A Story to Embody: Fourth Sunday in Lent

I love the connectedness between the verses shared in this week's readings!  I pray you enjoy:

Numbers 21:4-9
They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Thank the Lord because he is good.

His love continues forever.

That is what those whom the Lord has saved should say.

He has saved them from the enemy

and has gathered them from other lands,

from east and west, north and south.

Some fools turned against God

and suffered for the evil they did.

 They refused to eat anything,

so they almost died.

 In their misery they cried out to the Lord,

and he saved them from their troubles.

 God gave the command and healed them,

so they were saved from dying.

 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love

and for the miracles he does for people.

Let them offer sacrifices to thank him.

With joy they should tell what he has done.

Ephesians 2:1-10
In the past you were spiritually dead because of your sins and the things you did against God. Yes, in the past you lived the way the world lives, following the ruler of the evil powers that are above the earth. That same spirit is now working in those who refuse to obey God.  In the past all of us lived like them, trying to please our sinful selves and doing all the things our bodies and minds wanted. We should have suffered God's anger because we were sinful by nature. We were the same as all other people.

But God's mercy is great, and he loved us very much. Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God's grace. And he raised us up with Christ and gave us a seat with him in the heavens. He did this for those in Christ Jesus so that for all future time he could show the very great riches of his grace by being kind to us in Christ Jesus. I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it. God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.

John 3:14-21
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, the Son of Man must also be lifted up.  So that everyone who believes can have eternal life in him.

"God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. People who believe in God's Son are not judged guilty. Those who do not believe have already been judged guilty, because they have not believed in God's one and only Son. They are judged by this fact: The Light has come into the world, but they did not want light. They wanted darkness, because they were doing evil things. All who do evil hate the light and will not come to the light, because it will show all the evil things they do.  But those who follow the true way come to the light, and it shows that the things they do were done through God."

For more information on why I include the weekly Lectionary readings you can read my post: A Story to Embody.

In Christ,


1 comment:

  1. Joybug0056March 18, 2012

    Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, the Son of Man must also be lifted up. So that everyone who believes can have eternal life in him. ~ Awesome Truth isn't it!  We are do busy lifting ourselves up most of the time to lift anyone else up let alone Christ our Redeemer....loved your post today


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