Jan 28, 2015
In yesterdays two chapters, Joseph's brothers went back
to Egypt with Benjamin, Joseph's younger brother. Joseph
contrived a creative way to reveal his identity. When Pharaoh
heard about Joseph's brothers, he helped provide for Jacob's
family to come to Egypt.
We turn to Job 28. This is the third chapter of Job's six-chapter passionate complaint.
6 [Down there/Here] the rocks contain precious lapis lazuli,
and the dust contains gold.
16 [Wisdom is//It’s] worth more than all the gold of Ophir,
greater than precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
19 Precious peridot from Ethiopiaa cannot be exchanged for
We turn to 1Peter 2. Peter writes to God's chosen people who have been dispersed due to persecution and living “as foreigners” in various places. But it is clear that Peter also has a spiritual meaning in mind, as the song says, “This world is not my home.” Again in this chapter Peter comforts us and gives wonderful descriptions of our identity because of being joined to Christ. The first verse of chapter 2 starts with ‘So’, so I will start with a few verses from the end of chapter 1.
22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. d Love each other deeply with all your heart. 23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. 24 As the Scriptures say,
“People are like grass;
their beauty is like a flower in the field.
The grass withers and the flower fades.
25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.”
5And you are living stones that God is building into his
spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy
priests. Through the mediation of [Christ Jesus//Jesus Christ], you
offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. 6As [God says in the Scriptures// the Scriptures say],
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, b
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who [believes/trusts] in him
will never be [disappointed/disgraced].”
Both meanings for this word are good. I simply prefer 'disappointed'. I think the idea is that No one who trusts in Him will find out that they have believed a lie. See Biblewebapp.com.
7Yes, you who [fully believe/trust] in him recognize [how precious that Cornerstone is!//the honor
God has given him.]
In 7a, NLT is not wrong. (Almost always when I make changes, it is not correcting mistakes, but simply choosing an alternative.) The Greek is very terse: “For you who believe therefore is the honor,” And the choice of meaning may be conditioned on what
choice the translator has made at for disgraced /disappointed' above. I totally do not like ESV here: “So the honor is for you who believe,” Such a translation takes the focus off Christ and puts it on us. It seems to me that NIV is much better: “Now to
you who believe, this stone is precious.”
9But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.
You are royal priests,f a holy nation, God’s very own
possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of
God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful
light. [As the Scriptures say,/0]
11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and
foreigners” [in this world] to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.
13 For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—
whether [that be/0] the king as head of state,
16 [You//For you] are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 17 Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. i Fear God, and respect the king.
21 For God [has/0] called you to do good, even if it means
suffering, just as Christ sufferedk for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.