We’re onto week 2 in our study of Philippians. Last week we got a little background on Paul in order to gain a better understanding of him before we dig into Philippians. These week, we’ll start with Paul’s visit to the Philippian church in Acts and then we’ll dive into the book of Philippians where we find Paul’s letter of encouragement to the church.
What’s interesting to note about the book of Philippians is that it’s one of four prison epistles (letters), meaning that Paul wrote this letter from behind bars. The other three prison epistles are Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon. Paul wrote the most books in the New Testament, but since many of these books are rather short, we can say that Luke wrote the most words.
As you’re moving through this study, you might notice Paul referring to people as Jews, Hebrews, Israelites, and Gentiles. Let me share my basic understanding of these.
In Genesis 32:28, Jacob’s name was changed to “Israel.” Therefore Israelites are descendants of Jacob. Hebrew is a broader term, including the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The word “Jew” originates from the Biblical Hebrew word “Yehudi” meaning “from the tribe of Judah.” Today it’s used to describe all of the physical and spiritual descendants of “Israel” (Jacob).
This was their birth order (not including all children):
Abraham – father to Isaac
Isaac – father Jacob and Esau
Jacob (Israel) – father of 12 sons known as the 12 tribes of Israel
Judah – one of Jacob’s 12 sons
Gentile (Greek “ethnos”) is similar to our word “ethnic.” It means “non-Jew.”
The city of Philippi was named after Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. Paul’s visit to Philippi resulted in the first European church, with Lydia (who we’ll read about this week) being his first European convert.
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You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife
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P.S. See the colouring page below? Come back here on Friday to continue our study on “Philippians.” I’ll have another colouring page for you then!
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