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An Accompanying Assignment……

Along with gathering your “priest” and “high priest” references throughout the book of Hebrews, read Exodus 24 through 33.  In chapter 33, you will notice something mentioned in Hebrews 13.  Compare.

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Contentment is a way of life….

Contentment is a way of life

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation [conduct, behavior, or manner of living] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for (because or for this reason) he (the Lord) hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 Contentment defined

Matthew 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough (this word is also translated “content” in Lk.3:14;  1Tim.6:8 ; Heb.13:5 ; 3Jn.10) for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

 The confession of contentment

Psalm 23:1  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 We learn to be content

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know (because I learned) both how to be abased (humbled or reduced), and I know how to abound (prosper or to have abundance): every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound (to have plenty) and to suffer need (living without). 13 I can do all things (be content in whatsoever state) through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 We deserve nothing

Job 1:21-22 And [Job] said (after all his material possessions were taken away and all his children died), Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave (Job’s possessions and his children), and the LORD hath taken away (God does not owe us anything); blessed be the name of the LORD. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

 Only one thing is needful & Not Taken Away

Luke 10:42 Jesus said, “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

 Hearing His Word

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

 The word of the kingdom

Matthew 13:19 “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom…”

 The kingdom truths produce contentment

Matthew 13:45-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Be content with the basics

1 Timothy 6:7-8  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment (clothing or shelter) let us be therewith content.

 Contentment manifested

Hebrews 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods (contentment manifested), knowing (not feeling) in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance

 Complaining is a sign of discontentment

Matthew 20:10-11 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more (not content with their wages); and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house.

 

 

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A repeat from Oct. 2009 – “The Neglected Preposition”

The Neglected Preposition……..

Ps 12:6  “The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.”
……………………….even the prepositions!

I think prepositions are neglected by we English-speaking folks – and, I must add we are lapse in understanding definite articles.  But, today, let us consider prepositions.  For an example, I will paste a portion of scripture from 2 Corinthians 6.  I will just break into the middle of Paul’s sentence; we are just looking at prepositions, not doctrine.  Okay, verses 4 – 10 (NASB):

2Co 6:4 but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, inafflictions, in hardships, in distresses,
2Co 6:5 in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger,
2Co 6:6 in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love,
2Co 6:7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left,
2Co 6:8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true;
2Co 6:9 as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death,
2Co 6:10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.

I have highlighted each preposition above with its own color to help you take notice of the three different ones we are considering.

IN is the fixed position of Paul.”

“BY” is actually “THROUGH” and denotes the instrument through which the “INS” came.

AS is the way things appeared!

Perhaps Paul could have said it this way:  “Here’s the fix I am in –

in everything, a servant of God

in much endurance

in afflictions,

in hardships,

in distresses,

in beatings,

in imprisonments,

in tumults,

in labors,

in sleeplessness,

in hunger,

NOTE:  What kind of “fix” are you in at present?     Read that list again!  We are likely to forget that the above “fixes” are as true as rest of the list.  We want the following 8 “fixes” to be true in our experiences without the above ones interfering.  I think that the over title of  these is Paul’s statement in verse 1: “Do not receive the grace of God in vain.”  Remember the definition of ”grace” is God’s power and strength working in our weaknesses and tribulations, allowing us to endure.    So, PAY ATTENTION!

in purity,

in knowledge,

in patience,

in kindness,

in the Holy Spirit,

in genuine love,

in the word of truth,

in the power of God.

Now, we come to the instrument, or the channel, through which the above list came.  Are you with me??  Good.

-through the weapons of righteous for the right hand and the left, (This statement alone, would be a good study; but we will proceed.)

-through glory AND dishonor,

-through evil report AND good report,

This next list is how things appeared to others compared with what was the real reality!

-as deceivers and yet true,

-as unknown yet well-known,

-as dying yet we live,

-as punished (chastened) yet not put to death,

-as sorrowful yet always rejoicing,

-as poor yet making many rich,

-as having nothing yet possessing all things.

I bet this portion of scripture is marked in every Bible that I have used for study.  It has been my comfort when I am misjudged by others and when I am being disciplined by the Lord.

My advice?   Everything is not always what it seems – and – there are always some things you do not know about a particular situation.  (For one thing, I have discovered that folks really like to come out “looking good” about their behavior or words when retelling a situation.  Me included!)

Get your Bibles, mark these prepositions, and meditate upon them and the surrounding chapters.

