YouVersion Reformation Reading Plan, day 239
I Corinthians 8
If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.
I Corinthians 8:2
Ouch! Paul really doubles down on setting the standard here; even if I’m not actually doing anything wrong, I need to be aware of how others perceive my actions. This is doubly true when I am living in the pride of my own knowledge. Where does this come into play? Alcohol? My speech patterns? Ouch.
I Corinthians 9
What makes Paul an apostle? The “seal,” or proof, is that he has taken the gospel to the people of Corinth (and other places).
Paul seems very upset that he is not being supported to the extent he feels is right, yet he proclaims that he has not claimed his rights so as not to hinder the gospel. He notes that Peter and others are supported fully, along with their families. Which is the scriptural example to follow? Should the church expect to support its shepherds and missionaries? Should those shepherds and missionaries be prepared to support themselves so as not to cause offense (or engender pride)? Yes to both?
II Chronicles 22
Ahaziah, who is an evil king, is killed by Jehu — who is on appointment from God to destroy the house of Ahab. Yet the memory of Jehoshaphat is so strong (and so positive) that the people of Judah bury him honorably anyway, for his grandfather Jehoshaphat’s sake. I pray for such a legacy — and that my sons will not fall away but will follow Christ even more closely than me.
II Chronicles 23
How joyous it is to throw down the baals and rededicate oneself to the LORD.
II Chronicles 24
It seems that the temple of the LORD requires constant maintenance and attention. If I (or my body) am such a temple, what maintenance should I be performing? What stonemasons and workers in bronze should I hire?
Joash follows God until Jehoiada dies. The he stones Jehoiada’s son Zecharaiah. Forsakes the LORD. Commits treachery. Zecharaiah calls out to the LORD for vengeance.
“Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.”