Corona Virus Day 93 Daily Devotion

Do the Loving Thing-Wear Your Mask in Public…
Act for the Common Good…
Spend 20 Minutes in Prayer and Silence…
Keep Trying Not to Touch Your Face…
Join in “Joy Hour” at 5:00…
Keep our Confirmands in Your Prayers…
“This Too Shall Pass”…
Remember, Covid-19 is a Public Health Issue…
Not a Religious Liberty Issue…
Plan on Attending Worship…It’s Youth Sunday!
Remember Those Who Offered Their Lives…
Be Grateful…
Remember the Joy of Your Wedding Day…
Be Open to the Guidance of the Holy Spirit…
It’s Rainy Friday, but Sunny Sunday is Comin’…
Pray Psalm Sixty-Seven…
Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters…
Take a Break, You Deserve It…
We Will Get Through this with God’s Help…
Congratulations Jade and the Class of 2020…
Congratulations to Lyla Sinisi, middle schooler…
Congratulations Rowan Collins, middle schooler
Enjoy God’s Verdant and Bright Creation…
Spend a Few Minutes with the Church Survey…
Be Thankful for this Chapel and its People…
Reflect God’s Radical Hospitality…
Welcome the Chapel Survey Call…
Give Thanks to God for our Care Deacons…
Enjoy the Sunshine…
Asking God’s Forgiveness…Juneteenth…
Rejoice, It’s a New Week to Serve God…
The Power of Prayer, Wednesday, 10:00…
Ride by the Chapel after Dark…Lights!…
Love Your Neighbor…Wear a Mask…

“What God does first and best and most
is to trust his people
with their moment in history.
He trusts them to do what must be done
for the sake of his whole community.”
Walter Brueggemann,
American Old Testament Scholar

Scripture
Matthew 18:21-35

Then Peter came and said to him,
“Lord, if another member of the church
sins against me,
how often should I forgive?
As many as seven times?
Jesus said to him,
“Not seven times, but, I tell you,
seventy-seven times…”

Our translation says “seventy-seven times” but actually the word more likely means “seventy times seven’ or 490 times. But, I don’t think that Jesus meant we should actually keep count because we would be tempted to build up resentment as the number grew larger. No, the point Jesus is making is quite straightforward. If you yourself have been forgiven, then your gratitude for that ought to make you ready to forgive others.

But, there is a deeper meaning here and the “seventy times seven” is the clue. In the book of Daniel (9:24) the prophet is told by God that Jerusalem will be forgiven but it will take praying for “seventy weeks of years”…in other words, seventy times seven years.

Perhaps this takes us back even further to the ancient law of Jubilee (Leviticus 25), which instructs that every 49 years (seven times seven) all debts must be forgiven and all land returned to its original owners.

Daniel hints at The Great Jubilee, the cosmic version of the Jubilee law. He says that there will come a time when God will deal, once for all, with all debts of every kind. And, here is Jesus announcing that through him that time has come. He is the Great Jubilee in person. His mission is to finally bring about God’s plan to deal with the evil that has infected the whole world. Forgiveness is the key feature of Jesus’ kingdom movement. Those of us who have willingly been drawn into that movement must forgive as we have been forgiven through Christ.

Meditation

In a time of silence and meditation imagine stepping into the kingdom of God where you are free to forgive others because through Christ God has forgiven you. Now imagine that you are so caught up in the joy of this cosmic jubilee that you confirm your citizenship in this loving kingdom by forgiving yourself.

Closing Prayer

Loving Lord, help us to find the joy in forgiving as we have been forgiven. Amen.

FORGIVENESS!

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul