Monday, 3rd Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 13:44-52

Prayer Pointers:

For wisdom in discerning the Kingdom of God

To hold memory together with hope

For those who work the sea

Each of the Gospels provide a unique and valuable portrait of Jesus, but I suspect that Matthew, with his feet firmly planted in the Jewish world of Torah, captures the cultural thought of Jesus best. For instance, his regular use of the phrase “kingdom of heaven (kingdom of the heavens)” connects to Jewish piety about using the name of God that the gentiles Mark and Luke do not know. It is likely a piety that Jesus himself shared.

Matthew also shows greater concern to demonstrate that Jesus is grounded in “what came before.” The Jesus in Matthew is faithful to the Law—he comes to fulfill, not to abolish, he comes to reveal, not to abandon. The story that Matthew tells is of a Jesus who has one foot firmly planted on the Law and the Prophets, even as with the other foot he is striding toward the wondrous revealing of God’s new action. So, of course Jesus commends to the disciples the (now Christian) scribe, who acts with wisdom and knowledge and therefore draws out of both Old and New the treasures that belong to the Kingdom.

We Americans, on the other hand, have always been suspicious of “what came before.” The current accusations against the past and its inhabitants, however just those accusations may be, are nonetheless the latest version of what Americans have been saying from our beginning. We throw off the tyrannies of the past; we move toward a brighter future; we owe no allegiance toward “what came before.” I think a good argument can be made that our very tendency to let the past disappear, forget what happened “back there,” and live only, always in the present moment is one root cause of our current struggles.

For the Christian, we have no cause, no good reason to forget. We cannot ignore that we are part of a community that has a two millennia memory, with an extended family whose memory goes back even farther. More importantly, the Word that God speaks to us in this day does not change; wisdom always seeks to compare what we know of God now with what he told us back then. Both Old and New are full of treasures that the wise and knowledgeable seek.

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.