Monday, 2nd Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 12:22-32

Prayer Pointers:

For joy in the Holy Spirit

For clarity of purpose in life

For new pastors beginning calls

This famous confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees hinges on the words of Matthew from earlier in the chapter, where Matthew quotes Isaiah:

Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,

my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice…

One of the early Church Fathers declared in a sermon on this text that “the whole world is presented to Jesus in this man: unable to see the truth, unable to declare the truth, caught by the power of the devil.” For the Pharisees, as students of the Law and as teachers of others, to not recognize God’s Spirit upon Jesus is a sign of their own spiritual captivity. They are unable to see rightly, unable to speak rightly, and are caught by Satan.

Jesus points out the folly of their position with his point that if Satan is at war with himself, then his kingdom—and those in his kingdom—are in grave trouble. But, if there is a champion, one strong enough to wrest from Satan his captives, then there is hope. The anonymous Church Father again: “when this man is freed, whom did the crowd extol? The Prince of lies? No, they gave glory to the Son of David. Yet they will see greater things, for it is not just David’s son, but God’s son who is in their midst.”

We who have been baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus are wrestled from Satan’s terrible grip and brought into the peaceable kingdom of the Son. As adopted sons and daughters of God, we have been given the Spirit that we may see and speak truthfully, seek justice for those who have been denied it, and ensure that the Beloved Son is glorified in our work.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.