Daily Devotion Text

March 23, 2020

2Cor11- 2020-03-23

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Bible Text:

2 Corinthians 11:16-21a (ESV)

16 I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. 17 What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would but as a fool. 18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. 19 For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! 20 For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. 21 To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!

Reflection & Application

2 Corinthians 11:19-21

“In yet another statement of biting irony, even sarcasm, Paul therefore admits to the ‘shame’ he feels over being too ‘weak’ to act like his opponents (11:21a; cf. the earlier reference to his physical weakness in 10:10). His ‘weakness’ is the strength of his apostolic calling and character; his opponents’ supposed ‘strength’ reveals the weakness of their claims and the sinfulness of their attitudes and actions.” [1]

  • Why would the Corinthians have responded favorably to these false apostles who were boastful, oppressive, “[put] on airs,” and “[struck them] in the face”?  
  • Think about the notions of “strength” and “weakness” as they played out between the Corinthians and Apostle Paul.  What is the biblical view of strength?
  • Which of the two differing approaches characterizes my typical view toward others or the way I conduct my relationships?  

[1]  Scott J. Hafemann, “2 Corinthians 11:1-33,” in NIV Application Commentary, New Testament: 2 Corinthians. 421-456. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, ©2000.


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