Day 27 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 11

Comment of the day from 1/26/11

31″Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God

We live in a time, where things are so fast paced, and we are all so busy moving about our day, that I think we forget sometimes that others are watching us. People observe the way we look, act, and react to situations, and the way we behave is a direct reflection of our beliefs and values. I feel we should all strive to let everything we do and say, be a direct reflection of our Savior Jesus, that through us, others will see HIM; HIS love, mercy, forgiveness, and strength…greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world!

Sarah Batchelor

Day 27 Prayer Focus

Some churches focus on the “spiritual” side of ministry, while others major on social works such as feeding the poor. Let us never forget that Jesus did both! Pray that we will be like Him and minister to people holistically—body, soul, and spirit!

1 Corinthians 11

1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

2Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

3But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

4Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

5But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

6For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

7For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

8For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.

9Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

11Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.

12For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

13Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

14Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

15But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

16But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

17Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.

18For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

19For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

20When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

21For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

22What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

33Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

34And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

 

20 thoughts on “Day 27 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 11

  1. Within this chapter there are great principles that we must keep. As humans we were made to worship and honor God. We do this by following the principles of His word. When we fail to follow after those principles, we not only dishonor Him but we also miss out on the blessings and power that come through submission.

    I don’t find it ironic that he speaks of these great principles in the same chapter that he speaks of divisions and heresies :

    18For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

    19For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

  2. What a great chapter, speaks about head covering and the Lord’s Supper! There are so many that partake in communion in an unworthy manner. NIV 27 “So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.”

    While deployed to the desert, Chaplains would offer communion almost on a weekly basis. Every week, it was the same, say the Lord’s Prayer, followed by communion. Most would partake in communion. To me, it was a routine, it had no significance, and people were participating because it was a tradition, habit or ritual. Most would then return to their carnal ways.

    As Christians, we should know why we are partaking in the Lord’s Supper, be able to explain the meaning of it, and continue to live a Godly life. God, I ask, never let me forget the price you paid for my salvation.

  3. v 32 “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” Amp: “But when we (fall short and ) are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined and chastened, so that we may not (finally) be condemned (to eternal punishment along) with the world. Msg v32″Better to be confronted by the Master now than to face a fiery confrontation later” Discipline never really “feels good” but if we accept it we learn how to live our lives now so that we will not be condemned eternally. We are admonished to search ourselves; to recognize our own condition in order for God to change us. We have no concept of eternity. We are checking our watches to see what time it is; looking at calendars to see what day it is. But eternity has no such limits. Think about it–forever with the Lord–or not. Discipline me now, Lord, so that I may not be condemned forever.

  4. This chapter talks about in verses 4-10 that a woman should pray with her head covered. The Bible tells us in these verses that a woman’s uncut hair is her glory and how the angels give us power when we pray because of our uncut hair.

  5. I always knew that it was wrong to where a hat in church and for women to not cut their hair, yet when I read this ,the Lord gave me the revelation of it.

  6. vs “1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”(KJV)”And you should follow my example, just as I follow Christ’s.”(NLT)… How many of us have this attitude? How many of us really strive to be like Christ, or at least like our best example of Christ? Do we really want others to follow our example?

  7. vs.11:1. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ .

    Paul an imitator of Christ.
    A strong leader and christian.
    In trails,test,temptations and pressures. He had endured and done much for the faith.
    People will take notice of our examples.
    As they did in Acts 4:13
    They took knowledge of them that they had been with JESUS.
    It will make a difference as we walk in His Spirit to set good examples.

  8. This chapter has fueled much debate and controversy, but the truth is there is no need for this. Once people understand why we do what we do then anything else will come easy. I would call the hair lesson, lesson 32. I say this because many go to this as lesson one but without understanding the basics this lesson is hard to take in.
    We do this because God said “be ye holy for I am holy” We don’t do this to become holy. This is the culture of heaven and not the world. He called us out, and as a chosen generation, royal priesthood, and peculiar people this is our culture.
    Nothing we could ever do could make us holy, but it is because he has made us holy that we do what we do.

  9. This chapter brings confusion to those that only read parts of it and don’t study it out. Many would be confused and think that women need to wear veils or a scarf (as you see many do) as their covering and I definitely can see the reason why. But if they would keep reading to verse 15 it clearly tells us that it is our hair that gives us our covering.
    15 But long hair is a beautiful way for a woman to cover her head. CEV
    Our covering is where we receive power with the angels. Don’t cut off your power! It is yours and only you can decide if you want that power or not!

  10. In this scripture, it clearly indicates the proper order intended by God, in a marriage, and in our relationships with him or with our spouse. In this; it doesn’t give the Husband, the right to rule with an iron hand, but to be strong, and lead your familly. Wife’s remember that your husband will have to answer for things, that you won’t have too.

    3But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
    8For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.

    9Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

    10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

    Remember wife’s, the power you have has it’s responsibilities too. This could be a good sermon for the Pastor to discuss, in greater detail. “God Bless”…….>>>BE CHURCH<<<

  11. 10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

    Now i know this is a crazy thought, but check this out…The angels do not die. The angels that were looking over the shoulders of the first church are the same angels that look over our shoulders. And Paul said for women not to cut their hair “BECAUSE” of the angels…can you imagine. The Word didn’t change, the angels didn’t change, so who changed??? oh, you might say that it really doesn’t matter…I THINK IT MATTERS…The angels understand authority and the lack thereof.

  12. Paul says “judge in yourselves,” and “judge ourselves,” in this chapter.

    I’m sure you’ve all seen bumper stickers, decals, and even folks with tattoos that say this… ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME.

