The Significance of Paul’s Collection for the Poor in Jerusalem in Paul’s Time and Ours (Tues, Sept. 14)

The word of the day is “collection.”  Generally, we are interested in the message of the scriptures and their application to our lives.  But to fully understand that message, we must know its historical context.  This contextual knowledge requires patient study because the situations are complex and different from our own. In today’s reading of 2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5, we learn some historical details behind Paul’s often-quoted teaching of financial stewardship.  Here we see how careful the apostle was handling his collection for the poor Jewish Christians in Jerusalem.  The Apostle to the Gentiles had spent nearly ten years raising funds to relieve the “Mother Church” in the Holy City.  Now Paul planned to take Titus with him when he delivered…