God I Long For You

Psalm 63:1

Good News Translation

Longing for God[a]

63 

O God, you are my God,

    and I long for you.

My whole being desires you;

    like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land,

    my soul is thirsty for you.

God you are my God I yearn and long for you above all else. My whole self craves you in a desolate parched dry land my soul thirsts for you

Psalm 63 1

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you

Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 63

Psalm 63

This psalm has in it as much of warmth and lively devotion as any of David’s psalms in so little a compass. As the sweetest of Paul’s epistles were those that bore date out of a prison, so some of the sweetest of David’s psalms were those that were penned, as this was, in a wilderness. That which grieved him most in his banishment was the want of public ordinances; these he here longs to be restored to the enjoyment of; and the present want did but whet his appetite. Yet it is not the ordinances, but the God of the ordinances, that his heart is upon. And here we have,

• I. His desire towards God (v. 1, 2).

• II. His esteem of God (v. 3, 4).

• III. His satisfaction in God (v. 5).

• IV. His secret communion with God (v. 6).

• V. His joyful dependence upon God (v. 7, 8).

• IV. His holy triumph in God over his enemies and in the assurance of his own safety (v. 9-11).

A devout and pious soul has little need of direction how to sing this psalm, so naturally does it speak its own genuine language; and an unsanctified soul, that is unacquainted and unaffected with divine things, is scarcely capable of singing it with understanding.

A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

Psa 63:1-2

The title tells us when the psalm was penned, when David was in the wilderness of Judah; that is, in the forest of Hareth (1 Sa. 22:5) or in the wilderness of Ziph, 1 Sa. 23:15.

• 1. Even in Canaan, though a fruitful land and the people numerous, yet there were wildernesses, places less fruitful and less inhabited than other places. It will be so in the world, in the church, but not in heaven; there it is all city, all paradise, and no desert ground; the wilderness there shall blossom as the rose.

• 2. The best and dearest of God’s saints and servants may sometimes have their lot cast in a wilderness, which speaks them lonely and solitary, desolate and afflicted, wanting, wandering, and unsettled, and quite at a loss what to do with themselves.

• 3. All the straits and difficulties of a wilderness must not put us out of tune for sacred songs; but even then it is our duty and interest to keep up a cheerful communion with God. There are psalms proper for a wilderness, and we have reason to thank God that it is the wilderness of Judah we are in, not the wilderness of Sin.

David, in these verses, stirs up himself to take hold on God,

• I. By a lively active faith: O God! thou art my God. Note, In all our addresses to God we must eye him as God, and our God, and this will be our comfort in a wilderness-state. We must acknowledge that God is, that we speak to one that really exists and is present with us, when we say, O God! which is a serious word; pity it should ever be used as a by-word. And we must own his authority over us and propriety in us, and our relation to him: “Thou art my God, mine by creation and therefore my rightful owner and ruler, mine by covenant and my own consent.” We must speak it with the greatest pleasure to ourselves, and thankfulness to God, as those that are resolved to abide by it: O God! thou art my God.

• II. By pious and devout affections, pursuant to the choice he had made of God and the covenant he had made with him.

• 1. He resolves to seek God, and his favour and grace: Thou art my God, and therefore I will seek thee; for should not a people seek unto their God? Isa. 8:19. We must seek him; we must covet his favour as our chief good and consult his glory as our highest end; we must seek acquaintance with him by his word and seek mercy from him by prayer. We must seek him,

• (1.) Early, with the utmost care, as those that are afraid of missing him; we must begin our days with him, begin every day with him: Early will I seek thee.

• (2.) Earnestly: “My soul thirsteth for thee and my flesh longeth for thee (that is, my whole man is affected with this pursuit) here in a dry and thirsty land.” Observe,

• [1.] His complaint in the want of God’s favourable presence. He was in a dry and thirsty land; so he reckoned it, not so much because it was a wilderness as because it was at a distance from the ark, from the word and sacraments. This world is a weary land (so the word is); it is so to the worldly that have their portion in it-it will yield them no true satisfaction; it is so to the godly that have their passage through it-it is a valley of Baca; they can promise themselves little from it.

• [2.] His importunity for that presence of God: My soul thirsteth, longeth, for thee. His want quickened his desires, which were very intense; he thirsted as the hunted hart for the water-brooks; he would take up with nothing short of it. His desires were almost impatient; he longed, he languished, till he should be restored to the liberty of God’s ordinances. Note, Gracious souls look down upon the world with a holy disdain and look up to God with a holy desire.

• 2. He longs to enjoy God. What is it that he does so passionately wish for? What is his petition and what is his request? It is this (v. 2), To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. That is,

• (1.) “To see it here in this wilderness as I have seen it in the tabernacle, to see it in secret as I have seen it in the solemn assembly.” Note, When we are deprived of the benefit of public ordinances we should desire and endeavour to keep up the same communion with God in our retirements that we have had in the great congregation. A closet may be turned into a little sanctuary. Ezekiel had the visions of the Almighty in Babylon, and John in the isle of Patmos. When we are alone we may have the Father with us, and that is enough.

• (2.) “To see it again in the sanctuary as I have formerly seen it there.” He longs to be brought out of the wilderness, not that he might see his friends again and be restored to the pleasures and gaieties of the court, but that he might have access to the sanctuary, not to see the priests there, and the ceremony of the worship, but to see thy power and glory (that is, thy glorious power, or thy powerful glory, which is put for all God’s attributes and perfections), “that I may increase in my acquaintance with them and have the agreeable impressions of them made upon my heart”-so to behold the glory of the Lord as to be changed into the same image, 2 Co. 3:18. “That I may see thy power and glory,” he does not say, as I have seen them, but “as I have seen thee.” We cannot see the essence of God, but we see him in seeing by faith his attributes and perfections. These sights David here pleases himself with the remembrance of. Those were precious minutes which he spent in communion with God; he loved to think them over again; these he lamented the loss of, and longed to be restored to. Note, That which has been the delight and is the desire of gracious souls, in their attendance on solemn ordinances, is to see God and his power and glory in them.

What Does Psalm 63:1 Mean? ►

O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 63:1(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Life often takes us through the weary place and the parched wilderness on this journey through life, where only God can provide the comfort and sustenance we desperately need. He alone is our present help in time of trouble, and His compassion and mercy towards us is new every morning. How precious that as His children, we can legitimately cry out, “O God, You are MY God.”

It was David who penned this hymn of worship and praise as he trudged through the arid, waterless, Judean wilderness. He was without friends, hunted by enemies, and placed in an enforced exile from his people and homeland. But in simple, yet beautiful language, he compares his deep yearning for the Lord with parched land that is dry and desolate. He compares his desperate longing for the Lord with a place that is devoid of water, as he cries out to God, “O God, You are MY God. Early will I seek You. My soul thirsts for You. My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land – where there is no water.”

David was a man who had developed a passion for God from his youth. He sought the Lord early in life and at the break of each day he yearned for the Lord with childlike simplicity. David found out that God was his faithful Shepherd and strong Tower. He had discovered that the Lord was His abiding Treasure and the, “Rock of my Salvation.”

David sought after God with an eager intensity that we would do well to emulate, for we too are His people and we are also the sheep of His pasture. We are His by creation and His through purchase – we are His by promise and His by permission.

We are the people of God and He is the God our salvation. He is ours through time and we are His into eternity. He chose us before the foundation of the world and knit us together in our mother’s womb. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and the works of His hand are marvellous to behold.

The Lord is the Redeemer of my spirit, the Lover of my soul, and the permanent Resident within this body of flesh. He is the One to Whom I must fly in all circumstances of life, and in every season of my earthly wanderings He is the one Who comforts and succours.

When I stray from His side, I must quickly return and seek Him with my whole heart. I must covet His favour with my entire being for He is the Lord and there is no other. He upholds the world by the might of His power yet has become the Comforter of my soul. He has rescued me from the miry clay and set my feet upon the solid Rock. He has filled the hungry with good things… but the rich have been sent empty away.

Let us seek Him early and pursue Him earnestly because His loving-kindness is better than life itself. Let us long for Him ardently and desire Him incessantly

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/psalm-63-1

God Is God Only

Psalm 63:1

New King James Version

Joy in the Fellowship of God

A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

63 

O God, You are my God;

Early will I seek You;

My soul thirsts for You;

My flesh longs for You

In a dry and thirsty land

Where there is no water

Verse Thoughts

Life often takes us through the weary place and the parched wilderness on this journey through life, where only God can provide the comfort and sustenance we desperately need. He alone is our present help in time of trouble, and His compassion and mercy towards us is new every morning.  How precious that as His children, we can legitimately cry out: “O God, You are MY God.”.

It was David who penned this hymn of worship and praise as he trudged through the arid, waterless, Judean wilderness. He was without friends, hunted by enemies and placed in an enforced exile from his people and homeland. But in simple, yet beautiful language he compares his deep yearning for the Lord with parched land that is dry and desolate. He compares his desperate longing for the Lord with a place that is devoid of water, as he cries out to God: O God, You are MY God. Early will I seek You. My soul thirsts for You. My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land – where there is no water.

David was a man who had developed a passion for God from his youth. He sought the Lord early in life and at the break of each day he yearned for the Lord with childlike simplicity. David found out that God was his faithful Shepherd and strong Tower. He had discovered that the Lord was His abiding Treasure and the Rock of my Salvation.

David sought after God with an eager intensity that we would do well to emulate, for we too are His people and we are also the sheep of His pasture.  We are His by creation, and His through purchase – we are His by promise and His by permission.

We are the people of God and He the God our salvation. He is ours through time and we are His into eternity. He chose us before the foundation of the world and knit us together in our mother’s womb. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and the works of His hand are marvellous to behold.

The Lord is the Redeemer of my spirit, the Lover of my soul and the permanent Resident within this body of flesh. He is the One to Whom I must fly in all circumstances of life, and in every season of my earthly wanderings, He is the one Who comforts and succours.

When I stray from His side, I must quickly return and seek Him with my whole heart. I must covet His favour with my entire being for He is the Lord and there is no other. He upholds the world by the might of His power yet has become the Comforter of my soul. He has rescued me from the miry clay and set my feet upon the solid Rock. He has filled the hungry with good things.. but the rich have been sent empty away.

Let us seek Him early and pursue Him earnestly because His loving-kindness is better than life itself.  Let us long for Him ardently and desire Him incessantly. .  and let us cry out to Him day by day: O Lord, You are MY God. Early will I seek You. My soul thirsts for You. My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land – where there is no water.

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/psalm-63-1

As Christians we humble ourselves on the Lord proclaiming him fully as our God saying You are My God we best seek him early in the morning for he longs for us all day we thirst for him as we seek him so profoundly and our flesh being our kingdom long’s for his judgement of ourselves where we wait in submission to his silence in a dry and thirsty land of the unknown but obedience and belief

PSALM 63 – LOVE BETTER THAN LIFE

The title of this psalm is, A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. Most commentators believe it to belong either to David’s wilderness years before he came to the throne of Israel, or to his brief exile from the throne in the rebellion of Absalom. The wilderness years when hunted by King Saul are preferred, but not held with absolute certainty.

Charles Spurgeon added a note of interest: “Chrysostom tells us that among the primitive Christians it was decreed and ordained that no day should pass without the public singing of this psalm.”

A. Praise from the wilderness.

1. (1-2) David’s thirst for God.

O God, You are my God;

Early will I seek You;

My soul thirsts for You;

My flesh longs for You

In a dry and thirsty land

Where there is no water.

So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,

To see Your power and Your glory.

a. O God, You are my God: This may seem like senseless repetition, a tautology. It is not; David declared to Elohim that He was David’s El, David’s God in the most fundamental sense. In a day when pagans thought there were many gods and each nation had their own gods, David sweeps such ideas aside and proclaimed his allegiance to Elohim.

i. “The simplicity and boldness of Thou art my God is the secret of all that follows, since this relationship is the heart of the covenant, from the patriarchs to the present day (Genesis 17:8c; Hebrews 8:10c).” (Kidner)

b. Early will I seek You: Appreciating God as God, it is entirely reasonable to seek Him, and to seek Him as a priority of the day. The thirst of David’s soul demanded to be satisfied early in the day.

i. “What first lays hold of the heart in the morning is likely to occupy the place all the day. First impressions are the most durable, because there is not a multitude of ideas to drive them out, or prevent them from being deeply fixed in the moral feeling.” (Clarke)

ii. “The word ‘early’ has not only the sense of early in the morning, but that of eagerness, immediateness. He who truly longs for God longs for him now.” (Spurgeon)

iii. My flesh longs for You: “Longeth; or, languisheth, or pineth away. The desire of my soul after thee is so vehement and insatiable, that my very body feels the effects of it, as it commonly doth of all great passions.” (Poole)

iv. “Most people do not even know that it is God their souls truly desire. They are seeking satisfaction in other things.” (Boice)

c. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary: David sought God at the tabernacle as earnestly as a thirsty man looks for water in a dry and thirsty land. The Wilderness of Judah is largely desert, so this was a picture of longing that came easily to David’s mind.

i. “There was no desert in his heart, though there was a desert around him.” (Spurgeon)

ii. In a dry and thirsty land: “Learn from this, and do not say, ‘I will get into communion with God when I feel better,’ but long for communion now. It is one of the temptations of the devil to tell you not to pray when you do not feel like praying. Pray twice as much then.” (Spurgeon)

d. To see Your power and Your glory: David sought God at the tabernacle to connect in some way with God’s power and glory. Significantly, David was not at the tabernacle when he sang this song; he was in the Wilderness of Judah. Yet he knew that’s God’s sanctuary was not only a place, but also a spiritual concept that could be entered by faith no matter where a person was.

i. “Our misery is that we thirst so little for these sublime things, and so much for the mocking trifles of time and sense.” (Spurgeon)

2. (3-6) The greatness of God’s love stirs praise.

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,

My lips shall praise You.

Thus I will bless You while I live;

I will lift up my hands in Your name.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,

And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,

I meditate on You in the night watches.

a. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life: This is the reason why David was so motivated to pursue God. The lovingkindness (hesed) of God was better, more meaningful to David, than life itself. This means that David both knew and experienced something of God’s lovingkindness that many believers today do not know and experience.

· People regard life as natural; David regarded God’s great love as natural.

· People enjoy life; David enjoyed God’s great love.

· People value life; David valued God’s great love.

· People will sacrifice to live; David would sacrifice for God’s great love.

· People want to give life to others; David wanted to give God’s great love.

· People despair without the sense of life; David despaired without the sense of God’s great love.

i. Life and literature are filled with people who loved someone or something more than their own life, and it could be said of them that they held love better than life. Yet that is not what David sang of here. David meant that the love of God to him was more precious than his own life.

ii. “Now you know at what a high rate men value their lives; they will bleed, sweat, vomit, purge, part with an estate, yea, with a limb, yea, limbs, to preserve their lives…. Now, though life be so dear and precious to a man, yet a deserted soul prizes the returnings of divine favour upon him above life, yea, above many lives.” (Brooks, cited in Spurgeon)

iii. “To dwell with God is better than life at its best; life at ease, in a palace, in health, in honour, in wealth, in pleasure; yea, a thousand lives are not equal to the eternal life which abides in Jehovah’s smile.” (Spurgeon)

iv. “He knew a pearl of far greater price, namely, the ‘loving-kindness’ of Jehovah, on which is suspended not only the life which now is, but that which is to come.” (Horne)

v. Better than life: “Many men have been weary of their lives, as is evident in Scripture and history; but no man was ever yet found that was weary of the love and favour of God.” (Brooks, cited in Spurgeon)

b. My lips shall praise You: In light of David’s experience of God’s great love, he determined to vocally praise God. David thought that he would be ungrateful and rude to not praise and thank the God who loved him so greatly.

i. “If we have nothing to say about God’s goodness, the probable cause is our want of experience of it.” (Maclaren)

ii. “May I ask a question of every professed Christian? Have you spoken with God this morning? Do you allow a day to pass without converse with God? Can it be right for us to treat the Lord with mute indifference?” (Spurgeon)

iii. Psalm 63 speaks of praise and devotion given to God in gratitude, out of a rich sense of being blessed. Spurgeon noted that we should not limit our thanks and praise to such seasons: “Even when our heart is rather desiring than enjoying we should still continue to magnify the Most High, for his love is truly precious; even if we do not personally, for the time being, happen to be rejoicing in it. We ought not to make our praises of God to depend upon our own personal and present reception of benefits; this would be mere selfishness: even publicans and sinners have a good word for those whose hands are enriching them with gifts; it is the true believer only who will bless the Lord when he takes away his gifts or hides his face.” (Spurgeon)

c. Thus I will bless You: David did not mean this in the sense that a greater person bestows a blessing on a lesser. David meant this in the sense that it blessed and honored God when His creatures praised Him and thanked Him appropriately.

d. I will lift up my hands in Your name: The lifting of the hands was not only the common posture of prayer among the ancient Hebrews, it was especially appropriate for praise. It displayed the anticipation of gratefully receiving from God, and the sense of surrender to Him.

e. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness: David spoke of a satisfaction that too few people know, even among believers. He spoke of the deep satisfaction that comes in a surrendered seeking of God, of receiving His great love, of praising God without reservation.

i. “There is in the love of God a richness, a sumptuousness, a fulness of soul-filling joy, comparable to the richest food with which the body can be nourished.” (Spurgeon)

f. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches: David thought that there were not enough hours in the day to think upon God’s greatness and goodness. Therefore he also used the night watches to meditate upon God.

i. Night watches: “An expression which stresses the slow progress of the hours.” (Kidner)

ii. “Solitude and stillness render the ‘night watches’ a fit season for meditation on the so often experienced mercies of God; which, when thus called to remembrance, become a delicious repast to the spirit, filling it with all joy, and peace, and consolation.” (Horne)

B. Thankful confidence in God.

1. (7-8) Thanks for help already given.

Because You have been my help,

Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.

My soul follows close behind You;

Your right hand upholds me.

a. Because You have been my help: Many of David’s psalms are simple cries for help. Since this psalm was composed from the Wilderness of Judah, there was certainly help David could ask for. Yet, Psalm 63 has no cry for help but gives thanks and praise for God’s faithfulness in many times when God had been my help for David.

b. Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice: The idea of the shelter of shadow of God’s wings is repeated many times in the psalms. Sometimes it has the idea of protection, as a mother bird shelters her young chicks. Other times it has the idea of presence, as in the wings of the cherubim that surround the throne of God. Here the idea of presence seems to best fit the context.

c. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me: This speaks of the partnership and connection the believer experiences with God. David’s soul was close to God, following Him as one followed a Master or Teacher. God responded with care and strength for David, upholding him with His mighty right hand (the hand of skill and strength).

i. My soul follows close: “Press toward the mark. Let there be no needless space between the Master and thee.” (Meyer)

ii. The connection expressed by my soul follows close is truly close. The words translated follows close have the sense of joining or gluing together, as in Genesis 2:24.

iii. “The primary sense of [the Hebrew word is] to glue together; from thence it signifies figuratively to associate, to adhere to, to be united with; and particularly to be firmly united with strong affection.” (Chandler, cited in Spurgeon)

2. (9-10) Trust despite the trouble.

But those who seek my life, to destroy it,

Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

They shall fall by the sword;

They shall be a portion for jackals.

a. But those who seek my life, to destroy it: David’s deep communion with God did not take away his problems. There were still those who wanted to kill him. According to its title, Psalm 63 was written from the Wilderness of Judah and David was in the wilderness hiding from a conspiracy to kill him.

b. They shall fall by the sword: David trusted God to deal with his enemies, especially with King Saul. In God’s time and in God’s way, David’s enemies did fall by the sword, which has the sense of being killed in battle.

i. “He knows that the ‘steadfast love’ of God which he praised in verse 3, is strong with justice (cf. 62:12).” (Kidner)

ii. A portion for jackals: “If the body of a human being were to be left on the ground, the jackals would certainly leave but little traces of it; and in the olden times of warfare, they must have held high revelry in the battle-fields after the armies had retired. It is to this propensity of the jackal that David refers – himself a man of war, who had fought on many a battle-field, and must have seen the carcasses of the slain mangled by these nocturnal prowlers.” (Wood, cited in Spurgeon)

iii. “Jackals make sense here, rather than the ‘foxes’ of some older translations (one Hebrew word serves for both). They are the final scavengers, consuming the remains of the kill rejected by the larger beasts.” (Kidner)

3. (11) The king’s confidence.

But the king shall rejoice in God;

Everyone who swears by Him shall glory;

But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.

a. But the king shall rejoice in God: David was not yet on Israel’s throne and that promise still waited many years for fulfillment. Yet it was a promise of God (first expressed in 1 Samuel 16), so by faith David could dare to think of himself as the king, and in that daring faith rejoice in God.

i. “The king; I, who am already anointed king, and who shall be actually king, when these mine enemies are fallen by the sword. He speaks of himself in the third person, either out of modesty or out of prudence.” (Poole)

b. Everyone who swears by Him shall glory; but the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped: The sense of swears by Him is to trust in God and place one’s confident love in Him; men normally take oaths upon what they hold dear. The contrast to trusting God is to speak lies; we resort to lies when we don’t trust God. One of these paths has a future of glory and the other path will be stopped.

i. “Two things are necessary for such triumph as this. These are indicated in the opening words of the psalm. First, there must be the consciousness of personal relationship, ‘O God, Thou art my God’; and, second, there must be earnest seeking after God: ‘Early will I seek Thee.’ Relationship must be established. Fellowship must be cultivated.” (Morgan)

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Taking Debts Of Friends Or Strangers

Proverbs 6 – Wisdom to a Son on Debts and Work, Sin and Seduction

A. The foolishness of taking on other’s debts.

1. (1-2) Taking debts of friends or strangers.

