Psalm 107, Leviticus 14:1‐32, Isaiah 15‐16, 2 Corinthians 10:13‐12:13
Ps. 107:2 – Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble – Psalm 107:2 really sums up what this psalm is all about. This is a psalm of celebration for the multitude of times that God had saved his people from their distress. We too should be quick to give God the credit for His marvelous works in our lives.
Lev. 14:1-32 – deals with the laws for cleansing lepers. Whereas chapter 13 dealt with what do do when a person has leprosy. It must have been a wonderful thing to be cleansed from this afflicting disease.
Is. 15-16 – This is the third oracle that Isaiah shares, and it concerns Moab. The oracle begins with the sudden destruction of Moab. It is so severe that even God mourns for them. The lesson to learn from Moab is that pride placed in anything but God is misplaced. God is the only one Who has a right to be proud. The people of Moab needed Him, and their rejection of Him would lead to their humility, three years after this oracle was given.
2 Corinthians 10:13-12:13
2 Cor. 10:17 – “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – This is a great reminder in light of the passage we just read in Is. 15-16.
2 Cor. 11:16-33 – This is one of the most mind-blowing sections in all of Scripture. It is a direct rebuke to the false Gospel of prosperity theology that is taught in so many churches. Following God meant that Paul endured incredible hardship. From shipwrecks to stonings, to beatings, to hunger and thirst, to exposure to the cold, lies and so much more, Paul endured so much for God. But, to Paul, it was worth it! It is a joy to suffer with Christ. Never let anyone ever tell you different.
2 Cor. 12:9-10 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – I love these verses. Paul has just finished talking about his vision of heaven, and then talks about his weaknesses. He can boast in his weakness because the power of Christ shows through him when he is weak. I love when God works shows His power in my weakness.