But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.

Posted by Fr. Tere on 02/15/2016

In my memory, this verse from Habakkuk (2:20) was always the call to worship in the Methodist Church, in Jetmore, KS, where I grew up. All I ever thought, when hearing this, was of a magnificent room, with flowing drapes, lots of gold, a big throne, and God sitting on it, writing all my sins in his big book, with utter silence in the room. Wasn’t always the best preparation for worshipping and glorifying God.

Today we see the Lord in his holy temple – but the temple is in the desert, the wilderness, and Jesus was led there by the Holy Spirit immediately after his baptism, which had to be, even for him, one of the highlights of his life. All that he was meant to be is revealed and endorsed by his Father, speaking audibly, and by the Holy Spirit, who now joins with Jesus for his ministry. And now he’s alone, with no food, no comforts, probably just his cloak.

Now Jesus, as a man, had to live with Satan for 40 days and 40 nights – some holy temple, indeed. If Satan wasn’t testing him, we can be almost certain he was mocking him, poking fun at him, challenging him, trying to make him deny who he is, and who he is called to be. Remember, even though he was fully God, he was also fully Man. From our own experience we know that taunts can hurt and temptations are tantalizing.

In Mark’s theology, after Jesus denies Satan three times (reliance on self; power; challenging God the Father), Satan’s power against Jesus is denied from this point to the night of the Seder, the Passover, when he goes into the Garden. When anyone came against Jesus throughout his ministry, he could walk through the angry crowd, unscathed. Satan’s permission to harm Jesus was taken from him, so Jesus could show a foretaste of what the kingdom of God truly was – only a foretaste, because we must give our permission to be there.

To borrow from Lee Nelson, in the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 6: “…when you give to the needy…” (2); “…when you pray…” (5); “…when you fast…” (16) – the great “when yous” of Jesus. Each has a reward attached, as do all of God’s commands. And each of them moves toward conversion – “with regard to our neighbor” (giving), “with regard to God himself” (praying), and with regard to ourselves” (fasting).

Lent is a time to get blessed, by doing what Jesus has asked us to do – pray, fast, give, love, act.

It is also a time to learn. During the Wednesdays in Lent, I am going to talk about the Holy Spirit. I know most of you have dealt with this before – been there, done that. But we need to pray for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit on this place and on this people.

So, again, maybe on a different level, maybe for the first or the 40th time, we will welcome the Holy Spirit and learn more about him.

Pray for clarity of teaching, fresh anointing, an outpouring of love. The gifts are real, they are needed, each and every one of them, for the building up of the Church and this part of the church, the Body of Christ which worships at Christ our Redeemer Anglican Church, right here in Oklahoma City, Cleveland County, in the great State of Oklahoma. God, indeed, is in his holy temple. That temple is where the Holy Spirit dwells.

That temple is YOU.

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     Sunday 10am

     Wednesday 6:30 pm

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Bible Study - All are welcome

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     Tuesday 7pm

     Thursday 10am

Children's Sunday school 10 am 

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   Third Saturday of the month

   Men's bible study and fellowship

   8am with breakfast

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   and fellowship on the fourth

   Sunday of the month, 2pm.

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