. Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. flickr CCL

Single Bible Study chapter to study

Isaiah 40:1-11
King James Version (KJV)
40 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Comfort ye My people Statue of Madonna & Child from Africa- hand carved. Tea pot & standfrom Japan. Both representing icons of comfort. Jim Gardener flickr CCL

2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Prepare ye the way This painting by Guido Reni is in the Augustinian church in Salamanca. Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. flickr CCL

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Jerusalem, by Edward Lear Martin Beek flickr, CCL

10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

OBSERVE:

Take a moment and write three observations of the verses. What strikes you? An observation is an observable fact from the Word.
1.

2.

3.

INTERPRETATION:

What do you interpret these verses to mean for you today?

APPLY:

Today, I learned _____________________________________and apply it to my life.
Prayer of Encouragement

Almighty God, we praise your name. Help us to prepare our hearts for your coming and show people around us your glory. In Jesus name, Amen

Ordinary 34, Proper 29 Music

He Shall Feed His Flock/Come Unto– MeBejun Mehta, Countertenor; Cornelia Horak, Soprano

Ordinary 34, Proper 29 Humor

St John of Patmos and his Revelation

©Jeff Larson, Used by permission

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord — Godspell

I hope you found a chance to encounter your Creator and experience the Love of God and the joy of Christ in Ordinary 34, Proper 29.

Conclusion

Friday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29 sang its way through the readings today. It is impossible for me to read Isaiah 40 without the whole choir singing in my head. I think heaven must be full of people singing the Messiah. Besides being one of the greatest pieces of music in history, it is also a way that people memorize the Holy Word of God.
The powerful words of Isaiah, the prophet, as he foretold the miraculous events of the coming of Christ, resonate in all the music of the Messiah. The praise and glory to God in the music and libretto resonate
Even Psalm 100 has been put to music repeatedly offering a chance to memorize the words of praise.
Music is a wonderful means to memorize, so like David, who said he hid God’s word in his heart that he wouldn’t sin against God. The words of the prophet are a reminder for all to avoid sinning against God, so that we can be at the throne of God, seeing the river that flowed down the streets of heaven and nourished the trees that provided healing.
Healing of all the hurts. Healing of all the disappointments. Bringing comfort where people have disease and brokenness. Solving the problems that beset humankind and replacing it with warmth and light of the presence of God. No more tears. No more sorrow.
In the meantime, like John the Baptist demonstrated, regular people can prepare the way of the Lord…starting with our own hearts and expanding to the things in life which are obstacles for people encountering the loving God.
Go out and be ready for God to do mighty things in your life—for the glory of God.*
Thank you for visiting ChapLynne’s Daily Encouragement and Bible Study. Please like if it was meaningful. God bless you.
*If you do not know the Lord as your personal Savior and you are seeking, please contact me. A genuine and simple prayer, asking God into your heart for the forgiveness of your sins will also do.
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Thursday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29, Nov 20

Sing Songs of Praise to God

In this charming detail from a medieval window of Fairford parish church which depicts Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, a small group of singers is shown singing this hymn from the above the city gate! Fr Lawrence Lew, OP, flickr CCL

Meditation

Thursday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29 began the wrap up of the church year with the celebration of who God was. Psalm 100 was well known for the praise of God. People of the earth were instructed to make a joyful noise throughout the lands and prepare to go before the Lord singing. God loved music, especially praise music. The lesson honored the many ways that people could please God with joy.
The emphasis was on joy, not accomplishment. Just as parents, who hear their darling children singing off-key on stage find joy and pleasure in the sound, the Lord did not require that people sing great, only that they were joyful.
As a choir director, who led church services singing, I would sometimes stop the congregation as they buried their noses in hymnbooks and squeaked out a joyless rumble. I encouraged them to do what my voice teacher taught me—smile and sing with joy. When they smiled, the sound came out better…even if it was off-key.
I suspect that many warbles over the years provided God pleasure because of their intention. Not all could be like the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 14. They were the only ones who could sing the heavenly song. Their purity was part of the factor. Their obedience and faithfulness to the Lord empowered them to sing just right for the heavenly ears. Their perfection was unique and they followed the Lamb singing praises.
Three angels flew out from heaven to inform the world to sing God’s praises. First because God had created all the billions of stars and galaxies and our earth; second because God defeated the evil one of Babylon and decimated the city; the third angel declared the consequences for those who followed the evil one. Foul things emitted foul smells, too. The sulfurous smells of those who were cast away from heaven were to be avoided because it would linger far beyond time.
The mark of the ‘beast’ or evil one, would be written across the forehead, like a ball cap logo or a head band proclaiming their affiliation. But the consequences would be devastating for those who followed the beast unlike those who kept themselves pure and were capable of singing the unique music of heaven. Somehow remaining faithful and pure in following God would give a greater ability for them to sing the complex music of heaven.
Mt. Zion, where Christ would call his followers to live, would be the most exalted location; and filled with saints who would be able to sing a joyful noise that would please God.
For us, we can be like Jacob blessing the children of Joseph. Sometimes it might not always be the one people thought would be receiving the blessing. Joseph tried to get Jacob/Israel to bless his first born son, but Jacob knew that Manasseh would not be the one that God would bless. Israel made Ephraim greater than Manasseh. The younger over the elder, much like his own life. He stole the birthright from Esau, but God blessed him, too. God preferred Jacob because Jacob followed God and Esau did not.
The central theme that being obedient and following God, singing his praises would result in better things than those who failed to obey God was the focus from the Psalmist, the Old Testament lesson in Genesis to the dream of John about the 144,000.
We can obey God, too, and sing his praises with a joyful attitude. Our faithfulness could be the difference for some people discovering God for themselves.
Thanks be to God.
All Scriptures printed below are in King James Version for copyright purposes. However, clicking on the verse locations will take you to Biblegateway.com where the text is linked to more contemporary versions.
Click on the Scriptures for links to biblegateway.com, where many translations of the same text enhance the understanding the readings, which come from the (RCL) Revised Common Lectionary – Daily Lectionary Readings. I add a Daily Prayer to bless you with God’s Favor.
Enjoy the Daily Encouragement and Bible Study and may you be inspired to be your best self for Ordinary 34, Proper 29.

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
All People That on Earth Do Dwell (Old Hundredth) – King’s College Choir

Make a Joyful Noise

amón Izquierdo Perrín (“El maestro Mateo y el Pórtico de la Gloria en la Catedral de Santiago”, Edilesa, 2010) says that the Elders of the Apocalypse topic of was introduced in the art of Galicia by the Master Mateo, and that some craftsmen formed in his workshop carved it in other places like Carboeiro, Portomarín, San Esteban de Ribas de Miño, Portico of the Paradise in Ourense’s cathedral Photo by Ray Escámez Rivero, etc. CCL

Prayer: Almighty God, Open my eyes that I might see. Open my mind that I might understand. Open my heart that I might make your words a part of me. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight. Amen

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Before Jehovah’s Awesome Throne – Thisis Redz

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Bible Readings
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20100;Genesis%2048:15-22;Revelation%2014:1-11&version=KJV;ERV;NIV;GNT;NCV versions)

Thursday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Psalm 100
Genesis 48:15-22
Revelation 14:1-11

Daily Bible Verses to Memorize for Meditating

Psalm 100 King James Version (KJV)
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Ordinary 34, Proper 29
Jubilate Deo – Riverstree Singers

Saints and Elders Surround the Lamb

This rose window is in the north transept of Downside Abbey church in Somerset. CCL

Single Bible Study chapter to study

PSALM 100
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

An unidentified monk joins with the other monks on Mount Athos while they sing the hymn of Saint Cosmas. He tells them to add an additional beginning phase to the hymn. Then he reveals his identity as the archangel Gabriel and vanishes from their sight. This hymn, with its additional intro, is known today as Axion Esti. This is a photo of an original icon made in Greece and sold at Tarpon Springs. Bill Rogers; flickr CCL

4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

OBSERVE:

Take a moment and write three observations of the verses. What strikes you? An observation is an observable fact from the Word.
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INTERPRETATION:

What do you interpret these verses to mean for you today?

APPLY:

Today, I learned _____________________________________and apply it to my life.
Prayer of Encouragement

Almighty God, forgive our failures to be obedient and faithful. Empower us to make a joyful noise for your pleasure. In Jesus name, Amen

