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What is a Proverb?Excerpt PROVERB (Heb. māšal, māšāl).† Basically a saying concerned with making an instructive comparison, in form-critical usuage called a mashal. The Hebrew noun is usually thought to be derived from a verbal root mšl“be like, be equal to” but includes a variety of related nuances. In its most general usage, a mashal is described as a popular saying—sometimes with ancient roots—as at 1 Sam. 24:13 (MT 14) (cf. NIV, “As the old saying goes …”; cf. 2 Pet. 2:22; Gk. paroimía). Elsewhere such sayings are closely associated with the teaching of the wise men (1 Kgs. 4:32 [MT 5:12]; Prov. 26:79Eccl. 12:9). At Prov. 1:6 they are poetically paralleled with the phrase “the words of the wise (men)” as the most general and overarching of several characteristic forms of wisdom speech (proverbs, parables, riddles); in this connection, the term is employed in the title of the book of Proverbs (1:1) and appears in subsequent headings within the book (10:125:1). A number of insta…

To Make Holy

To Make HolyJohn 17:19 Excerpt The vb. ἁγιάζω ['to make holy'] is used 17 times pass. and 11 times act. The following are made holy or are holy (pass.): the name of God (Matt 6:9 par. Luke 11:2); those who believe (John 17:19bActs 20:3226:181 Cor 1:26:117:14 [twice]; 2 Tim 2:21), who are all consecrated through the one Son (Heb 2:11b; cf. 10:1014); everything which God has created (1 Tim 4:5); and, finally, Christ himself, who is consecrated through the blood of the covenant (Heb 10:29 [referring to Exod 24:8]). In pass. constructions God is very frequently to be understood as the subject of the consecration (divine passive). More Balz, Horst Robert, and Gerhard Schneider. Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament 1990– : 17. Print.

Our Speech

Our SpeechExcerpt The mouth is a poetic use of one of the organs of speech and refers to the words or thoughts spoken by the righteous, that is, a good, honest person. Fountain of life is similar to “tree of life” used in 3:18. See there for comments. The expression is used in Psa. 36.9(Hebrew verse10), where it refers to God as being the source or creator of all life. In 16:22 Wisdom is a fountain of life. In this verse, the expression refers to the words of the righteous, perhaps because such people are identified with the wise and with wisdom. More Reyburn, William David, and Euan McG. Fry. A Handbook on Proverbs. New York: United Bible Societies, 2000. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

John The Baptist’s Disciples

John The Baptist’s DisciplesExcerpt Two of John the Baptist’s disciples were present with him; one of these was Andrew (verse40), but the other is not definitely known. All four Gospels agree that John the Baptist had a group of close followers, called disciples. He taught them specific prayers (Luke11.1; compare5.33), and they had their own rules for fasting (Mark2.18). Terms for disciples are normally of two types: the first based on the meaning of “learning” or “being taught”; the second based on the concept of “following,”“being associated with.” or “being an adherent of.” It is important in such a context to be able to use exactly the same term for the disciples of John as for those of Jesus, even though the Greek term often rendered “disciples” must be translated in some portions of Acts as “believers.” Though an expression based on the concept of “learning” or “being taught” is often useful, it may suggest a kind of classroom relationship between teacher and pupil. More Newman, Bar…

Connect the Testaments

August 25: Riddle Me This Isaiah 50:1–51:23; Luke 20:1–40; Job 11:12–20 Jesus’ enemies regularly attempted to make Him look foolish or to disprove His authority. The absurd questions they concocted to discredit Him are rather amusing. The Sadducees posed one of the most preposterous questions about the resurrection of the dead and its relevance to divorce (Luke 20:27–33): If a woman has been married seven times, whose wife will she be when the dead are resurrected? This scene is especially humorous in light of rabbis’ habit of playing mind games to outsmart (or “outwise”) one another and the Sadducees’ belief that resurrection does not exist. Jesus’ opponents thought they had rigged the game: Any answer to their riddle would be incorrect. It was an attempt to trap Jesus into agreeing that the resurrection of the dead is a myth. Jesus, however, offered an answer that put them in their place (Luke 20:34–40). His response made the Sadducees look even more foolish in light of larger biblical…

Morning and Evening

Morning, August 25Go To Evening Reading
“His fruit was sweet to my taste.” —Song of Solomon 2:3
Faith, in the Scripture, is spoken of under the emblem of all the senses. It is sight: “Look unto me and be ye saved.” It is hearing: “Hear, and your soul shall live.” Faith is smelling: “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia”; “thy name is as ointment poured forth.” Faith is spiritual touch. By this faith the woman came behind and touched the hem of Christ’s garment, and by this we handle the things of the good word of life. Faith is equally the spirit’s taste. “How sweet are thy words to my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my lips.” “Except a man eat my flesh,” saith Christ, “and drink my blood, there is no life in him.”
This “taste” is faith in one of its highest operations. One of the first performances of faith is hearing. We hear the voice of God, not with the outward ear alone, but with the inward ear; we hear it as God’s Word, and we believe it to be so; that is the “h…

My Utmost for His Highest

August 25th The fruitfulness of friendship I have called you friends.John 15:15. We never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we abandon in every particular. Self-surrender is the most difficult thing—‘I will if …!’‘Oh well, I suppose I must devote my life to God.’ There is none of the joy of self-sacrifice in that. As soon as we do abandon, the Holy Ghost gives us an intimation of the joy of Jesus. The final aim of self-sacrifice is laying down our lives for our Friend. When the Holy Ghost comes in, the great desire is to lay down the life for Jesus; the thought of sacrifice never touches us because sacrifice is the love passion of the Holy Ghost. Our Lord is our example in the life of self-sacrifice—“I delight to do Thy will, O My God.” He went on with His sacrifice with exuberant joy. Have I ever yielded in absolute submission to Jesus Christ? If Jesus Christ is not the lodestar, there is no benefit in the sacrifice; but when the sacrifice is made with the eyes on Him, slowly and surel…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 24 I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing Ezek. 36:26 What is thy season this morning? Is it the season of drought? Then that is the season for showers. Is it a season of great heaviness and black clouds? Then that is the season for showers. “As thy days so shall thy strength be.” “I will give thee showers of blessings.” The word is in the plural. All kinds of blessings God will send. All God’s blessings go together, like links in a golden chain. If He gives converting grace, He will also give comforting grace. He will send “showers of blessings.” Look up today, O parched plant, and open thy leaves and flowers for a heavenly watering. Spurgeon

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