October 11 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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Death is fascinating and terrifying all at the same time for a lot of us. “Who done its” are all over television and yet, when faced with death, many of us experience crippling fear. This is nothing new. Paul, in today’s 1 Thessalonians reading, addresses the Thessalonians’ fear of and/or questions about death.

Jeremiah 16:16-18:23:

  • 19-4 – Jeremiah continues to harp on how ridiculous and wrong it is for people to worship idols that people can make.
  • 5-13 – Jeremiah contrasts the idiocy of trusting in a person with the wisdom of trusting in God. He also lists the consequences.
  • 14-18 – This portion is very reminiscent of a psalm asking for protection and also for destruction of his enemies.
  • 19-27 – Jerusalem had a choice to be faithful and flourish or to be unfaithful and face destruction.
  • 18 – Like God told Jeremiah, he started facing persecution from his own people.
  • 19-23 – Jeremiah hopes for the destruction of his enemies. Unlike Jesus who wanted God to forgive his enemies, Jeremiah wants them to be punished for what they’ve done.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3:

  • 2-8 – A theme throughout Paul’s letters is a call to holy living. Sexual morality and giving oneself to substances, and anger/self control are standard topics addressed.
  • 13-18 – Those who “are asleep” are people who have died. The Thessalonians must have been concerned about what happened when people died and what could be expected after death.

Psalm 81:1-16:

  • 6-10 – God asks Israel to remember the good things he has done for them so they will follow him.
  • 11-16 – The people did not obey and God lets them know what they’re missing out on.

Proverbs 25:6-7a:

  • Jesus gives similar advice on choosing where to sit at a banquet. Choose humbly and be pleasantly surprised if you’re honored.

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