God Cares For You!
1 Peter 5:5-7
This is an interesting passage of Scripture.
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2010-08-03 19:06:46
2010-08-07 14:01:18
This is an interesting passage of Scripture. Are these disconnected admonitions directed at the young men in the church and then the whole church in general? Can we find continuity between Peter's exhortation to the Elders in Vv.1-4 and these exhortations? Are we to take these verses as a mere topical outburst on humility? What message is Peter trying to convey? Humility? God's supremacy? These are not the easiest verses to put into the context of this Epistle, but I do believe they share a continuity, both with their immediate context (5:1-4), and with the general theme of Peter's whole letter. Peter is writing to admonish the people of God in Asia Minor to 'stand firm' in the true grace of God! Suffering is very difficult (Ch.2-4), but Jesus experienced it and left us an example of how to endure it (2:21-23; 4:19), and what purpose it can serve (3:18). Instead of following the example of Christ in suffering by committing their souls to God, grace was decaying among them (they were losing sight of God, who He is, and who they were in relationship to Him) and they were reacting to their suffering by reviling those who were the cause of it and repaying them with evil (2:20, 23; 3:9, 11-12, 17, 15). Another group among them was tired of the persecution and could not stand firm in their faith any longer and had gone back to participating in the debauchery of the culture around them so as to blend and fit in, escaping any further segregation and suffering (4:1-3, 7). Either way these believers were not living as 'free people' (2:16) in the joy of God's grace, as those who cherished their future inheritance (1:1, 4; 2:11), but were living under the control and fear of the passions of the flesh (1:14; 2:1, 11-12)! So in closing here in chapter 5 Peter first exhorts the local Elders among them to heed their God-given responsibility in shepherding God's flock (the people of God) (5:1-4). Next he exhorts the young men (prone to rash, impetuous, and prideful reactions) to humble themselves under the wisdom of God's servants, the Elders, who will help them temper their reactions more after the example of Jesus (5:5). His next exhortation is for all the believers to serve one another (3:8; 4:8-12). This is the essence of his saying, 'Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another'. The word 'humility' here, I believe, is expressing the idea of 'service'. John Walvoord, not my favorite commentator though I feel he gets it right here, says, 'True humility is attractive dress (cf. 3:8). Peter may have alluded to Christ’s girding Himself with a towel and teaching the disciples that humility is the prerequisite for service and service is the practice of humility (John 13:4-15).' I do not think that Peter is merely exhorting a particular posture towards one another-a posture of humility, but rather he is going deeper than that by saying you need to clothe yourselves with service towards one another to get through these difficult times. The Elders play their part in wise shepherding and leading, and you all play your part in serving one another-when someone falls another picks him up, when one is down the other reminds them of the promise of the Gospel, etc. This is what he means by 'clothe yourselves with humility'. When they respond to each other in this way it shows the example of Christ, and the rule of God. Rather than seeking their own good for their own cause, while ignoring the reality of God's dominion, power, and promises (pride), they are to seek each other's good (as the true body of Christ) in a posture of humility (like Jesus on the Cross). The rest of v.5 just explains why this exhortation is for their good. Why should young men submit to those wiser and more tempered than themselves? Why should God's people serve each other rather than their own cause for vengeance? The answer: God opposes the proud, but He gives grace (which is what they were in most need of-God's kindness, care, and power) to the humble. Vv.6-7 link together to conclude this exhortation. 'Therefore' humble yourselves (based on the truth of how God deals with the proud and humble from v.5), for His hand is mighty (to uphold your cause), and He can exalt you (when your prideful reactions of repaying evil for evil will only bring you harm and shame). That is the essence of v.6, but let's take out some of the qualifying phrases that support why they should 'humble themselves', and connect the main thought of v.6 with v.7. Therefore, 'humble yourselves' casting all your cares, worries, anxieties, and troubles (and they were many for God's people at that time in that place) on Him; and here is the BIG kicker-FOR HE CARES FOR YOU! They may have felt alone, abandoned, and without any representation before those who were persecuting them, but Peter assures them, 'You are not alone'. If you will stand in the wonder of the Cross, revel in your inheritance to come, count this world as not your home, put away the old man, live as a people who are free by the blood of Christ, and follow His example in suffering (trusting God and serving others); then in this humility God will grace you with His care! Why? Because you are a people for His own possession-the very excellency of Himself (2:9). He loves His people for whom Christ died! Don't take matters proudfully into your own hands-trust in His mighty hand (by implication, not your feeble retribution)-trust in His restoration (not your shameful, vengeful victory), and remember that at the Cross you laid down your burdens there, and it is not for you to reclaim any present anxieties now. Trust God, He cares for you! He truly and deeply cares for you! Walk in humility and He will establish your cause- in this life or in the next. No matter because you are a stranger and foreigner here anyways. Foreigners have very few rights in a strange country, and why should you be surprised that it be any different for you-the people of God. Trust and obey God humbly and He will exalt you in His time, for He cares for you. Hallelujah! What a promise!
