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Francine Rivers has written a number of Biblical fiction books. It's not exactly a new publication, but I loved "Redeeming Love" - the story of Hosea but in a more modern setting. My copy has been circulating amongst friends and friends' friends for about 2 years now!

I loved her "Mark of the Lion" trilogy even more (A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure as the Dawn). This follows the story of a Jewish Christian slave, and was inspirational. It gave me lots of insight into New Testament locations and practices in the generation after Jesus and disciples. Mike, I can relate to what you say about this enhancing Bible reading.

Mike,

I sincerely thank you for the beautiful effort that you're putting into the commentaries. It's great reading for me! Putting together your thoughts and the visuals (paintings)is truly extraordinary. Art and scripture together and some recommended books to read, plus some links----what more could we ask for in exapnding our understanding of God's Word?

In the last year or so,I've always started my day with reading the bible and now I'm even more inspired to do so. I also like the fact that you pose some practical challenge questions for all of us---it puts what we read in perspective and in eveyday practical terms.

Living the Word should lead us all into a sincere and deep transformation of our hearts and makes us the wiser...Indeed, wisdom equals happiness!!! I couldn't agree more.

Last May, my sister-in-law gave me a great book for my birthday "Women of the Bible" by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. It has enriched my understanding of some of the women in the bible, and introduced me to several that I've never encountered before. It is a great addition to our daily scripture reading and reflection. In fact, I go back to reading about the women that are mentioned in our daily readings.

Again, thanks for the spiritual guidance and for sharing your gifts with us!

Is it just me or am I the only one who finds today's reading in Genesis funny. A period of years is covered in these few verses and Jacob is being sent from one woman to the next, probably without much complaint from him. Anyway, this soap opera could have gone on and on except God "remembered RAchel's plight and answered her prayers." How faithful God is, even when we think the answer is "no." Certainly, God executes his plans in his time for his divine purposes. So the lesson is that we keep on going no matter the disappointment or hardship. God never forgets us and provides at just the appointed time.

Also, just to concur... Francine Rivers' "Redeeming Love" was completely captivating. I couldn't put it down and her writing gave real texture to the story of Hosea. I highly recommend it.

I too loved Francine Rivers "Redeeming Love"

Not historical.. but Frank Paretti is a good read also.

I have been meaning to that book for sometime

thanks for the drawing of the flowers I did wonder what they may look like as they are described as love flowers

that is interesting that its always Peter that is named 1st. I can understand why Judas would be named last but I never throught about Peter always being 1st before.

One of the lines I read today brought back the time when I had to share my testimony. I was really nervous but like the line said "The Spirit from your Father will tell you what to say" I got this peace wash over me and it was awesome I found it all just came out about how I found the Lord.

Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love and Mark of the Lion are books I'd read again and again...I gave them to my mum to read as well kinda hoping it would stir something in her but I'm still hoping against hope.
I also found part of the OT reading funny....Leah telling Jacob she hired him for the night!!It was also quite sad to see the two sisters bickering over Jacob,involving the kids in the row as well.It also occured to me that the children of the maids were also counted later as being part of Israel.Abraham's inheritance was only for Isaac,even though he had other children he clearly set Isaac above them all.
Again and again we see how Jacob relied on superstition,craftiness to aquire wealth....Yet God's will was still done...Thank God that He works His will in us,inspite of our weakness.
God bless you all

Reading thru the bible is great.
But remember today is the Sabbath so get out of your bed and attend a church nearby! It is part of the whole Christian experience.

1) Bible reading
2) Constant Prayer
3) Get involved in the Church Society.

All for the Glorifacation to GOD! Amen & GOD Bless.

Another good fiction book based loosely on a biblical text is the contemporary retelling of the Book of Ruth by Bret Lott (brilliant writer!)called A Song I Knew By Heart. It won't give you the historical details of bible times of course, but the gist of the story is similar.

