- Note in detail how the believer’s relationship to the Lord should make a difference: (a) to their own condition, (b) to their attitude to circumstances, and (c) to their relationship to people. Note the importance of the mind and its right use; and note what God can do for our minds. Cf. Is. 26:3. Examine your own life to discover ways in which you can trust Christ to make you ‘different’.
- What teaching is implicit in this passage about: (a) the bond effected by Christian giving; (b) the need for regularity in it; (c) the way God looks at it; and (d) the way in which he repays it? Cf. Luke 6:38.
- Verse 5. ‘The Lord is near’: this may mean either that the Lord is close by, at their side (cf. Ps. 119:151), or that his coming is imminent.
- Verse 18. ‘A fragrant offering’, or an odour of a sweet smell’ (AV,RV): a phrase used in the Old Testament of acceptable offerings. Cf. Gen. 8:21; Lev. 1:9, 13; Eph. 5:2.