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



Wednesday, January 16, 2008

1 Peter 5

Sheepy

Summary:
Older people, I ask you to look after your people. Not out of compulsion, but because you want to, and because Jesus will come to take over and give you your reward. Young people, do what they say! Be humble.

Resist Satan. He's trying to get you. Jesus will come and restore us all soon enough.

Mark says hi. I wrote this with Silas.

Key verse:
8. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

My thoughts:
Peter seems to use a lot of sheep and shepherd imagery, which is quite cool, because reading through the gospels, Jesus uses a lot of shepherd language when speaking to Peter. At the of John, Jesus calls on Peter to feed his sheep three times. Imagine being Peter. You were just another fisherman, and then this guy turns up and profoundly changes your life and speaks right into it. Peter is a man whose life was radically turned around by one man, and we can see the depth of that affect in his writings decades after he met the man.

So yea... be aware of the devil and resist him. Just don't be naive or ignorant.

From verse 13, and also from the early traditions of Papias, Mark the Evangelist was a companion of Peter who wrote his gospel from what Peter said.

Oh, and some people credit the fact that 1 Peter has much better Greek than 2 Peter to the fact that Silas helped Peter write this.

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