(v 9:5) Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA: The apostles concentrated on undistracted preaching and took their wives around as Christian sisters rather than as spouses, to be their fellow ministers to the women of the household, so that the gospel would reach them without causing scandal
Are we careful to give a good example to those in our lives as we bear the name of Christ?
(v 9:9) For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about?
ORIGEN: God’s care was not only for the oxen but moreso for the apostles, for whose sake he uttered these words
Do we take every word (even the seemingly obscure passages) in the Bible to be meant for us?
(v 9:20) and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law;
AMBROSIASTER: Did Paul merely pretend to be all things to all men, in the way that flatterers do? No. He was a man of God and a doctor of the spirit who could diagnose every pain, and with great diligence he tended them and sympathized with them all. We all have something or other in common with everyone. This empathy is what Paul embodied in dealing with each particular person.
Do we minister to others with sympathy and compassion based on what we have in common?
(v 9:22) to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
CYRIL OF JERUSALEM: Everywhere the Savior becomes “all things to all men.” To the hungry, bread; to the thirsty, water; to the dead, resurrection; to the sick, a physician; to sinners, redemption.
Prayer from CASSIODORUS:
Free us, Lover of men, from the danger which Paul mentions, that while preaching to others I may myself be found false. You truly know how weak we are. You recognize the nature of the foe who oppresses us. In our uneven contest and our mortal weakness, we seek you, for the glory redounds to your majesty if the roaring lion is overcome by the feeble sheep
Posted on Thu, February 2, 2017
by Mathew Shehata