I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.1 Thessalonians 5:27-28
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
One of our neighbors flips the flag on his mailbox every day. It’s not that he has outgoing mail daily, but he just wants to know when the mail carrier has delivered today’s mail. I can’t imagine he is that excited about receiving mail. He is likely just trying to limit his trips to the mailbox.
I remember anticipating letters when I was in college, since Patrina and I lived hundreds of miles apart. I still have a box full of those and I’m sure someday our kids or grandkids will read those and I’m not sure how they will respond.
But, imagine if the mail carrier brought a letter from the Apostle Paul!
In a world without instant communication, the Thessalonians were likely anxiously awaiting Paul’s letter. And when they received it, the elders of the church probably read it with great interest, pouring over every phrase and finding encouragement and instruction.
We’ve spent a couple of weeks walking through the entire book, but it was intended to be read in a single sitting. So that is my challenge to you this weekend. Read the book of 1 Thessalonians in its entirety. I’ll do the same. Have a great weekend,