Welcome to BibleBum where we are exploring the entire Bible in one year to better learn how to follow God’s instructions and discover the purpose for our lives. The BibleBum blog uses The One Year Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation version. At the end of each day’s reading, Rob, a cultural history aficionado and seminary graduate, answers questions from Leigh An, the blogger host, about the daily scripture. To start from the beginning, click on “Index” and select Day 1.
Questions & Observations
O. Rob, I don’t have anything to say about this Scripture except a short summary because our pastor just covered this very issue a month or so ago. Onesimus left (ran away from) his master, Philemon, in order to be free. He met Paul in Rome and they became close. Paul wrote Philemon to tell him to go easy on Onesimus from running away because Onesimus had changed tremendously and loved God.
Q. (Philippians 1:20-26): Is Paul starting to fail in health? He sounds like he could be questioning his livelihood.
A. I think he knows that time is short, and that he may be a prisoner for the rest of his life, which may not last long. These “prison letters” read like they are from a man who knows that time is short, and he is acting accordingly.
Q. (Philippians 2:6-8): Why is this section indented? It’s not a scripture as far as I can tell. What is it?
A. This is probably one of the earliest known recordings of an early Christian hymn — a song about the faith that Paul is sharing to help make his argument. He appears to be quoting the lyrics to an early Christian song that teaches about how they understood the nature of Jesus Christ, who was both God and man.