Hi Mike, Last year I read Red Tent and found it disappointing. It didn't honor God in many ways. It was almost "pornographic." You may argue that the Bible certainly has its "seedier" passages, but I think the author elaborated on these passages. I don't think her end objective was to honor God or to show His love to the readers. I am not intending to start a discussion, or wanting to hear others defend this book. I would just like to say that this book did bother me. I forced myself to finish it and would never recommend it to any Christian. There are a lot of Christian writers who do make the Bible come alive.
Francine Rivers has been mentioned. She has a whole series of novellas about Old Testament men and women. The Thoenes have a series focusing on the New Testament. I would suggest you give them a try. Thanks for listening, Laura

Matt 9

Verses20-21
"Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed."

Edge of his cloak or in KJV - "hem of his garment".

"What is so significant about the hem of Jesus' garment? At first reading, it seems an odd practice. However, once we understand the significance of the hem of one's garment, these passages will have much more meaning. The word translated, hem, is actually referring to the fringes, or tassels (called tzitziyot, in Hebrew), required to be on the four corners of all clothing of Jewish men, in accordance with God's instruction:

"The Lord said to Moses, 'Speak to the Israelites and say to them: Throughout the generations to come, you are to make tassels on the corners of one's garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all My commands, and will be consecrated to your God. I am the Lord your God.'"(Num. 15:37-41a)

"In ancient Israel, men wore four-cornered outer tunics with these tassels, or tzitziyot, tied to the four corners. This outer garment became known as a tallit, and eventually evolved into the more formal prayer shawl. But, why tassels? These tassels were to remind each Jewish man of his responsibility to fulfill God's commandments. In fact, these tassels are tied into 613 knots to constantly remind them of the 613 laws of Moses, of which there are 365 prohibitions (The "thou shalt not" laws), and 248 affirmations (the "thou shall" laws). The knots also correspond with the ineffable name of God, the unspoken yod-hey-vav-hey, Yahweh.".....

...."These tzitziyot were a point of contact she needed to help her release her faith to receive a miracle in her life. What did they represent? First, they represented the Word of God, which is always the place where we can find healing for all the needs in our life. Second, the fringes also represented the authority of Yeshua. She had heard that many people were healed by Yeshua, that He taught with authority, and when He spoke, people were healed."

Third, there was even more to these fringes. The prophet Malachi spoke of the Messiah of Israel and said of Him, "But for you who revere My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in His wings" (Mal. 4:2). The Hebrew word for "wings" used in this passage is kanaf, which is a word that specifically means the fringe-like feathers or edges of a bird's wing, not the whole wing. All of us have seen an eagle or hawk circling in the summer sky and have seen these fringe-like feathers. This word, therefore, had two meanings and could be translated wings, or fringes.

The woman had heard Yeshua was the Messiah. Perhaps she remembered this messianic promise from the scroll of Malachi and thought, if I am to be healed, then will it be found in His wings... His tzitziyot? By faith, she reached out and touched the fringes, and was healed.

It is interesting that all though the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for wings in most passages is kanaf when referring to God. Surely, the place of refuge is under the kanaf of the Lord, i.e., under His Word and His authority!"

http://www.therefinersfire.org/tallit.htm

[NOTE: I worte on the Tallit and tzitzit last year, but on reviewing the post, I thought this site explained it better. All writing is lifted from that site, and if it is interesting to you - I encourage you to go to link and read whole page.]


Orson Scott Card has also written books about women in the Bible- one about Sarah and one about eiter Rebekah or Rachel-read them so long ago I can't remember which. The one about Sarah was very interesting. I've also read a great book about Esther-lent it out so I'll have to find out who the author is but it follows the biblical book very closely. I think the point here is these are essentially works of fiction. They can enhance our understanding of those times and events but we can't take them literally-we can take the Bible literally. It's the same way with sermons-it's just the preachers view. Even if based on alot of research and going back to original texts, it's still just his take on the readings. We have to pray to God for His guidance to get our own "take" on what we read.

Okay ... reading Genesis made me confused. I defenitly need some help there ... Rachel and Leah are soooooo determened to have children from Jacob. Leah gave Jacob children and then when she couldn't get pregnant anymore she let Jacbo sleep with her maid. Rachel had Jacob sleep with her maid from the beginning. To me they both were just so jealous at eachother that they had Jacob sleep with their maids. But then ... God gave them both a child. I thought having children was a blessing? So was it a good thing that both Rachel and Leah wanted children from Jacob so badly that they gave them their maids to sleep with? I'm so lost in this!