 

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What Did Jesus Preach?

Ladies Bible Study begins again on January 8th and I think some review by way of this blog and Facebook would be helpful as we arrive closer to our goal of studying the life of Abraham.  I am having so much fun – you must join me.  “Who teaches like Him?”  Job 36:22

Listen to Him:  Mt 17:5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”

What was the message Jesus Christ preached?

Mr 1:14 ¶ And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (change your beliefs) and believe in the gospel.” 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (concerning the gospel of the kingdom of God) 21 And they *went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach (the gospel of the kingdom). 22 And they were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”

Mt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Mt 4:23 ¶ And Jesus was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

Lu 8:1 And it came about soon afterwards, that He began going about from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God; and the twelve were with Him,

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Whatcha’ up to, Mary?

WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING?

Someone has asked me this and so it was time to think…..to remember….just what have I been doing.  There have been no big spring cleaning jobs, no ongoing projects, for me, that is.  But, I am gleeful over Bob’s painting our porch!  He did a super job painting it the color of our house – dark gray and mixing special sand into the paint for the stairs.  I had not even dreamed of having such a nice porch.  I am elated.  He left the clothes line for me, however.  I have two pairs of jeans drying out there now.  Gotta keep the place homey and cozy country chic.

Our backyard continues to be a high definition, huge-screen view of Downy woodpeckers, a resident Red-headed woodpecker, and its many friends and relatives.  Our bird baths ensure laughter each day.  I have seen Chick-a-dees, Wrens, Tufted Titmice pretend to be humming birds.  The Downy woodpeckers “hog” the 5 Humming bird feeders, drinking there for long periods of time.  We are sure of three nests in Bob’s four birdhouses – Wrens, we think.  There will probably be three broods this season since it began so early.

Blueberries are being harvested by Bob and we are thankful they are so good for us, eating them like M & Ms.  Two very full gallons are already in the freezer.  Since we have smoothies every day with blueberries and have them on our oatmeal each morning, we are keen to get as many in the freezer as we can.  They are good for the brain!

I am studying, of course.  “Thoughts on Seed and Birthing” is up to 61 pages and I still haven’t gotten to the big Abraham file and sorted out my notes for deeper study.  I love summer time for this.  I am in the process of making a Bible dictionary from the Bible definitions of its own terms.  This is great fun and I will probably begin with these lessons when Ladies Bible Study begins in August.  Want a sample?

Making your own personal Bible Dictionary:

Let’s consider how to use God’s Word as His Dictionary.  We will learn this by actually doing it.  I have made a “master list.”  These will not be in alphabetical order because we will begin with some rather simple ones to get some practice.  What it boils down to is disciplining ourselves to read in immediate context, first, and then the remote context, which will secure a proper understanding in the whole context.

Let’s begin with the whole context.  What is the Bible only about?  https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/what-the-bible-is-only-about/

Now, let’s get to work on our dictionary.  This is fun.

Peace – Isaiah 26:3,  Mark 4:39; Luke 2:14; John 16:33; Romans 14:17;  Ephesians 2:14-17; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:23;  and the negative of “peace” is Revelation 6:4.  (Now, meditate upon these verses and write your summary Biblical definition.)  

Grace – 2 Corinthians, chapter 8 and chapter 12:1-10

Joy – Hebrews 12:1-3; Psalm 30:5;

Deu_28:47  “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things;

Psa_16:11  Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fulness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psa_33:1  Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright.

Rom_14:17  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Rom_15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Gal_5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Jud_1:24  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy

I have not filled in the “meat” all the verses yet.  What you see above is a “brain storm.”

 

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The Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 8…

Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 8…Thursday, April 5, 2012

In the two parables – from Luke 19 and Matthew 25 – concerning the slaves being given minas and talents, there was a similarity about the third slave in each. They both used the phrase, “I was afraid,” as an excuse. The other slaves do not mention this; they even seem excited about their investments. From whence came the fear? Aren’t we told that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom?”

It is obvious that there were two different aspects to fear at work. The wise response to fear is to obey, even obedience with joy and anticipation of pleasing the Lord, with love from our heart.

Here’s my take on this subject: The foolish servant “leaves his first love.” Since there is “no fear in love,” he does not love his Master and his Master’s plan and his Master’s Kingdom. The perfect love between slave and Master have perfecting love. There is no fear of punishment in perfect love.

If these parables and this doctrine of the coming Kingdom strikes fear in your heart, examine yourselves to see if you Love His Appearing!

