Stumps and Evergreens - September 2021

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on September 14, 2021

The stumps and evergreens outside of church can remind us of today's Bible reading. View the introduction to the lessons here.  In yesterday's reading, Isaiah sees the Assyrian army advancing from village to village until they are at Nob, just a mile or two north of Jerusalem (see Isaiah 10:28-34), In our lesson for today (read Isaiah 11-13 here) the royal house of King David looks like a dead stump (Jesse was King David's father), cut down and humbled by the Assyrians. From that stump, the Savior will come. 

We were dead stumps too (remember Ephesians 2:1), dead in sin but made alive in Christ. From our New Testament lesson (read Ephesians 4:1-24 here), the evergreens outside of church can remind us to reflect that new and everlasting life in our daily lives. 

“Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done,
    and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things;
    let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
    for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” Amen.

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