My son, if you become surety for your friend,
If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
You are snared by the words of your mouth;
You are taken by the words of your mouth.

a. If you become surety for your friend: Solomon warned his son against guaranteeing the debts of others, whether they were a friend or a stranger. This was the promise to pay the debts of the friend or stranger if they failed to pay.

i. This wasn’t really like loaning someone money, nor exactly like cosigning a loan. In modern financial terms, it was more like guaranteeing someone’s open line of credit. “The New Testament shows us Paul accepting Onesimus’s past liabilities, but not his future ones (Philemon 18, 19).” (Kidner)

ii. “If thou pledge thyself in behalf of another, thou takest the burden off him, and placest it on thine own shoulders; and when he knows he has got one to stand between him and the demands of law and justice, he will feel little responsibility; his spirit of exertion will become crippled.” (Clarke)

iii. “Even to the recipient, an unconditional pledge may be an unintended disservice by exposing him to temptation and to the subsequent grief of having brought a friend to ruin.” (Kidner)

b. You are snared by the words of your mouth: To promise to pay the debts of another person is to put yourself in a trap. It is a promise made with the words of your mouth but will affect and afflict your wallet or purse.

i. “Job 17:3 uses this circle of ideas to declare that Job is too bad a risk for anybody but God—and to plead that God will take him up (cf. Ps. 119:122). So a bridge is made in the Old Testament between the idea of material insolvency and spiritual.” (Kidner)

ii. “Our God, while he warns us against putting up security, has taken it on himself. May his name be praised for this! He has given us his Word, his bond, yes, his blood as security for sinners, which no power of hell can shake.” (Bridges)

2. (3-5) What to do if you have taken the debt of another.

So do this, my son, and deliver yourself;
For you have come into the hand of your friend:
Go and humble yourself;
Plead with your friend.
Give no sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids.
Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,

And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

a. Deliver yourself: Solomon counseled his son that if he did make himself responsible for the debt of another person, he should do all he could to deliver himself. He should humble himself and plead to be released from his promise.

i. Humble yourself: “Hebrew, offer thyself to be trodden upon, or throw thyself down at his feet. As thou hast made thyself his servant, bear the fruits of thine own folly, and humbly and earnestly implore his patience and clemency.” (Poole)

b. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter: A gazelle would do anything to escape the hunter, and a bird would do anything to escape the fowler. Solomon tried to communicate the urgency his son should have in escaping responsibility for the debt of others.

i. “Becoming surety is folly because the surety makes promises for the future that he cannot control (cf. Proverbs 27:1). Moreover, he has handed himself over to the debtor, who may unmercifully throw him into the hands of the creditor.” (Waltke)

ii. “Although we have no information on Israelite laws of surety, seizure of assets and home and even the selling of the debtor into slavery were common penalties for failure to make payment,and the cosigner could well have met the same fate.” (Garrett)

B. The honor of hard work.

1. (6-8) The example of the ant.

Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.

a. Go to the ant, you sluggard: Solomon spoke wisdom to the sluggard – essentially, the lazy man or woman. That lazy person should learn from the ant, an insect proverbial for hard work.

i. The book of Proverbs speaks a lot about the value of hard work, and for good reason. The difference between success and failure, between potential disappointment or fulfillment is often hard work.

ii. “No insect is more laborious, not even the bee itself; and none is more fondly attached to or more careful of its young, than the ant.” (Clarke)

iii. “Christ sends us to school to the birds of the air, and lilies of the field, to learn dependence upon divine providence, [Matthew 6:25-29] and to the stork, crane, and swallow, to be taught to take the seasons of grace, and not to let slip the opportunities that God putteth into our hands. [Jeremiah 8:7].” (Trapp)

b. Having no captain, overseer or ruler: The ant is wise and worthy of imitation because she works hard without having to be told to work hard. The ethic of diligence comes from within and does not have to be imposed by a captain, overseer or ruler.

i. “Aristotle also asserted that ants labor without rulers to direct them. Modern entomologists have discovered a perfect social organization among ants, but, as Plaut notes, this does ‘not imply that there is a hierarchy of command.’” (Waltke)

c. Provides her supplies in the summer: The ant works hard when the work is to be done. In the summer and in the harvest, the work gets done. This means that the ant gives a good lesson in her ways and her wisdom.

i. “What a deal of grain gets she together in summer! What pains doth she take for it, labouring not by daylight only, but by moonshine also! What huge heaps hath she! What care to bring forth her store, and lay it drying on a sunshine day, lest with moisture it should putrefy.” (Trapp)

2. (9-11) Warning the lazy man.

How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.

a. How long will you slumber, O sluggard? Solomon asked the lazy man to give account for his ways. The thought is, “You want to sleep – how long? There is life to be lived and work to be done.”

i. “The sluggard is the explicit audience, but the implicit audiences are the son and the gullible who are addressed in the book (see Proverbs 1:4-5). They are being warned against laziness through the sluggard’s chastisement (see Proverbs 19:25).” (Waltke)

b. When will you rise from your sleep? Obviously, every person needs sleep. Solomon’s advice is not that we should never sleep, but that we should not excessively sleep.

c. A little sleep, a little slumber: Solomon imagined the lazy man saying this. He claimed that he only needed a little sleep, but actually he needed to work more.

i. “Sleep is the defining characteristic of the sluggard (cf. Proverbs 20:13); for him the love of sleep is pure escapism—a refusal to face the world (Proverbs 26:14). In contrast to the sweet sleep of the laboring person (Proverbs 4:23; Eccl. 5:12), the sluggard’s narcotic sleep ever craves still more sleep to escape the pain of living (Proverbs 19:15).” (Waltke)

d. So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler: The lazy man will find that poverty and need come upon him quickly. The sluggard loves to procrastinate and think things can always be done later. The hard worker can look forward to later; for the lazy man it will come like a prowler. When it comes, it will be your poverty – not one imposed by circumstances or misfortune, but through laziness.

i. Poverty come on you: “At least 14 proverbs relate idleness, either explicitly or implicitly, to poverty, the bitter end of the sluggard (cf. 20:13; 24:33-34). It is not riches the lazy person lacks; it is food, the necessity of life (cf. 19:15; 20:13; 23:21).” (Waltke)

ii. Like an armed man: “That is, with irresistible fury; and thou art not prepared to oppose it.” (Clarke)

3. (12-15) The destiny of the wicked man.

A worthless person, a wicked man,
Walks with a perverse mouth;
He winks with his eyes,
He shuffles his feet,
He points with his fingers;
Perversity is in his heart,
He devises evil continually,
He sows discord.
Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly;
Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.

a. A worthless person, a wicked man: Solomon moved from the idea of the lazy man (Proverbs 6:6-11) to the worthless and wicked man. These sinful characteristics are often related and combined.

b. Walks with a perverse mouth: One of the main features of the worthless and wicked person’s manner of life (his walk) is the corruption of his speech. He has a perverse mouth, which mainly has the idea of crooked or corrupt, more than what we would think of as moral perversion. What he says isn’t straight, honest, and right.

c. Winks with his eyes: With his eyes, his feet, and his fingers, the worthless and wicked man shows his crooked and dishonest character. Evil and discord come from his life.

d. His calamity shall come suddenly: Solomon did not directly attribute this calamity or breaking (he shall be broken) to the judgment of God, but it is implied. God knows how to set the cynical, crooked-speaking man or woman in their deserved place.

4. (16-19) Seven things the Lord hates.

These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

a. These six things…yes, seven: Several times in the book of Proverbs, Solomon used this expression to give a list. Here the list is of things that the Lord hates, that are an abomination to Him.

i. “The ‘six’ and ‘seven’ of the opening statement have their explanation in the description. The six are first stated, and the seventh is that which results, namely, ‘he that soweth discord among brethren.’” (Morgan)

ii. “The hissing sibilant sound resounds throughout the catalogue, especially in this verse: ses (six), sane (‘hates’), seba (‘seven’), and napso (‘him’).” (Waltke)

b. Seven are an abomination to Him: Solomon listed these seven sins.

· Aproud look

· Alying tongue

· Hands that shed innocent blood

· Aheart that devises evil plans

· Feet that are swift in running to evil

· Afalse witness who speaks lies

· One who sows discord among brethren

i. Most of these sins are connected to something we do, in or through our body. The eyes have a proud look, the tongue lies, and so on. We are again reminded of what Paul wrote in Romans about presenting the parts of our body (our members) to God for the work of righteousness, not sin (Romans 6:13).

ii. This collection of seven sins is also focused on how we treat others. We must honor God and worship Him in spirit and in truth, yet God is also concerned about how we treat others. Each of these are serious sins against others.

c. One who sows discord among brethren: This is presented as the result of the previous six or the ultimate among them. It is one of the highest among the things that God hates and regards as an abomination.

i. “Seventh, the one who unleashes conflicts (see v. 14) again climactically brings the catalogue to its conclusion.” (Waltke)

ii. Adam Clarke describes this one as “he who troubles the peace of a family, of a village, of the state; all who, by lies and misrepresentations, strive to make men’s minds evil-affected towards their brethren.”

iii. “None love a mischief-maker, and yet we are apt to think of the sin with something less than the Divine intolerance for it. We may take it as an unqualified certainty that no man in whose heart the fear of Jehovah prevails and rules, can ever sow discord among brethren.” (Morgan)

iv. “A withering blast will fall on those who, mistaking prejudice for principle, cause divisions for their own selfish ends (Romans 16:17-18).” (Bridges)

C. The harm of the harlot.

1. (20-24) God’s word can keep you from the evil woman’s seduction.

My son, keep your father’s command,
And do not forsake the law of your mother.
Bind them continually upon your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
When you roam, they will lead you;
When you sleep, they will keep you;
And when you awake, they will speak with you.
For the commandment is a lamp,
And the law a light;
Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
To keep you from the evil woman,
From the flattering tongue of a seductress.

a. Keep your father’s command: Solomon probably had in mind both the wisdom a father passed to his children and the word of God received and cherished by the parents. A wise child will keep God’s word close, upon your heart and around your neck.

i. Bind them: “here it pictures him memorizing them in such a way that they are permanently impressed on his essential mental and spiritual being that prompts his every action.” (Waltke)

ii. “Implicit in these verses is the basic understanding that a good home life—i.e., father and mother sharing the rearing of the children together—will go a long way to prevent the youth from falling into immorality.” (Ross)

iii. “In chapters 5-7, each of the warnings against adultery is prefaced by an admonition to pay attention to the Word of God (Proverbs 5:1-2; 6:20-24; 7:1-5).” (Wiersbe)

b. When you roam, they will lead you: The word of God is living and active. When it is cherished and kept close, we benefit from its living power. It then will lead us, it will keep us, and it will speak with us. Anyone who wants God to lead, keep, or speak should begin with cherishing God’s word.

i. Proverbs 6:22 presents God’s word as a person who helps in many ways.

· A guide: will lead you.

· A guardian: will keep you.

· A companion: will speak with you.

ii. Will speak with you: “This Bible is a wonderful talking book; there is a great mass of blessed talk in this precious volume. It has told me a great many of my faults; it would tell you yours if you would let it. It has told me much to comfort me; and it has much to tell you if you will but incline your ear to it. It is a book that is wonderfully communicative; it knows all about you, all the ins and outs of where you are, and where you ought to be, it can tell you everything.” (Spurgeon)

c. The commandment is a lamp: Solomon seems to quote Psalm 119:105 (Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path). When given attention and properly valued, God’s word brings light to us in our darkness.

d. To keep you from the evil woman: Here Solomon spoke to a specific place where wisdom from God’s word can help. God’s word and wisdom will never lead us to the evil woman or keep us with her. The light of God’s word will wisely keep us from her and speak to us better things than her flattering words.

2. (25-29) The damage adultery does.

