Monthly Archives: January 2018

January 30, 2018 psalm 19:1-6, II peter 2-3, Psalm 18:7-14, (20)

This psalm is supposedly the amalgam of 3 psalms. Here we talk about God’s glory as the dawn breaks. II Peter 2 talks about false prophets and how their writings were to be avoided. This is similar to Jude. Among the Gnostics, the body doesn’t matter, only the mind. Therefore you can do whatever you want with the body. Similar to epicureans. II Peter shows how we should live. This is the world Job wanted to live in. Were the angels running around in the streets? This comes from Genesis and refers to the giants in the early earth. Angels refer to messengers or the mouthpiece of God. We must be aware of false prophets, but the problem is recognizing these people. Al says a tenet of Islam is that if you hear of about it and don’t believe then you are condemned. Many Jews believe in a redeemer who would come to bring a new order and deliver them from the Romans. Christ didn’t return as they expected, so Peter referred to the psalm that talks about each day to god is like a thousand years to us. We don’t really know the time. There is a tension throughout scriptures between God’s will and ours. This is so hard to understand so don’t twist it into your own uses.

January 23, 2018 psalm 124, I peter 3, psalm 125, (21)

So what did Peter have in mind when he was encouraging women to bring their husbands to faith in Christ. They are not referred as the inferior but maybe the delicate vessel. In the first generation of Christianity men and women had equality. Why did Peter feel he needed to make this statement to women. Interesting that Noah was saved from the water and are saved by the water in baptism through Christ. This chapter sets

January 16, 2018 Psalm 126, I Peter 4, Psalm 127, (19)

The Psalm talks about what God gives to us. If we avert a tragedy god is watching over us, if we don’t avert it then we hold God accountable. But Jesus says we may have to be persecuted in his name. We suffer for the evil that we do, but even in evil, there is still repentance available. Chuck talks about how choices are part of our God-given free choice and pray for others not necessarily for us. Sometimes we want answers and don’t understand why bad things happen or for that matter good things. Your suffering ties you to Christ. Verse 6 talks about the gospel being preached even to the dead and could be saved after death. Is this the justification that can come to others only at the end of their lives.

January 9, 2018 Psalm 123, I peter 3, Psalm 125 (21)

So what did peter have in mind when he was encouraging women to bring their husbands to faith in Christ. They are not referred as the inferior but maybe the delicate vessel. In the first generation of Christianity men and women had equality. Why did peter feel he needed to make this statement to women. Interesting that Noah was saved from the water and we are saved by the water in baptism through Christ. This chapter sets the criteria for speaking with God.

January 2, 2018 Psalm 123, I Peter 2 (150

The psalm asks for relief without bargaining for it. They didn’t offer to be good in exchange for help. It was a song they would sing to god for many years. We then talked about music in ancient times. In I Peter there is a longing for a heavenly home. The concept of purgatory might have come from Jesus saying he had to be made whole and then in Maccabees there is a description of playing for the dead. We are likened here to sheep who tend to wander off and Jesus will bring us back. The people are told they shouldn’t fight back when oppressed by others, but you should live justly no matter how much adversity you face. It was set in a time when Christians were a subject of derision. Peter writes to Christians who struggle because the live in this world but are really citizens of heaven.
He was encouraging people by saying that the time would come but we don’t know when. This could have been addressed to the servants in order to be saved and have the hope of heaven. We have to be careful that we don’t just knuckle under no matter what. Do we face suffering today although we think our faith is a result of our superiority and is a reward to us for our goodness.