I am so excited about starting the two letters from Peter on the podcast. He is one of my favorite men in the Bible. There is never any wondering who Peter is or what he’s thinking. He’s totally transparent and an incurable blurter. He was impulsive – well, at least he was during his three years he walked with Christ – and had a habit of acting before thinking. He’s totally relatable to me because, well, he and I share a lot of the same traits.
To Be Expected
Peter’s first letter is almost totally about bearing up under the weight of suffering. The letter was written in the mid-60s AD, apparently just before or just after the city of Rome burned, probably at the hand of Nero. Nero deflected the blame onto the Christians, and they were forced to scatter. Peter even addresses this first letter to the exiles. His purpose in writing this letter was to encourage and strengthen these Christians. Paul had likely just been beheaded and people were most likely feeling hopeless. It fell to Peter to teach them how to live hope-filled Christian lives in the midst of persecution.
As Christians, we should expect suffering. This world is not our home. The wisdom that Peter pens is as useful for us today as it was for those early believers. I pray that you love this book as much as I do. Please let me know you thoughts as we go along at Lifting Her Voice, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.