DIVINE SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMS
3200 HWY. K. SOUTH
HARTFORD, WI 53027
PHONE: (262) 673-5140
SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS MAY 25TH
Worship Services - Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 a.m
FALL, WINTER & SPRING SCHEDULE
Beginning September 7, 2014
Worship Services – Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays 8:00 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Bible Class – 9:15 a.m.
Contemporary Service – every first and third Sunday of the month at the 10:45 a.m. service
Thursday: The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing (NIV Isaiah 51:3).
If I’m right and ‘pursuing righteousness’ has to do with Judah’s loyalty to Moses’ covenant, then it is interesting that Isaiah goes back beyond Moses to Abraham to remind Israel about who they are and who their God is. And it’s doubly interesting that Isaiah goes back beyond Abraham to Adam and the Garden of Eden to talk about God’s ultimate plans and purposes.
Judah seemed to think that they were the center of God’s plans and that He should get busy giving them the little strip of land and protection from geopolitical enemies. Isaiah reminds that God’s plans and purposes are bigger—much bigger. He doesn’t just want Judah secure in their little strip of land. He wants the whole earth renewed for all people. He wants humanity to come back into Eden. He wants a new creation.
We need that reminder, too. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our troubles and our lives that we forget that God has much bigger things cooking—things so big that they require the death of His Son and His resurrection. And it pays to remember that the resurrection of Jesus is not just His victory over death nor is it only a guarantee that I will be raised (though it is both of those things, too.) No, the resurrection of the Son of God is the dawn of the God’s new creation.
Daily Bible Reading: Ephesians 1:1-23
– Pastor Doug