Sermon 16th August 2015

Trinity 11 2015 Pr 15 1 Kings 2:10-12,3:3-14 Eph 5:15-20  John 6:51-58

Over the last few weeks we have been reading of the life of King David in the 1st Book of Kings.  Looking back he was not born to be a king in the usual sense but had been sought out by the prophet Samuel after the death of King Saul.  In the part of the Old Testament we have been reading we learn of the establishment of the Monarchy in ancient Israel. Saul was really an elected king, David a king believed to have been chosen by God and now Solomon the first hereditary king. David was much challenged by kingship and it took a long time for him to get used to that sort of servanthood and the demands it made on his lifestyle and probity.

David’s son, Solomon carries on where David left off including what has been learned from the throne.  The gift Solomon askes for is not for himself but for his better reigning over the people.  He becomes known as a wise king, available to all to settle the most difficult arguments.  His name has come into our own culture when we remark that someone has ‘the wisdom of Solomon.’ God, it seems according to the author, was, in the end, pleased with David, and Solomon seeks to emulate his father.

When we baptise Hugo in a minute we draw him into that long tradition of each generation learning and teaching the next about their apprehension of and faith in a God who they know in love, comfort and challenge and whom they believe to be utterly wise and forgiving. The problem is that the younger generation learns everything from the last, good and not so good!

Perhaps St. Paul might help.  When he writes to the young church in Ephesus he writes to a very challenging place. A city of the Roman Empire, completely given over to the worship of an idol, the goddess Diana it was not easy for the new converts. It is in this letter that Paul makes what some people see as disparaging remarks about women but the city was run by women and with a feminine deity the men were the underdogs!  He doesn’t really say much more than ‘let the men have a say’ when he tells the women to keep quiet!

Hugo is born and baptised into a world full of self-interests and conflicting loyalties.  Amongst it all a firmly established Christian faith will give him strong ground to stand on.  Feeding on the being of Christ will direct, encourage and support him.  And he will challenge in his speaking and doing what previous generations have done.


© Frank Wright 2015

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