Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Romans 15:1-13 - The Lectionary Epistle Lesson for Sunday, December 5, 2010

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.

Romans 15:1-13

1And we who are strong ought to carry the frailties of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2Let each of us desire to please the neighbor for [his] good to build [him] up. 3For Christ also didn’t please himself, but just as it has been written, “The rebuke of those who rebuked you fell upon me.” 4For whatever was written before for our instruction was written, so that through endurance and through exhortation of the writings hope we might have. 5And may the God of endurance and exhortation give to you to live in harmony with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6so that with one might, you might glorify the God and father of our lord, Jesus Christ.

7Therefore, receive one another, just as Christ also received you, for the glory of God. 8For I say Christ has become a servant to the circumcised for the sake of God’s truth, to confirm the promises to the fathers, 9And the nations for the sake of mercy might glorify God, just as it has been written,

Therefore I will confess you publically among the nations,
and to your name I will sing praises.

10And again he says,

Rejoice, nations, with his people.

11And again,

Praise, all the nations, the Lord,
and let all peoples praise him.

12And again, Isaiah says,

There will be Jesse’s root,
and the one who will arise to rule the nations,
in him nations will hope.

13And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in trusting, so that you might abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 comment:

  1. As I look at this passage in Romans there are three things I see of practical value that Paul appears to be emphasizing:
    1. We are to glorify God. This happens when we as a Church live in harmony. I think more people are trying to do this, but the polarizing forces in our society / culture make this very difficult.
    2. We are to welcome each other. This means be more hospitable. (See below)
    3. We are to abound in hope. Faith is the foundation of this. In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul wrote of "faith, hope, and love." The order of these three is important. Faith is the foundation of the other two.

    Recently I have been reading Jamie Buckingham's book A WAY THROUGH THE WILDERNESS (Flemming Revell, 1983). In the first chapter he wrote of the hospitality demanded by wilderness life. Abraham "The Father of Hospitality" (so called by Moslems) entertained the three visitors. The tree mentioned in Genesis 18 is known as the Tamarisk tree is known as an eschel. "One of the old Talmudic sages explains that eschel actually means a hospice, and consists of the initial letters of the three words that indicated hospitality: achila Food), shetiya (drink) and lina (accommodation for the night.

    He went on to add: "The code of hospitality recognizes that no man can exist alone in the wilderness. It is one of the deep truths learned in tough times. We are not only forced to lean on each other for help, but we are obligated to reach out to the stranger who knocks at our door." (p29)

    Buckingham went on to write of three crucial elements in wilderness hospitality: water, shade and fire (warmth). Fundamental to our thinking here is that these things belong to God and so belong to all of us.

    Peace and Joy!