Fools for Christ…

Have you ever done something really foolish?

The kind of thing where people stop and stare because they are amazed any one could have done the thing that you just did?

We makes fools of ourselves all the time and sometimes we don’t even have to try to make fools of our selves.

In today’s lectionary reading from 1 Corinthians 4 Paul talks about being a fool for Christ.

Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Quite apart from us you have become kings! Indeed, I wish that you had become kings, so that we might be kings with you! For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, as though sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to mortals. We are fools for the sake of Christ, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honour, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless, and we grow weary from the work of our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;when slandered, we speak kindly. We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day. (1 Corinthians 4:8-13)

I thought this was interesting. I also wondered at the word Paul used in the last verse for rubbish. They are counted like rubbish, or garbage. But I wondered what the word was and what it meant, so I went to the Greek Bible website and looked to see what the word was. And here it is:

περικάθαρμα,n  {per-ee-kath’-ar-mah}
1) off scouring, refuse  2) metaph.  2a) the most abject and despicable men  2b) the price of expiation or redemption, because the Greeks used  to apply the term “katharmata” to victims sacrificed to make  expiation for the people, and even to criminals who were  maintained at the public expense, that on the outbreak of a  pestilence or other calamity they might be offered as  sacrifices to make expiation for the state

Did you catch that? The Greeks used the term to refer to victims sacrificed to make expiation for the people, they were used to help the people be in good standing with the Gods.  Well Paul was trying to help people see that the God was looking out for them and loved them. He was giving his life so that others might come to know the saving grace of the Father if us all.

Sounds like pretty good rubbish to me.  And I think I want to be a fool!

Published by asacredrebel

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