Today’s texts from Jeremiah and Matthew are talking about prophecy. The texts say that there is a need to distinguish between true and false prophecies, and to support the work of true prophets. Paul is talking about the need to avoid sinful behavior. He is saying that God will teach us a new way of living.
For Jeremiah’s and Matthew’s readers, the call to heed true prophecies and to support the ministry of true prophets shook the status quo. Paul’s readers were also shaken, particularly if they had become complacent, thinking that as Christians, their personal behavior no longer mattered. In our own day, we are reminded to take seriously the high standard of personal morality to which Christians are called.
Christ was “obedient from the heart” when he accepted his Father’s will and died for our sins on the cross. Ever since, we have been free from sin, and no longer need to obey our former master. Instead, we have been apprenticed to a new Master, Jesus Christ, who is teaching us in our new craft of holy living.
Preached by the Rev. Jake Dell on July 2, 2017 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.