1Jo 4:16 And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

17 ¶ By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

19 We love, because He first loved us.

I read the 17th chapter of John after the above verses.

 What a blessing of   love! Thank you, Father.

 

 

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The Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 7…

Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 7….April 4, 2012 – Wednesday

Reread yesterday’s parable from Luke 19.

Each servant (slave) was given one mina.

Each slave had equal opportunity for profit.

ALL are the master’s property.

ALL commanded to “trade.”

ALL assembled for judgment.

Each alone when giving his report.

The first one to report was given a commendation and a reward.

The second one was given a reward, but no commendation.

The third one received reproof and loss of his mina. This slave was judged by his own words.

Remember the parable following the parable of the 10 virgins? The master entrusts his possession to his own slaves, giving one 5 talents, another, two, and to another, one – EACH ACCORDING TO HIS OWN ABILITY. (Ah, I capitalized that phrase because it is so comforting to me. I don’t need to plow in someone else’s field or run another’s race – just my own.)

The master returns to settle accounts with them. The first one had a 100% profit from his 5 talents. The second one had a 100% profit, also. The third one is lazy and wicked as the Master’s slave because he took his one talent and hid it in the ground. A 100% profit for him would only have been to gain 1 more talent. He has an excuse, too: “and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed. I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground; see, you have what is yours.’” I want to use a quote from Oswald Chambers at this point:

The servant justified himself in everything he did and condemned his lord on every point – ‘Your demand is all out of proportion to what you give. You expect more than you give me power to do. You demand too much from me.’”

That wasn’t true, was it? Verse 15 says, “each one according to his own ability…”

In these two examples, notice that each servant had equal opportunity and equal ability to make a profit. Parables build upon each other and amplify each other. Without a doubt, the 5 foolish virgins had every opportunity and ability to prepare their lamps with an extra vessel of oil for their journey to meet the bridegroom.

We are without excuse!

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The Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 6…

Parable of the 10 Virgins, Part 6…. Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It would help us to understand the wise virgins telling to the foolish ones to go buy their own oil – (“go instead to the dealers and buy [some] for yourselves.’”), if we were reminded of other similar passages that give us our responsibilities as faithful slaves of our Lord while He is preparing a place for us in His coming Kingdom.First, what do you think of when you see that word, “buy?”

Paying the price.”

Right!

You will be paying a price for living Godly in Christ Jesus. For some, the daily crucifixion of the self – life (“the flesh”) is too high priced. For others, it is the Good News that such sacrifice is pleasing to God and has age-long positive results.

Overcomers who “buy” (pay the price for) gold refined by fire, white garments for their clothes (preparation for the wedding feast), and eye-salve for anointing eyes for farsightedness, have a precious promise!

Rev 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”

Please keep in mind that individuals are individually responsible for their decisions. But, also, please keep in mind that everything needful for this journey into the coming age and Kingdom and Glory IS PROVIDED!! Praise Him! The chosen ones in the Exodus never needed new shoes, strength, or sustenance. But, they did have to gather the Manna – daily, and, on the 6th day, a double portion.

Luke 19 gives us our duties during this age in the parable of a “Nobleman” who went away to receive a kingdom for himself with a promise to return.

Read this and weep – OR – read this and rejoice. Your choice!

Lu 19:12 He said therefore, “A certain nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and [then] return.

13 “And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business [with this] (KJV says, “occupy”) until I come [back.]’

14 “But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ (This is where I weep because this is the crux of the matter.)

15 “And it came about that when he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him in order that he might know what business they had done.

16 “And the first appeared, saying, ‘Master, your mina has made ten minas more.’

17 “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities.’

18 “And the second came, saying, ‘Your mina, master, has made five minas.’

19 “And he said to him also, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’

20 “And another came, saying, ‘Master, behold your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief;

21 for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.’

22 “He *said to him, ‘By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave.(note: this is a “slave” also – not “unsaved” because they are not called into account before setting up the Kingdom) Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow?

23 ‘Then why did you not put the money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?’

24 “And he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’

25 “And they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas [already.]’

26 “I tell you, that to everyone who has (more profit) shall [more] be given, but from the one who does not have (a profit), even what he does have shall be taken away.

27 “But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.” (And, there we have the key to the whole matter – worthless slaves of our Lord do not want Him to rule over them. This is not a new thing! God’s firstborn son, Israel, did not want Him to rule over them either, so He gave them Saul instead.)

