Philippians 3:4-7 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
More than anyone else, the Apostle Paul could have boasted of himself. He was a “Hebrew of Hebrews” with Pharisaical training and a zeal for the law. In fact, he was “blameless” concerning the law. In addition, he was intellectually sharp and and well-respected. By his own admission, he could have had “confidence in the flesh”. But he didn’t. Continue reading →
Nebuchadnezzar is one of the most infamous kings of the Old Testament. He conquered Jerusalem, destroyed the First Temple, and sent the Jews into exile or captivity. In Daniel chapter 4, however, the king is humbled by God. After Nebuchadnezzar boasts of his achievements, God gives him an odd mental disease (know in modern times as lycanthropy or porphyria) where he is forced to live as an animal for seven years. Continue reading →