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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 1st Sunday of Luke

allsaintsSeptember 27, 2015

Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Apolytikion of Martyr Callistratus and Companions in the Fourth Tone

Parish Council on Duty
George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Michael Fossler, Marion Koliniatis

Matthew 14: 1-12

The Gospel of Matthew

Session 3 – 9/28/2014

Sampson Kasapakis

Matthew 14:1-12

Herods Fears

 

Intro: Story-“Young and the Restless, General Hospital, One Life to live…”

Meaning of the story: The importance of knowing the people of the Bible passage, who they really are, and what their role is in the Bible passage.

Transition: Today we are going to talk about the two main people in this bible passage we will cover today. We will cover what their roles are and how they are different.

Herod the Tetrarch

1. Generally known as Herod the Tetrarch or Herod Antipas. Caesar Augustus of Rome ratified Herod’s position as tetrarch when his father, Herod the Great had died and his kingdom was divided into four parts.

2. There are plenty of Herods throughout the Bible. This one is not to be confused with:

a. Herod the Great, his father, who ruled when Jesus was born – Mt 2:1,3,19

b. Herod Agrippa I (nephew), who killed James in Acts 12:1-2

c. Herod Agrippa II (grand-nephew), before whom Paul appeared in Acts 26:1

3. His “Accomplishments” as Tetrarch: Governed Galilee and Perea for 42 years (4 B.C. – 39 A.D.), Built the cities of Sepphoris, Tiberias, and oversaw other projects, Imprisoned and executed John the Baptist (Mk 6:14-29), Sought to kill Jesus because He described Herod as “that fox” in (Lk 13:31-32), Later mocked Jesus prior to His death, which led to friendship with Pilate (Lk 23:7-12)

4. Herod had the potential and power to be a great man. But those in positions of power often have personal failings. Such was true of Herod Antipas since he was easily manipulated.
St. John the Baptist:

A. He was faithful to the Word:

1. His message was a call to lead everyone to repentance Mt 3:1-2

2. He did not back away from pointing out the sins of the king since Herod had married his brother’s wife, Herodias. It was an unlawful marriage for several reasons: a) Philip was still living, making it adultery b) She was Herod’s niece c) The Law prohibited marrying a brother’s wife – Lev 18:16; 20:21

3) Rather than change his message to accommodate the king, John was willing to go to prison and ultimately die for the Word of God!

 

Conclusion:

The difference between them: Fear! Let us think to ourselves, what is our deepest fear?

 

Ending Quote from Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Matthew 2:1-8; 2:9-12; 2:13-18

Adult Study Class

The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 2:1-8, 2:9-12, 2:13-18

Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos

Things you should know:

A. Visit of the MagiMt 2: 1-8

Magi were originally members of the  Persian priestly class skilled in ancient science such as astrology. Venerable men seekers after eternal life and universal truth.

Dwelt in the east, supposedly three but actual number not known.

B. Star of Bethlehem Mt 2:9-12

Great star seen in the sky- alignment of planets in 7 BC Saturn and Jupiter joined a year later by Mars.

Herod, Christ Birth, insecurity of ruler.  Herod tried to use Magi to find Jesus Christ the child.

When the magi saw the star, they knew that their goal was at hand and they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

Came into the presence of the Christ child and His Mother and fell down to worship him.

Mystical Significance of Gifts:

  • Gold- sign of Christ’s royalty
  • Frankincense- evidence of His deity
  • Myrrh- sign of His saving birth

In the Magi, God reveals His love for the Gentiles, allowing them to hear His voice, using such methods of revelation as they would listen.

Adoration a royal homage

 C.Flight to Egypt Mt 2:13-18

Arise and the child and His mother flee to Egypt for Herod’s about to seek for the child to destroy Him.

God knows us and protects us even warns us what is good or bad-

Question are we listening?

Fulfillment of prophecy – Hosea 11:1

“From Egypt I have called My Son”

Herod is mocked by the Magi becomes indignant and slaughters children under 5. This caused people to all the more follow Him.

Death of innocent – 14,000 Infants in Bethlehem.

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 1st Sunday of Luke

Martyr  Phocas– September 22

The Master hath established thee as a divinely-radiant luminous, and spiritual sun shining upon the multitude of the Church’s faithful, O glorious Martyr Phocas; for He hath accepted thy life, faith and contests as fragrant myrrh, since He alone is abundant in mercy.

Kontakion in the Second Tone

Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, James Carras, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler