Love is a man word
2Kings 15-16 / 1Corinthians 13-16
15:1-5 [sheds light on Isaiah 6]
16:2-4 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. He did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the LORD his God, as his ancestor David had done. Instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire. He imitated the detestable practices of the pagan nations the LORD had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the pagan shrines and on the hills and under every green tree.
13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
OT Flash Points
Israel becomes a barbaric pagan people just like the people they were sent to displace – Might=Right
Then Judah follows suit
NT Flash Points
Love – the building up, comforting and encouragement of others – must be our goal in the use of the gifts
God wants to give through you
Strengthen your fellow Body Parts by being the gift God has sent for them
Give Jesus and receive the gift He has sent in them for you – the natural function of Body Parts
Our real resurrection life will not end when these natural bodies and circumstances come to an end
So love one another!
Love – not discipline and character, make a man
God’s love, real love, produces a man with discipline and trustworthy character