He healed a blind man. He did it on a Sabbath. The Jewish leadership was not happy with Jesus' miracle working on such a day so they to great lengths to ridicule the blind man and Jesus. Its at this point that Jesus identifies Himself as the Good Shepherd. What was Jesus really doing in this passage? Did the phrase, "Good Shepherd," have a unique meaning to the Jewish leadership? What makes Jesus a good shepherd for us today?
Paul concludes his letter to this newly planted church by reminding them to remain committed to each other. Commitment means being willing to invest in the lives of others. As Christians today we can have our greatest impact by making a real commitment to others.
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Paul now turns to reminding these new Christians that they must living differently than the worldly standards of their culture. God was set each Christian aside as something vessel for His use. Christians today can follow Paul's advice as we choose to live differently than the standards of today's society.
Paul as a missionary is concerned for his new Christian converts. He wants them to grow and mature, yet his quick dismissal from Thessalonica has put these Christians in jeopardy. He sends Timothy back to the city to check on these new Christians. Timothy's report shows Paul these new Christians have a strong faith and love for God and the lost. He is able to rejoice. Christians today can glean a great amount about missions and newly planted churches by looking at this section of 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:13.
Paul is grateful for the church at Thessalonica. He was rushed out of town after only a seemingly few weeks of missionary work. Yet this young church not only thrived but became an exemplary church. Many heard of their faith and work. We want to be known for our faithfulness, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope.
Jesus demonstrated the attitudes of humility and service when he washed His friends' feet. By doing so, He showed His follows how we should serve others. Christians can be servants in the kingdom and in their homes.
In the final section of Job, God confronts Job for his demands. Job who is seeking to defend his righteousness to his friends, has suggested God has unjustly punished him. Now God confronts Job. The end result is Job's repentance. But the section also reminds us that God has established order in all things.
Elihu appears suddenly on the scene of Job 32. He is not introduced beforehand nor is he mentioned after his speech. Why is he included in the story of Job? Does he play the role of youthful foolishness or is he foreshadowing God's own words? Sometimes we can act with arrogance.
Job makes a final attempt to understand his suffering. He seeks a day in court with God. He wants to know what he has done to deserve this suffering. Sometimes we suffer and it doesn't make sense to us why we are suffering so. Sometimes we bring greater suffering on ourselves we assume suffering is only caused as a consequence of sin.