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Fathers and Mothers

Fathers and MothersExcerpt This is the title of the new part of the book; it is omitted in the Septuagint. There is some kind of loose connection in the grouping of these proverbs, but it is difficult to follow. “Ordo frustra quæritur ubi nullus fuit observatus,” says Mart. Geier. Wordsworth considers the present chapter to contain exemplifications of the principles and results of the two ways of life displayed in the preceding nine chapters. The antithetical character of the sentences is most marked and well-sustained. As the book is specially designed for the edification of youth, it begins with an appropriate saying. A wise son maketh a glad father. As wisdom comprises all moral excellence, and folly is vice and perversity, the opposite characters attributed to the son are obvious. The mother is introduced for the sake of parallelism; though some commentators suggest that, as the father would be naturally elated by his son’s virtues, which would conduce to honour and high estate, s…

What’s a Sign?

What’s a Sign?Exodus 3:12 Excerpt ... [a sign is] a significant event, act, or other manifestation that betokens God’s presence or intention. Signs may be miraculous and spectacular, as in the case of those performed by Moses before the people of Israel to demonstrate that God had sent him to them (Exod.4:1-91730) or before Pharaoh for the same purpose (Exod. 7-11). On the other hand, a natural phenomenon such as a rainbow or a sunset may be called a sign (Gen. 9:13; Ps.65:8), as may an identifying mark such as circumcision (Gen.17:11) or even a prophet and his children (Isa.8:18). More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 951. Print.

προσκυνέω in John 4:20-24

προσκυνέω in John 4:20-24John 4:20–24 Excerpt John 4:20–24 deals with the question of the legitimate place to worshipGod. Jesus declares the alternative “Jerusalem or Gerizim” posed by the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well (v. 20a, b) to be outdated (vv. 2123a, b). Though the Jews’ worship is, indeed, put before that of the Samaritans (v. 22a, b), this difference is overcome because “now” “the true worshipers worship the Father in spirit and truth” (v. 23a). This does not constitute a rejection of worship at specific places; it is not a matter of the “inwardness” of worship. “Spirit” is the opposite of “flesh,” of powerless and selfish human existence. Worship “in spirit” is worship within the liberated human situation newly disclosed by God. It happens in the “truth” that has come through Christ (1:17). Indeed, Christis the “truth” (14:6). God’s Spirit leads into “truth” (16:13). Worship “in spirit and truth” (so also 4:24a, b) is worship made possible by Jesus Christ and realized in t…

The Power of the Word Unto Wisdom

The Power of the Word Unto WisdomExcerpt The testimonies of the Lord are “wonderful,” i.e., superhuman in their excellence. Their sublimity and mystery are what attracts the psalmist to them. The unfolding of that word equips the simple who need instruction to discern between right and wrong. He craved this wisdom food and opened his mouth to receive it. He boldly suggests that those who love God’s name are entitled to his mercy. He asks for guidance so that he might avoid both temptation from within and trial from without. He urges God to redeem him from oppressors so that he may freely practice his faith. He asks that God might illuminate the darkness that surrounds him with the light of his presence. The righteous indignation which he feels at one moment for the lawlessness of men (v. 53) is tempered here by profound sorrow and pity. More Smith, James E. The Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., 1996. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

February 15th Am I my brother’s keeper? None of us liveth to himself.Romans 14:7. Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible for other souls spiritually before God? For instance, if I allow any private deflection from God in my life, everyone is about me suffers. We “sit together in heavenly places.” “Whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.” When once you allow physical selfishness, mental slovenliness, moral obtuseness, spiritual density, everyone belonging to your crowd will suffer. ‘But,’ you say, ‘who is sufficient for these things if you erect a standard like that?’ Our sufficiency is of God, and of Him alone. “Ye shall be My witnesses.” How many of us are willing to spend every ounce of nervous energy, of mental, moral and spiritual energy we have for Jesus Christ? That is the meaning of a witness in God’s sense of the word. It takes time, be patient with yourself. God has left us on the earth—what for? To be saved and sanctified? No, to be at it for Him.…

Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments

February 15: Searching for the Wrong Kingdom Exodus 35:1–36:38; John 6:15–24; Song of Solomon 4:14–16 Because of the signs Heperformed, Jesus drew large crowds. And because of His signs, those who followed Him decided that He should be king. It seems natural and fitting, in a way, that Jesus should be revered and honored among the masses. Why shouldn’t He be worshiped on earth like He is in heaven? But Jesus wasn’t interested in gaining glory and fame. He had no interest in the kingdoms of this world, as His temptation in the desert demonstrates (Matt 4:8). This scene reveals both His character and His mission—He was seeking HisFather’s glory and following His will. “Now when the people saw the sign that he performed, they began to say, ‘This one is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world!’ Then Jesus, because he knew that they were about to come and seize him in order to make him king, withdrew again up the mountain by himself alone” (John 6:14–15). It also reveals something about…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, February 15Go To Evening Reading
“To him be glory both now and forever.” —2 Peter 3:18
Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and forever, “to him be the glory.” Is he not a “Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek”? “To him be the glory.” Is he not king for ever?—King of kings and Lord of lords, the everlasting Father? “To him be glory forever.” Never shall hispraises cease. That which was bought with blood deserves to last while immortality endures. The glory of the cross must never be eclipsed; the luster of the grave and of the resurrection must never be dimmed. O Jesus! thou shalt be praised for ever. Long as immortal spirits live—long as the Father’s throne endures—forever, forever, unto thee shall be the glory. Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying himnow? The apostle’s word…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 15 In whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise Eph. 1:13 The Lord puts a seal upon His own, that everybody may know them. The sealing in your case is the Spirit producing in you the likeness the Lord. The holier you become, the seal is the more distinct and plain, the more evident to every passer-by, for then will men take knowledge of you that you have been with Jesus. Andrew Bonar

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.