Tuesday, 2nd Week after Pentecost

Text: Matthew 12:33-42

Prayer Pointers:

For honesty and humility in speaking

For cities and nations

For foreign missions

No sign will be given except the sign of Jonah…

As Jesus continues his sparring with the scribes and Pharisees, he invokes the ministry of Jonah, that reluctant prophet. The odd and wonderful story of Jonah ends with an entire city—Nineveh, the sin-soaked capital of the hostile Assyrian Empire—repenting on the basis of a five-word sermon. It is, without a doubt, the most successful preaching tour ever.

Jesus calls his opponents to account as much for their carelessness as their hypocrisy, because, for all their learning, they have become less attuned to God, not more. Their eyes see only themselves; their mouths speak words intended to increase their own standing; their actions are meant only for their own glory. The evil Ninevites could respond to Jonah, but these students and teachers of the Law cannot respond when someone greater than Jonah is present. Their call for a sign from Jesus comes from their sense that they are in position to judge and weigh; Jesus responds that their own words will condemn their arrogance.

Yet the Pharisees and teachers of the Law will get what they asked for and receive a sign. Just as Jonah was held in the belly of the great fish for three days, so Jesus will be held in the belly of death for three days. The message that will emerge from that three-day period will rock every capital, every empire, and call all people to account. Let the one with ears listen!

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


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

Miss Mollie's School of Grace Preschool

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824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  |

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.