OYB October 23

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted 2 December, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Jeremiah 42-43, Jeremiah 44:1-23
NT: II Timothy 2:1-21
Ps: Psalm 92-93
Pr: Proverbs 26:3-5

Today´s notable verse:

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

II Timothy 2:1 (NIV)

We have been studying the concept of grace a great deal in our BSF study of Romans. One of the things that struck me recently was our incorrect view of grace as merely a passive influence upon our lives. To the contrary, grace is both active and powerful. Grace has the power to overcome the claim of sin upon our lives, and gives strength to the believer both to resist the influence of sin and to endure life in a fallen world. Praise be to God, for the wonderful gift of His grace!

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today, which asks:

think we have a catch-22 here! Someone correct me if I'm wrong here in verses 4 & 5 - "When arguing with fools, don't answer their foolish arguments, or you will become as foolish as they are. When arguing with fools, be sure to answer their foolish arguments, or they will become wise in their own estimation." So do we not answer their foolish arguments.... or do we? 🙂 I can see the wisdom in both verses in different circumstances...

The NIV reads this way:

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you will be like him yourself.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.

I think the former verse means that one should not answer a fool in the same manner as his folly, while the latter verse means that one should answer a fool according to the content of his folly. The former is a matter of style or delivery; the latter is a matter of content. In other words, it is wise to attempt to disabuse a fool of his foolishness - to attempt to correct his foolish thinking - yet it is unwise to do so with the same foolishness with which the fool expresses that thinking.