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Comparing Scripture with Scripture…….

The “Daily Light” Bible readings for each morning and evening may be the first place that many of us learned the wisdom of comparing Scripture with Scripture.  These readings are excellent for the discipline of learning to recognize themes.  When I went back to UTC at 43 years of age, I took a children’s lit course and had to read 60 books – no picture books!  With each book, I had to make an index card of information about the book, including its theme(s).  Choosing themes was the most difficult for the younger students – those fresh out of high school.  When it came to testing time, some would corner me in the hallway with questions, cramming in all they could in just a few minutes. 

They clearly had not been taught how to think in high school – how to analyze and summarize; but, most of all I suspect they had not read the book in the first place!

Have you?  Read the Book?

In the Daily Light’s evening reading for today, I would choose this theme:  “The Gospel in the Stars:”

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead.–He left not himself without witness.–Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

[There is] one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for [one] star differeth from [another] star in glory. So also [is] the resurrection of the dead.–They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.     

Ps 19:1  Ro 1:20  Ac 14:17  Ps 19:2,3 8:3,4  1Co 15:41,42  Da 12:3

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Here’s an easy one for you to “theme:” 

MAY 2                                       EVENING

       Keep yourselves from idols.

        My son, give me thine heart. — Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? — Mortify … your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. — They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things.

 If riches increase, set not your heart upon them. — My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

 Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. — The Lord looketh on the heart.

 I JOHN 5:21.  Prov. 23:26. ‑Gal. 3:2. Ezek. 14:3. –Gal. 3:5. ‑I Tim. 6:9-11. Psa. 62:10. –Prov. 8:19. Matt. 6:21. ‑I Sam. 16:7.

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NOW – Could you take a few passages of Scripture containing “hope” and let the references themselves, and the revelation and teaching of the Holy Spirit, define, explain, and build precepts upon this word, “hope?”

Romans 8:23-25“…we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption [“the time when we will take our place as sons,” BBE], the redemption of our body.24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye [the church at Ephesus] are called in one hope of your calling;

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

Colossians 1:22-23 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [or dead], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”

There’s more, of course; but, just take these few and make a summary statement from each verse in your own words.  And, keep in mind that last reference:  One can be ignorant of the “one hope of her calling,” causing herself much sorrow.

For me, HOPE is the carrot ever before my eyes (as a donkey has a carrot before his face and keeps “following” it in hope of finally getting that “prized” treat).  But, the real test is that reference in Romans where I HOPE for what I cannot see N-O-W, but I p-a-i-t-i-e-n-t-l-y wait for it!  

 

 

 
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