We often get to places in the Bible where we are not sure what to make of the subject matter enclosed in one chapter or section. I sure do.
Our KIng’s passage has two contrasting ideas. The God created instance of the mother, whose child Elisha resuscitated, being rewarded for doing as she was told by God through Elisha. Followed by three examples of the man created instances of doing the opposite to what God instructed. Here the Kings of the 12 tribes have their their lives demolished by their sin. That is living contrary to God’s instructions. Despite this disobedience God keeps His promise to David and preserves one tribe so that David’s family line might continue.
Pretty plain isn’t it.
But what of the Peter passage. Slaves and Masters. Not much here to instruct or guide us. Yet when we place ourselves in these roles, perhaps as managers and employees, then there is an application for each of us, whatever our workplace or business role. Perhaps you run your own business, then you will be acutely aware that while it might be your business and what happens in it will depend on how you respond to good and bad treatment from your clients who really can be your masters. Some good. Some bad. I’m sure you can think of other examples in your life, where you can feel mistreated by another person.
So how do we respond?
A prayer – Father you gave your only son, Jesus, so that we might throw off sin and live righteously. Help us guard our reactions and responses to others who may goad or tempt us to offend you by our thoughts and actions. Guard our souls and guide us in the ways of righteousness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.