Old Testament Lesson
Some of the people in this text are turning away from the Lord, and the rest of the people say, why? What are you doing? Don't do this, it will only bring trouble. In our lives, we need someone that can say to us, be careful. We need someone to hold us accountable. We need someone that can tell us when and where we may be making mistakes. Some where going to fall into sin today. The other called them on int. Do you have someone that will call you on it when you begin to fall into sin.
We may not want that person, we may not want to hear what they have to say. But, we need it.
New Testament Lesson
Paul here tells us not to argue over things that are not important, but instead live each day, each moment to the Lord. No matter what we do in life, or how we do it, we should do it to the Lord. If I live to the Lord in all that I do, and you live to the Lord in all that you, it should resolve any problems we have. If it does not resolve them, it will at least show that they are not as important as we make them out to be. Spend your time focusing on what matters, not what is trivial.
This has one of the most unusually passages in all of scripture, to me. We see Jesus do this great deed, healing this man possessed by demons. Instead of celebrating, the people of the town ask him to leave. Normally people in the Bible ask Jesus to come, here they ask Him to leave. He changed things so drastically, they had rather stay as they were, dead in their sin, then ask Jesus to come and bring life. May we never be so accustomed to the sin our lives that we would ask Jesus to leave.