Mountain Top; Lent 1, Scout Sunday
reading, Romans 10.8b-13
of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life
of fasting, and various kinds
power against evil
ability to clarify when we are confused
is written” – answers already there! (Lectio)
him the memory took the place of books” (32)
privilege and power … or holiness and serving?
is both “led by the Spirit” and “tempted by the devil”
the wild” (MSG)
the people of God as a whole and men and women of God individually are led by God
into the wilderness. “My father was a wandering Aramean.”
– early dates with Robin. Happy Valentine’s Day!
bonding – spring break hiking trip with dad, summer canoe trip with Jesse,
Scout camp outs
– copperhead on the trail, hunter out of season
friend of mine
the people of God as a whole and men and women of God individually are led by
God into the wilderness. And, it is not a safe place. Abraham and his son Isaac
on a three day wilderness journey in which Abraham expects to sacrifice his
son. Hagar and Ishmael dying of thirst. Moses thinking his life was over.
Israel watching an entire generation destroyed through attrition and judgment.
Elijah wishing he were dead.
it’s Jesus’ turn to endure the wilderness, and to be alone, for forty days and
forty nights. He lies down, alone. He wakes up, “with my self.” He is
face-to-face with evil in its most appealing form. His natural desires for
food, recognition, success, ambition, are being undermined and turned against
him. Even holiness is turned against him – the devil quotes Scripture!
happens for Jesus is what needs to happen for us when we are in our wilderness.
He learns to accept natural desires without allowing it to control his life. He
learns to pursue holiness without becoming obsessive.
allowing them to control us:
knowledge of his own life (37).
[demons] no heed, treating them as strangers to us, and let us not obey them,
even in the event that they arouse us for prayer, or talk to us about fasting.
Rather, let us devote ourselves to our own purpose in the discipline (51).
belongs to Jesus:
… gave to the body the victory over the devil, so that each of those who truly
struggle can say, It is not I, but the grace
of God which is in me. (34)
the Summer EP and Limbs and Branches LP
C. Gregg. 1980. The Life of Antony and
the Letter to Marcellinus. New York: Paulist Press. (Originally written
around the year 356).