10000000045943 45943 Notes 2010-08-03 19:06:46 2010-08-07 14:01:18 This is an interesting passage of Scripture. Are these disconnected admonitions directed at the young men in the church and then the whole church in general? Can we find continuity between Peter's exhortation to the Elders in Vv.1-4 and these exhortations? Are we to take these verses as a mere topical outburst on humility? What message is Peter trying to convey? Humility? God's supremacy? These are not the easiest verses to put into the context of this Epistle, but I do believe they share a continuity, both with their immediate context (5:1-4), and with the general theme of Peter's whole letter. Peter is writing to admonish the people of God in Asia Minor to 'stand firm' in the true grace of God! Suffering is very difficult (Ch.2-4), but Jesus experienced it and left us an example of how to endure it (2:21-23; 4:19), and what purpose it can serve (3:18). Instead of following the example of Christ in suffering by committing their souls to God, grace was decaying among them (they were losing sight of God, who He is, and who they were in relationship to Him) and they were reacting to their suffering by reviling those who were the cause of it and repaying them with evil (2:20, 23; 3:9, 11-12, 17, 15). Another group among them was tired of the persecution and could not stand firm in their faith any longer and had gone back to participating in the debauchery of the culture around them so as to blend and fit in, escaping any further segregation and suffering (4:1-3, 7). Either way these believers were not living as 'free people' (2:16) in the joy of God's grace, as those who cherished their future inheritance (1:1, 4; 2:11), but were living under the control and fear of the passions of the flesh (1:14; 2:1, 11-12)! So in closing here in chapter 5 Peter first exhorts the local Elders among them to heed their God-given responsibility in shepherding God's flock (the people of God) (5:1-4). Next he exhorts the young men (prone to rash, impetuous, and prideful reactions) to humble themselves under the wisdom of God's servants, the Elders, who will help them temper their reactions more after the example of Jesus (5:5). His next exhortation is for all the believers to serve one another (3:8; 4:8-12). This is the essence of his saying, 'Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another'. The word 'humility' here, I believe, is expressing the idea of 'service'. John Walvoord, not my favorite commentator though I feel he gets it right here, says, 'True humility is attractive dress (cf. 3:8). Peter may have alluded to Christ’s girding Himself with a towel and teaching the disciples that humility is the prerequisite for service and service is the practice of humility (John 13:4-15).' I do not think that Peter is merely exhorting a particular posture towards one another-a posture of humility, but rather he is going deeper than that by saying you need to clothe yourselves with service towards one another to get through these difficult times. The Elders play their part in wise shepherding and leading, and you all play your part in serving one another-when someone falls another picks him up, when one is down the other reminds them of the promise of the Gospel, etc. This is what he means by 'clothe yourselves with humility'. When they respond to each other in this way it shows the example of Christ, and the rule of God. Rather than seeking their own good for their own cause, while ignoring the reality of God's dominion, power, and promises (pride), they are to seek each other's good (as the true body of Christ) in a posture of humility (like Jesus on the Cross). The rest of v.5 just explains why this exhortation is for their good. Why should young men submit to those wiser and more tempered than themselves? Why should God's people serve each other rather than their own cause for vengeance? The answer: God opposes the proud, but He gives grace (which is what they were in most need of-God's kindness, care, and power) to the humble. Vv.6-7 link together to conclude this exhortation. 