I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit. Therefore once more I accuse you, says the Lord, and I accuse your children’s children. Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit. Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.In addition, Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16 was also worth noting (although some verses were missing).
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honour by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So we can say with confidence,If you were not paying attention and were relying on the sermon to expound on these verses, you may have been surprised at the lack of reference to things such as holding marriage in honor, or to the cracked cisterns we have built on our own which we think can sustain us.
‘The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?’
Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
To me it was no surprise, because our curate, who was delivering the sermon, is known to have been appointed to serve on the task force to develop liturgies for same sex blessings as noted in the parish newsletter. She helping to build a cracked cistern. Of what profit is that?
Those who are prophesying that same-sex liturgies are the way the church is moving are nothing more than those who prophesy by Baal. Has the church changed its gods? Yes, if you are talking about the Episcopal church and its leaders.
Those leaders cannot expound on today's conjunction of Jeremiah and Paul's letter to the Hebrews. They are bound to their new god. Baal will not let them utter those words he cannot bear to hear.
As part of our continuing education project, in the reading from Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16 verses 9-14 were omitted today by the RCL.
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings; for it is well for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by regulations about food, which have not benefited those who observe them. We have an altar from which those who officiate in the tent have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the city gate in order to sanctify the people by his own blood. Let us then go to him outside the camp and bear the abuse he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.Oh dear, why won't we go there?