Tuesday, May 3, 2011

1 Peter 1:17-23 - The Epistle Lectionary Passage for Sunday, May 8, 2011

This is the NRVS translation of the lectionary epistle lesson for Sunday. This is also the passage I'll preach at Cove. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.


17If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God. Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

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  1. Last week we discussed LIVING THE LIFE OF TRIBULATION or THE PERSECUTED LIFE. This week we shall look at LIVING THE OBEDIENT LIFE. The key verse here is verse 22: "Having purified your souls by obedience to the truth for a sincere love of the brethren, love one another earnestly as from the heart."

    Barbara Woodhouse raises great danes. In her book NO BAD DOGS she writes:

    In a dog's mind a master or a mistress to love is an absolute necessity. The love is dormant in a dog until brought to full bloom by an understanding owner. Thousands of dogs appear to love their owners, they welcome them home with enthusiastic wagging of the tail and jumping up. They follow them about their houses happily, and to the normal person seeing the dog, the attention is true and deep. But to the experienced dog trainer this outward show is not enough. The true test of real love takes place when the dog has got the opportunity to go out on its own as soon as the door is left open by mistake and it goes off and often doesn't return home for hours. The dog loves only its home comforts and the attention it gets from the family; it doesn't truly love the master or the mistress as hey fondly think. True love in dogs is when the door is left open and the dog still stays happily within the earshot of its owner. For the owner must be the be-all and the end- all of its life.

    Of course we are not dogs, but God must be all in all to us. Then we will be obedient out of profound awe (fear) and devotion or love for our God. When the door is left open and we think we are on our own, we will not wander off as did the prodigal in the parable.