This is the tenth weekly reading in the plan for reading your Bible in one year. The assignment for this week is 1 & 2 Thessalonians. It should only take about 5 minutes a day, or about 1-2 chapters a day to complete the assignment.
Here are some comments to help you grow in knowledge and faith as you read 1 & 2 Thessalonians:
Background: Thessalonica was a leading city in Macedonia at the time of Paul. It was a crossroads by land and by city. It was a center for commerce, business, and the Roman military. At that time it had a population of about 200,000. Paul had visited the city on his second missionary journey around 51 A.D. It seems that he wrote 1 Thessalonians shortly after in late 51 or early 52 A.D from the city of Corinth.
1 Thessalonians 1: Paul opens this letter in standard form consisting of three parts: A) Author, B) Recipients, C) Greeting. Following this Paul states his thanks for the Thessalonian Christians. Of course, thanks is given to God for his work in them. His Word powerfully worked in their hearts as they heard the good news about Jesus from Paul. As they joyfully responded to the gospel, they continued to welcome Paul with much hospitality. Even after that they continued in their faith despite much opposition that resulted in many sufferings. Paul was thankful though that they were remaining in the faith. Read the rest of this entry
2nd Sunday of End Times: Last Judgment Sunday
Watch and Prepare for the Last Day
1. When God will show his grace
2. When God will show his power
3. When God will show his glory
Text: 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10
“Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” You just heard those words sung as the Verse of the Day on this Last Judgment Sunday. As is usually the case with the Verse of the Day, it sets the tone and context for the reading of the Gospel and for the theme of the day. So we hear today that we are to watch for we do not know when the Lord is coming. Then, at the very end of the Bible in the second to last verse in the book of Revelation we hear Jesus say, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
But wait a second! Jesus spoke those words in Revelation to the apostle John about 1,900 years ago! I wouldn’t exactly quantify or qualify two millennia as soon! How many generations of people—how many millions of people—have been watching and preparing for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ all to no avail?
And by the way, it’s not like things are exactly going well these days. As the pendulum in politics continues to shift back and forth between Democrats and Republicans holding power, neither seems to be helping the economy much. The bar keeps getting pushed further with censorship on the radio and on TV. They are slowly allowing more and more lewd and crude behavior in the media. It seems like everyone I know has some one they know or are related to that has cancer, is really sick, or is just plain suffering. Wars and violence still rage on throughout the world, no matter how much the United States tries to get involved. Every year there is another natural disaster of some sort—a hurricane, a tsunami, an earthquake, tornadoes, wildfires, and the like. You say we should watch, Jesus! You say you are coming soon, Jesus! So when is it going to be! Read the rest of this entry