“External Variables”

By Rev. Dr. Thom Bower, Ed. D on March 24, 2019

Isaiah 55:1-9

(translation by bower)

If you are thirsty, come to the waters;

even if you have no money, come, buy and eat!

Buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread?

why work hard for something that does not satisfy?

Listen to me carefully:

eat what is good,

and enjoy rich food.

Incline your ear, and come to me;

listen and be revived.

I will make with you an everlasting covenant,

the enduring loyalty promised to David.

As I made him a witness to the peoples,

a leader and commander for the peoples,

so you shall summon nations that you do not know –

nations that do not know you shall run to you,

because I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,

and I have honored you.

While the Lord may be found – seek!

While God is near – call out!

Let the wicked give up their way,

and the sinful their plans.

Let them return to the Lord,

that God may have mercy on them

and extend abundant forgiveness.

For the Lord says,

My plans are not your plans

and your ways are not my ways.

but just as the heavens are higher than the earth,

my plans and ways higher than yours.

Luke 13:1-9

Some who were present on that occasion told Jesus about the Galileans whom Pilate had killed while they were offering sacrifices. He replied, “Do you think the suffering of these Galileans proves that they were more sinful than all the other Galileans? No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did. What about those eighteen people who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them? Do you think that they were more guilty of wrongdoing than everyone else who lives in Jerusalem? No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die  just as they did.” Jesus told this parable: “A man owned a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it and found none. He said to his gardener, ‘Look, I’ve come looking for fruit on this fig tree for the past three years, and I’ve never found any. Cut it down! Why should it continue depleting the soil’s nutrients?’ The gardener responded, ‘Lord, give it one more year, and I will dig around it and give it fertilizer. Maybe it will produce fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.’”

 

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