…not even on a leash. What is Paul talking about here? What is this reference to mutilators of the flesh? And circumcision? How easily expectations and traditions become our security. Our idol. The ‘dogs’ of Paul’s day mutilated people’s bodies in them name of religion. Today’s ‘dogs’ do worse: they are messing with people’s souls.
More often than not, we’re a little cautious about affirming people publicly. They get embarrassed, and we always talk about ‘putting people on a pedestal’. They may be an issue in some places, but it’s not often something we’ve seen too much of in our neck of the woods. Paul doesn’t seem to have those […]
The people of God were prohibited from taking advantage of the poor and needy because. They were required to leave the edges of their fields for the foreigner (the refugee), the fatherless and the widow. These people are people who have been disposed through poverty, tragedy, warfare or famine. Compassion is deeper than generosity. Compassion […]
A typical view of generosity is that we give out of our spare money, or our excess, or what we can afford. Either that, or generosity is a value we aspire to. In Israel, generosity was to be part of their identity, especially toward their fellow Israelites, but not exclusively so. Deut 15 embeds generosity […]
While the people of Israel were greatly blessed, they needed to remember that this always came from God. This followed the creation mandate, where human beings are called to care for all creation and God’s delegated carers. NT perspective continues along this theme, teaching that God provides everything we need (Matt 6:25-34) and that every […]
With the sand of the Red Sea bottom still between their toes, The Lord calls Israel to be his treasured possession, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Instead of being people who seek treasure, they are to be a people who express the treasure of life with the Lord. This radically influences how […]
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