Verses that stood out for me in Matthew:
7.) Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
20.) For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Makes me think about yesterday, when I was on the streets of my city. Telling people about the Kingdom of Heaven, asking them if they know Jesus Christ. It was an awesome afternoon, you guys!!!!! Such a blessing!!! We had a couple of people to make a decision, well, not me, but other brothers and sisters. Amen! I talked to some people from East Europe, and you know what? They came to church last night! We had a band playing and they stayed for an hour! I was so happy to see them!!!!!!!!! While they were sitting there, they called up some other relatives and they came to! I was so excited to see that! And ineed, the Spirit of our Father spoke through me yesterday, I could feel it! And bringing those people to church was a way to let me know that He was thankful for the things I've been doing for Him!

Psalm 12:5 stood out for me "The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless,
and I have heard the groans of the poor.
Now I will rise up to rescue them,
as they have longed for me to do.”

And also Proverbs 3:13 "Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding".

Wow, this is my first visit to your One-Year-Bible companion blog, and I'm quite impressed. Thanks for your thoughts, time and creativity. Those visual additions certainly add a fascinating dimension. That mandrake almost made me blush.

Although I haven't read it yet, I'm looking at my copy of _Thorn in My Heart_, by Liz Curtis Higgs, which is an historical novel set in 1700s Scotland, but based on the story of Leah and Rachel.

Perhaps someone else has read it and can report on its strengths and weaknesses? Otherwise, it's on my reading stack and I can let you know what my impressions are once I'm finished.

Old Testament Hit and Run

I'm superior, you're inferior
I'm the big attraction, you're the small
I'm the major one, you're the minor one
I can beat you shootin', that's not all

Anything you can do, I can do better
I can do any thing better than you
No you can't, Yes I can, No you can't, Yes I can
No you can't, Yes I can, yes I can

The Song Title: Anything You can Do I Can Do Better by Irving Berlin from the Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, sums up the jealous struggle between Rachael and Leah. Leah was Jacob’s Booby Prize unloved and unwanted. When we look at what was going on between these two sisters and Jacob’s lack of leadership in this situation, we usually don’t take into consideration what effect this had on their children. All choices have consequences and we will have to serve the choices we make, and so will our children and spouses. Jacob allowed two warring women to direct his life, how pitiful.

I was going to by pass this reading in the O.T. because my focus this year is on the New; however, I think if we study these two women, and how their children turned out we can learn some valuable lessons. As what is done today and back in “the day” women have been using their sexuality and their children, or giving birth to a man’s children as a unsuccessful means to gain the affections of a man. It didn’t work then and it sho’nuff (sure enough) ain’t working today.

Beware a “spoiler” is coming up. When women fight for a man’s affections using the children they give birth to was weapons, the children suffer. No matter how small the kids are they know something is up. Rubin, who would latter sleep with Bilhah, Rachel’s maidservant and co-wife to Jacob, was the one, the oldest son, who brought the Mandrake roots to his mother, Leah. (Gen. 35:22) Since there is not a timeline given in today’s reading, nor do we know the ages of the children, I am curious to know the age of Rubin when he found the Mandrakes. Did he know their “magical” purposes as a purported aphrodisiac and fertility plant? Mandrakes also contain anesthetic properties where they used like the “date rape” drugs rendering your intended victim unconscious. I digress. If these women used their children as a means and a weapon to lure their shared husband to bed, then one could see how Rubin might have no boundaries or barriers to stop him from sleeping with one of his father’s wives. When one is taught that the value of a person is only in what they can do for you or from what you can get, then anything and everything becomes a commodity to be traded on the open market.

Just something to think about. Boy, this was more than a “Hit and Run.” This was more like a “Hit” and stick around for the police and ambulance to show up.

Matthew 10:1-23

Jesus called His twelve disciples together … Here are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (also called Peter), then Andrew (Peter's brother), James (son of Zebedee), John (James's brother), (Matthew 10:1-2 NLT)

Hmmm, apostles are disciples but being a disciple does not make you an apostle. According to Mr. Strong, the Hebrew word translated disciple and the word-translated apostle are not one and the same.