Do not lust after her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
For by means of a harlot
A man is reduced to a crust of bread;
And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.
Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
Can one walk on hot coals,
And his feet not be seared?
So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.

a. Do not lust after her beauty in your heart: Solomon granted that the immoral woman may have beauty to lust after. Wisdom and the word can help prevent one from being mastered by the desire of her beauty or her allure.

i. “It is a small praise to have a good face and a naughty nature – a beautiful countenance and a base life.” (Trapp)

b. Nor let her allure you: In Solomon’s day this allure normally took place in a personal encounter. In the modern world images constantly hope to allure. Wisdom and the word help us to see these alluring images for what they are: crooked lies that don’t tell the truth about sex, relationships, or human nature.

i. “The parallelism between ‘do not covet her beauty’ and ‘and do not let her capture you with her eyes’ suggests that coveting begins by allowing eye contact. Desiring comes into his heart through optical stimulation aroused by ‘her beauty,’ and more specifically by ‘the pupils of her eyes,’ followed by her sweet talk.” (Waltke)

ii. With her eyelids: “‘Eyes’ are singled out here because the painted eyes and the luring glances are symptoms of seduction (see 2 Kings 9:30).” (Ross)

c. By means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread: With her beauty and allure, the harlot promises to add something to the life of her customer. She promises excitement, pleasure, attention, or any number of other things. Yet she does not, and cannot, deliver on those promises; she takes away and does not give. The adulteress will prey upon his precious life.

i. Several commentators favor translating Proverbs 6:26 with the thought of comparing the cost of a harlot and the cost of adultery. “The verse is best rendered, ‘Although the price of a prostitute may be as much as a loaf of bread, / [another] man’s wife hunts the precious life.’” (Garrett)

ii. “This obviously is not meant to endorse going to a prostitute as opposed to having an affair with another man’s wife but to show the complete folly of getting involved with another man’s wife.” (Garrett)

d. Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Solomon’s wisdom is brilliant in its clarity and simplicity. To take up with the harlot or adulteress is to play with fire, and to surely be burned. He warned, whoever touches her shall not be innocent.

i. He who goes in to his neighbor’s wife: “…that lieth with her, as the phrase signifies, Genesis 19:31; 29:21,23, etc. [Whoever touches her]…hath carnal knowledge of her, as this word is used, Genesis 20:6, 1 Corinthians 7:1.” (Poole)

ii. Shall not be innocent: “It is no good for such a man to later on complain about the strength of the temptation. Why did he not avoid it?” (Bridges)

3. (30-35) The disgrace adultery brings.

People do not despise a thief
If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold;
He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul.
Wounds and dishonor he will get,
And his reproach will not be wiped away.
For jealousy is a husband’s fury;
Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
He will accept no recompense,
Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.

a. People do not despise a thief: Solomon considered how we may, in some way, excuse a thief who steals to survive. Yet even when that thief is caught, justice would require him to restore what he has stolen and more. The adulterer steals, but not out of necessity – and in such a way that true restitution is impossible.

i. He must restore sevenfold: “i.e., Manifold, according as the law limiteth, though it be to the utmost of what the thief is worth. But what restitution can the adulterer make, should he make him amends with as much more? The thief steals out of want; the adulterer of wantonness.” (Trapp)

ii. Though Solomon contrasted theft and adultery, there is an interesting link between them. Sexual immorality and adultery are like stealing. When we have sex with anyone other than our appointed partner in the covenant of marriage, we are stealing something from our spouse (present or future), from our illicit sexual partner, and from the present or future spouse of our illicit sexual partner. Paul confirmed this likeness in 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6, where he wrote that to commit sexual immorality is to take advantage of and to defraud our brother.

b. He who does so destroys his own soul: To commit adultery (and to commit sexual sin in general) is not only sin against God and others, but also against one’s own soul, his own body (1 Corinthians 6:18-19). We usually think that the penalty for sexual immorality comes if the sin is exposed and known; wisdom and God’s word tell us that it destroys whether it is exposed or not.

i. Lacks understanding: “King David was a brilliant strategist on the battlefield and a wise ruler on the throne, but he lost his common sense when he gazed at his neighbor’s wife and lusted for her (2 Samuel 12).” (Wiersbe)

c. Destroys his own soul: Note that the blame is upon the adulterer. He may blame the temptress, his wife, his lusts, his desires, his circumstances, God, or the devil himself. Yet at the end of it all, he destroys his own soul.

i. “The expression ‘destroys himself’ in v. 32 stresses that the guilty one destroys his own life.” (Ross)

ii. Destroys his own soul: “The vixen hunts for his life, but he is responsible for his self-destruction.” (Waltke)

d. His reproach will not be wiped away: In addition to the ways that sexual immorality brings harm, it will also bring disgrace when it is discovered. The jealous husband will often not spare in the day of vengeance and will not be appeased in his anger.

i. “His reproach shall not be wiped away; although it be forgiven by God, yet the reproach and scandal of it remains.” (Poole)

ii. Accept no recompense: “This is an injury that admits of no compensation. No gifts can satisfy a man for the injury his honour has sustained; and to take a bribe or a ransom, would be setting up chastity at a price.” (Clarke)

iii. “Though the court may sentence the adulterer to caning, shame, and loss of all his property, the cuckold will never be pacified and want nothing less than his death.” (Waltke)

e. Wounds and dishonor he will get: Sexual immorality offers pleasure and excitement and often romance. It may or may not deliver those things, but even if it does, it will also bring wounds and dishonor. It brings wounds to one’s body and soul, and dishonor in the family, congregation, and community.

i. “He is wounded, but not like a soldier or Christian martyr. He is not full of honor but of disgrace. His name is full of shame.” (Bridges)

ii. “The picture of the adulterer as social outcast may seem greatly overdrawn. If so, the adjustment that must be made is to say that in any healthy society such an act is social suicide. Condonation, as distinct from forgiveness, only proves the adulterer to be part of a general decadence.” (Kidner)

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What does Proverbs 6:3 mean?

Solomon is explaining the dangers of “[putting] up security” for someone else’s borrowing. This is equivalent to the modern idea of cosigning: agreeing to pay on behalf of the other person if they fail to make good on the debt. Agreeing to that obligation when the borrower is a stranger, unreliable, or the loan has excessive interest is foolish.

If someone finds themselves caught in such a situation—by their own words of promise (Proverbs 6:2)—they should try to extricate themselves by humbly asking to be released from the obligation. Solomon puts a sense of urgency on this idea: recommending one act immediately to get out of the situation and beg urgently to be released from the obligation.

In this context, “your neighbor” refers to the first signer of the loan: the actual borrower. The word “neighbor” appears in verse 1 as the person for whom the cosigner agrees to attach his name to the loan. Instead of berating the neighbor for his failure to pay, it is best to withhold one’s anger and humbly plead with him to pay his debt and free you from your part in it. If the cosigner insults the first signer, he may make him angry and unwilling to oblige. This action is hard to take, but it is much harder to fall prey to a money-hungry lender and forfeit one’s property as payment of the loan.

Context Summary

Proverbs 6:1–5 is the first of two teachings on good financial health in this chapter of Proverbs. This passage refers to using one’s own property as collateral, especially for someone else’s loan. The emphasis seems to be on a situation where one has cosigned on high-interest or risky borrowing, on behalf of another person. The book of Proverbs often discourages this kind of gamble (Proverbs 17:18; 22:26–27). Solomon’s advice for those caught in such an arrangement is to immediately seek resolution: remove yourself from that situation without delay. Exodus 22:25–27 and Leviticus 25:35–37 are companion texts regarding lending money. The next passage considers another aspect of money management: avoiding laziness.

Chapter Summary

This chapter provides teaching on two aspects of wealth management. The first is avoiding putting one’s property in debt for the sake of some other person’s risky investment. The other warns against laziness, indicating that it puts a person at risk for sudden ruin. Solomon then poetically explains attitudes and actions which God finds especially repulsive. Next, Solomon returns to the subject of adultery. He reiterates the inherent risks of sexual immorality, including the catastrophic consequences which it brings. That lesson continues into the following chapter

