L: The God who created
us, is calling us P: Let us listen to God's voice
L: The God who loves us, wants to prepare us for his Kingdom P: Let us enter God's gates with open hearts and open minds
L: The God who loves the Church is asking us to be one. P: Let us stand together in unity and love to the
praise of our God!
Speaking on Behalf of
God? a sermon based on Deuteronomy
18:15-20 & Mark 1:21-28 by Rev. Richard Gehring
seems as though a lot of people these days claim to be speaking on behalf of
God. As we find ourselves in the midst of an election year, there are plenty of
folks on both sides of the political aisle who want to claim God's blessing on
their policies. Whether it's increasing spending on social services and raising
taxes on the wealthy or seeking bans on gay marriage and abortions, people
across the political spectrum point to God for their motivation.
The question that we
need to consider, then, is how we discern who really is speaking for God. Who
really carries this authority? Our texts for this morning offer some important
insights into answering that question. In these passages, we find probably the
two most authoritative spokesmen of all time–Moses and Jesus. And their words
and actions tell us a lot about what we can–and cannot–expect from those who
truly do represent God.
In our Old Testament scripture for the morning, we find some of Moses’ final
words to the people of Israel. Moses has, of course, been God’s
representative to the Israelites for some time. And although some may have
doubted his credentials to begin with, there has been no doubt that God has been
speaking through Moses for quite some time.
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