In this Wisdom In Torah-Talmidim Teachers session, Joel shares about the spirit of competition and lack of equity that was prevalent in Corinth. Paul spent a lot of time in his letters to the Corinthians encouraging the believers to stop dividing over who their teachers were and to treat everyone equally.
To put in our modern day terms, Paul would be telling them to stop stepping on and using others in order to climb their way to the top of the social and corporate ladder. Use the golden rule, treat everyone the way you would like to be treated. He encouraged Corinth to include everyone and not exclude. 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 gives us a good idea of what was going on when the fellowships were coming together at celebrations.
Do we have equity in the Hebrew Roots movement today? Are we committing the same errors as the believers in Corinth? Is this matter of equity too hard and far from us applying to others? All these questions and more are answered in this video.
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