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Proverbs 3:34

Proverbs 3:34Excerpt But the heart of James’s letter is found in the quotation of Proverbs 3:34 in James 4:6. The rest of the letter gives specific examples of what “humble” in Proverbs 3:34 means (see “humble,”4:7; “draw close”4:8; “bow down,”4:10; “grief,”4:9; “weep,”5:1; “be patient,” 5:7; “confess your sins,”5:16). The purpose is that God’s grace, not his opposition, may be experienced. More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Connect the Testaments

April 7: An Irrational Life Deuteronomy 11:1–12:28; 2 Corinthians 3:9–18; Psalm 35:12–28 Love is irrational. It requires doing things that compromise every survival instinct. Moses tells God’s people to have a memory of what God has done for them and to love Him as a result: “And you shall love Yahweh your God, and you shall keep his obligations and his statutes and his regulations and his commandments always. And you shall realize today that it is not with your children who have not known and who have not seen the discipline of Yahweh your God, his greatness, his strong hand, and his outstretched arm” (Deut 11:1–2). The Bible doesn’t say, “Keep Yahweh’s commandments when you feel like you love Him,” or “Keep Yahweh’s commandments when things are going your way.” It says, “You shall keep [Yahweh’s] … commandments always.” God’s greatest commandments are about loving Him and others (Mark 12:28–31; compare John 15:12). We love God and keep His commandments because He first loved us; we remem…

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 7Go To Evening Reading
“O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?” —Psalm 4:2
An instructive writer has made a mournful list of the honours which the blinded people of Israel awarded to their long expected King.
1. The people gave hima procession of honor, in which Roman legionaries, Jewish priests, men, and women, took part, he bearing his cross. This is the triumph which the world awards to him who comes to overthrow man’s direst foes. Derisive shouts are his only acclamations, and cruel taunts his only paeans of praise.
2. The people presented him with the wine of honor. Instead of a golden cup of generous wine, they offered him the criminal’s stupefying death-draught. He refused because he would preserve an uninjured taste wherewith to taste of death; and afterward when he cried, “I thirst,” they gave him vinegar mixed with gall, thrust to his mouth upon a sponge. Oh! Wretched, detestable inhospitality to the King’s Son.
3. Jesus was provided with a gua…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 7th Why are we not told plainly? He charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.Mark 9:9. Say nothing until the Son of man is risen in you—until the life of the risen Christ so dominates you that you understand what the historic Christ taught. When you get to the right state on the inside, the word which Jesus has spoken is so plain that you are amazed you did not see it before. You could not understand it before, you were not in the place in the disposition where it could be borne. Our Lord does not hide these things; they are unbearable until we get into a fit condition of spiritual life. “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” There must be communion with His risen life before a particular word can be borne by us. Do we know anything about the impartation of the risen life of Jesus? The evidence that we do is that His word is becoming interpretable to us. God cannot reveal anythin…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 7 We came unto the land whither thou sentest us … we saw the children of Anak there Num. 13:27, 28 It is when we are in the way of duty that we find giants. It was when Israel was going forward that the giants appeared. When they turned back into the wilderness they found none. Selected

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