Trust In The Lord Forever; Perfect Peace

VERSE OF THE DAY.Isaiah 26:4 (Good News Translation).Share.Trust in the Lord forever; he will always protect us.Trust in the lord always forever; he will never leave us and will always protect us.ISAIAH 26:3-4.Posted June 15, 2015.You keep him in perfect peace.whose mind is stayed on you,.because he trusts in you.Trust in the LORD forever,.for the LORD God is an everlasting rock.Think about your life for a moment: When is it that you experience peace? When all is well? When the things you had hoped for have come to pass? What about in the midst of storms and calamities? Where do you run? What do you put your trust in? What provides stability to you in times of trouble? In these times of trouble is true peace even possible? In verse 3 of Isaiah 26, we find a promise of what is described as “perfect peace” to those who’ve put their trust in God, and then in verse 4, we are called into that same trust and told the reason why God is worthy of that trust.PERFECT PEACE.You will experience difficulty in this life. When you do, you will naturally run to places or people or activities you think can either resolve that difficulty or help you through it. Where does your mind run? What do you think on and meditate on? Is it anchored in and grounded on God, or does your mind run to fearful places or places of distraction? Does it remove God completely from the equation? What do you bank on and put your trust in? Here we are told that God promises perfect peace to the one whose mind is stayed on God because he trusts in God. Often in difficulty, the mind runs away from God because the heart is not sure it can trust God. It is precisely in these times that we must discipline our minds to rehearse and remember truth about God and His promises.Oswald Chambers said, “Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You should seek to be ‘bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…’ (2 Corinthians 10:5). This will be one of the greatest assets of your faith when a time of trial comes, because then your faith and the Spirit of God will work together.”.Everything else we stay our minds on and put our trust in might offer temporary & imperfect peace, but God alone is the issuer of perfect peace because He alone is perfect and rules the universe! While other things and people promise such things, He’s the only one that can deliver on the promise of perfect peace.EVERLASTING ROCK.Based on the promise of verse 3, verse 4 calls us to put our trust in God. It doesn’t call us to put our trust in Him for a season, but rather forever. This call is based on the truth that the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Our trust in God isn’t based on the strength of our faith in Him, but rather Who He is. He is an eternal Rock, and because He is that, He is trustworthy. We look for stable ground in this life, and when we seek stability from finite things, we are inevitably let down. We might find refuge for a season in something or someone else, but these other rocks are temporary and crumbling rocks. God alone is the everlasting and steady Rock.In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus calls us to build our lives on Him and obedience to His words… The rain will fall, the floods will come, the winds will blow, but those who’ve built a house on Christ are like a house built on a rock that can withstand these trials. Those who’ve put trust their trust in anything else other than Christ are like houses built on sand that can’t hold up and are washed away. May we never forget that Jesus laid down His life for us that we might find a home in Him and be kept in perfect peace. This is not a promise of a carefree, trouble-less existence, but rather a life that knows and trusts in a God who holds and keeps us in every season. May you know perfect peace because your mind is stayed on God and your trust in rooted in the One who is our everlasting Rock.CREDITS.Song by Ryan Walker & the Night Nights.Produced & mixed by Dustin Ragland.Artwork by Jonathan Lindsey.Isaiah 26:3 Meaning of Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace.Nov 6, 2019 by Editor in Chief.Isaiah 26:3.“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.”.Explanation and Commentary on Isaiah 26:3.Here is a series of causes and effects, along with some unspoken ones that undergird the whole verse. Those who trust in the Lord will have a steadfast mind as a result. Those who have a steadfast mind will be kept by God in perfect peace.Verse 4, which directly follows says, “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” God is not only our Rock but he is our eternal Rock, which means that we are not only to trust him for this life but forever. It also stands that his perfect peace is eternal.Humans seek the world’s peace as a great achievement. For the Christian, perfect peace is a byproduct of the simple command to “trust in” the Lord. This is what Adam and Eve failed to do (Gen 3:6), but what Jesus did to perfection (Lk 22:42). And because he did, we can.Breaking Down the Key Parts of Isaiah 26:3.#1 “You will keep…”.God keeps us. He created us. He blesses us, and he keeps us in the palm of his hand.#2 “…in perfect peace…”.Perfect peace is the goal of humanity, though there are few who understand this, they are aiming for it in all their idolatry. Perfect peace starts with peace with God through Jesus Christ (Eph 2:14). We first have enmity with God because of our sin. Christ died for us while we were still sinners (Ro 5:8) and brought us peace with the Father.#3 “those whose minds are steadfast,”.Steadfast minds are firm and do not waiver. When Moses killed the Egyptian for abusing his kinsman, it says that he first looked to the right and the left (Ex 2:12). But those who are steadfast look straight ahead like Christ, who resolutely “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Lk 9:51) and who said through the prophet Isaiah, “I have set my face like flint” (Isa 50:7). Steadfast action comes from a steadfast mind.#4 “because they trust in you.”.The only way to achieve a steadfast mind that lasts into eternity is through total trust in God. Is God still on his throne, blessing and keeping his children? Then be steadfast. Has God sent his one and only Son to save you by his death on the cross? Then trust in him. He will never fail you. Trust in him by completely surrendering all to him. There is no other way. Then will come a steadfast mind, and perfect peace.Explanation and Commentary on Isaiah 26:3.Verse 4, which directly follows says, “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” God is not only our Rock but he is our eternal Rock, which means that we are not only to trust him for this life but forever. Nov 6, 2019.Isaiah 26:3-4 “Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace…”.Passage:.“Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.”—Isaiah 26:3-4.This brief passage is a universal prescription for whatever is disturbing us. The prescription is that we remain “of steadfast mind”—that we know without question, doubt or distraction the truth that we are the Allness of God seeking to express in this human experience. Believing in a distant God who may or may not be listening won’t suffice. We must truly understand our innate Oneness with the divine energy we call God. We must never slip back into victim consciousness. The Lord God—the Presence of God within us—is the everlasting rock on which everything can be built. If we find ourselves distressed, depressed, doubting or confused, we can simply quiet our minds, focus on the reality of God, and allow the promised peace to guide us forward. It’s like Emmet Fox’s famous Golden Key: Take your mind off your problem, and put your mind on God.Blessings!Rev. Ed.What Does Isaiah 26:3 Mean? ►.You will keep perfectly peaceful the one whose mind remains focused on you, because he remains in you.Isaiah 26:3(ISV).Verse Thoughts.In Isaiah 26 we see the prophet rehearsing a song of trust in the provision of God – he sings of how God will restore Israel, who will once again walk in righteousness and peace. After the coming judgement for their sin, a day will dawn when Israel will be redeemed and restored, and they will walk in the paths of righteousness and be covered with God’s blanket of peace, for when the eyes of the hearts are focused on the Lord, His perfect peace stills the soul and floods the heart.And this is equally true of the church today, for when Christians set their thoughts of their hearts of Christ Jesus, they are flooded with an inner peace – an inexplicable peace… a perfect peace that only comes from above.In the Psalms we read that righteousness and peace kiss each other and the peace for which we all crave, only comes as a result of righteousness. When the sinner-man trusts in Christ as saviour, he is clothed in Christ’s righteousness and receives peace with God. When the saved-man, who is clothed in Christ’s own righteousness, walks in spirit and truth, he maintains fellowship with the Father and receives the perfect peace of God, which passes our comprehension.Yes, indeed God gives the one who trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ as saviour PEACE WITH GOD – and He will keep the believer in Christ Jesus covered in His own perfect peace, by giving us the PEACE OF GOD which transcends human understanding. Let us ensure that the thoughts of our hearts are fixed on the Lord Jesus moment by moment as we take every thought captive to Him, for God has promised to keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him and fasten the eyes of their hearts upon Him.My Prayer.Loving Father I pray that the thoughts of my heart and the meditation of my mind be centred on You moment by moment, so that the righteousness and peace of Christ will kiss my life as I walk in spirit and truth… in the power of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.Source: https://dailyverse. knowing-jesus. com/isaiah-26-3.What Does Isaiah 26:4 Mean? ►.”Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.Isaiah 26:4(NASB).Verse Thoughts.Peace is what people have yearned for down through the ages, and in this passage of scripture, the nation of Israel has just been given a glorious promise from God of His perfect peace – if only their minds are stayed on Him.A little earlier in his prophecies to Israel, Isaiah called to their remembrance that God is their refuge and strength in every trial they face.. and their everlasting Rock in the storms of life. He also reminded them that God will judge their enemies and preserve His people in the land that He promised to their forefather – to Abraham and his seed forever.Like Israel.. we too are reminded that righteousness and peace embrace each other.. and that the fruit of righteousness is God’s perfect peace – peace with God and the peace of God. And it was at Calvary that righteousness and peace kissed each other, in Christ – for without righteousness there can be no peace and without peace there is no righteousness.And so like Israel, we are called to trust in the Lord, our Righteousness, forever and ever – and the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. We are called to trust in the Lord with all our heart and not to lean upon our own understanding, because the Lord our God is our everlasting Rock – He is our Fortress in times of trouble and He is our exceedingly great reward.My Prayer.Heavenly Father, thank You for Your never-failing goodness and Your promise of peace and righteousness.. in Christ Jesus my Lord. Keep me looking to You, depending upon You and trusting in You every day of my life, for You are my everlasting Rock.. my God and my Father, my Saviour and King and I love You Lord, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN,.Source: https://dailyverse. knowing-jesus.

Do Not Be An Outsider or Foreigner

Isaiah 55:6 (New Living Translation)

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Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.

So you should look for the Lord before it is too late.

You should call to him now, while he is near.

Isaiah 56:6

Good News Translation

6 And the Lord says to those foreigners who become part of his people, who love him and serve him, who observe the Sabbath and faithfully keep his covenant:

We were once outsiders till we came to Faith in God when we loved himAnd served him when we serve him on the sabbath and humble and faithfully observe his covenant

6 ¶ aSeek ye the bLord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him areturn unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly bpardon.

What is the meaning of Isaiah 55:6-7?

Posted on May 21, 2010 by John Oakes wrote in Bible Interpretation, General.

Question:

I want to know if you have a class on Isaiah 55:6-7.  How would you explain this passage?

Answer:

Thanks for your kind words.  No, I do not have a class on Isaiah 55.  I believe that the passage you mention has a fairly straightforward interpretation.  “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while He is near.  Let the wicked abandon his way, and the sinful one his thoughts; so He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will freely forgive.

In this passage, God is admonishing Israel, and all of us individually, to seek a relationship with him “while He is near.”  How do we interpret the phrase “while he is near?”  There is a sense in which God is always near.  Any time we repent and turn to him, he will respond.  If we are steeped in sin, God will be more distant, but like the Prodigal son, as soon as we turn, and come back to God, he is always waiting to embrace us.  How long will God be near?  One answer is that, as long as we are still alive, we still have a chance.  However, the message of Isaiah and the Old Testament prophets is that there comes a point when it is time for judgment.  We can get to the point that we are so hard-hearted, we can no longer repent.  Like it says in 2 Corinthians 6:1, “Now is the day of salvation.”  We should not put God to the test.  Like Isaiah says in v. 7,  “Let the wicked abandon his way”.  If we do so, then as long as we are still alive, it is not too late.  God will have compassion on us and will forgive our sins.   Isaiah 55:6-7 is a warning, but it is primarily an encouragement for us to embrace the grace and love of God.

John Oakes

Commentary (Bible study)

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

EXEGESIS:

ISAIAH 55-66: THE CONTEXT

This chapter follows the exuberant chapter 55, which invites everyone who thirsts to come to the waters and those who have no money to come, buy and eat (55:1). In that chapter, Yahweh promises, “I will make an everlasting covenant with you” (55:3b) and says, “Seek Yahweh while he may be found” (55:6a). Yahweh assures Israel that his word “shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please” (55:11). Finally, he promises these exiles, who have lived in captivity in Babylonia for five decades, “You shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace” (55:12)—a promise that will soon be fulfilled through the agency of Cyrus of Persia.

Chapter 55 is so climactic that some scholars ask why the book doesn’t conclude there. The answer depends on our understanding of the authorship of this book. There are three main theories of authorship:

• The first is that one man, Isaiah, son of Amoz (1:1), wrote the entire book.

• The second is that Isaiah, son of Amoz, wrote chapters 1-39 and that another prophet or group of prophets wrote chapters 40-66. Proponents of this theory call the author of chapters 1-39 First Isaiah and the author of chapters 40-66 Second Isaiah (or Deutero-Isaiah).

• The third theory is that First Isaiah wrote chapters 1-39—Second Isaiah wrote chapters 40-55—and another prophet or group of prophets known as Third Isaiah (or Trito-Isaiah) wrote chapters 56-66. In this schema, First Isaiah covers the period prior to the Babylonian captivity—Second Isaiah was written near the end of the captivity, about 540 B.C.—and Third Isaiah was written as the exiles began their return to Jerusalem, about 520 B.C. (Brueggemann, 167).

If one accepts the third theory, the reason that the book of Isaiah doesn’t conclude with chapter 55 is obvious. Chapters 56-66 were added later by another author.

But others see the matter differently. Oswalt says that chapters 1-55 are incomplete—something theological needs to be added. Chapters 56-66 emphasize righteousness, the people’s inability to live righteously, and the importance of grace—showing people how to move beyond the letter of the law to its spirit—to the living of holy lives (Oswalt, 452-453).

The text that follows this one (56:9 ff.) speaks of problems within the community—corruption among Israel’s rulers (56:9-12)—idolatry (57:1-13)—false worship (chapter 58)—injustice and oppression (chapter 59)—thus endangering Israel with the loss of the promise (Hanson, 193).

But the text goes on from there in a reassuring mode, speaking of the ingathering of the dispersed (chapter 60)—the good news of deliverance (chapter 61)—the vindication and salvation of Zion (chapter 62)—Yahweh’s mercy (63:7- 64:12).

The book concludes with a note about the righteousness of Yahweh’s judgment (chapter 65) and the worship that Yahweh demands (chapter 66).

ISAIAH 56:1. KEEP JUSTICE, AND DO RIGHTEOUSNESS

1Thus says Yahweh,

“Keep justice (Hebrew: mis·pat),

and do righteousness (Hebrew: seda·qa);

for my salvation is near to come,
and my righteousness to be revealed.”

“Thus says Yahweh” (v. 1a). Thus the prophet announces that these are Yahweh’s words. What follows is non-negotiable. If the people are wise, they will listen and heed.

“Keep justice (mis·pat), and do righteousness” (seda·qa) (v. 1b). Chapter 55 has extended wonderful promises, which might have led some to conclude that Yahweh has relented with regard to demands for justice and righteousness.This verse, however, re-emphasizes the requirements for justice (mis·pat) and righteousness (seda·qa) that Yahweh has established from the beginning. The fundamentals are unchanged.