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The Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 5…

Parable of the 10 Virgins, Part 5… Monday, April 2, 2012

Refresh your memory by rereading Friday’s printed passages from Matthew 24 & 25.

You know what I consider one of the main themes? THE VALUE OF THE WAY WE USE OUR LIVES NOW. Fruit bearing and accruing a profit is necessary to pleasing God.

And, you picked out “preparedness” as a main theme, didn’t you? Be on the alert! And, what better than for our Lord to catch us teaching the meat of His Word, being doubly prepared with enough oil (Holy Spirit’s anointing, presence, and empowerment) and wisely making a profit out of the abilities He has given us as His possession.

The alternative to the above results is also given. We can be caught “off guard” and unprepared. The consequences are severe: being severely scourged and appointed a portion with the hypocrites where weeping and gnashing of teeth will be the norm. Also, the door to the wedding supper will be shut, barring entrance to this festive event. The Lord doesn’t know 5 of those ten unprepared virgins according to their individual responsibility for their own preparedness. They are unknown for their intimacy with their Lord during their preparation for His wedding feast and kingdom. And, there is the worthless slave – making no profit on the Lord’s investment in him – who is cast into the outer, the darkness, in the place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.

In all four of these parables the persons involved were men and women at their daily tasks of farming, grinding the grain, “buying” lamp oil. They are also named as faithful and sensible (“wise” and “foolish”) slaves (“servants”). Please note that no matter the profit, or the lack thereof, that they were all slaves of their master. This will keep you from the misinterpretation of supposing these parables are addressed to the “unsaved.” They are not. The unsaved only need to hear, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

I copied the reminder below from Arlen Chitwood’s studies:

The parable of the ten virgins in Matt. 25:1-13 sets forth matters as they would exist relative to the Holy Spirit and Christians during the present dispensation. Note that this parable has to do with the kingdom of the heavens, which, at the time when the parable was given, had been taken from Israel. And the kingdom was taken from Israel with a view to a new nation being called into existence, which would be allowed to bring forth “the fruits thereof” (cf. Matt. 21:33-43;

Eph. 2:11-15; I Peter 2:9, 10). Thus, the parable of the ten virgins, no longer applicable to Israel, could only apply to those forming this new nation — to Christians.

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…from 2010…

Monday, September 20, 2010

“Exact Truth,” part 1

Letters to Theophilus were written by the physician, Luke, and consist of the books Luke and Acts in our New Testament.  Luke opens the book named after him with:

Lu 1:1 ¶ Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,

2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us,

3 it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write [it] out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus;

4 so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.

He opens Acts with these verses:

Ac 1:1 ¶ The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,

2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.

3 To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over [a period of] forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.  (Our Lord ended His ministry on earth teaching the very same doctrine that He had from the beginning of His ministry – the purpose for which He was sent.  Lu 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”)

If you think that all I write about, teach about, and think about is the coming kingdom of God, you must know I am in Good Company!  And, when I typed out the phrase, “kingdom of God,” the next phrase came to mind: “and His righteousness.”  Beware of having, cultivating, and cherishing your own righteousness.  No matter how good you get at it, He sees it as menstrual rags!  Heed the warning about the Pharisees:   Mt 5:20For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.  I am stunned by this admonition!  I fear I am guilty.  Sooo thankful as His Holy Spirit reminds me of my Lord’s fresh, shed blood on the mercy seat – at this very moment – for the cleansing of all my sin – at this very moment!  Moses received the exact pattern of this tabernacle in the Heaven.  A “portable” version was set up for a constant reminder with every tent in its assigned place facing the earthly pattern of the heavenly.  God’s very glory filled the tabernacle.  Fire by night and cloud by day was clearly visible to ALL the surrounding “church” in the wilderness.  But, their altar was the idols in their hearts!  Beware, take heed – lest we not destroy every idol and its every evidence from our hearts.

“The Exact Truth,” part 2

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Notice in yesterday’s post the phrase, so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.   We can KNOW that we are reading the “exact truth” anywhere in the Bible; but, let’s look at the “exact truth” in Luke.  This truth is about “things.”  It is “about” what Theophilus had already been orally taught.  Luke will take eyewitness accounts from the servants of the word of the gospel, investigate them carefully, and put them in consecutive order for Theophilus – and us!

