July 26, 2020 ~ Love and Hope

Readings for Sunday, July 26, 2020

Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Love and Hope:

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

          We know little about the church or churches in Rome to which Paul’s letter is addressed or about the circumstances in Rome or in those churches that may have initiated the letter. We do know it was written near the end of Paul’s time as a preacher.

Paul’s letter to the Romans is shaped by Paul’s understanding that history is about the relationship of the Creator to the creature. Paul’s focus is on the work of God. The theme is God’s gracious act of reestablishing lordship over all of creation through the gift of Jesus Christ. God is the subject. God actively accomplishes the redemption of all things in creation. God works with us, who are the first fruits of God’s redemption, and joined with God’s Spirit for God’s good work. If we have hope in the midst of our suffering, it rests in this love: God’s love that makes us God’s own beloved children, one with Christ, to share his glory. This hope nothing can ever take away.

Source:       “Feasting on the Word” Bible Study Curriculum, PCUSA

 
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