Imitators of Christ 022112
Today’s selection from 1 Corinthians 10 is typical Paul. It reads more like a speech than a letter, and follows Greek styles of rhetoric and argument, we are told. But the content is sometimes harder to find. But Paul concludes this with the command to imitate Paul, since he imitates Christ.
Even better, imitate Christ! Something about Christ we disciples should recognize and beware of….many human beings and human beings attempt to place themselves between a disciple and Jesus.
Our relationship with Jesus as disciples is easy and simple and light; it involves Jesus and me, or each of you. That’s it.
But churches, governments, schools, denominations, and everyone else it seems wants to be between us and Jesus. Many people will try to tell each of us how exactly to follow Jesus, but in the end there is only us and Jesus. And there is only Christ to imitate.
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2 Kings 7:3-10
1 Corinthians 10:14—11:1
1O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger, or discipline me in your wrath.
2Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
3My soul also is struck with terror, while you, O Lord—how long?
4Turn, O Lord, save my life; deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who can give you praise?
6I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.
7My eyes waste away because of grief; they grow weak because of all my foes.
8Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer.
10All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror; they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.
2 Kings 7:3-10
3Now there were four leprous men outside the city gate, who said to one another, “Why should we sit here until we die? 4If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there; but if we sit here, we shall also die. Therefore, let us desert to the Aramean camp; if they spare our lives, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.” 5So they arose at twilight to go to the Aramean camp; but when they came to the edge of the Aramean camp, there was no one there at all. 6For the Lord had caused the Aramean army to hear the sound of chariots, and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “The king of Israel has hired the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to fight against us.” 7So they fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys leaving the camp just as it was, and fled for their lives. 8When these leprous men had come to the edge of the camp, they went into a tent, ate and drank, carried off silver, gold, and clothing, and went and hid them. Then they came back, entered another tent, carried off things from it, and went and hid them. 9Then they said to one another, “What we are doing is wrong. This is a day of good news; if we are silent and wait until the morning light, we will be found guilty; therefore let us go and tell the king’s household.” 10So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and told them, “We went to the Aramean camp, but there was no one to be seen or heard there, nothing but the horses tied, the donkeys tied, and the tents as they were.”
1 Corinthians 10:14—11:1
14Therefore, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.
15I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 18Consider the people of Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices partners in the altar? 19What do I imply then? That food sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. 21You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22Or are we provoking the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
23“All things are lawful,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. 25Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience, 26for “the earth and its fullness are the Lord’s.” 27If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29I mean the other’s conscience, not your own. For why should my liberty be subject to the judgment of someone else’s conscience? 30If I partake with thankfulness, why should I be denounced because of that for which I give thanks? 31So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. 32Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, so that they may be saved.
11Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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