'Therefore' humble yourselves (based on the truth of how God deals with the proud and humble from v.5), for His hand is mighty (to uphold your cause), and He can exalt you (when your prideful reactions of repaying evil for evil will only bring you harm and shame). That is the essence of v.6, but let's take out some of the qualifying phrases that support why they should 'humble themselves', and connect the main thought of v.6 with v.7. Therefore, 'humble yourselves' casting all your cares, worries, anxieties, and troubles (and they were many for God's people at that time in that place) on Him; and here is the BIG kicker-FOR HE CARES FOR YOU! They may have felt alone, abandoned, and without any representation before those who were persecuting them, but Peter assures them, 'You are not alone'. If you will stand in the wonder of the Cross, revel in your inheritance to come, count this world as not your home, put away the old man, live as a people who are free by the blood of Christ, and follow His example in suffering (trusting God and serving others); then in this humility God will grace you with His care! Why? Because you are a people for His own possession-the very excellency of Himself (2:9). He loves His people for whom Christ died! Don't take matters proudfully into your own hands-trust in His mighty hand (by implication, not your feeble retribution)-trust in His restoration (not your shameful, vengeful victory), and remember that at the Cross you laid down your burdens there, and it is not for you to reclaim any present anxieties now. Trust God, He cares for you! He truly and deeply cares for you! Walk in humility and He will establish your cause- in this life or in the next. No matter because you are a stranger and foreigner here anyways. Foreigners have very few rights in a strange country, and why should you be surprised that it be any different for you-the people of God. Trust and obey God humbly and He will exalt you in His time, for He cares for you. Hallelujah! What a promise! notes
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2010-08-03 19:06:46
2010-08-07 14:01:18
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1 Peter
1 Peter 5:5-7
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Ὁμοίως νεώτεροι ὑποτάγητε πρεσβυτέροις,
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders.
πάντες δὲ ἀλλήλοις τὴν ταπεινοφροσύνην ἐγκομβώσασθε,
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another,
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ὅτι ὁ θεὸς ὑπερηφάνοις ἀντιτάσσεται,
for "God opposes the proud
ταπεινοῖς δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν.
but gives grace to the humble."
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ταπεινώθητε οὖν ὑπὸ τὴν κραταιὰν χεῖραν τοῦ θεοῦ,
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God
ἵνα ὑμᾶς ὑψώσῃ ἐν καιρῷ,
so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
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πᾶσαν τὴν μέριμναν ὑμῶν ἐπιρίψαντες ἐπ’ αὐτόν,
casting all your anxieties on him,
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ὅτι αὐτῷ μέλει περὶ ὑμῶν.
because he cares for you.
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10000000045943 45943 Arc 2010-08-03 19:06:46 2010-08-07 14:01:18 editing 1 Peter 5 5 5 7 1 Peter 5:5-7 60 NT tisch esv i84301 i84302 i84303 i84293 Ὁμοίως νεώτεροι ὑποτάγητε πρεσβυτέροις, Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. i84294 πάντες δὲ ἀλλήλοις τὴν ταπεινοφροσύνην ἐγκομβώσασθε, Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, series i84304 i84295 ὅτι ὁ θεὸς ὑπερηφάνοις ἀντιτάσσεται, for "God opposes the proud i84296 ταπεινοῖς δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν. but gives grace to the humble." negativepositive 2 ground 1 i84305 i84306 i84307 i84297 ταπεινώθητε οὖν ὑπὸ τὴν κραταιὰν χεῖραν τοῦ θεοῦ, Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God i84298 ἵνα ὑμᾶς ὑψώσῃ ἐν καιρῷ, so that at the proper time he may exalt you, actionpurpose 2 i84299 πᾶσαν τὴν μέριμναν ὑμῶν ἐπιρίψαντες ἐπ’ αὐτόν, casting all your anxieties on him, actionmanner 1 i84300 ὅτι αὐτῷ μέλει περὶ ὑμῶν. because he cares for you. ground 1 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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