My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Friday, December 07, 2007

1 Thessalonians 5

Night-bound thieves

We all know we don't have to worry about about when Jesus will come.  We know he'll surprise us, so we just have to be awake.  We have to live in the daytime, in the light, not doing the shameful things of night.  Always be ready.

Help people where they are.  Thank your helpers, warn the sinners, encourage the depressed.  Don't repay wrongs with wrongs.

Always pray, be thankful, and rejoice.  Test prophecies as good things.  Be complete people.


Key verse:
2. you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

My thoughts:
So Paul suddenly throw all of his actual content into the last chapter...

So yea... I would agree with Paul that postulating about the time of Jesus return is foolish, but we just have to live ready.  You can try to guess, but you'll be wrong, just like everyone else who've guessed.

This has the famous 'pray continually' verse.  What does this mean?  Does it mean we are consciously praying at every moment of the day?  I hope not.  If it is referring to a truly continual state of prayer, then it cannot be conscious, but rather, I dunno, as attitude.

I'd rather see this as more a statement to make sure that we are praying regularly and frequently.  We never somehow manage to forget about prayer in our Christian lives.  We never stop praying.  We always pray.  We pray continually.

Another clear mandate here to test prophecies, and also a statement of the tri-nature of our human existence; body, soul (mind), and spirit.

This chapter is very consistent with much of Jesus says.  Makes the concept of Paul being ignorant of Jesus' life and teachings seem quite unlikely.


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