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Michal and the Unworthy Manner of 1 Corinthians 11

Audio from November 25, 2018 PM | Matt Postiff | 1 Samuel, 1 Corinthians 11
Posted November 26, 2018 | Length: 00:58:09 | File size in bytes: 10468332

We worked on two big questions this evening. The first was posed a couple of weeks ago regarding David's wife Michal. We studied every passage that deals with her to figure out the answer to the question--which had to do with whether she was actually married to David or not. We concluded that she was, but that she ended up being childless. There was another, and somewhat more thorny issue in 2 Samuel 21:8 that had to do with whether Michal actually had 5 children by a man named Adriel. We addressed that and found that it appears that there was a scribal error in copying the inerrant original text. Some manuscripts have the correct "Merab" instead of "Michal." Another possible solution posited by several in the assembly was that perhaps Michal was a nanny or nurse-mom to the children of her sister Merab.

The second question that we taught on was about the meaning of "unworthy" in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (starting at 31:51). The point of this portion of our lesson was really to focus on the method that we should use to answer the question: namely, that we should study THE TEXT without going elsewhere in the Bible. We have to focus on studying this text until we understand it. Our natural tendency is to fall back on traditional understandings of the text without addressing directly "the text." But we also touched on the answer to the specific question. Lord willing, we will finish considering the question next Sunday evening when we remember the Lord at the Lord's Table service.

We addressed two related smaller questions raised by church members: 1) is it the solely the responsibility of the individual to police his participation at the Table, or does the church also bear some responsibility? and 2) what does "those who are approved" mean? How can a division be approved?

Scripture reading was from 1 Samuel 27.

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