Wisdom Calls Out

In Your Bible: Proverbs 8

In Chapter 8 Solomon presents a powerful and thought provoking theme which seems difficult to understand. The pronouns “I” or “me” (used 25 times in this chapter alone) reveal that Wisdom is Jesus Christ calling to mankind. Believers must search for, find, and follow Jesus for true abundant living.

I, Wisdom

Jesus, through Solomon, pleads for his reader to choose his instruction, the only right choice for man! The world shows us to go after wealth and success. We need God’s instruction, aka Wisdom/Jesus, to make the best choices in life.

Choose my instruction rather than silver,
    and knowledge rather than pure gold.
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies.
    Nothing you desire can compare with it.

I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
    I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
    Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance,
    corruption and perverse speech.
Common sense and success belong to me.
    Insight and strength are min (Proverbs 8:10-14 NLT).

Find Me

God declares through Solomon how our relationship with the ruler of the universe is to be. It’s made specific in verse 17 –  I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me. To me this says, God wants all of mankind to know and love him, for he offers us everything!

Because of me, kings reign,
    and rulers make just decrees.
Rulers lead with my help,
    and nobles make righteous judgements.

17 I love all who love me.
    Those who search will surely find me.
I have riches and honor,
as well as enduring wealth and justice.
My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold,
    my wages better than sterling silver!
I walk in righteousness,
    in paths of justice.
Those who love me inherit wealth.
    I will fill their treasuries (Proverbs 8: 15-21 NLT).

Here the personification of wisdom, the parallels and analogies made to Jesus are powerful. * Now, praise the Father for his provision, Jesus Christ. Believers must search for, find, and follow Jesus for true abundant living.

Prayer: Father, I believe in and trust you. Help me understand yur instructions throughout the Bible. I answer your call. Selah.

* Chuck Smith, Proverbs 8, Blueletterbible.com.

Let Your Light Shine

“You are here to give light to the whole world” (Eyewitness Matthew 5:14a).

Eyewitness: p. 64
In Your Bible: Matthew 5:13-16

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches how to live with a purpose. Using the example of light he says something we can understand.

WHY DOES GOD HAVE YOU HERE?

Jesus speaks right to this question… “You’re here to give light to the whole world” (Eyewitness Matthew 5:13a). When Jesus commanded his followers to be lights of the world, he declared they should be nothing less than like him. We shine with the reflection of his light, the presence of Christ in the believer’s heart.*

KINDNESS AND DEEDS

Jesus said, “In the same way, you should let your kindness shine before men so they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Eyewitness Matthew 5:16). People watch believers’ actions. We know they speak louder than words. Christianity is meant to be seen, our deeds should draw attention to God and not to us *

HIS LIGHT WILL SHINE THROUGH YOU

Here is my short list of how to shine:

  • Be morally excellent
  • Be generous
  • Be hospitable
  • Honor and praise your Father in Heaven
  • Don’t keep God a secret

This light (Christ in the believer) is:

  • A light which guides in making life choices
  • A light which warns – when need be
  • A light which loves and uplifts *

Jesus showed us through his compelling words, actions, and compassion that we have a purpose on earth. Be generous with your light, resources, and kindness. Christ’s light shines through the believer.

Prayer: Father, I want to show people who you are. Let your love/light shine through me so others to see and seek you.

Questions: How does Jesus’ command to let your light shine make a difference in how you live? What is the difference between “You are the light of the church.” And “You are the light of the world?”

* The Daily Study Bible, The Gospel of Matthew, Vol 1, William Barclay, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1975, pp. 122-125.

JESUS – SAVIOR

“Here begins the wonderful news about Jesus the Messiah, the Lamb who was slain since the founding of the world” (Eyewitness 1 John 1:1)

THE MESSAGE: Matthew 2:1-4; 3:13-17; 4:23-25; 28:16-20 and Hebrews 12:1-3
Eyewitness: 1 John 1:1
In Your Bible: Matthew 2:1-4; 3:13-17; 4:23-25; 28:16-20 and Hebrews 12:1-3 and 1 John 1:1

The resurrection of Jesus the Christ is amazing, wonderful, and so life giving for the believer. Resurrection Sunday is something for believers to praise God for.

IMG_0243After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village….. Judah territory – a band of scholars [wise men] arrived in Jerusalem from the East. The asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him (THE MESSAGE Matthew 2:1-4).

Jesus’ Ministry
OXYGEN VOLUME 13So John did it [baptized Jesus]. The moment Jesus came out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit – it looked like a dove – descending and landing up on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life” (THE MESSAGE Matthew 3:16,17.
IMG_0242From there [the Jordan River] he went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was his theme – that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government! IMG_0236He also healed people of their diseases and of the effects of bad in their lives. Word got around the entire Roman province of Syria. People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all (THE MESSAGE Matthew 4:23,24).

Jesus the Example

 
IMG_0240Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way; Cross, shame, whatever. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenalin into your souls! (THE MESSAGE Hebrews 12:2,3).

Prayer: Father, thank you for the life you give me in Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior.

Photos from: Jesus Life and Times, Flemming H. Revell Company Publishers, Old Tappan, New Jersey, 1979, p.106.

Jesus Gets Angry

His Followers were reminded of the passage from Psalms: Passion for your house burns like fire within me because those who offend you offended me (Eyewitness Psalm 69:9).

Eyewitness: p. 39
In Your Bible: Psalm 69:9; Mark 11:15-18

Most of us have read the account of Jesus turning over the merchants tables in the outer court of the Temple. This shocking event reveals both his humanity and divinity. But there’s more! What may be missed in the action of overturned tables, animals being displaced and money flying everywhere – Jesus was angry because God’s Temple was desecrated.

Jesus Anger in the Temple


Jesus gave good reason for his violent action when he said, “The Scriptures say the Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have turned it into a hangout for robbers” (Eyewitness Mark 11:17).

As we look at this more closely, we see Jesus’ comments and actions are based upon his closeness to the Father. Passion burns like fire within me because those who offended you have offended me (Eyewitness Psalm 69:9).

When the Temple, His Father’s house of prayer, was insulted, it broke Jesus’ heart……..and made him mad as well.

Do We Get Angry?


Here we understand the pain Jesus felt at the desecration of His Father’s house. We see his reaction. He shows us how we should feel today when we see his Laws and His house (different in many ways, yet still his house) is desecrated.

Jesus’ message was simple and profound. He asked the Father to come to believers so they will be reminded of everything he said and did. This includes shocking actions and anger he demonstrated in the Temple in Jerusalem. With Jesus in us, we should know his voice, feel his anger and his passion.

Application: When our thoughts, thinking, actions are aligned with those from the Lord God, we will be offended by what we may see around us – actions contrary to God’s thinking. Then how should we act?

Prayer: Father, guide me minute by minute in my daily walk with you. Thank you for promising to guide the thoughts and intentions of my heart with each step.

Question: How does this view of Jesus’ actions at the Temple affect your thinking? Why are we not more offended at ungodly things we see around us? Jesus was always in communication with the Father – are we trying to do that?