Heard At the Men’s Group Meeting Friday

Someone mentioned this during the men’s group from church on Friday morning, and I just had to share it.

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose someone comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor person in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the one wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the one who is poor, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?  Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? (James 2:1-7 TNIV)

But we must be careful not to apply what is here said to the common assemblies for worship; for in these certainly there may be appointed different places of persons according to their rank and circumstances, without sin. – Matthew Henry

Way to read your Bible, buddy.

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2 thoughts on “Heard At the Men’s Group Meeting Friday

  1. Dang. Why is Matthew Henry coming up in a men’s group? Isn’t he a bit on the dated side, and not in a good way? How did folks respond?

    • We had just been talking about reading older commentaries, I was reading a Barclay commentary on the passage of Philippians we were discussing the evening before the meeting, and one of the guys mentioned reading this and thinking it was just funny. It was just sort of a chased rabbit. The guy who brought it up is a professor at Notre Dame teaching Biblical Lit or something along those lines.

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