Table Talk

Table Talk is a free weekly devotional that provides writings for use as a bulletin insert for congregations and for use in family devotions. It follows the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) used by SOLA Publishing. ILT makes it available every week, free of charge, on our Resources page and by email subscription. Table Talk's message delivers God's devotion to you, his wayward people, through his Son Jesus Christ.

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Monday Morsels

Holy Trinity Sunday, A

June 07, 2020

Some editor at a bible publishing house considered this paragraph and put a label on it: “The Great Commission.” The New Testament has five scenes like this. Scenes where Jesus “sends out” his disciples to be his witnesses. This one in Matthew has been elevated above the others because of its title, “Great Commission.” Its commands have inspired countless evangelism and discipleship programs, missions, and ministries. Those verbs of vs. 19-20—Go! Make! Baptize! Teach! –grip our imagination. Thousands, maybe millions, have heard the Word of God and been baptized because of them. Thanks be to God!

The Day of Pentecost, A

May 31, 2020

Jesus risks his life by attending the Festival of the Booths in Jerusalem (Jn. 7:25). He doesn’t go up to this post-harvest festival with his disciples (Jn. 7:8). After they have gone, Jesus goes but he goes incognito (Jn. 7:10). Then about half-way through the festival, he sheds his anonymity, enters into the Temple courts and begins to teach (Jn. 7:14). As a result, many try to seize him and take him to the ruling religious authorities, but they couldn’t “because his time had not yet come” (Jn. 7:30). Still, many others believed in him (Jn. 7:31). There is much contention and conniving going on among the people, the ruling religious authorities, and their officials.

The Seventh Sunday of Easter, A

May 24, 2020

Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (Jn. 10:30). It would be the death of him. Yet, Jesus constantly addressed God as “Father” and repeatedly asserted their identity as “one.” In both the Lord’s Prayer and in the passage before us—often called Jesus’ “High Priestly” prayer— Jesus’ calls upon God as “Father.” He taught the disciples to pray, saying “When you pray, pray like this: ‘Our Father, who art in heaven…’” (Mt. 6:9). Here, in his High Priestly Prayer, Jesus calls upon the “only true God” (vs. 3) using the address Father or Holy Father three distinct times (vs. 2, 5, & 11). The Apostle Paul tells us that only by the Spirit of adoption can we cry out, “Abba! Father” (Ro. 8:15)—that is, only as the Holy Spirit works faith so that we are children of God are we able to call upon the only true God with such an intimate name as “Father.”

The Sixth Sunday of Easter, A

May 17, 2020

Jesus makes a promise that we can only hear because we have received the Spirit of truth. The Holy Spirit anchors us in the truth about ourselves and about God—in this case, Jesus. This truth distinguishes between our love for Jesus and Jesus’ love for us. The former is fickle, failing, and false; the latter is true, constant, and enduring.

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