Acts + Letters Lesson 19 Day 5

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2 Thessalonians 3

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 19

Brothers, pray for us.

11. Paul’s prayer requests

—That the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and bring him glory

—Delivered from unreasonable and evil men

Personal prayer requests

—Be rich soil and that bears a hundredfold return. (Matthew 13:23)

—Be a living sacrifice, yielded and transformed by the renewing of my mind.

. . . inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how [I] think. This will empower [me] to discern God’s will as [I] live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. (Romans 12:2 TPT)

—Learn to love (1 Corinthians 13)

—Eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying (Revelation 3:13 WEB)

Let me, your servant, walk in abundance of life
that I may always live to obey your truth.
Open my eyes to see the miracle-wonders hidden in your word.
My life on earth is so brief, so tutor me in the ways of your wisdom.
I am continually consumed by these irresistible longings,
these cravings to obey your every commandment! (Psalm 119:17-20 TPT)

12. Put your time to good use and provide for yourself.

Paul provided an excellent example by providing for his own needs.

There is a play on words between the ancient Greek phrasing in the lines not working at all and but are busybodies. The idea is something like “busybodies who do no business.”

With authority, through our Lord Jesus, Paul commanded these busybodies to work, to get out of the business of others (in quietness) and to provide for their own needs (eat their own bread) instead of expecting other Christians to provide for them.

The early church did provide for the truly needy among them, but only after being certain that they were truly needy and after putting them to work for the church (1 Timothy 5:3-16). (Enduring Word)

Idleness versus disability

Valid reasons for not working or being able to provide for yourself or your family include physical or mental disability, advanced age, illness, famines,* and severe persecution in which Christians are injured or refused employment.

The man born blind and the man crippled from birth begged for donations.

Idleness refers to someone has the ability and opportunities to work but chooses not to. That type of idleness leads to unfruitful behavior of various forms.

13. The joy set before us is Christ’s return.

Our Messiah’s return should dictate our priorities. We should love Him and love those around us, letting our light shine.

Therefore let’s also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

*(See Galatians 2) It is possible that food shortages in the area contributed to the need of the Jerusalemites. See, for example, Stephan Joubert, Paul as Benefactor: Reciprocity, Strategy and Theological Reflection in Paul’s Collection (WUNT II, 124; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2000), 108–110.

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