Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 01-MAR-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Andrew Dutney
Lent 1 – Immediately after his baptism, the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil; and when the devil tried to subvert him with 'proof texts' from the Scriptures, Jesus responded with verses from the book of Deutoronomy to summarise everything the Jews had learnt about God when they themselves were in the wilderness. Jesus knew where he stood, and he stood in the law; the tempter had no power over him. The ancestors had been taught that their vocation was to be the people of God for the sake of the world; and by echoing what the ancestors had learnt, Jesus was revealing that he himself was the embodiment of that sacred vocation. The novel "Gilead" (2004) by Marilynne Robinson is mentioned in the sermon, for the way it deals with passages from the Scriptures that assure us that however daunting a wilderness may feel or be, there is a promise that God will send angels at the critical time.
Matthew 4: 1-11

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