Monday, September 16
Philemon: Details and Context
Today's reading: Book of Philemon
We're going to spend the next few days looking over and considering the book of Philemon, a letter written by Paul to a fellow believer named Philemon whose slave, Onesimus, had run away.
Although there are only 25 verses in this short book, there are lessons (plural) for us to discover. But before we delve in to look for those lessons, let's spend today simply reading through this letter and focusing on the details provided in order to give us some context. This will help us gain a better overall understanding of what is going on and allow us to get the most out of this book.
I'll get us started. Here are several things I took note of from Philemon.
- Paul is writing from prison.
- The relationship between Paul and Philemon is personal, which explains the personal approach and tone of the letter.
- Paul's letter doesn't reveal anything about the why, when or how of Onesimus's running away from Philemon.
- Paul has a deep love for both Philemon and Onesimus.
It's your turn! Read back through Philemon and note and/or write down as many specifics as possible. What information and details did you notice as you read Philemon? Tami
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