Saturday 27 August 2022

Bible Book:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. (v. 10)

Ephesians 6:1-20 Saturday 27 August 2022

Psalm 40:1-10


Today’s passage continues the advice to Christian households begun at the end of chapter 5 which we studied yesterday. As we observed there, we have to recognise the very different assumptions about family relations that were common in 1st century AD. We also need to take note of the emphasis on reciprocal obligations. There is no support here for one party dominating the other.

Even so, we may wonder at the acceptance of institutional slavery. In the context of the first century there was no realistic alternative. Slave revolts were always brutally suppressed. While some domestic servants obtained their freedom the majority did not and the institution of slavery itself was not questioned.

Verses 10 to 17 will be more familiar to many readers. Not all however will readily accept the idea that the battle is against supernatural powers. What is important is that our struggles with conscience have a wider dimension.

To Ponder:

  • What modern trends and assumptions might be identified as today’s ‘cosmic powers’ to be fought against?
  • How should being a Christian make a difference to family relationships?

The Methodist Church welcomes readers' comments, respectfully requesting all posts are on topic, constructive and courteous. Thank you.

Previous Page Friday 26 August 2022
Next Page Sunday 14 August 2022