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Proverbs 9
Invitations of Wisdom and of Folly

1 Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn out its seven pillars.

What are the seven pillars?

James3:17
"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." NIV
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2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.

Wisdom provides sustenance.

Deut 8:3b
"..to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD." NIV
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Wisdom makes a call

4 "Let all who are simple come in here!"
she says to those who lack judgment.

The call is not to the wise. They are already feasting on God's Word. The call is to those that are pursuing folly. The ones who are seduced by folly, the simple who lack judgment (discernment - a gift of God) and are prone to go astray.

Matthew 27:17
"So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" NIV

Barabbas - Aramaic origin - "son of a father".

[Some early Syriac manuscripts of Matthew present Barabbas' name twice as Jesus bar Abbas: manuscripts in the Caesarean text-type— the Sinaitic Palimpsest, the Syriac lectionaries and some of the manuscripts used by Origen in the 3rd century— all support Barabbas' name as Jesus Barabbas.]

OK, so here is your choice:
Jesus "son of a father"
or
Jesus "Son of The Father".

That is always the case to this day. People have a choice. Do you choose the "World" or do you choose "God"?
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The Soldiers Mock Jesus

Most are familiar with Isaiah 53. How about Isaiah 50? Isaiah 50:4-9 is the Messiah speaking.

Isaiah 50:6
"I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting." NIV

[Let's keep in mind the beard being pulled out for later in this gospel.]

Psalm 33:12-22

Sovereignty of God in Creation and History

Review: Praise Him. Why? He is capable and trustworthy. He is the Creator, and His plan stands firm (unchangeable.

He is an active God. God sees and knows all.

16 "No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.

17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save."

One of the messages of Psalm 33 is that God is taking care of all the things we are incapable of looking after. This is why the apostle Paul tells us to "Be anxious for nothing"(Phil. 4:6). This is why Jesus can say, "do not worry about tomorrow"(Mt. 6:34).

How should we respond to an active all-powerful God - with Praise.

We wait in hope (certain expectation), we TRUST in His name, and we request His unfailing love to rest on us.

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2008

Re: Moses being "face-to-face" with God.

In yesterday's reading (Ex 33:20), God says that no one can see His face. Today, in Ex. 34:29, Moses does just that.
Is God prone to hyperbole in the first case? Or did He change His mind? Or what?

Different Question: Why is Lent 40 days? Does it have anything to do with the 40 days Moses was on Mt. Sinai with God?

Would appreciate anyone's explanation -- sorry if these questions seem simplistic.

Another quesion: Why doesn't God speak directly to His individually chosen people today like He did with Moses in OT times?

I think the question about Moses is a great one. I heard an explanation once (I think it was Rob Bell on a NOOMA video) that according to the Hebrew Moses didn't actually see God, but saw "where God just was". God allowed him a glimpse of Him as He was passing by. I'm not explaining it well, but it made a lot of sense to me when I first heard it.

Anyone else?

Jeff,
I THINK Lent is 40 days because Jesus was in the Wilderness for 40 days before the temptations of the devil. Lent is a time of our praying and denying ourselves as we seek a closer relationship with Gid to prepare us for Easter.

Jeff,

"Different Question: Why is Lent 40 days? Does it have anything to do with the 40 days Moses was on Mt. Sinai with God?"

Whether Catholic or Protestant - the answer is very similar on most sites that address this question.

Q: Why is Lent forty days long?

A: Because forty days is a traditional number of discipline, devotion, and preparation in the Bible. Thus Moses stayed on the Mountain of God forty days (Exodus 24:18 and 34:28), the spies were in the land for forty days (Numbers 13:25), Elijah traveled forty days before he reached the cave where he had his vision (1 Kings 19:8), Nineveh was given forty days to repent (Jonah 3:4), and most importantly, prior to undertaking his ministry, Jesus spent forty days in wilderness praying and fasting (Matthew 4:2).

Since Lent if a period of prayer and fasting, it is fitting for Christians to imitate their Lord with a forty day period. Christ used a forty day period of prayer and fasting to prepare for his ministry, which culminated in his death and resurrection, and thus it is fitting for Christians to imitate him with a forty day period of prayer and fasting to prepare for the celebration of his ministry's climax, Good Friday (the day of the crucifixion) and Easter Sunday (the day of the resurrection).

Jeff,

"In yesterday's reading (Ex 33:20), God says that no one can see His face. Today, in Ex. 34:29, Moses does just that.
Is God prone to hyperbole in the first case? Or did He change His mind? Or what?"

A different explanation from Micah Girls. God the Father is Spirit. In John 6:46, Jesus says - no one has seen the Father. Is Jesus mistaken? No.

