9/26 Reading (Joshua 22-24; 1 Corinthians 3)

Joshua 22: The Eastern tribes go home here. They are accused of building an altar to a different God and confronted by the army. It pretty much ends up being a misunderstanding.

Joshua 23: Joshua warns the people not to worship other Gods.

Joshua 24: Joshua gathers all the people and reminds them what God has done for them. He then challenges them to remain faithful to God for all time. They accept the challenge.

NOTE: There’s a nice explanation of “jealous God” on page 364 OT in the CEB Study Bible. Will want to look at this again.

1 Corinthians 3: Paul continues with discussion about wisdom. First, he admonished the Corinthians because of their divisions addressed in the first chapter, calling them babies. Second, Paul uses some metaphors to explain why he and Apollos are not leaders, but servants. God is the one true leader. I like this statement when talking about efforts to construct a foundation: “No one can lay any other foundation besides the one that is already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (CEB Study Bible; 1 Cor. 3.11). He tells the people that they are “God’s temple” and that “God’s spirit lives in” them. Finally, he makes it clear that they shouldn’t be what he called “worldly-wise” and they shouldn’t brag about humans. Instead, accepting God makes you wise.

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