Disciple: (Strong’s Number: 3101)
μαθητής
mathētēs
math-ay-tes'
; a learner, that is, pupil: - disciple.

Apostle: (Strong’s Number 652)
ἀπόστολος
apostolos
ap-os'-tol-os
a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ (“apostle”), (with miraculous powers): - apostle, messenger, he that is sent.

Now in the text it states that the disciples were given power and the sending out either made them Apostles or they were appointed Apostles then sent out. Whichever way you look at it, to me the powers were given them as disciples before they were apostles.. Just like you warn new drivers, especially young new drivers to be careful because the car can be both a means for good, transportation and a weapon to run someone down, Jesus warned His “Disciples” to handle the power He had just given them carefully.


Recently I heard from a secular source, a man who studied business that had began as good organizations but moved on to being great; discipline (the word disciple is in discipline) was what all of the founders of these business that moved from good to greatness had. However the discipline they had was not what we usually think of, having a well-written and defined plain of action of things to do; they had a discipline regarding of things NOT to do.

In Jesus’ instructions to his apostles, he begins with what NOT TO DO after giving them their assignment.

Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts, no bag18 for the journey, or an extra tunic,19 or sandals or staff,20 for the worker deserves his provisions. (Matthew 10:9-10 NET)


Could these businesses be operating out of Jesus’ principals successfully when most of his disciples are stuck in mediocrity because we are focused on the things we “should” be doing?

Do spiritual laws work despite the non-spirituality of the person who is working them just like the laws of physics? Something else to think about.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Hey everyone! I am still here, I've just been slacking on the commenting. God is continuing to speak to me through His Word. I am enjoying the suggestions for books to read. Mike, the one you shared with us sounds really interesting!
Matthew 10:8 stood out to me today; the second half of the verse:"Freely you have received, freely give."
We are so blessed to be able to receive God's salvation--God freely gave it to us, if only we believe in Him..why am I so afraid sometimes to share about Him, and what He is doing in my life?! There is nothing to be afraid of! I am going to keep this verse in my heart so the next time I'm afraid, I will remember the great gift God gave me, and proclaim it without fear!
Blessings!
Kelly I.

"The Red Tent" is my favorite book, and I highly recommend it. I'm actually re-reading it right now, which is why I was so surprised that you mentioned it in the lesson today!

If you'd like to read more good Biblical fiction, I recommend Francine Rivers. She wrote a series of books called "The Lineage of Grace", telling the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. I think she's writing a new series now about 5 biblical men, although I've only read the first 3 books of that series, about Aaron, Caleb, and Jonathan. Check them out if you get a chance!

Awesome readings! My dad n i were just discussing Ps 12 a few minutes ago, in fact he taught on that chapter today in his class. v. 6 "like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times." ...when silver is being refined, the layers have to be taken off (such as with us, we must be refined through firey trials). After the final layer is removed, the refiner looks upon the silver and its like a mirror, he can see his own face. So the refiner sees himself in the silver's reflection...so like us as God refines us, when we are refined God will look upon us and see Himself. As in v. 6"And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times." ...His words are a direct reflection of Him...He is His word. I thought that was so cool.
God will protect us. (my dad n i were just discussing also). Our enemy not only has intent on harming us, but has the bow bent and ready to strike. BUt what have we to fear? God will protect from the harm of the enemy...whether it be the enemy or the wicked. We can rest in His saftey. (v.7)"O LORD, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever".

v.8 "The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men." ...this is so true in today's world! the vile is honored....the immoral is called good and the good is called bad. for example, the sexually immoral seems to be honored. it was more so men, now women are becoming as immoral and its becoming 'acceptable' by ppl. the gay community puts on their pride parades n honor themselves, the porn industry has their porn award shows (like the grammy's!) n honor each other. 4/20...a day to smoke out n 'fellowship'.
I love Proverbs, I pray for more wisdom, the more i learn, the more I want God's wisdom...it doesnt come from anything in us but God Himself. We just have to ask!

