Husbands, Wives and the Impregnable Rock
Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 7
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 7:3
Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
The first verse of today’s reading tells us that 1 Corinthians is the answer to a letter from believers in the church there. Paul is responding, not dogmatically, not claiming every word is from God, but as a caring counselor. We may want to reread verses 6,12, 25, and 40. Notice statements such as, “I say this as a concession,” and, “But to the rest I, not the Lord say:” “Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord.” “I think I also have the Spirit of God.” This letter is “The Word of God,” not in the sense that God spoke directly here, but in the sense that it is an accurate record of Paul’s best advice as the one who had led many of these very people to Christ in the first place. Corinth had a population of 800,000 souls. Many may have messed up their marriages. The checkout counter tabloids would have sold well there. To all, Jesus says, “Come to Me” (Matthew 11:25-30).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Jesus, I come to You, as the old invitation song says, “Without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me, and that Thou bidst me come to Thee. O Lamb of God, I come.” Help me to pay attention to Paul’s advice, even if he does not claim it’s directly from You. Help me to listen carefully to my pastor also. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Paul was educated in the most prestigious rabbinical school of his time. His main teacher was Gamaliel, grandson of Hillel. Hillel is one of the most respected teachers in all of Judaism. After I stepped aside as leader of the Crossroads Ministry, I was appointed, Minister of Social Concerns. In this role, I tried to stay above politics and concentrate on the moral principles that should guide us to a better, more caring society. I’ve tried to avoid stepping into the quick sand of situational ethics, keeping my feet firmly planted on what the former British P.M. Gladstone called, “The impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture.”
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