Archive for "January, 2011"
Amelia Earhart, the famed American pilot, began her famous flight around the world on June 1, 1937. Her plan was to depart from Florida and fly around the world, returning to California. However, on July 2, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished, never to be heard from again.
Our text from 2 Peter is a warning against false prophets and teachers whose off-the-wall interpretations of Scripture lead people astray. The writer affirms that Scripture is divinely inspired, but calls into question some of the ways people have read it.
Bauckham sees two literary devises that frame 2 Peter 1:16-2:3b. First there is a chiasm that includes 1:16-18 and emphasizes the importance of the apostles, followed by 1:19-21, which establishes the importance of the prophetic traditions in the Old Testament.
The Bible served along with the rule of faith (creed) and the organized ministry (bishop) as an organ of consolidation in the early church. Readings from both testaments became a standard part of the Sunday liturgy, and the continuous reading of the Bible was incorporated into the daily office.
Cornelius Dupree Jr., a Texas man charged with the 1979 rape and robbery of a 26-year-old woman was declared innocent on January 4, 2011–after serving a 30-year prison sentence. Dupree was sentenced in 1980 and released on mandatory supervision in July 2010. He lived under house arrest until October 2010. One week after his release, DNA tests confirmed his innocence.
James reminds his readers that it is not enough to read the Bible or even express lofty confidence in God’s word. We are to be doers of the word, not hearers only.
In 1:19-25 James urges a new perspective on integrity. James offers guidance for those seeking justice–beware, for human anger does not produce God’s justice (1:20).
[The book of James] is not a systematic composition. It switches subjects quickly without transition and often returns to a subject such as the rich. It must be read for the truth taught in each brief statement.