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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The Second Sunday After Epiphany

January 17, 2020

Titles. Titles belong to specific offices—that is, they provide us with the function, purpose, or task of the person to whom the title belongs. In this passage from the gospel of John, we are provided with five of the seven titles given to Jesus in John 1:19-51. The titles here are “Son of God,” “Rabbi,” “King of Israel,” “Son of Man,” and “him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote.” The final two to round out the seven are “Messiah” (Jn. 1:41) and “Lamb of God” (Jn. 1:29). Of all these titles, Jesus uses “Son of Man” most frequently. Jesus, who often refers to God as Father, avoids claiming the title Son of God and instead uses Son of Man.

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The Baptism of Our Lord

January 10, 2020

Imagine the crowds drawn by John the Baptist. All… All the country of Judea. All… All Jerusalem were going out to him (vs. 5). That kind of celebrity could go to someone’s head. That kind of celebrity brings quite an honor to a man “clothed in camel’s hair and leather” who foraged from the countryside for a meal of “locusts and wild honey.” Yet, this man of whom Jesus said, “among those born of women no one is greater than John” (Lk. 7:28), demurs and rejects that honor and claims his honest unworthiness by saying, “…the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie” (vs. 7).

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The Feast of Epiphany   

January 06, 2020

The Magi worshiped the infant Jesus. Now, in this time of sentimental Christmas celebrations, much admiring and gushing surround our notion of worship. Baby Jesus is nice; he is cute. Don’t you just adore him? The cuteness overwhelms the truth. As a mentor of mine used to caution, “Love without truth is mere sentimentality.”

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Second Sunday After Christmas

January 03, 2020

This term, “my Father’s house,” used here by Jesus to indicate the Temple, contains the Greek word from which we derive our English word, “economy.” The word is a large word, encompassing something as simple as a household and the myriad of tasks which take place within, or as large as a nation and the multitude upon multitude of interactions taking place daily. The Gospel of John has it stretching from earth to heaven. The earthly place for “my Father’s house” is the Temple where Jesus taught the teachers (Lk. 2:46) and the Temple where Jesus chased out the moneychangers (Jn. 2:16). The heavenly place for “my Father’s house” is that place from which Jesus comes, returns, and promises his disciples he will deliver them into it (Jn. 14:2ff).

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