Considering Phoebe - A Life Letter Cafe Post
There are some things God could have made just a little clearer in the Bible.
- Did the descendants of Adam & Eve actually populate the whole planet? And then Noah’s descendants had to do it all over again?
- Why did Job have to suffer so much?
- What on earth are You talking about in Revelation? Or should I say what on new earth?
- And when Paul called Phoebe a deacon, what was that all about?
“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.” Romans 16:1-2 (NIV)
Cenchreae, the seaport of Corinth. While Paul ministered in Corinth, he must have befriended Phoebe. Served alongside her. The church there possibly met in her home. Some scholars believe he entrusted her with THE letter to the Romans.
And could it be that she and Priscilla, of Priscilla and Aquila fame, attended church together? They both lived in the Corinth area for the 18 months Paul spent there. Maybe they hosted the very first women’s Bible study. We don’t know….
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