Rev. John Zimmerman of St. John Lutheran Church in Pittson, PA & Immanuel Lutheran Church in Scranton, PA joins Rev. Brady Finnern to study Matthew 9:32-38.
As Jesus has proven His authority by healing and teaching and He gives us a shot of reality. The need for the Gospel to be preached is great, but the preachers are few. Each generation of the church has seen the need for preachers of the Word and Christ gives basic instructions on how we should react: Pray. He is the One who provides the workers and calls us to proclaim the truth of His Word. Start praying and He does provide. “Lord God, provide pastors and workers around the world for the sake of proclaiming Your Word and bringing Your gifts of salvation. Keep them faithful to their callings and for all of us to work in Your kingdom to give Light in a dark world. In Christ, Amen”
Thy Strong Word reveals the light of our salvation in Christ through study of God’s Word, breaking our darkness with His redeeming light. Each weekday, two pastors fix our eyes on Jesus by considering Holy Scripture, verse by verse, in order to be strengthened in the Word and be equipped to faithfully serve in our daily vocations.
Thy Strong Word is hosted by Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, MN, and graciously underwritten by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation.
Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak
32 As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. 33 And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”
The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. esv.org