The combination of justice (mis·pat) and righteousness (seda·qa) is a recurring theme in the book of Isaiah. (1:21; 5:7, 16, 9:7; 16:5, 28:17; 32:1, 16). Justice and righteousness are related. Justice involves bringing people into a right relationship with Yahweh and each other, and these right relationships produce righteous lives.

Yahweh’s law provides specific guidance with regard to just behavior. It requires witnesses to be honest and impartial (Exodus 23:1-3, 6-8). It requires special consideration for widows, orphans, and other vulnerable people (Deuteronomy 24:17). While Israel is always tempted to define its service to Yahweh by the performance of cultic duties (ritual sacrifice, Sabbath observance, etc.), the prophets keep reminding them that justice is a basic duty of the faith community (Micah 6:8).

“for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed” (v. 1c). The emphasis here is not on maintaining justice (mis·pat) and doing righteousness (seda·qa) so that salvation and deliverance might come. Yahweh instead announces that salvation and deliverance are just around the corner, which in fact will turn out to be the case. Israel needs to practice justice and righteousness so that it will be ready to receive salvation when it comes.

In the New Testament, John the Baptist will issue a similar call, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”—and Jesus will echo that call (Matthew 3:2; 4:17).

ISAIAH 56:2-5. BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO DOES THIS

2“Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast; who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.

3“Neither let the foreigner, who has joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, ‘Yahweh will surely separate me from his people;’ neither let the eunuch say, ‘Behold, I am a dry tree.’

4For thus says Yahweh, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and hold fast my covenant: 5to them I will give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.”

While these verses are not included in the lectionary reading, the preacher needs to be aware of them. Verse 2 promises happiness to the person who maintains justice and does what is right (v. 1)—who “keeps the sabbath…and keeps his hands from doing any evil” (v. 2).

But it is verses 3-5 that are truly remarkable. These verses extend Yahweh’s promises to foreigners and eunuchs, two groups that have been treated as outcasts.

• When Yahweh speaks of foreigners, he means Gentiles, whom Israel has treated as a lower form of life unworthy of Yahweh’s concern.

• Eunuchs are either men whose sexual organs have been damaged or castrated males used in various forms of government service. They are men who cannot sire children and therefore have no future—their names will disappear with their death. Deuteronomy forbids the admission of eunuchs “into the assembly of Yahweh” (Deuteronomy 23:1). In other words, foreigners and eunuchs represent outsiders—people living beyond the pale.

In verse 3, Yahweh holds out a promise that foreigners can be included among Yahweh’s beloved. In verses 4-5, Yahweh promises to give faithful eunuchs a monument “in my house and within my walls” (meaning the temple)—as well as “a name better than of sons and daughters” (better than Israelites)—”an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.” So the names of the eunuchs will not die out with their death, because Yahweh will give them an everlasting name.

What these verses promise, then, is that there is no such thing as a proscribed people—a people living outside the realm of Yahweh’s love—a people for whom Yahweh’s promises do not apply. It opens up Yahweh’s kingdom to the world.

But these are not just any foreigners or eunuchs. They are foreigners and eunuchs who keep the sabbath and refrain from doing evil. Keeping the sabbath and abstaining from evil testify to the commitment that these people have made to Yahweh (Motyer, 350-351; see also Goldingay, 316). Their faithfulness demonstrates their desire to be included among the people of God.

ISAIAH 56:6. FOREIGNERS WHO JOIN THEMSELVES TO YAHWEH

6“Also the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh, to minister to him, and to love the name of Yahweh, to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant;”

“Also the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh, to minister to him, and to love the name of Yahweh, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant” (v. 6). In verses 4-5, Yahweh extended specific promises to eunuchs who “keep my Sabbaths” and “choose the things that please me, and hold fast my covenant” (v. 4). Now in Yahweh lays the groundwork to extend similar promises to foreigners. This verse establishes several criteria that qualify foreigners to receive the blessings. The first is that they “join themselves to Yahweh.” Then Yahweh gives a group of three criteria that have to do with the relationship that grows naturally out of joining oneself to the Lord: ministering to him, loving the Lord’s name, and serving the Lord as servants. Then we find three phrases that define cultic service: keeping the sabbath—not profaning it—and holding fast Yahweh’s covenant. Note that keeping the sabbath and holding fast Yahweh’s covenant were also criteria required of eunuchs to enable them to receive Yahweh’s blessings (v. 4).

ISAIAH 56:7. EVEN THEM WILL I BRING TO MY HOLY MOUNTAIN

7“even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”

“even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (v. 7). Verse 6 set the criteria that qualify foreigners to receive Yahweh’s blessings. This verse outlines the nature of those blessings. Yahweh will personally escort these foreigners to his holy mountain—Mount Zion—the location of the Holy City and the Holy Temple. Not only will Yahweh escort them to the holy mountain, but he will also “make them joyful in my house of prayer”—the temple.

The temple was divided into several increasingly holy areas—areas to which access was increasingly restricted.

• The outer court, to which Gentiles could be admitted, was called the Court of the Gentiles. Separating the Court of the Gentiles from the rest of the temple was a wall posted with notices informing Gentiles that any Gentile caught trespassing beyond that wall would be subject to death.

• The Court of Women, where Jewish women were permitted to go.

• The Court of Israel, where Jewish men were permitted to go.

• The Court of Priests. Access to that court was usually restricted to priests, although male Jews were permitted to enter the Court of Priests for certain observances. The altar of burnt sacrifice was located in this area, and this is where priests conducted ritual sacrifices. These sacrifices accomplished a number of purposes—among them atonement for sins.

• The holiest and most restricted area was called the Holy of Holies, and only the High Priest was permitted to enter there.

So under normal circumstances, foreigners (Gentiles) could enter only the outermost courtyard, the Court of the Gentiles. To go beyond that courtyard would bring them under threat of death. But now Yahweh speaks of escorting foreigners into the temple where they could offer burnt offerings and sacrifices. It sounds as if Yahweh intends to admit these foreigners into the Court of Priests, because that is where their sacrifices would be offered. The intent, then, is to signal that Yahweh intends to break down the barriers that have been established to keep Gentiles in the far reaches of the temple—the barriers that convey special privileges to Jews and deny those privileges to Gentiles. The complete fulfillment of this promise will await the coming of the Messiah (see Galatians 3:27-29).

But there is more here. The temple is a symbol of the presence of Yahweh—of access to Yahweh. This verse promises, not just access to the temple, but access to Yahweh, wherever he may be found. The Jerusalem temple will not stand forever, but Yahweh’s love is everlasting and will insure access to all people through all generations.

ISAIAH 56:8. I WILL GATHER OTHERS TO HIM

8“The Lord Yahweh (Hebrew: YHWH adonai), who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, ‘Yet will I gather others to him, besides his own who are gathered.’”

“The Lord Yahweh, who gathers the outcasts of Israel” (v. 8a). If we accept the proposal that this chapter was written as the Jewish exiles have begun to make their return to Jerusalem, God has already gathered the outcasts of Israel—has gathered them and has begun to lead them home.

“says, ‘Yet will I gather others to him, besides his own who are gathered’” (v. 8b). Where others shun outcasts, the Lord God gathers them. The preceding verses gave foreigners and eunuchs as examples of these outcasts, but there are many kinds of outcasts. We are always tempted to define some group of people as outcasts so that we might feel superior. The various sections of the temple gave witness to the levels of Jewish society, from the priests down to lowly Gentiles.

But then there were lepers and others who were considered unclean, even though they might be Jewish. A Jewish woman was excluded from ritual activities for a period of time after childbirth—forty days after the birth of a son and two weeks after the birth of a daughter (Leviticus 12). A leper was required to wear torn clothes and allow his/her hair to be disheveled and cover his/her upper lip and cry out “Unclean, unclean” to warn non-leprous people to keep their distance (Leviticus 13:45).

In other cultures, people of various races or religions are treated as outcasts. I have even heard high school teachers talking about unmotivated young people as destined for the manual arts, such as carpentry or plumbing. The manner in which they spoke of these young people made it clear that they considered them as outcasts—although one teacher said, “But look at how much money they make.” I was reminded of a comment by John Gardner, “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.”

We can’t afford to treat people as outcasts. Yahweh began bringing outcasts into the fold many centuries ago.

SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS are from the World English Bible(WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. The World English Bible is based on the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament. The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words (hast, shineth, etc.), which the WEB has updated.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Brueggemann, Walter, Westminster Bible Companion: Isaiah 40-66 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998)

Goldingay, John, New International Biblical Commentary: Isaiah (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 2001)

Hanson, Paul D., Interpretation Commentary: Isaiah 40-66, (Louisville: John Knox Press, 1995)

Motyer, J. Alec, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries: Isaiah, Vol. 18 (Downers Grove, Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press, 1999)

Oswalt, John N., The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 40-66 (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1998)

Muilenburg, James (Introduction and Exegesis of Isaiah 40-66); and Coffin, Henry Sloane (Exposition of Isaiah 40-66), The Interpreter’s Bible: Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Vol. 5 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1956)

Seitz, Christopher R., The New Interpreters Bible: Isaiah, Vol. VI (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001)

Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary: Isaiah 1-39 (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2007)

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Young, Edward J., The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 40-66, Vol. 3 (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1972)

Copyright 2010, Richard Niell Donovan

A Faithful God Take Heart

Jeremiah 29:11

New Living Translation

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

For God speaks saying I know the plans I have for you “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Plans I have proclaimed that only I know

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. ‘” — Jeremiah 29:11.Mar 31, 2021

A Hope and a Future

• March 31, 2021 Julie Smith News and Updates

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” — Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the most often-quoted verses in the Bible. You’ve seen it, haven’t you? God’s promise for prosperity and hope claimed as a life verse and emblazoned anywhere from pillows to mugs to social media captions.

But do you really know what this verse means?

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” — Jeremiah 29:11

Here’s a great resource if you want to dive deeper into the context of biblical history and surrounding Scripture — but what it comes down to is this:

Jeremiah 29:11 is not a promise specifically to each of us. It is a powerful statement about our good God. In every corner of the world, God’s children will face trials. And while He will not necessarily deliver us from troubles, He will give the hope and strength to thrive as we live through them.

Despite daunting circumstances, and in the face of great challenges, God is in control. And He calls us into work with Him. Time and again, we’ve seen that God brings that promised hope and strength to people through people. People like you.

That’s why Jeremiah 29:11 is the theme verse of  our Building Dreams Together virtual experience

God’s “plans to prosper” likely don’t match our earthly definitions. His plans are far bigger, and they always further His good. Maybe His plans to prosper you are plans to pull you into His work. Plans that invite you to care for others in the most practical ways. Plans that bless you more deeply and richly than you could have ever imagined.

God is at work. Will you join Him?

What Does Jeremiah 29:11 Mean?

July 06, 2021

by: Matthew S. Harmon

This article is part of the What Does It Mean? series.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.—Jeremiah 29:11

Understanding the Context

If you were to take a poll on the most well-known verse in Jeremiah, there is a good chance that Jeremiah 29:11 would rank near the top, if not at the very top. This verse is commonly found on bumper stickers, signs, cards, etc., placed there to encourage people to have hope for the future that God will work things out for them. But is that really what this well-known verse means?

