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Jeremiah 8:8-9:26

How can you say, We are wise, and we have the written law of the Lord [and are learned in its language and teachings]? Behold, the truth is, the lying pen of the scribes has made of the law a falsehood (a mere code of ceremonial observances). [Mark 7:13.] The wise men shall be put to shame; they shall be dismayed and taken [captive]. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom and broad, full intelligence is in them? (Jeremiah 8:8-9 AMP)

Because of the way I grew up, I rejected God and His Word for almost 20 years. I know about twisting the law and God’s Word to fit into a personal agenda and that is why I love what Mike is doing, getting people to read the Word of God for themselves. Yes, most of the time we may not understand but as we mature and continue reading God’s Word year after year, what we once could not comprehend becomes real and alive. Just like it takes maturity of mental ability to grasp Algebra and Quantum Physics, it will take years of studying and reading God’s Word to understand many things.

May we all strive for the day when we can stop depending on others, the mature and the Adults among us to spoon feed us as we sit at the table of spiritual food, and pick up our own knife and fork and feed ourselves, enjoying and savoring every single bite.

[Put first things first.] Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house and establish a home.
(Pro 24:27 AMP)

Mike I think this is one of those common sense Proverbs that countless people, Believers and Non-Believers, have no clue regarding its meaning. Some of us would say, “Well, duh-you can’t do it any other way.” Remember, common sense is not so common.

You would be very surprised just how many people don’t get it! I didn’t get this Proverb for a while until about the last year I was in College (89/90) when one day it exploded in my spirit and I realized that it was the clear answer and rebuke to all those who knew me while I was on welfare, family and friends(?), or should I saw acquaintances. They at first mocked me when I began going to school (College), “Look at how old you are why do you want to go to school? How old will you be when you finish?” When my graduation was in sight, maintaining a 3.7 GPA through my journey, they then felt free to tell me how I should spend my money when I became employed which was 99.9% on things that would benefit them.

The Holy Spirit kept this Proverb ever in my thoughts and I did not know why I could not get it out of my head. Although one can mentally assent to certain concepts that make good sense, pressure, especially family and or peer pressure can obscure common sense in such a way that behavior belies one’s thoughts and knowledge. A revelation of this Proverb saved me from serving the dictates of others despite the anger that followed when I rejected their multitude of financial proposals.

Hope this was helpful.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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