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Hearing or listening?

Scripture reading for July 3th: Proverbs 1-4

I have personally read Proverbs dozens of times over the last forty years.  For many years I read the entire book of Proverbs each month as a daily discipline.  Even though I have read or heard Proverbs many times, I am still impressed at how they speak to us about our daily lives.  Wisdom is a bubbling brook!

Hearing and listening can be two different things.  Almost everyone can hear what is being said but listening in order to learn and apply truth is a different process requiring humility and a teachable spirit.  As we begin the book of Proverbs, take a moment to check your hearing and listening abilities.  Ask the Holy Spirit to show you new insights about successful living and decision making.

Solomon was David’s son through his wife Bathsheba.  Solomon was visited by God and given an opportunity to ask for anything he desired.  He asked for wisdom to rule God’s people.  God was pleased and the proverbs are some of the written record of the wisdom God blessed Solomon with.  Solomon wanted to pass that wisdom on to his sons (and us).  The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.  (Proverbs 1:7)  There are those who either don’t want wisdom and Solomon gives them names like ‘simple’, ‘fool’, and ‘mocker’. (Proverbs 1:7, 22)  Thankfully, those names are not descriptive of any of us!

Wisdom’s blessings include knowledge and discretion to the young as well as guidance.  (Proverbs 1:4-5)  It brings safety to those who listen and they have rest and no fear of harm.  (Proverbs 1:33)  A person who listens to wisdom understands the fear of the Lord and finds knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:5) You will be kept safe from wicked men who are on crooked paths leading to destruction.  (Proverbs 2:12-15)   You will also avoid the adulterous woman and her path that leads to death. (Proverbs 2:16-19)  Listening and keeping wisdom brings long life and prosperity.  (Proverbs 3:2)  Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her and they will be richly blessed!  (Proverbs 3:18)

Wisdom is to be prized above any other treasure.  (Proverbs 3:13-15)  We must lay hold of wisdom by taking hold of the words given by the Father.  (Proverbs 4:1-5)  We must hold onto instructions of wisdom and guard them.  Wisdom is our life and health to our whole body!  (Proverbs 4:22)  Wisdom is to reside in our heart! (Proverbs 4:23)  Wisdom sounds a lot like Jesus Christ, in Whom is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3)

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The matchless Word of God

Scripture reading for June 26: Psalm 119

My favorite person to study is God!  In order to know Him, I must study His matchless Word!  Jesus was the Word made flesh who lived among us.  (John 1:14)  His Word is truth just as He is the Truth! (John 17:17)   His Word is eternal just as He is eternal, without beginning or ending! (Psalm 119:89) (Matthew 24:35)  His Word contains all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge just as in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3) His Word is Spirit and Life, bringing God’s Spirit and Life into my inner man and bringing Light to my eyes. (Psalm 119:105) (John 6:63)  His Word keeps me from sin and purifies my life, because the Word is righteous and true!  (Psalm 119:11) (John 17:17)

In all but two verses, this psalm uses one of six different terms that refer to God’s Word. The first term is the “law” of the Lord. (Psalm 119:1)  Laws are unchanging truths written down declaring God’s will.  Laws are used to judge and to decree acceptable and unacceptable behavior.  They are written down to be learned and obeyed!  The next word is “statutes” (Psalm 119:2)  A statute gives us instruction.  They are like laws, but with more wisdom and instruction.  “Precepts” is another term used by the psalmist, and is a statement of truth that is binding and permanent.  God’s precepts are made for obedience!  (Psalm 119:4)  A “decree” is a statement of revealed truth about any given subject.  God’s decrees are truth to be obeyed! (Psalm 119:5)  “Commands” are forceful statements used to declare a direction or act that is imperative.  Commands possess authority to command action!  (Psalm 119:9, 11) “Promise” is something that is decreed to happen or be fulfilled by the Giver of the promise: God Who is totally trustworthy.

These terms help us to understand the beautiful holiness of God and His matchless Word.  In the final chapter of Scripture, an angel tells the Apostle John that his Words are trustworthy and true! (Revelation 22:6)  He is further warned against adding to or taking away from the Word given to him!  Anyone who tries to change God’s Word is in danger of losing their share in the tree of Life and the Holy City!  (Revelation 22:18-19)  What attribute of God’s Word fascinates you the most and why?

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“The half has not been told!”

Scripture reading for April 23: 2 Chronicles 6-9

Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived other than Jesus Christ.  Solomon got his wisdom by asking for it! (James 1:5)  God appeared to him early in his rule and asked him what he needed.  Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people and knowledge.  (2 Chronicles 1:7-10) God granted him his request and  gave him fame and fortune as well.  Solomon became well-known for his wisdom and for the wealth that God had lavished on him.

The Queen of Sheba was a foreign dignitary of Solomon’s time who had heard reports of Solomon’s wisdom and wealth.  She traveled great distance to see for herself. Her recorded remark was “not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me”.  (2 Chronicles 9:6)    Even though a pagan, she praised Solomon’s God for delighting in him and placing him on the throne.  She noted that the Lord loved His people and appointed Solomon as king to uphold them and rule them for God!  She had great understanding herself as she stood in Solomon’s presence.  It appears that this wisdom rubs off! The Queen of Sheba also lavished gifts of gold and spices on Solomon.  She gave him over 25 tons of gold by our measure!  A king who is full of wisdom deserves great honor and recognition!

