A summary statement of Psalm 1: Avoid the wrong thing or pursue it. Accept the consequences.
- General Description of Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread
- The First Passover
- Dead Egyptians
- Plundering the Egyptians
- Passover for Natives Only
In verse 9, Paul is accused by a crowd.
Its easier to be boldly negative in a crowd.
- Paul introduces himself
- How to be a good elder
- Silencing the rebellious
It’s interesting to me how specific Paul’s description is of the qualifications of an elder, how generic his criticism of the circumcision group and other rebels. It appears that a reader could end up interpreting the latter part of this chapter to meet his or her own preconceived notions. I will read some commentaries on verses 10-16 to see if there’s consensus or confusion on this particular passage.
Paul writes, in verse 16, that the church becomes stronger as it grows in love.
Instead of pumping this:
What About Him?
In verses 20-24, we find the origin of a major rumor. John knows he's not immortal, but that's not what some others thought they heard Jesus say.
Jesus warns his disciples that a time is coming when killing Christians will be considered a public service.
We see this occur throughout history and around the world today.
In comparison, Christians in the US today have great freedom.