I like Matt 10:11-14: "Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town."
so it is when we share God's word, there will people who will listen, may we plant the seed and continue to pray for these people. there will be people who will not receive it...we should not continue to 'cast our pearls to the swine' ...but still pray for them, God will not give up on them, but there is a point where God may ask us to stop sharing with someone. Our job is to share, not to save, we cannot save anyone, that is the Holy Spirit's job. Sometimes in the past i think i tried to take on the role of the holy spirit. God will tell me to step back. my work is done, thats His job! but then shake the dust off our shoes and move on to others who will listen.

I am a pretty sincere person, unfortunately I have a fallen nature like we all do. My niece is 15 and said recently, 'everyone is so phony! everyone puts up an act and wears a mask! except for Jenny, with Jenny, you always know how she is feeling!' haha...this got me thinking. We are to be sincere, we have days we are not at our best and its not that we should let the whole world know we are grumpy n make ppl miserable, whenever we go, we should seek to bless others, whether it be the grocery store, out to a resuarant. We should always be kind and polite, u never know, you may be entertaining angels! But I'm not gonna pretend to be something I am not. I work in customer service, so i need to kinda wear a happy mask...but if i'm in a bad mood, i wont sit there and act like I'm the happiest person in the world. I will be professional and cordial and the awesome thing is, God will meet me there! He will soon take over and His joy will manifest Himself in me and it will be a sincere joy I am radiating.

The term happiness is different from joy to me. Happiness is more a conditional thing...If i get good news, I'm happy. If i get bad news I'm unhappy. We cannot always be happy but we can have joy deep in us always! When I hear a horrible story on the news, i'm an not happy..but I still have the joy of the Lord in me...so in that sense, i differentiate the terms.

The Red Tent...my sister read that book a few years back and recommended it to me. I forgot about it until now. It sounded very interesting tho...yeah, some more "female" issues in there, but great for both genders i'm sure! I will put that on my books-to-read list!

Oh my gosh...yesterday, the minute after I posted, my laptop died!! Talk about stress! Is God testing me?? Well if He is, I'm trying really hard to show Him that I can deal with this without stressing out :-) I am currently typing to you from my boyfriend's computer, so hopefully access to this one won't be too hard :-)

Mae - I'm confused about Genesis too - same questions :-) There is more polygamy in the Bible than I expected!!

I love the idea of God being in contol of my life, and this is what I remember when I become overwhelmed. I heard a great sermon once that talked about how God answers prayers. It said although sometimes we think that God does not answer our prayers, He is actually saying "No," and for a good reason, which we often learn later. I think there is a song called something along the lines of, "Thank God for Unanswered Prayers."

I would like to think of myself as a sincere person, but have realized that I have trouble being sincere when it comes to telling people things they don't want to hear. It is so much easier to speak with "flattering lips!" I am praying that this will become easier for me.

Wisdom definitely equals happiness, and I have been so much happier since I have started praying and reading the Bible :-) God bless you all, and have a "happy" day :-) (Hopefully I can use my boyfriend's computer tommorow in the morning and not wake him up! :-)

Hi, I think you should read "The Threshing Floor" by Juanita Bynum. It's not fiction, but she teaches you so much on praying.We can learn a lot from her. God bless.

I never read The Red Tent but you have my curiosity peaked! The only fictional Christian books I've read are all of the Left Behind books. And to be quite honest, the first book in the series played a huge part in me getting saved! Reading it started me on a quest fo truth, if you will. And I've never turned back!

Geneis was a bit confusing for me today...just seemed like more "family" issues. I need to go back and study it more to get a grasp on it! But the "Let Go and Let God" - Yes, as a matter of fact, I just got home from our Healing Service tonight at church....I went to support a friend...little did I know I actually went for me! (God is good like that!) - I know I let go of some things tonight...I'm ready...very ready...to let God take over these areas of concern in my life!

Psalms is good - takes me back to when I mentioned about exagerating a few days ago (the 11th I think) anyways...God has been dealing with me in this area of my speech a lot lately. Not in the way of cursing, God delivered me pretty much immediately from my "potty mouth" - but I still tend to say negative things and will definitely exagerate a situation! I'm so glad God doesn't leave us like we are!!

