Tag Archives: Fear of the Lord

World Weary Religion

Biblical Text: Luke 20:27-40

The question I asked in Bible Study to start discussion was “What is the most effective faith killer?” We were looking at the OT lesson for the day (Exodus 3:1-16), and there are a bunch, but what I wanted to build from was phrased by the group as “lack of experience of God”. And there are a bunch of different ways that can come about, but the one I wanted to hone in on was when religion slips into an insider code or a tradition not understood. That is the religion of the Sadducees.

This sermon might be a little rough, but I think it ponders an important point for the church. Has our religion slipped into a barely understood tradition? Is it a code that helps us ID our tribe, but has little to do with our daily lives? We need that experience of God. As Luther would say about baptism, “we daily arise to live before God in righteousness”. Is your religion world weary? Let a little fear of the Lord into your heart.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Numbers 16:41-17:13 and Luke 20:1-18

Numbers 16:41-17:13
Luke 20:1-18
The end of Korah’s rebellion, the perverseness of sin, Fear of the Lord

Sorry, I have a feeling I mumbled here because the OT story is just striking. Korah is one of those that does not get read from the pulpit, and you put it out of mind almost immediately because it is disquieting. The ultimate lesson for me is simple one of the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.