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Proverbs 26:24-26

24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbors deceit.

25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.

What are the (7) seven abominations?

I think the 7 abominations in a man's heart might be these from Proverbs 6:16-19:

16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:

17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,

18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,

19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Also, since 7 is a number of completion, if a man's heart has 7 abominations it is completely wicked.

Ezekiel 1:1-3:15

Of everything in today’s readings, Ezekiel’s visions and his commission by God there were two verses that spoke to me:

Next He said to me: "Son of man, listen carefully to all My words that I speak to you and take them to heart. Go to your people, the exiles, and speak to them. Tell them: This is what the Lord GOD says, whether they listen or refuse to listen." (Ezekiel 3:10-11 HCSB)

God tells Ezekiel to not just Parrot back to the people what He is has given him but to take them to heart after carefully listening to His Words. I was reminded of the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:5-15). When Jesus explains what the Parable means (9-15) in the explanation the four different soil types which represent the state of man’s hearts interacts with the seed based on the condition of the soil of men’s heart and also with how the person heard the Word.

"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. The seeds along the path are those who have heard. Then the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing. As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who, when they have heard, go on their way and are choked with worries, riches, and pleasures of life, and produce no mature fruit. But the seed in the good ground--these are the ones who, having heard the word with an honest and good heart, hold on to it and by enduring, bear fruit. (Luke 8:11-15 HCSB)

The soil that produces fruit is the soil/heart of the one who “heard the word with an honest and good heart.” Ezekiel must get God’s word down inside of him and let it speak to him before he can give it out to the people God has commanded him to speak to even though they will not listen.

This speaks to me about germination, growth, harvest then back to seed. The seed/Word Ezekiel was to give to the people was not the seed that God gave him. He had to sow the Word/seed into his own life then wait for it to come into fruition in him; then take the seed of his own personal harvest and sow into the people He was called to serve.

In Hebrews, especially this current chapter, as well as the first verse of chapter two, we read about hearing/listening and my mind is brought to the Hebrew word that has been translated into the English word “obey” 43 times in the King James Version. That word transliterated is “shaw-mah.” According to Strong’s it means:

A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.): - X attentively, call (gather) together, X carefully, X certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, X diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear (-ken, tell), X indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim (-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, X surely, tell, understand, whosoever [heareth], witness.

Our call to “obey,” to “listen” is not something we do impassively but we do it interactively, weighing the value, the cost. I believe it is the invitation given to the prophet Isaiah,

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18 KJVR).

To do anything less than interacting with what we have read and continue to read would cause us to be like those who died in the wilderness, not mixing what we have heard and read with faith.

Do not harden your hearts, as [happened] in the rebellion [of Israel] and their provocation and embitterment [of Me] in the day of testing in the wilderness, Where your fathers tried [My patience] and tested [My forbearance] and found I stood their test, and they saw My works for forty years. And so I was provoked (displeased and sorely grieved) with that generation, and said, They always err and are led astray in their hearts, and they have not perceived or recognized My ways and become progressively better and more experimentally and intimately acquainted with them. Accordingly, I swore in My wrath and indignation, They shall not enter into My rest. [Ps. 95:7-11.]
(Hebrews 3:8-11 AMP)

Just some things to think about.


Interesting to me today was more the idea's R put forth than the reading...funny how God does that to each of us...where we are...how we are...what we are doing.

I remember the first time I did my first word study...

A word study is literally doing as R did for us...looking up a word and seeing what it meant, what it means and how it applies.

As she mentioned youth, I recall it was the only time I ever went to a retreat. It just so happened the College and Career group was going to "camp" with the High School group.

I got lost in the library and missed out alot on the "activities" as I discovered a "book" (tool really) that set me off into a world God allowed me to eventually add experience to so I would not be a "knowledgable" person but a wise one.

Strongs Concordance....Phew...unabridged and I read cover to cover often lingering in Greek and Hebrew.

My first study was Aeonio for eon for ages to ages life wich started with the word Eternal.

My point was radical in thought but I presupposed if time were eliminated one day we would be terminated by God and it would "seem" to us as eternal. (Needless to say I discovered a more accurate understanding and found God could even answer my questions!!)

But what I propose to somebody out there who is reading this....

Can God be big emough that ALL these applications and interpretations of the Word APPLY?

A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.): - X attentively, call (gather) together, X carefully, X certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, X diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear (-ken, tell), X indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim (-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, X surely, tell, understand, whosoever [heareth], witness.

The Hebrew Shma is recited often as Hear oh Israel The Lord our God The Lord is One.

But if you applied the FULL or ALL of the above...,

Welll....it certainly would be harder to take out of context and might make for a rather exhaustive context.

Hmmm...might prevent pride as it would then also require action as Ramona said.

When I exhaustively studied Hebrew and Theology etc thinking I would become wiser and apply the knowledge more actively to my relationship with God...I found that in full circle of knowledge that if I accepted the simple and let God apply it....

ALL those Meanings became relevant by His Spirit rather than by my understanding of Inflection, tense, application, gemmatric, hermaneutic, homletic, or any other applied Christian or Jewish or Greek discipline.

In fact it was simpler to Include all the above than to try to preclude any of it....

Course that's just like my daddy...He still wears the pants in my family no matter how big in the britches I think I become..., he becomes even bigger.

And you know...

I can love a God like that!


Humbleness, lowliness,humbleness of mind - Part 3


Original word:

Transliterated word:


A) the having a humble opinion of one's self

B) a deep sense of one's (moral) littleness

C) modesty, humility, lowliness of mind


We have seen, through our study of the words related to humbleness, that a
process is involved in bringing each of us to the end state of humbleness,
Christian maturity.

This humbling process requires time, because the resulting maturity is formed only through much experience.

This process and its end result is not something we can force or produce; it can only be the result of God's transforming
work being done in us.

It is important for Christians to realize that the Lord uses His humbling
process to break down our flesh so that we become vessels fit for His use.

Only in submitting to Him and to His humbling process, can His grace flow in and through us.

Right Here, Right Now

When things aren't going the way you hoped, have you ever wondered why you are where you are, why do you have the job you have, why you're in the relationship you're in or why you are in whatever situation you might currently find yourself in?

And in the midst of that you ask, "Why God? Why have you brought me here? What good can come from this situation?"

Tonight… it hit me. Right here! Right now! God is in control and this is exactly where He wants me to be. If you are trusting God with your life… the same is true of you. No matter what situation you are in – God has allowed it. It might not make sense to you today – it might not make sense tomorrow – but God has put you right where you are "for such a time as this."

If you are in a situation you don't like, my advice is this:
Trust God.
Believe Him.
He has you exactly where He wants you.

Open your heart to His plan. Pray for Him to use you and whatever the situation you're in "to the praise of His glory."

"In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory."
Ephesians 1:11-12 NKJV

You can be assured that in every situation… no matter how big or small… God will use it for good.


And as we are called to encourage one another may I encourage you Mike in this wonderful daily ministry. There must be many hours work for each daily reading. May God bless you and may you continue to look to Him.

I am so glad to find this internet service. I look forward to joining the discussions very soon.

Oh yes, i was thinking of Indescribable when reading the Psalms! One of my fave worship songs of all time!

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