June 16, 2023 Service

Most of the readings for today share a vivid common image. The Old Testament Reading from Ezekiel is a messianic prophecy that ends with a high and lofty mountain. It has a final-day image of all the trees knowing who the Lord is, and all God’s people dwelling securely in His presence. The Gospel also pictures a tree—of impressive size. It looks forward to the great harvest that comes from the growth of the kingdom of God, which began as a tiny mustard seed. The Psalm, too, describes a tree, firmly planted and prospering (Ps 1:3). In all three of these readings, the one who brings about this glorious conclusion to the church is God through the Messiah—and that is common to the Epistle from 2 Corinthians.

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