Day 47~ Romans 16

One chapter today!  Another catch up day, if you need it!  Woo woo!

So it might seem funny to you, but I was actually struck by the people Paul was listing to be greeted.  Especially, the first couple listed in 16:3.

You may or may not remember from our reading in Acts that they were the Jewish, Christian couple that had to leave Italy when “Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome” (18:2).  They lived in Corinth for a year and a half (18:2) with Paul and started a church there (18:8).  Then they moved to Ephesus and invited people into their home there (18:26).
Now, here we are reading Romans and we find they had moved back to Rome and have another church meeting in their home! 
What an incredible couple!!!  Wherever they went, they never stopped speaking of Jesus, inviting people to their home and have church! Wow!  What a great example to us!! Talking about practicing hospitality!  They are the perfect example of living the theme verse of this blog.

Also, I have to say, 16:17-19 also stuck out to me….great advise then and now!!!
Paul advised “to watch out out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teachings you have learned.  Keep away from them!!!!”  (Exclamation points are mine) J  I love how he says, ”I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.”

What does that last line mean to you in practical terms?  I would love to hear your thoughts!


Rapster J said…
I was also stuck by how many women were listed in his least nine! People (women) give Paul a bad rap for his teachings on womankind, yet we were essential in the early church (and leaders, too). As for staying away from those who cause divisions, I just viewed an ad for Rob Bell's new book about the Bible. Some of it I had to agree with, but when he said heaven is not in the Bible, it caused a division and obstacle to me! And confirmed to stay away from him and his teachings.
The things you can learn about even when just reading a list of names!!!

Your example of choosing not to read something was a perfect example!!! Isn't it great to have scripture fresh in your mind to be able to come to such a conclusion easily?!

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