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 May 9, 2018

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: 1 Chronicles 25-27
Audio: 1 Chronicles 25-27

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret,
whereas worldly grief produces death. ”
(2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV)

2 Corinthians 8 (ESV)

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favorof taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 10 And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. 11 So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness.15 As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

16 But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. 18 With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel.19 And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. 20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. 22 And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. 24 So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.

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  1. "We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 2 Corinthians 8:1-2

    The Inverted Life in Christ

    Being in God's Word daily really does make a huge difference if we read as spiritual nutrients. A severe test of affliction? Produced an abundance of joy. Extreme poverty? Produced an overflow in wealth of generosity. 

    This is the "inverted life" that is possible to those who "trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on [our] own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5).

    It doesn't happen automatically and God doesn't just do it for us. We have to TRUST…have FAITH…BELIEVE and HOLD EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE unto the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). 

    If we are born again and have the Holy Spirit, God is using trials, temptations and suffering to increase our reliance on Him not only to mature us in the faith but to be a testimony of the power of God in the lives of those who know us. 

    May we fix our eyes upon Jesus, "the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2). 

    Talk about suffering!

  2. I love this chapter!

    Although I was raised in church and have always believed, I am only just recently feeling like a new creation. I'm developing a personal relationship with Jesus, and earnestness is exactly what I feel. This is by far the greatest time of my life. 

    1. Hi, Bonnie – In 2 Corinthians 8:15, Paul is referencing Exodus 16:18. 

      In his Study Bible, John MacArthur writes:

      "The collecting of the manna by the Israelites in the wilderness was an appropriate illustration of sharing of resources. Some were able to gather more than others, and apparently shared it so that no one lacked what they needed."

      MacArthur, J., Jr. (Ed.). (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed., p. 1776). Nashville, TN: Word Pub.

      I appreciate and welcome your questions and I am grateful that after a long hiatus from reading/sharing, you are participating again!

      I encourage you to continue reading. As I've mentioned before, the Holy Spirit illuminates God's Word and brings insight and understanding. We have to prepare our minds and our hearts before, during and after we read. 

      Even if you read and do not understand, God can still use your time in His Word. Don't get discouraged. Just keep reading and sharing – and don't focus on understanding every verse.

       

       

  3.  10 And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. 11 So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 

    Paul is encouraging them to continue giving… they started excited about sharing their wealth, but started to falter when they felt it was taking to much, so he makes it clear that you are to give what you can, in your means.

  4. Encouragement for Persistence

    In this chapter, Paul encourages the believers in their commitment to serve others by setting apart gifts for the needs of the believers in Jerusalem.

    As I read through this, I got to thinking, this has a broader application. In my walk with God, it is easy to be excited about some ministry, some service and be fully committed. Yet a year or two down the road, is that zeal for ministry growing or waning? For many, zeal for ministry can wane over time. This was true of the Corinthian church.

     For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 1 Corinthians 8:9

    Our dedication and sacrifices for ministry pale in comparison to the sacrifice of Christ. This passage is very similar to that in Philippians 2:5-10 where Paul describes how Christ, even though He is God, humbles himself, and takes human form. He who was rich, became poor. Why? So that by his poverty, we may become rich. How beautiful is His expression of love?

  5. Paul in encouraging the other churches to not lose their zeal for giving! One church continued to give out of the little that they had!        I pray I will always have a giving heart!❤️😊

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