May 20 - Pentecost Sixth Sunday   

The Point of this Week’s Readings

The word “Trinity” does not appear anywhere in the Bible. However, there are many texts that identify the Trinity. With the exception of the psalm, each of our readings point to the three persons of the Trinity.

The Psalm (Psalm 29) is a hymn in praise of God the King of creation. The glory of the Lord is not only visible in the creation, it is also audible in creation’s most awesome sounds. The name Yahweh (“the Lord”) is sounded four times; in the body of the psalm it is heard ten times. The voice of the Lord” is repeated seven times—the seven thunders of God. The numbers four, seven, and ten often signified completeness in OT number symbolism.

The Old Testament (Isaiah 6:1-8) is about the calling of Isaiah to a life as God’s prophet and preacher to the nation of Judah. The people had mocked the “Holy One of Israel” (5:19), and now He has commissioned Isaiah to call them to account. Holy, holy, holy is a repetition that underscores God’s infinite holiness. In Hebrew the repetition expresses a superlative; God is supremely holy. This threefold repetition is also reminiscent of the three persons of the Trinity.

The Epistle (Acts 2:14a, 22-36) is a continuation of Peter’s Pentecost sermon. Most of the verses are about Jesus and His ministry. The mention of the Father is found where the word “God” is used and is sprinkled throughout this text. The Holy Spirit is spoken of in verse 33.

The Gospel (John 3:1-17) is Jesus’ teaching Nicodemus about the Kingdom of God. Jesus is the speaker and points Nicodemus to the purpose of Jesus’ ministry as explained in these verses. The Father is again found where the word “God” is used. The Holy Spirit is identified in verses 5, 6, and 8.

For more in-depth commentary on each reading, read the "Notes for coming Sunday" found in the Sermon Notes section of this web site.  

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