Reflections: September 10, 2020
Thursday of the 13th Week after Trinity
By Mark Buetow
Then he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I have anointed you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel. You shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord, at the hand of Jezebel.'" (2 Kings 9:6-7)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The history of Israel (the ten northern tribes that split from Judah and Benjamin) is one of wicked king after wicked king. The Lord continued to send prophets to the evil kings to call them to repentance and urge them to return to following the true God. They didn't, and they persecuted and killed the Lord's preachers, besides. When God got angry enough, He would send along the next king and usually by violence against the current king, the new one would take over. It was God's judgment on His wicked people.
God doesn't put up with sin. He punishes it. The record of Israel is a warning, but it's also a foreshadowing. When Jesus came, the Promise that He fulfilled is that He would be the guy to take all of God's anger. Bad king? May as well be Jesus! Evil deeds? Put them on Jesus! The sin of the world? Lay it on the Lamb of God. Your sins? Pile them on the Son of God. That's the deal. He gets them all so we are relieved of their burden and curse.
That's how the Lord always dealt with His people. But those who didn't want His mercy got His wrath. It's the same for those who reject Jesus. Don't want your sins on Jesus? Don't want them forgiven? Yikes! Why wouldn't you! God will let those who think like that have their way. You, however, He has called by water and Word out from under His judgment and into His life, to be a part of His family. Jesus, the good King, died like a wicked King to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords who has conquered sin and death and made you a part of His kingdom of everlasting life. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O Jesus, King most wonderful! O Conqueror renowned! O Source of peace ineffable, In whom all joys are found. ("O Jesus, King Most Wonderful" LSB 554, st. 1)
-Rev. Mark Buetow is the pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in McHenry, Illinois.
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