Anytime God is seen in the OT, I believe it is Jesus Christ before He came down to earth as a child (pre-incarnate Christ). Since Jesus is God (remember the mystery of the Trinity) this would clar up any seeming contradictions in the bible, and should be theologically acceptable.

It never says in the OT that the God seen is God the Father. It says God, Lord, God of Glory, God Almighty, or other such names/titles. Jesus is God - so all these names apply to Him as well.

CARM has a write-up on this that may explain it better:
http://www.carm.org/diff/Exod6_3.htm

Jeff,
"Another quesion: Why doesn't God speak directly to His individually chosen people today like He did with Moses in OT times?"

Excellant question that I have not seen asked in my two+ years on the blog. It is a question I had early on that bothered me until I had a chance to study Paul's writings in-depth.

The answer: God does speak directly to not only his chosen people, but at some time in everybody's life.

The cheap and easy answer is to say that God speaks directly to people through His Word (the Bible) and the Holy Spirit. But I think there is more to it than that answer :)

Stay with me on this - Whether you believe the Bible is true or not, most people will admit that it is written down in the Old Testament that God seems to get involved very personally in the World. Appearances, talks to people, visions/dreams, tangible miracles, covenants, sending angels, etc. Why does God not do this in the times after Christ's death? Is God a less personal God now than the Old Testament?

My belief is that God is just as personal if not even more personal now than in the Old Testament. Why do I say this?

John 14:12 "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."

What is Jesus saying? It is not that we will be greater than Jesus (a false teaching) because we, as believers, are being conformed into the image of Christ. the perfected status will not happen until we reach heaven. So what is going on?

What did Jesus do? Jesus preached the message of salvation, performed miracles (signs attesting that he was who he said he was), died for our sins, and was ressurected so that death was completely defeated. How can we possibly do greater things than these listed above?

Well, we can knock out the last two, because in John Jesus is talking before He was crucified and arose. The greater things "than what Jesus did" have to be about preaching the message of salvation and/or miracles.

How can we do those two things better than the Son of God? This is where the fact that God is still a personal God comes into play. There are two billion professing Christians around the World. If only half of them have truly accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior - that leaves one billion. That is one billion people walking around with Jesus Christ IN THEM (abiding with them) and the Holy Spirit who will teach us and remind us of everything Jesus has said. We, the believing Christians are God's personal touch.

Jesus ministry was limited to Israel and a few surrounding countries. His ministry now, using us as His personal spokespersoan, is worldwide. On this blog alone I have shared the Gospel and the Bible through people sending me emails with people in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the US. Jesus never preached out of His limited area during His 3+ years of ministry. Being worldwide evangelists is greater than what Jesus did while He was here on earth.

What about Miracles? I have had several done to me by God directly and through other's prayers. They are known by me, and are meant to be signs of a personal touch by God in my life and health. There have been dramatic miracles done around the World to many people the last 2,000 years that cannot be explained by doctors, scientists, or secular experts.

Greater than this is the miracle of salvation. On a world-wide basis God is using His chosen people (believers) to share the Gospel through the Power of the Spirit and with Jesus present in our bodies, and people who were condemned to eternal separation from God have received eternal life. That is pretty great, and again happening on a world-wide basis.

Long answer :) but it is deserving of an excellant question.

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2008

God does still talk to people directly and perform miracles, it's just that the Bible hasn't been updated to reflect that. The only reason we know about the miracles that occured for OT folks is because someone wrote them down. Thier neighbors and coworkers didn't necessarily know about thier interactions with God any better than yours do.

Wisdom comes rom alot of outside sources because God constantly works through the Holy Spirit to teach us.Even though it may come rom areas that we would not regonise. Such as world events jarring our brain to prophecy or life events rom day to day. This will show us our own insecurities, as well as where our strengths lie. Because we have helped someone unselfesly. Wisdom from God is every where only if we take the time to learn.

Wisdom comes rom alot of outside sources because God constantly works through the Holy Spirit to teach us.Even though it may come rom areas that we would not regonise. Such as world events jarring our brain to prophecy or life events rom day to day. This will show us our own insecurities, as well as where our strengths lie. Because we have helped someone unselfesly. Wisdom from God is every where only if we take the time to learn.

Exodus 34:28 stood out to me today.

Exodus 34
28 Moses remained there on the mountain with the LORD forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water.

Moses remained on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights and ate no bread and drank no water, just like Jesus would spend forty days and forty nights in the desert with no bread or water.

Yours in Christ
Skip

Thanks for all your insightful comments related to my questions today.

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