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31 July 2011

Sermon: Proper 13 (OT)

Pentecost 7 — 31 July AD 2011

Sermon Theme: No Such Thing As a Free Lunch

Babette's FeastSummary: From little on, we are told, “You get what you pay for.” But if this is the case, how can we get anything good from God when we are born as His debtors?

Today, speaking through Isaiah, the Lord calls us who have “no money” to “buy and eat!” How can we purchase anything “without money and without price”? Only if someone else pays for us. That “Someone” is, of course, Jesus.

In paying for our sins, Jesus gives us the credit for His righteousness. When we go before the Father, who demands perfect holiness, we offer faith in His perfect Son and the Father gives us every good and necessary thing.

Text: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

“Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.”
Isaiah 55:1-5

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear MP3 of No Such Thing As a Free Lunch, preached during the early service to the saints of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marshall, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 136:1-9; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21

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