Solomon has a distant grandson, Jesus Christ, who was also filled with wisdom from God.  Luke records that He grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man. (Luke 2:51)  Paul records that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  (Colossians 2:2-3)  This same Jesus has been made unto us wisdom from God.  (1st Corinthians 1:30)  If we need wisdom, we can simply ask God and He will give us liberally!  (James 1:5)  We have record of Jesus’ unequaled wisdom, yet the half has not been told!

As the Queen of Sheba gave lavish gifts to Solomon, so we are to honor Jesus Christ and give our tithes and lives to Him Who is worthy!  We are to tell of the riches of His glorious Kingdom and publish His fame and wisdom for all who will listen!  We bring Him the precious “gold” of our faith and the “spices” of prayer and worship.  All nations will worship Him of Whom “the half has not been told”!

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Dress for success!

Scripture reading for January 29th: Exodus 28-31

Exodus 28:36 “You shall make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet, ‘Holy to the Lord,’

A priest’s job is to mediate between men and God.  Men who are dealing with God must be holy and proper.  If those assigned and prepared for this job were not obedient, death could result and did on occasion!  (Leviticus 10:1-6)  Just as God gave great detail in how his Tabernacle would be built, He also gave great detail about the clothing of the men who would serve as priests in His house! 

The turban for Aaron’s head was made of fine linen.  It had a special gold plate with “Holy to the Lord” engraved on it.  Aaron was to wear that plate on the front of his turban whenever he ministered. (Exodus 28:36-39) This turban designated a head and mind dedicated to the holy purposes and Word of the Lord. The priest was to be consecrated to God.

He was given a breastplate to wear as well. On this square breastplate were to be placed twelve precious stones in four rows of three. These precious stones were to be engraved with the twelve names of the tribes of Israel. This signified that the High Priest would bear the names of God’s people before Him. Two other stones, the urim and thummin were  also in the breastplate, right over Aaron’s heart.  (Exodus 28:30) These stones were to enable Aaron to make godly decisions in accordance with God’s will.  They have to do with the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden only in God.

So it is that Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever living to make intercession for us!  (Hebrews 7:23-25)  He carries our names on His breastplate like precious stones over His heart.  In Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3) He stands as the only mediator between God and man. (1st Timothy 2:5-6)  Only Jesus is dressed to meet with God on our behalf! 

What does God see engraved on my forehead?  Do I understand the priesthood of believers and am I dressed to meet with God?  

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God’s extravagant grace!

Scripture reading for May 24th: Ephesians 1

Key Scriptures: Ephesians 1:7-11 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight, making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him Who works all things according to the counsel of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of His glory.”

God does all things extravagantly because He is loaded with riches! He doesn’t lack anything. He needs nothing. He has an abundant supply of everything that His children might need and is a loving Father Who provides. Paul states that our redemption through Christ’s blood came from the riches of God’s grace. He has all wisdom and insight and He lavishes that upon us unmerited favor as the way all can be saved by simple faith in His Son. He reveals to us the mystery of His will to unite as one in Christ and in the fullness of time to bring all things together in heaven and earth. Through Christ He lavishes upon His children an inheritance that will be to the eternal praise of God’s glory! Amen!

Ephesians 1:16-17 “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,”

Faith confession and prayer: Thank You Father God and Lord Jesus for our amazing and lavish inheritance and gifts through Your love and mercy in taking our place on Calvary’s cross. Grant me a fresh infilling of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ that I might be conformed to His image and share the Good News of Your lavish riches found in Jesus Christ and His shed blood.

Colossians 2:2-3 “. .that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in who are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

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Thankful for wisdom!

Scripture reading for May 23rd:  Job 26-29

Key Scriptures:  Job 28:20, 23-24, 28  “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell?” . . .”God understands the way to it and He alone knows where it dwells, for He views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.”. . .”And He said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.'”  

Job pondered wisdom and it’s relation to God Himself.  Job understood that God alone had wisdom and knew all things in heaven and on earth.  In fact, God’s word to man had declared: “The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom.”  A deep and abiding respect for God and His word causes man to shun evil and live by God’s holy decrees!

Thankful for God’s wisdom:  Jesus Christ has been revealed to us as Wisdom from God and He lived in total fear of the Lord God, His Father!  “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  (Colossians 2:2-3)

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Rejoicing in Christ!

Scripture reading for April 26th:  2nd Chronicles 8-12

Key Scriptures:  2nd Chronicles 9:5-8  “She (Queen of Sheba) said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.  But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes.  Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard.  How happy your men must be!  How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom.  Praise be to the Lord your God, . . .”  

The Queen of Sheba came to see King Solomon and enjoy his wisdom.  She was overwhelmed at what she experienced!  Not even the half had been told to her!  She praised the God of Solomon who had blessed him with such wisdom and ability and gave him the throne!

Rejoicing in Jesus, our wisdom:  “The Queen of the South (Sheba) will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now One greater than Solomon is here.”  (Matthew 12:42)  “Namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  (Colossians 2:2-3)

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Thankful for a Wise King!

Scripture reading for March 31st:  1st Kings 2-6

Key Scriptures:  1st Kings 4:29-30 “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.  Solomon’s wisdom was greater that the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.”  

Solomon was blessed with wisdom.  Wisdom is the ability to take knowledge and apply it in righteousness to bring about God’s will and purposes.  The greatest Son of Solomon, Jesus Christ, also was filled with even greater wisdom!  We are blessed by a wise King!

Rejoicing in Christ’s wisdom:  Thankfully God blessed His Son Jesus Christ with total wisdom and has made that available to all who trust in Him!  “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  (Colossians 2:2-3)

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