Due to a combination of forces, including but not limited to: visiting grandchildren, sick husbands, ministry responsibilities, and general winter sluggishness, it seems we as a team are moving more slowly and this has affected our writing and posting, but not our dedication, to the blog this week. We offer our sincere apologies and anticipate with humble gratitude your understanding. BK.
by JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR
The opening verse of this week’s memory block is another one of those verses in I Peter which has resulted in various interpretations of what Peter means. No matter our interpretation, we should all live our lives as if “the end of all things” is imminent and heed the imperatives that flow from it. Verses 8 thru 11 are a summary statement of all that Peter has been saying so far.
This week was a short week, which is good because next week is quite long. Let’s get down to it.
(vs7) The end of all things is at hand;
therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded
for the sake of your prayers.
Break this verse down into three lines. Words in bold are the gist of each line
The end is at hand
be self-controlled and sober-minded (sc before sm)
for your prayers
(8) Above all,
keep loving one another earnestly,
since love covers a multitude of sins.
keep loving earnestly
love covers sins
Again, three lines. Words in bold are the gist of each line. Loving one another earnestly is a repeat of the admonition in 1:22
(vs9) Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
hospitality without grumbling
(10) As each has received a gift,
use it to serve one another,
as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
each received gift
serve one another
good stewards of God’s varied grace
There are 4 “g” words in this verse.
Note: Verse 8, 9 and 10 employ the phrase “one another”
(11) whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God;
whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies –
in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.
To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The first 2 parts are very similar; the first one deals with speaking and the second serving. “God” is in the first three lines. The last two lines are a wrap-up and a doxology; signaling a finish to Peter’s exhortation about how to act towards one another.
Until next week,
Soli Deo Gloria