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.
Ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Sometimes, it is an honest, innocent mistake. Other times, however, we probably shouldn’t have been in that place in the first place. This is how David got himself in the biggest trouble of his life. He sees a beautiful woman bathing on a roof and even though she’s someone else’s wife, he has to have her. The thing is, though, he shouldn’t have been home to see her in the first place.
2 Samuel 9:1-11:27:
- 1-13 – It wouldn’t have been strange for a king to kill everyone in the line of the previous king to prevent them from trying to take back power. Instead, David holds true to the covenant he made with Jonathan and treats Mephibosheth like his own son.
- 1-4 – The Ammonites didn’t trust David’s kindness and they repay his servants with dishonor. Shaving half their beards would be a sign of dishonor and would make them look ridiculous and cutting off part of their garments was to expose and embarrass them.
- 12-14 – God blessed the Israelites with two simultaneous victories though both seemed like they would have been difficult.
- 1 – David was supposed to be in battle, but chose to stay home and send others out to do his work for him.
- 2-13 – Because David was in a place he shouldn’t have been, he was left open to sin. David tries to cover his sin up by bringing Uriah home so he could think the baby was his. Uriah is too honorable and refuses to enjoy the pleasures of home while the other soldiers are out at battle.
- 14-27 – David assures that Uriah will be killed in battle. This, to some degree, covers up David’s sin. The Lord, however, knows what David has done and is not pleased.
- 4-11 – Beautiful imagery reminding us that we must stay connected to Christ, the source of anything good that can come from us. When we are connected to him, we bear good fruit.
- 12 – Jesus repeats a commandment he gave in the reading two days ago. Repeating a commandment solidifies its importance.
- 17 – He repeats the command to love one another a third time. Clearly this is a crucial command that he intends for all believers to follow.
- 20-21 – Jesus prepares his disciples to receive the same persecution he has received. We, as believers, should expect the same if we are living like Christ.
- 22 – If the persecutors had not known Jesus, they could have claimed ignorance.
- 61 – The psalmist expresses the importance of remaining faithful to God even in the midst of hardship and oppression.
- A powerful explanation of our plans versus God’s. When we offer up our plans to God and give him ultimate authority, we are certain to see success.