There are all kinds of ways we attempt to separate ourselves from others we disagree with or don’t approve of. This is nothing new. In today’s Colossians reading Paul lists a number of identifiers the Colossians had used to separate worthy from unworthy, good from bad. Paul reminds them that knowing and following Christ trumps all of these delineations.
- 8-22 – The Israelites are feeling the consequences of their sin and unfaithfulness. They’re wondering if there is any remedy as they realize God is far from them at this point.
- 1-6 – Jeremiah is grieved because of the sins of his people. He mourns because of their disconnection from God.
- 7-11 – God’s response does not give much comfort.
- 12-22 – The Israelites are called to mourn over their unfaithfulness.
- 23-26 – God makes it very clear what he’s looking for. He lets the people know that they are not just to be circumcised in body, but also in heart. He is looking for faithful followers.
- 1-10 – Paul lays out the differences between what the Colossians should focus on versus what is meaningless. They should focus on the things of God and walk away from sinful nature.
- 11 – Commitment to Christ trumps any other delineation.
- 12-17 – Beautiful verses! Definitely ones to memorize. Similar to the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians, against these good things, there is no law.
- This portion of the psalm recounts that the Israelites were not faithful despite the many reasons they should have been. It then recounts many of the reasons.
- Many of the proverbs remind us to be diligent, to plan, and not to act rashly. This one follows a similar theme. Plan and prepare first, then act.