2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23 + 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 + Psalm 27:1-6 + Proverbs 20:20-21
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Old Testament - Today we wrap up Second Chronicles. Ezra begins tomorrow!
New Testament - Today we begin Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth!
Author: Paul the apostle
Date: A.D. 55
Content: Paul had established a church in the Greek city of Corinth on his second missionary journey (see Acts 18:1-8), but things had gone very badly after his departure. He felt it necessary to write them concerning the many problems that had arisen. They were challenging his apostleship, abusing the Lord’s Supper, wondering about eating meat sacrificed to idols, going to court against one another, condoning immorality, denying the resurrection, arguing about marriage – to name a few of the problems. Paul felt that he had to deal with the situation, lest everything in Corinth fall to pieces. As Paul more or less systematically goes through these problems, he touches upon many of the fundamental teachings of the faith.
Theme: Paul’s major purpose in writing this letter was to correct some glaring abuses in the church at Corinth, showing the importance of how we live. It is not enough to say that we are Christians; we must also act like Christians. Not to do so is to bring dishonor upon the name of Christ. Paul also stresses the all-sufficiency of Christ for the believer. In Christ we are made pure, holy, and acceptable to God. (Above commentary is from Tyndale Publishers “The One Year Bible Companion” pp. 24-25)
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Psalms - Psalm 27 verse 1 is so powerful: "The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?" How is the Lord your light and salvation today? How is the Lord your stronghold? Are you afraid of anything?
Proverbs - Proverbs 20 verse 20 today teaches us: "If you curse your father or mother, the lamp of your life will be snuffed out." This is a great reminder to honor your father & mother! How have you learned to honor your father & mother in your life? Have there been blessings because you have honored them?
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II Chronicles 35-36:23
I wonder what the priests did, the ones assigned to carry the Ark, when Solomon built and dedicated the temple and it had a permanent resting place for it? Did they just hang out at the Temple when it was their time to carry the Ark they no longer carried? Spiritual unemployment is probably more deadly and dangerous then being unemployed in a career or the job one has chosen.
For all the years that the Ark set in the Temple, no one until Josiah, realized they could be doing something else, like help the people worship the God they had been designated to serve. Am I endanger of falling into spiritual unemployment?
Reading about Josiah’s unprovoked endeavor to go to war against King Neco who was at war, but not with Judea, reminded me of the following Proverb,
He who, passing by, stops to meddle with strife that is none of his business is like one who takes a dog by the ears. (Pro 26:17 AMP)
Josiah took the dog by the ears and eventually he had to let go … Wasn’t a pretty picture.
I Corinthians 1:1-17
Loaded down with gifts but still acting like little children, loaded down with the favor of God, yet forming groups to try to one-up the other group affiliated with that other guy. Think Paul’s warning only applies to the church at Corinth think again. Our value does not come from which Theologian, Preacher/Teacher we follow or which edifice we attend and call a church, but our value is given to us by the saving work done by Jesus Christ on the Cross.
The LORD is my light and my salvation--
so why should I be afraid?
The LORD protects me from danger--
so why should I tremble?
If I gave the Lord, then nothing should frighten me, if I am in a dangerous situation, why shudder. It just occurred to me that if I have fear and I am trembling at danger, I have made a choice, consciously unconsciously, to leave God and Jesus Christ out of the picture. That is not a good thing; it is a dangerous thing.
Maybe I’m making a big stretch, but the twenty-first verse speaks of inheritance. We usually, or should I say I usually here the word inheritance and think someone died and left something to someone and it usually isn’t me. I see inheritance as something passed on at the death of someone on the earth but I’ve never really applied it to what Jesus did on the Cross.
At Jesus’ death, he left an inheritance for those who call upon his name. Really, He left it for the whole world but to receive it something must be done,
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Rom 10:9 KJV)
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
(Eph 1:11 KJVR)
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
(Eph 1:14 KJVR)
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
(Eph 1:18 KJVR)
There are many scriptures that tell of the Believer’s inheritance and many have probably tried to appropriate what has been given to them to early, like the Prodigal Son. Just like him we take what has been given to us without first understanding its value, then we waste it. But when we come back to our “right mind,” the Father accepts us again even when we come back in the mindset of a servant.
Grace and peace,
Posted by: Ramona | August 03, 2022 at 07:54 PM
Wow we wrapped up 2 n 1 today..or 2 n 1 day I should say. 2 Chronicles..meddling into business Josiah has no business messing with..but it was prophesied..so..there's that.
We finished Romans..into 1 Corinthians..yay.. love the book of Corinthians..
I love Psalm 27 the Lord is our shield and our hope! I love how God's not dead!! Yes..
Posted by: Dd | August 04, 2022 at 06:48 PM