Ordinary 34, Proper 29 Music

Holy – Matt Redman

Ordinary 34, Proper 29 Humor

Make a Joyful Noise May Not Mean a Harmonic Sound

©Jeff Larson, Used by permission

Crown Him with Majesty – Chris Tomlin with Kari Jobe

I hope you found a chance to encounter your Creator and experience the Love of God and the joy of Christ in Ordinary 34, Proper 29.
Conclusion
Thursday, Ordinary 34, Proper 29 celebrated the worthiness of God and how followers had a responsibility to sing those praises with a joy that everyone could see. Making a joyful noise was the command. It didn’t have to be perfection or of the level of the 144,000 who had kept themselves pure and were able to sing the special music of the Lamb of God. The rest of the people were still supposed to praise God, according to the first angel. The next two angels carried the words to those who failed to follow God and obey his precepts.
The consequences were awful—being stuck with those who were dastardly, smelly and foul. They were kept far from those, whose purity empowered them to praise God at a higher level than others could achieve.
Even if we might never be part of the 144,000, reserved for Jewish people who kept themselves pure, we could still strive for the purity that they exemplified before the throne of the Lamb in John’s vision on the Island of Patmos.
Go out and be ready for God to do mighty things in your life—for the glory of God.*
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*If you do not know the Lord as your personal Savior and you are seeking, please contact me. A genuine and simple prayer, asking God into your heart for the forgiveness of your sins will also do.
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Monday, Ordinary 32, Proper 27, Nov 10

Joshua and the Treaty

Joshua and the treaty William Brassey Hole Wikigallery CCL


Meditation

Monday, Ordinary 32, Proper 27 lessons brought us to the end of Joshua’s life. He had insisted in yesterday’s lesson that the Children of Israel make their stand on whether they would follow God or not. He pressed them to make a commitment and they did. He set up an altar and standing stones to recognize the event-the moment in time when the Children of Israel made that commitment. Joshua knew he was going to die and he wanted to prepare his people for the eventuality. He did his work correctly because while he was present they didn’t go away from God. They followed God and obeyed his commandments. Even after Joshua, the elders, whom he had taught and guided, continued to lead the children of Israel in the way that they should go. So they started on their time in the Promised Land going the way of the Lord.

The Psalmist reviewed all the aspects of the Exodus and the children of Israel coming to the Promised Land and how they had encountered those who were against God but God prevailed over all their enemies. They should never forget that was the Psalmist’s message.

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Sunday, Ordinary 32, Proper 27, Nov 9

Joshua and the Children of Israel

Joshua and the Children of Israel Karolingischer Buchmaler, c.840 Wikipedia, CCL


Meditation

Sunday, Ordinary 32, Proper 27 lessons jump from Joshua’s pointed demand of the Children of Israel to put away the ancient gods of the Euphrates and the gods of the Canaanites and trust the true supreme God, YHWH to the story of the end times in the epistle to the Thessalonians to the Gospel lesson of the ten virgins.

The theme of each underscored how important it was to be ready for God and to turn away from false gods. If people divided their attentions between the false gods and God, they would find themselves disobeying the law of God and the consequences could be deadly.

The foolish virgins, who came to the wedding banquet unprepared, had to leave to procure oil for their lamps. The bridegroom came while they were gone and the women who were ready and prepared entered into the wedding, but those who arrived late, were not given admittance. Current protocols allow for people to come to a wedding late, but thee used to be a time not too long ago, when once the bride and groom had entered the church, the doors were closed and no one could be admitted. The story of the virgins resembled those more strict admittance guidelines. But the real meaning was simply that if God returned to this earth to bring believers to heaven with him, those who were ready by giving their hearts to God and professing faith in Christ, would be taken to heaven, while those who rejected the gift of God, would be rejected from access to heaven.

The Psalmist sang his song about the greatness of God and the reasons for being ready to worship God. Joshua addressed his people and challenged them to make a choice between the ancient gods/idols that Abraham’s family had worshipped in Ur, or the gods of the Amorites in Canaan and the one true God of Israel. He restated his point again and again emphasizing its importance. Each time, the people declared their intention to follow God and obey his law. They agreed to put away their other gods and worship God alone.

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Saturday, Ordinary 36, Proper 27 Nov 8

Ruins of the City of Refuge, Tel Kedesh

Tel Kedesh, Israel a City of Refuge, Wikipedia, CCL


Meditation

Saturday, Ordinary 32, Proper 27 was a step into the world of danger. Every day, somewhere, a headline reads someone was killed. Back in the settlements of the Twelve Tribes, the Lord determined that a person, who accidentally killed someone, should have options. Most people thought if someone killed a family member, then that family should kill the one responsible, but because there were some horrible accidents, where there was no intension or plotting of murder, God said there should be Cities of Refuge or Safety.

The one who accidentally killed someone could flee to the safety of the cities and explain to the people of the city what had happened and once there, they could live their lives in peace until they were properly judged. They could live there until they were judged or until the priest died, at which time they could return home.

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