Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 159

The scriptures read are 2 Chronicles 26-28, Psalm 129, and 1 Corinthians 4.

2 Chronicles 26. Uzziah, the leper king, merits only a paragraph in 2 Kings but gets a chapter here. And we learn why he got the skin disease.

2 Chronicles 27, 28. We learn a bit more about King Jotham but the most interesting story is that of Ahaz. We get a lot more detail than 2 Kings gives us, making Ahaz one of the worst kings ever of Judah. By the end he is a functional pagan, having stripped and closed the temple while seeking the favor of any god he can think of.

Psalm 129. The psalmist recalls brutal persecution in his youth and is in no mood to forgive, He wants his enemies to get what they deserve.

1 Corinthians 4. Paul finishes his discussion of how apostles and church leaders should be viewed: as servants of Christ. Leave the final judgment of people up to God.

Paul points out how well off the Corinthians are compared to the apostles. Why do he and his coworkers suffer so much? For Paul it's because he is like a spiritual father to them. And when he returns to Corinth, he doesn't want to be Angry Dad.

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