    I would like to answer that with this… HE WILL.

    According to this chapter, yes God has the final say and authority when it comes to judgment; we also have power to judge while we’re here on this earth. God forbid that we appoint ourselves judge to others but we should appoint ourselves judge to ourselves.

    I feel like the popular thing in our generation is to Justify Ourselves instead of Judge Ourselves.

    Justify – to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable (Merriam-Webster)

    Judge – to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable (Merriam-Webster)

    These two terms are similar, in fact they are synonyms in some grammatical forms. However, they are at the same time entirely different.

    When I judge myself I carefully weigh my actions, motives, attitude, speech, and my spirit; all based on what the bible teaches about any given subject or situation. When I justify myself I look for reasons to support my actions, motives, attitude, speech and my spirit; all based on how we feel people should view us.

    One option will help us to correct ourselves and prevent eternal judgment that would not benefit us or Jesus because of how much he loves us. Don’t forget he is merciful, loving, gracious, gentle and kind, but he is also according the bible, just, holy, terrible, all-knowing, and cannot accept spot or wrinkle. We have opportunity every day to make sure that Jesus is pleased with our lives.

    If we choose to justify, more often then not we are trying to ignore or cover up a sin problem. It’s safer to let the Lord be the one who will justify… just BE FAITHFUL to HIM. Justifying ourselves could possibly lead to a vicious cycle of sin, and the prevention of spiritual growth.

    I know that I am not speaking of Spiritual Authority concerning hair and covering, or the Communion but I thought that that phrase “judge in yourselves,” was a pretty powerful concept in this chapter.

  13. This chapter clearly defines both the Man’s & Woman’s place accordingly, however it does not state to do one another wrong or belittle one another. We were meant to be helpful and uplift each other, it was not meant for us to demean or dominate one another. This chapter also speaks of communion; we must never have a “Holier than …” attitude, we are all equal in God’s eyes and as such we treat each other with kindness and respect. If we fail to do as God expects us to do, than we should not partake of communion, it would be much wiser to repent and get under the Blood of Christ than to face the consequences. May the good Lord Jesus Bless you ALL

  14. WHOA!!!! WOW!!!!! What a Chapter!

    This chapter is about Kingdom principals such as:

    This is why men do not wear hats in the sanctuary during prayer and worship also why women should not cut their hair.

    8For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
    9Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
    10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

    JFB Commentary verse 10. because of the angels–who are present at our Christian assemblies (compare Psa 138:1 , “gods,” that is, angels), and delight in the orderly subordination of the several ranks of God’s worshippers in their respective places, the outward demeanor and dress of the latter being indicative of that inward humility which angels know to be most pleasing to their common Lord ( 1Cr 4:9 Eph 3:10 Ecc 5:6 ). HAMMOND quotes CHRYSOSTOM, “Thou standest with angels; thou singest with them; thou hymnest with them; and yet dost thou stand laughing?” BENGEL explains, “As the angels are in relation to God, so the woman is in relation to man. God’s face is uncovered; angels in His presence are veiled ( Isa 6:2 ). Man’s face is uncovered; woman in His presence is to be veiled. For her not to be so, would, by its indecorousness, offend the angels ( Mat 18:10, 31 ). She, by her weakness, especially needs their ministry; she ought, therefore, to be the more careful not to offend them.”

    13Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
    14Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
    15But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

    13. Appeal to their own sense of decorum.
    a woman . . . unto God–By rejecting the emblem of subjection (the head-covering), she passes at one leap in praying publicly beyond both the man and angels [BENGEL].

    14. The fact that nature has provided woman, and not man, with long hair, proves that man was designed to be uncovered, and woman covered. The Nazarite, however, wore long hair lawfully, as being part of a vow sanctioned by God ( Num 6:5 ). Compare as to Absalom, 2Sa 14:26 , and Act 18:18 .

    15. her hair . . . for a covering–Not that she does not need additional covering. Nay, her long hair shows she ought to cover her head as much as possible. The will ought to accord with nature [BENGEL].

    Jamieson Fausset Brown Commentary

  15. This chapter speaks very plainly to how God feels about proper order and submission and the importance of it. All of us were created with a specific order and if take it upon ourselves to get out of that order and line of authority, we can miss out on blessings that flow from the top downward. God’s order continues with the uncovering of man’s head, and the covering or glory of the woman’s head. And last but not least in the chapter, is the order in which communion is to transpire. The thought process that God used in the creation of everything in the Bible amazes me on a daily basis. He was so strategic and specific, and yet so many have questions, and can’t seem to get understanding. Proverbs declares if any man lack wisdom, let him ask of the father who gives to all men freely. Prayerfully studying the depth of the order and submission in this chapter can bring great revelation of the blessing in submission.

  16. Paul is pretty much explaining the flow of creation: God the father to Christ the Son, to man to woman. Each has a specific and meaningful place. He is not implying the man is more important than the man, any more than he is implying the Father is more important than the Son. Each is equal in essence, varried in role and interdependent.

  17. Verse 3 (Amplified) says…But I want you to know and realize that Christ is the Head of every man, the head of a woman is her husband, and the Head of Christ is God. Message Version says…All actual authority stems from Christ.

    Verses 29-32 (Message) mentions this regarding communion and its significance…..”If we get this straight now, we won’t have to be straightened out later on. Better to be confronted by the Master now than to face a fiery confrontation later.”

  18. Paul is showing in this chapter the divine order of creation ,how that God has set in place an order that all men must be submissive to.

  19. If we are to take communion without first examining ourselves and ask for repentance we are to bring a curse into our lives for the disrespect that we show unto Jesus.

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