The starting point for determining the meaning of any verse from the Bible is understanding the surrounding context. Jeremiah was a prophet who served during the final days before Judah was taken into exile by the Babylonians, and his ministry continued throughout much of the time that the Jews remained in exile. The book of Jeremiah is a collection of his prophetic oracles that God spoke to and through him throughout his ministry.

Jeremiah 29 records a letter that the prophet wrote to the exiles living in Babylon (Jer. 29:1–3). Some of the exiles had already been living in Babylon for nearly eight years, while others had just recently arrived. Jeremiah instructs them to get busy in establishing their new lives in Babylon by doing ordinary things like build houses, plant gardens, marry, and bear children; indeed, they are even to seek the welfare of Babylon while they are there (Jer. 29:4–7). They should ignore the so-called prophets who are claiming the exile will be brief because God has not spoken to them or sent them (Jer. 29:8–9). Rather than being brief, their exile will last seventy years. And only then will God fulfill his promise and bring them back to the land (Jer. 29:10).

What Is Good?

That brings us to verse Jeremiah 29:11. Look at it again. God promises to fulfill his plans of doing good for his people. What is the nature of that plan and that good? Verses Jer. 29:12–14 tell us. God will answer the prayers of his people. When they seek God they will find him. God will restore them from their exile to the land that he has promised them.

God still speaks to us today through a promise he made to the Jewish people while in exile.

Therefore, in its original context, Jeremiah 29:11 is God’s promise to Jews living in exile in Babylon. So does that mean it does not apply to us as believers today? Understanding the larger context of the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation helps us see that the answer is yes, it does! As believers, God’s plan for us is to bring us into the new heavens and new earth that he has promised (Rev. 21–22). In the meantime, we live as exiles and sojourners here on this earth (1 Pet. 1:1; 2:11), waiting for the new creation in which righteousness dwells (2 Pet. 3:13). Jesus invites us to ask God in prayer and it will be given to us, to seek him and we will find him (Matt, 7:7). God promises that he will work all things for the eternal good of his people (Rom. 8:28), even the suffering he ordains for us (Rom. 8:18).

Understood within the larger context of the Bible, God still speaks to us today through a promise he made to the Jewish people while in exile. Once we understand the nature of God’s plans for us as believers and the nature of the good he promises to do us, we can confidently apply the heart of this promise to our lives today.

Matthew S. Harmon is the author of Jeremiah: A 12-Week Study.

Matthew S. Harmon (PhD, Wheaton College) is professor of New Testament studies at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He was previously on staff with Cru for eight years and is the author of several books. He also co-hosts the Various and Sundry podcast. Matthew and his wife, Kate, live in Warsaw, Indiana, and have two sons.

John 16:33

New Living Translation

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Jesus says for 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

For I know the paths ahead only I know so take heart

What Does John 16:33 Mean? ►

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The Lord Jesus was to face the most challenging event in the history of the universe, for He Who had rested in the bosom of the Father and communed with Him throughout eternity, was to experience the most excruciating separation from His God and Father – an agonizing disconnection, which is beyond the comprehension of frail mortal man.

Yet He was able to communicate to His confused and fearful followers, both deep comfort, and the stark reality of what laid ahead. He has explained they would be scattered and scurry to their homes in fear – deserting their Lord and Master, whom they had come to trust as Jesus of Nazareth the Son of the Loving God. He warned them ahead of time so that when this unimaginable event occurred they would know the truth and the truth would set then free from fear and shame.

But this shocking and fearful announcement was counted with the most beautiful words of deep, deep comfort that our Saviour uttered on that eve of our Salvation – words of consolation and succour, words that were to bring reassurance and support; strength, hope and courage to generations who have trusted in Christ as Saviour. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

He has indeed overcome the world system; the power of the flesh and the wiles of the devil. He paid the price of sins committed and also broke the power of cancelled sin – that old sin nature, imputed from Adam to every member of the human race – save One. He broke the power of death and hell and in so doing He poured out the most astonishing cascade of the riches of God’s amazing grace, on all who would believe in His name.

But take heart! I have overcome the world are simple words from our gracious Saviour – but the grace and glory that flows from His words of deep, deep comfort, will resound throughout the eternal ages to come.

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/john-16-33-b

What Does John 16:33 Mean? ►

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

So often the comforting statements of the Lord Jesus are designed to link a wonderful promise of God to deep concerns that may surface within the heart and mind of believers, as we journey through life, in an increasingly alien world. This was true for the disciples too. As the shadow of the cross grew closer, Christ’s little company of disciples became fearful of the antagonistic attitude of the religious leaders towards Jesus, which grew stronger as Calvary loomed ever closer.

But in His farewell discourse, Jesus took time to reassure His frightened little flock that His perfect peace would flood their heart and mind, if they would trust the words He had spoken to them and believe the things He had taught them. They had to know that in this fallen world system they would also have tribulation. People would be antagonistic towards them too, just as they were towards the Lord Jesus. “But take courage,” He said, “I have overcome the world.”

The loving Lord of eternity never deserts the feeble cries of His children, who call out to Him day and night. He understands the fears we face and the doubts that flood our minds, when all that is seemingly safe, secure, and stable is flung into disarray and deep disorder. “I have told you these things,” were his reassuring words to His little band of followers, “so that when the hour comes, you will remember what I told you. I didn’t need to tell you at the beginning, because I was with you”

His promise of peace is given to those who hear and believe His Word. His blessed peace rests in the heart of all that abide in His love. The Lord offers us His perfect peace which can be found IN HIM. “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God (GOOD!) Believe also in Me.”

We find His peace as we look to Him. We gain His peace as we trust His Word. We discover His peace as we believe His promises and take them to heart. “these things I have spoken to you so that IN ME, you may have peace.” We are POSITIONALLY in Christ through faith but we must also be PRACTICALLY in Christ, moment by moment. Never will we gain that peace which passes understanding unless we are in Him, in fellowship with Him, in sweet communion with Him, resting in the promises He has taught us in His Word.

It is as we rest in Him and abide in His love that the peace of God, which passes human comprehension, will flood our hearts and quiet our minds. The incarnate WORD of God, gave us a very clear message that He has gained the victory over Satan and this world system. He gave us a peep into the wonderful things that God has prepared for those that love Him.

The Incarnate Word, gave a Spoken Word which is recorded in the Written Word. The comforting words of Jesus were given for a reason, to sustain us in times of doubt, to strengthen us in times of weakness, to support us in times of suffering, to light up this gloomy world in times of darkness and to raise us up when we falter and fall.

Before He was led to Pilate and crucified on a wooden cross, the Lord Jesus was able to make the most astounding claim. “I have overcome the world.” Jesus not only overcame sin by living a sinless life, He overcame sin on behalf of ALL who would trust in His sacrificial offering on the cross. Jesus not only overcame death when He rose from the dead, He overcame death on behalf of ALL who have been born from above and are clothed in His righteousness. Because HE overcame, we too are overcomers through faith in Him.

These words were spoken to warn of the many tribulations and trials that inevitably stalk the paths of all God’s blood-bought children, and to encourage each child of God, knowing that Christ has won the victory on our account, so that no matter what may happen, we are safe in the arms of Jesus.

But they were also to proclaim the greatest truth that could fall on the ears of dying, sinful humanity. I have triumphed

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What does John 16:33 mean?

Christ’s words, recorded here, are among the most cherished in the gospel of John. This statement combines teaching, remembrance, warning, and encouragement. Becoming a Christian does not guarantee an easy life. In fact, Jesus has made it clear that following Him can lead to persecution (John 16:1–4). The joy held by born-again believers comes from knowing that Christ has already obtained ultimate victory, and nothing in this world can undo that (Romans 8:38–39). That Christ made it clear, in advance, that hard times will come (John 15:20–21) should reassure believers: these situations do not take God by surprise.

Several times during the Last Supper, Jesus has pointed out that He is deliberately giving advance warning (John 13:19; 14:25; 16:4). His explicit purpose for this is encouragement; rather than reacting in fear or confusion, Christians should be aware that those experiences are part of God’s greater plan. The book of Hebrews, especially chapter 11, celebrates heroes of the faith who chose to “hold fast” and trust in God. That trust, Scripture shows, was well-placed, even if fulfillment of God’s promises didn’t come until after those believers had passed into eternity.

The “peace” Jesus speaks of is not worldly comfort, or even happiness. This is the confident “rest” (Matthew 11:28–30) believers experience when they set aside anxiety (Matthew 6:25–34), and trust God to work out His will.

As is common in both ancient literature and biblical prophecy, Jesus speaks of something guaranteed by God as if it has already happened. Prior to this Last Supper (John 13:1–5), Christ overcame the temptations of a human life (Hebrews 4:15) and the direct lures of Satan (Matthew 4:1–11). The greater victory, however, will come after His arrest (John 18:1–3) and crucifixion (John 19:18), when He is raised from the dead (John 20:19).

This final statement of confidence leads into one of the holiest portions of the Bible: Christ’s High Priestly Prayer in chapter 17.

Context Summary

John 16:25–33 completes Christ’s combination of encouragement and warning as He prepares the disciples for His impending arrest (John 18:1–3). This passage summarizes the general message of that discourse: that hardship and persecution will come, but believers should remain faithful, knowing this is all part of God’s knowledge and His will. Rather than reacting in panic or doubt, followers of Christ should feel a sense of peace. This confidence is inspired by knowledge that nothing they experience catches God by surprise. The expression “take heart” implies courage: knowing Christ’s victory overshadows all those troubles.

Chapter Summary

Throughout His teaching in the Last Supper (John 13:1–5), Jesus has often brought up the fact that He’s giving His followers advance warnings (John 13:19; 14:25). His intent is to provide encouragement—persecution as a result of their faith is inevitable. In keeping with that reassurance, Jesus again promises the coming of the Holy Spirit. He explains that after a time of deep sorrow, His followers will experience great joy and clarity. This concludes with a beloved promise that Christ has “overcome the world.

A Friend Is Better Than Self Counsel

Proverbs 27:9

New Living Translation

The heartfelt counsel of a friend

    is as sweet as perfume and incense.

Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off. Let not a libation of tears be the only offering at the shrine of Jesus; let us also rejoice with joy unspeakable.Oct 28, 2020

Oils and incense have joy that fills the heart and soul bringing joy to the ones who allow the essence to fill them with joy

What Does Proverbs 27:9 Mean? ►

Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.

Proverbs 27:9(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

The oil with which Mary anointed the head and feet of the Lord Jesus not only filled the house with the lingering fragrance of sweet perfume but it flooded His heart with joy, for she had become a beloved friend that sat at His feet and bathed in His wonderful words of wisdom.

What a beautiful picture this presents of the joy and gladness that fills the heart of a man or woman, when a beloved Christian friend or dear brother in Christ combines gracious acts of kindness, wise advice, words of encouragement and genial counsel with the glorious gospel of Christ in order to edify and encourage or even to correct.

In the scripture the oil of gladness and incense of joy, are so often seen as the adornment of the man or woman that loves righteousness and hates wickedness, while the perfumer’s ointment and sacred anointing incense is frequently seen in Scripture, ascending up to the Lord as a good and acceptable, freewill offering; a love offering – a burnt sacrifice and sweet-smelling savour that is so pleasing in the sight of the Lord. 

How true that the genuine counsel, caring words or gentle correction of a good an honest friend becomes the oil of gladness, and a sweet-smelling perfume of costly spikenard.

