Friday, June 21, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 172

The scriptures read are Nehemiah 10-12, Psalm 140 and 1 Corinthians 15.

Nehemiah 10. The oath and the signatories (not necessarily in that order.)

Nehemiah 11. The names of those who moved to Jerusalem and those who didn't.

Nehemiah 12. More names and the dedication of the wall.

Psalm 140. "I know that the Lord will champion the cause of the poor, the right of the needy."

1 Corinthians 15. Just like the Lord's Supper, Paul gives us our earliest written account of the resurrection of Jesus. Notice that he mentions 500 people who saw the risen Christ. It's like he's saying, "If you don't believe me, ask them."

Then Paul goes onto the importance of the resurrection: if Jesus didn't rise then we are screwed. Who would face ridicule, shame, pain and martyrdom if Jesus didn't rise from the dead?

Paul lists the ways Jesus recapitulates and reverses Adam's actions.Then he moves on to our resurrection bodies and how they will be as different from our present bodies as a full grown plant is from its seed. That flowering will come because Christ is in us, growing and giving us our final shape.

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