The church continues to grow in Acts 6.
The Apostles – all Jews – are leading the group. A few Jewish priests are starting to follow Jesus, too. That must have really encouraged the believers.
Then some Greek speaking Jewish widows were overlooked. So men were chosen (by both men and women) to take care of the widows. These men were possibly the first deacons. They all had Greek names.
At first I thought how cool it was that the Jews picked Gentiles to serve.
Then my commentary pointed out that the Greek speakers were Jews who had been carted off to Babylon and eventually learned Greek before returning to Israel – they weren’t as “native” as the Hebrew speakers.
Well, even though they weren’t Gentiles, it shows how the early church was starting to branch out a bit, integrate diverse groups, and share the leadership – Hebrew men and women, the Priests, the Greek speaking Jews, soon Gentile converts to Judaism, then Gentiles.
It was another long day on my feet, so signing off.
Today’s Readings: 1 Chronicles 9:1b-10:14, Psalm 77:11-15, Proverbs 19:15-16, Acts 6:1-15. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).