The “exact truth” is the NASB translation of the word, “certainty” in the KJV.  Vine says it can mean, “sure,” “safe,” “secure,” and it has been translated, “safety.”  Webster’s 1828 diffinition is interesting: 1. A fixed or real state; truth; fact. Know for a certainty, that the Lord your God will no more drive out these nations. Josh 23. Luke 1.  2. Full assurance of mind; exemption from doubt.  Certainty is the perception of the agreement or disagreement of our ideas.  3. Exemption from failure; as the certainty of an event, or of the success of a medicine.  The certainty of punishment is the truest security against crimes.  4. Regularity; settled state.

The word, “know,” in the phrase, “so that you might know,” is “epignosis.”  This is the “knowing” that comes from being able to put together all the knowledge you gather from God’s Word into the one theme of His Word with conviction – over and over again – more knowledge upon knowledge.  It is putting together the exact truth of God’s mind and purpose as revealed to us in His Word.

Theophilus had been orally taught and would now have a written account.  Being orally taught is IMPORTANT!  Having a preacher/teacher is absoutely essential to “hearing.”  ( Ro 10:14 How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?)

The written account will enter the eye gate for “seeing.”

So – we can have a “settled state of mind” when we have studied, put together – over and over again – what we have heard and seen.  The deeper knowledge gives assurance and boldness to the things it knows for sure!  No doubting!  – which is essential for gaining wisdom!  Jas 1:5-6 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Here are some “wisdom” verses to look up and put together:

Lu 2:40 And the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.  (Increasing in wisdom is how a child matures.)Lu 2:52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Lu 21:15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

Ac 6:10 And [yet] they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

1Co 2:6 ¶ Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;

Eph 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Eph 3:10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly [places.]

Col 1:9 ¶ For this reason also, since the day we heard [of it], we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Col 1:28 And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms [and] hymns [and] spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

2Ti 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (Notice – wisdom leads to salvation through faith!)

“Exact Truth,” part 3

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Someone is leading a flock of crows’ cawing this morning.  They must have a “choir director” because they all begin, quit, and begin again on cue. 

It is a cool, dry, sunny morning and the big birds are taking their baths and a good drink for the day.  Smaller birds will arrive later.  I am on our little screened-in back porch viewing God and Bob’s creation of a “wild” back yard.  Bible on a stand to my left.  Computer on my lap.  Cup of herb tea at my right.  Parts 1 and 2 of “Exact Truth” are finished and now I am submitting to the temptations of enjoying and praising the Lord for His place for me.  If I did not, the trees would cry out in thanksgiving and praise! 

I hear Bob’s weed eater buzzing in the front yard, the cawing and calls of the birds, steady traffic sounds, and intermittment barking of neighborhood dogs.  Noisy, yet peaceful. 

However, there is one crow that stayed back when the flock moved on that will not shut up.  Back to writing!

When writing a little about the needs for hearing (a speaker) and seeing (written word) in yesterday’s post, I was reminded of Psalm 19.  The heavens rehearse the glory of God – can be seen, but not heard.  This psalm compares the words written in the heavens with the written word.  (You might have to read that again.)  The gospel of the glory of God in the stars could be read with seeing eyes.  The God of glory told Abraham to “look toward the heavens and count the stars…” (Gen. 15:5)  “Look” means to “consider with insight,” – pay attention to the meaning.  It was a command.  “Count” is to be aware of, taking into account each detail.  I believe the God of Glory, speaking to Abraham, gave him the ability to read the account in the stars of the Glory of God.  (Remember Acts 7:2)

Verses 1-6 in Ps. 19, are all about the glory of God:

¶ (For the choir director. A Psalm of David.) The heavens are telling (rehearsing) of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring (is setting forth) the work of His hands.

2 Day to day pours forth (prophesy) speech (promise), And night to night reveals knowledge (intelligence, prognosis).

3 There is no speech (to be heard), nor are there words (to be heard); Their voice is not heard.

4 Their line (rule) has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances (In Greek, this word is “logos.”) to the end of the world (inhabited earth). In them (the heavens) He has placed a tent (tabernacle) for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

6 Its rising (the sun) is from one (“the”) end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end (“the ends”) of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.(Nothing is hidden from the influence of the sun and nothing can hide from its influence.)  (Here, I am reminded of Romans 1.)

When Abraham looked, paying attention to the meaning, and taking into account each detail of the solar system, he was enabled by the God of glory to read the glory of God in the heavens.  The written Word of God on stones and parchment was not until Moses.

 

 

 

 

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