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

“ Based on my discussion of "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant above, are there other Biblical fiction books that you have read that you would recommend? The Red Tent is the first Biblical fiction book I have read, and I'd like to read some more. Please post up in the Comments section below any other Biblical fiction books you'd recommend and why?”

I haven’t read any fictional books based on Bible characters. The ‘Screwtape Letters’ by C.S. Lewis is about the only fictional Christian book that I have read. I do have the ‘Left Behind’ series but I haven’t started reading them yet. ’ The Red Tent ’ sounds like it would be an interesting read. I’ve had some people tell me that The Bible itself is “fiction” but what do they know? …lol


GENESIS 30:1-31:16

Polygamy was widely practiced in ancient times. Many today erroneously assume that God approved of it but I believe that He simply more or less tolerated it for a time. In this chapter we see why polygamy is not good and why monogamous marriage is God’s will for men and women. Polygamy tends to create rivalries among the wives for the husbands affections as in the case with Rachel and Leah. Jacob loved Rachel and not Leah ( 29:30 ). He never really wanted Leah in the first place. Leah knew this and had to have been hurt by it. She also felt cheated ( 30:15 ). Leah mistakenly thought that by having more children her husband would love her more ( 29:32-34; 30:20 ). God saw all of this and had compassion on Leah ( 29:31 ). Rachel on the other hand was insecure about not having yet borne a son to Jacob ( 30:1 ) and became desperate to the point of giving her handmaid Bilhah to Jacob to be yet another wife who bore him two sons ( 30:3-8 ). Likewise Leah, when she could bear no more children, did the same by giving her handmaid Zilpah who also bear him two sons ( 30:9-13 ). The rivaly between the two sisters for Jacob’s affections was so intense that it became a contest to see which could bear the most children to Jacob. Mandrakes were considered an aphrodisiac and the equivalent to a fertility drug by some ancient near eastern cultures. After Reuben, Leah’s firstborn, found some in a field the two sisters even contended for those ( 30:14-16 ). Leah won the baby making contest but she didn’t win Jacob’s love.

Another thing I took note of in this passage of Scripture is that God is not pleased with economic injustice especially in regard to defrauding laborers of their wages ( 31:7 ). This is basically what Laban, Rachel’s brother, did to Jacob. Laban kept Jacob around, so it seemed, solely for the economic benefits and the profit he gained by it ( 30:27 ). Apparently Laban wasn’t too concerned about leaving his daughters anything either by way of inheritance ( 31:14-16 ). God likewise saw all of this ( 31:12 ) and in the end God saw that justice was done for Jacob and his family in that God took away Laban’s wealth and gave it to Jacob ( 31:9 ).

“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”

- Proverbs 13:22 ( KJV )

MATTHEW 10:1-23

In reading about Jesus giving power to his twelve disciples to heal diseases and cast out devils ( v.1 ) it seems incredible to me that this also included Judas Iscariot who betrayed Him ( v.4 ) and whom Jesus referred to as “ the son of perdition” ( John 17:12 ). How can this be? Jesus Himself also warned that there would be those who He didn’t know as His down through the Church Age who would do these very same miracles but find out in the end they were not saved. ( Matthew 7:21-23 ).

PSALM 12:1-8

This seems to be describing a very wicked society, perhaps even being a prophetic vision of what the nation of Israel would become a few hundred years later after David’s death during the reign of his successors, the wicked kings of Judah and Israel. Among the sins singled out here were the sins of the tongue ( vs. 2-4 ) and oppression of the poor ( v.5 ). There also seems to be a reference here to an attack on the Scriptures and an attempt to destroy them ( v.6-7 ). It reminds me of when King Jehoiakim cut up the scroll and burned it in the fire but God causing another copy to be written ( see chapter 36 of the Book of Jeremiah ). There have also been many more attempts by wicked men down through the centuries and in many generations since then to do away with God’s Word but none have succeeded because God has promised to preserve His Word ( v.7 ).

PROVERBS 3:13-15

All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in God and in Jesus Christ, according to Colossians 2:2-3. All the money on earth cannot buy it and it isn’t for sale.

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