Saturday, May 30, 2009

June 7, 2009

Scriptures for the week of June 7th: Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17

Romans 8 is one of the most important passages in our faith. Paul gives words of comfort. He also uses comparison to help us understand the difference between life in the spirit and life in the flesh, between life and death, and between slavery and adoption. He reminds us that we are children of spirit, life and adoption. This is a good text for Trinity Sunday, because it speaks of the work of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We encounter this passage many times in our study of the lectionary. It could be one of the most famous passages of scripture. Nicodemus, a learned scholar comes to Jesus, a lowly carpenter for spiritual advice. “For we know that you could do the things that you do, only if you are in touch with God”, says Nicodemus. He only knew what he had heard about this man, and he needed to see for himself, but he wanted no one to see what he was doing. What about you, do you seek Jesus in the light, or in secret. Jesus is always both places in or lives.
Questions What do Isaiah's theophany and Nicodemus's conversation with Jesus teach us about the Triune God? Where do we encounter God in three persons in this week's Trinity Sunday readings? Compare the function of Isaiah's live coal to Jesus' baptism by water and Spirit.

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