Posted by: Pauline | July 22, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday July 29

Psalm 14

This psalm is often quoted as evidence of the foolishness of atheism, but the fool in this psalm is not one who denies the existence of God so much as one who considers it irrelevant. It is someone who does not expect there to be any judgment on human behavior by any authority higher than humans themselves.

While the psalmist says “there is none who does good,” there seems to still be in the psalm a sense that he is talking about “them,” as opposed to those called “the generation of the righteous.” But the apostle Paul quotes this in Romans to apply it to the entire human race, all of us needing a Savior.

Ephesians 3:14-21

We tend to think of needing strength to do some great work, or to endure something difficult. Paul prays for believers to have strength to know the love of God that is so great it is beyond knowing. Perhaps we need God’s power to know His love because we tend to have trouble believing something that sounds “too good to be true.” That God would love us, in spite of our sin, and not only forgive us but bless us with all the blessings Paul has been speaking of, certainly sounds to some people too good to be true. But Paul insists that it not only is true, but goes beyond what we are capable of even imagining.

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