Reflections: September 3, 2020
Thursday of the 12th Week after Trinity
By Mark Buetow
Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. (1 Kings 19:16)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Israel in the days of Elijah was a rough place to live if you were a faithful follower of God. Jezebel, the wicked queen to King Ahab, was a worshipper of the false gods Baal, Asherah, and many others. She had one goal: to make life miserable for Elijah, the faithful prophet. But the Lord told Elijah he would have a successor, Elisha, who would also be a prophet.
That's how it is in this world. No matter how nasty people get towards God's people, no matter how much they try to shut them up or persecute them or even kill them to get rid of them--the Lord still keeps sending preachers to call them to repentance and faith.
The Lord sent one prophet after another. Sometimes Israel listened and repented. Sometimes they killed the prophet. Then Jesus came in fulfillment of all the prophets had foretold, to do the work God has always promised. He, too, was persecuted and put to death by His own people. He rose again on the Third Day, and by His death and resurrection brought salvation for the whole world.
Even though the world at best doesn't really care, or at worst is hostile, Jesus sent His apostles out and they ordained more pastors. No matter what events have happened in this world and throughout history, the world has never lacked preachers to proclaim the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. The Lord continues to have patience with and mercy on this world by sending preachers to proclaim the forgiveness of sins and deliver it by Jesus' water, Word, Body and Blood.
Regardless of what is going on in the world, no matter how favorable or hostile it seems to religion, whether people listen or stop up their ears, Jesus makes sure His Good News is being preached so that sinners are saved. He will keep on doing that until He comes again in glory so that the Good News will always be proclaimed in this world. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Built on the Rock the Church shall stand Even when steeples are falling. Crumbled have spires in ev'ry land; Bells still are chiming and calling, Calling the young and old to rest, But above all the souls distressed, Longing for rest everlasting. ("Built on the Rock" LSB 645, st. 1)
-Rev. Mark Buetow is the pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in McHenry, Illinois.
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