To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he has mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt. Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud. (Psalm 123)
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“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22 ESV http://bible.com/59/1th.5.14-22.esv
Today’s passages touch on the themes of wisdom, worship and the miracles of Jesus. – The truth and knowledge that God gives us, needs to affect our actions. What we know should keep us from doing things that hurt us and those around us. Proverbs 7-8 — Warning Against the Adulteress and The Blessings of Wisdom Psalm 66 — How Awesome Are Your Deeds John 6 Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand (1-15) Jesus Walks on Water (16-21) I Am the Bread of Life (22-59) The Words of Eternal Life (60-71) What are the benefits of a wisdom focus? What brings […]
Job 37 – God speaks and acts in ways that get our attention. The almighty is beyond our reach, we revere Him, He thinks of the wise in heart Job 38 – Brace yourself like a man, says God. I will ask and you will answer Me. Laws of nature and astronomy Psalm 60 – You have rejected us and burst forth upon us, Give us aid against our enemy, Man’s help is worthless, with God we will gain the victory. Luke 24 – The resurrection, the walk to Emmaus, Jesus appears to the disciples, the Ascension.
Job 35 – Does your sin or righteousness affect God? God does not listen to the empty plea… Job 36 – Elihu continued – I get my knowledge from God, God is mighty but doesn’t hate men. Don’t take bribes or listen to evil, look at the water cycle. Psalm 59 – My enemies conspire, the Lord laughs at them, God will go first to declare victory, I will sing of your strength and love. Luke 23 – Jesus’ trial before Pilate, the crucifixion, the death of Jesus, the burial of Jesus.
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might (Ephesians 1:16-19 ESV)