Week 8 (29 Oct.- 4 Nov.) – Home in the World
Sunday – Finding a Home
Scripture Reading: Genesis 11:1-9
In the story of the Tower of Babel, we find that humanity is spreading out eastward and as people built homes in the land of Shinar, they founded a city. As they founded a city they began to build a tower to “make a name for ourselves.” In our human nature, we want to find homes where we can raise our families, be in community and “make a name for ourselves.” But in establishing our homes, we are to be doing it in God’s creation with God and not “for ourselves” and put ourselves in the wilderness.
Pastor’s Pondering: In the story of the Tower of Babel, what is the connection between God, people, language and Home in the World.
Monday – Wilderness – Searching/Make Do
Scripture Reading: Genesis 4:8-16
As we look again at the story of Cain killing Abel, we find that in life in the wilderness, we search and make do with finding a home in life. We find that “Cain went away from the presence of the Lord and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.” Even though we are created to live in the presence of the Lord in God’s creation, we settle for life away from the presence of the Lord and make our homes east of the garden of Eden, the place where God created us to live in homes in the presence of the Lord. Notice that for Cain, God’s grace is given to Cain by a mark of protection even as he is leaving the presence of God.
Pastor’s Pondering: What does this say about God’s grace for people settling in homes in the wilderness?
Tuesday – Israelites and the Promised Land
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1-9
As God brings Abram to the place that the Israelites will call home, we find that God has not just a plan but a place for God’s people to dwell. Although, as we find in the story of Israel, it is a journey to get there. Just as with Adam and Eve and the Garden, so it is with Israel that the connection to life at home in God’s creation is their faith in God. As long as God is at the center of their life together, they find their home – in the wilderness, in the promised land, and yes, even in exile from the promised land.
Pastor’s Pondering: What does this say to us about our homes in our lives?
Wednesday – Christ – no place to lay his head
Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:18-22
As we hear from Jesus, though the animals have places to lay their heads – places they call home, Jesus had no place to lay his head and call home. Christ knew that in his ministry/call to save us, his place would be among us, leading us away from the wilderness to our homes in God’s creation and eventually to the place that he has prepared for us.
Pastor’s Pondering: Why does Jesus say he has no place to lay his head?
Thursday – Christians – Where God places Us
Scripture Reading: Mark 5:1-19
As we find with the story of the man with the demon named Legion, we are not all called to leave our homes to follow Jesus. When the demon is cast out of the man and the man desires to go with Jesus, Jesus tells him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.” In following Jesus, we are to go and dwell where God places us that we may share with our community about what God is doing in our lives. Pastor’s Pondering: In what ways do our homes where God calls us enable us to share the good news of life in Christ/God’s kingdom/God’s Creation?
Friday – Permanent Residence?
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
As we see in this teaching of Paul, our bodies can be considered our homes for our souls. Paul writes about the longing we have to shed this mortal body and to replace it with our heavenly bodies. As I get older I begin to understand this more and more. But, we have a purpose/plan from God while in our bodies – our earthly home that we are to focus on recognizing that this life is only temporary and we do have a permanent residence in God’s Kingdom through Christ.
Pastor’s Pondering: Why is it important to remember that home in this life is only temporary with an eternal one awaiting us someday?
Saturday – Final Home?
Scripture Reading: John 14:1-7
The words of comfort that Christ gives his disciples to carry them through his arrest, crucifixion, death and resurrection is that he goes to prepare a place for us in God’s home. This is our final home in Christ. This is our forever place to abide with God to enjoy fully God’s creation without the separation and brokenness of the world and the wilderness.
Pastor’s Pondering: What do you think our final home will be like?