All too often the counsel that we receive from others, even Christian brethren can come with a barbed delivery, causing pain and often leaving a bitter taste. This ought not to be – but let us seek never to return evil for evil but to seek to bring the joy that comes from the Lord, to the heart of all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let us become that friend that is kind one to another and that sticks closer than a brother. Let

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Proverbs 27:9 Meaning of Perfume and Incense Bring Joy to the Heart

Oct 28, 2020 by Editor in Chief

Proverbs 27:9
“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.”

Explanation and Commentary of Proverbs 27:9

It is remarkable how a pleasant smell, especially one attached to a good memory, can affect the mood of a person. Aromatherapy is based on this principle, and some people find it helpful. Conversely, unpleasant smells can cause the opposite reaction. What should be pleasant conversation can turn unpleasant when one of the participants has bad breath! Or a beautiful landscape can be difficult to enjoy when there is a rotting animal corpse nearby or even a live skunk. God created us to be drawn to and cheered by good smells.

There is an analogy here with friendship. A friend who gives less than earnest advice, who doesn’t show true concern, can make a bad situation even worse than it was. However, when the counsel is “heartfelt,” that is, there seems to be genuine care behind the words, it can make all the difference for us. It brings a feeling of solidarity knowing that we are not alone when those we associate with take the time to empathize and give good advice.

What kind of friend are you? What would it take for your advice to be more heartfelt? Jesus calls us to love one another as we love ourselves. This is the essence of the Christian community.

Breaking Down the Key Parts of Proverbs 27:9

#1 “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,”

The Jews were given instructions for making perfume and incense for the temple worship and sacrifices with strict prohibitions against using certain formulas for personal use. Perfumes and incense were a common part of Hebrew life, and today many people rely on them for various uses.

#2 “and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.”

Meant to be analogous with the joy of pleasant aromas, earnest and heartfelt advice from a true friend should bring about the same positive feeling. It is so encouraging to have friends, especially Christian friends. The best way to get more of them is to be one.

Give God Honor And Grace Do Not Gossip

VERSE OF THE DAY.Proverbs 27:1 (New Living Translation).Share Audio.Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.Don’t gossip and brag about the time to come you don’t know what the time ahead will bring forth. No one knows the given times ahead.Proverbs 27 1.Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both.Proverbs 27:1.Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.Play Audio:.Your known future is today. Consider it. You may not be alive tomorrow, and you do not know what will happen tomorrow. God has given you today, and you should use it wisely. God holds your future in His hand, so plans should be humble and modest.Tomorrow might bring rain, your loss of a job, your spouse leaving, an auto accident, a diagnosis of cancer, or even death. You cannot know or stop any of these events. Your perspective on life and your future could be changed drastically in the next few hours.You will never have today back. Who should you love in case there is no tomorrow? Who should you forgive? Who should you thank? Who should you comfort? Above all, what can or should you give God today in confession, praise, or conduct to honor Him?You will never have today back. Guard your thoughts, words, and deeds, lest they cost you painful consequences tomorrow or guilt and grief for eternity. A successful life is a string of godly days put together. Make sure today is the brightest day in that chain.God’s wisdom says that godliness with contentment is great gain (I Tim 6:6). Are you living today as godly as you know how, and are you content with what God has already given you? This is the way to maximize life and avoid sinfully boasting of tomorrow.Do not loudly say what you will do in the future. In any significant statement about your plans for the future, humbly submit your life and plans with these words: “If the Lord will.” This is God’s command for your life, and any other approach is evil (Jas 4:13-16).Do not presume to reconcile offended parties in the future. You could go to them today. Do not procrastinate about any important matters today by the foolish thought you have tomorrow. Humbly satisfy the court of heaven and earth today by using its hours wisely.Life expectancy is based on averages, but there is no John or Sally Average. In fact, you may die young to make the average what the insurance companies say it is. If the average life expectancy is 73 (Ps 90:10), there are those that at die at 23, 53, and 93 to make it so.Why are most surprised by death? It is a certainty that no man denies. Because there is a fatal presumption of living tomorrow! All men boast of tomorrow in various ways. And one of the common ways is to ignore death yourself even while planning on it for others.You do not know if you will die tomorrow or what else might happen, but you will answer for every aspect of today in the Day of Judgment (Rom 14:10-12; II Cor 5:9-11). Therefore the lesson is to live godly and wise lives and submit all plans humbly to God.What can you do? You should live one day at a time. You should count each day a gift and use it wisely to God’s glory (Ps 90:12; Rom 14:7-9). You should live and love God’s way, so that any loss tomorrow might bring will not disturb the eternal rest of your soul.Business and other plans should be submitted to God’s sovereign will, for only He knows tomorrow (Jas 4:13-16). Confident plans without this submission are sinful. Boasting in strategic plans or budgets is not only sinful, it is stupid; such plans are mere speculations.Jesus said, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt 6:34). What precious wisdom! Do not worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough evil today to keep you busy. You should say, “Give me this day my daily bread.”.Fools plan on getting right with God tomorrow, but that day never comes. There are always more excuses. Felix, trembling under Paul’s preaching, told him, “Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee” (Acts 24:25). It never came. You have today to be godly and wise – do not presume on having any other day.Children and youth foolishly and impatiently presume on many tomorrows, for they crave imagined future pleasures rather than appreciate today. Those of middle age expect to reach old age. The old confidently believe they will outlive neighbors. Such delusions about the future are madness. The minutes reading this proverb could be your last!Jesus told about a rich and successful man that confidently planned for many years to come, but he died that very night (Luke 12:16-21). God called him a fool for such arrogance and presumption. And you are no wiser, if you do not use today to please God.One of the best ways to live is to consider today your last day in spiritual things. If you knew you would die tonight and immediately face Almighty God, how would you live today? Unnecessary variations from that perspective prove you are boasting of tomorrow.Will the Lord Jesus Christ, the blessed and only Potentate, find you waiting for His surprise visit at the hour of your death or His sudden coming? You could die today. He is returning soon. Heaven and hell are of grave importance. Will you live today accordingly? Or will you make the fatal mistake of planning tomorrow and dying today?What Does Psalm 27:1 Mean? ►.The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?Psalm 27:1(NASB).Verse Thoughts.The Lord Jesus is light and life, safety and strength, purity and peace. In Him is security and salvation, for by Him sin and death has been conquered and through Him we have access the Father for He is the one way, the only truth and the revealed Word of God.In Him we live and move have our being and through Him we are more than conquerors because He loves us, and He has send His Holy Spirit to take up permanent residence within our hearts, for He has promised, I will never leave you nor forsake you.We are led and guided by His eternal light, which floods our soul with the divine light of a heavenly birth, so that He dispels all darkness; comforts all sorrows; calms our fears and guides us into the paths of righteousness and truth. He is not only light and salvation, but He is my light and my life, my strength and my peace, my salvation and my God.There is nothing in heaven or earth, visible or invisible that should disturb out hearts or cause us to be afraid for He is the omnipotent Creator and all the strength of our lives and the illumination for our path, derives directly from Him.When we put the Lord Jesus into proper perspective, and see Him for Who He truly is in our hearts should truly rejoice, for if God is for us who can be against us? My Prayer Dear heavenly Father, You are my sufficiency and strength, my light and my life – my all in all . I pray that when dark clouds of unknowing loom across my heart that I immediately call to mind the wonderful truth of Who You really are, and of the wonderful security and eternal salvation I have in Christ, in Whose name I pray, AMEN. Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/psalm-27-1.Reading Sermon (Prayer Day Service, March 2005) Rev. Richard J. Smit Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. (Prov 27:1) Read: Luke 12:13-34 Psalter #s– Introduction Concerning that future, we are prone to fall into two errors with respect to our daily bread. First, we are prone to fret and worry about the future and whether we will receive sufficient daily bread. The Lord admonishes us in Luke 12 that we must not worry ourselves about tomorrow, but rather seek God’s Kingdom first. While seeking God’s kingdom first, leave in the hands of our heavenly Father the concern of granting us our daily bread. Leave in the Lord’s hands what the quantity and the quality of the daily bread will be. Secondly, we are also prone to fall into the other extreme error of boasting in the future. Against that the text declares, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow!” Instead of boasting of tomorrow and what we think will and must happen, we must rather make our boast only in Jehovah and our Lord Jesus Christ. Thereby we may remain submissive and conscious of the will of His providence and counsel in Jesus Christ upon which we are totally dependent. Boasting Not of Tomorrow.I. The Admonition.II. The Reason.I. The Admonition “Tomorrow.” What comes to your mind when you hear that word “tomorrow”? “Tomorrow” brings to mind the many questions we may have about “what shall we eat?”, “what shall we drink?”, or “what shall we wear for clothes?” We often think about the daily bread we will need for tomorrow. There are many things of daily bread which we need for tomorrow in order to fulfill the duties of our station and calling in life. When we think about tomorrow, we also think about the many means by which our daily bread is given to us by our heavenly Father. Our daily bread does not come to us automatically. By the sweat of our brow, we labor diligently; and, through the means of our diligent care and industry, God provides us with our daily bread. , When we think of tomorrow, we think of all the work we must do to earn our living and paychecks in order to buy the groceries, clothes, gas, and medicine, and to pay for all those various utility, property tax, insurance, and miscellaneous bills. In addition to that, when we think of tomorrow, we think of our plans for the future of our tomorrow. We have our plans for vacation, family gatherings, weddings, church meetings, conventions, young adults’ retreats, trips, buying, selling, and many other things. Some even plan ahead for their years of retirement. Young people make plans about where they will work after high school or where they might attend college after high school. Many are our plans of today for our future of tomorrow. Although the world does not want to think about this, yet the wise child of God does think about the fact that the days of our tomorrow are all numbered. In fact, the Bible teaches us that our days of tomorrow are very short. They last as long as the vapor that we exhale from our mouths on a cold, winter morning. Those future days in this earthly life last as long as a piece of grass. Death also belongs to our tomorrow. When the believer considers tomorrow, he has many spiritual concerns. There are spiritual battles he must face. We think of the coming of the Kingdom and Covenant of God in our future generations. We are concerned for the future prosperity of the Church of Jesus Christ in the earth. We are concerned for the saints who are scattered throughout the earth. We are concerned whether the remnant according to the election of grace will prosper and be preserved in faithfulness until the end. As we make our many plans in light of the future, we face a serious danger. This serious danger arises in the light of the fact that often our plans and our human predictions do come to pass. Very often our vacation plans do take place just as we planned our vacation many months beforehand. It seems that often on a regular basis that the plans we make for our jobs and our daily routines of home, school, and church life, all come to pass just exactly as we planned. The danger that arises in our hearts is that when our plans seem to come to pass so regularly in our routines, that we soon begin to expect that then everything we plan should and will come to pass. Beloved congregation, our Father in heaven forbids that we begin to boast about tomorrow, and so expect that tomorrow will occur just as we have planned today. That does not mean that our heavenly Father forbids that we make plans. When thinking about what should to be done tomorrow, we must make plans. For example, a student in school or in college must study hard today in order to be prepared for the test or the exam that must be written the next day. A mother must bake on a weekday for the future lunches of her husband at work and the children at school. There are examples of proper planning for the future given to us in Scripture. For 7 years Joseph planned ahead for the terrible 7-year famine that would come after the 7 good years were finished. Hannah planned ahead and diligently used her time with Samuel to present him well-equipped and well-prepared for the service of the Lord in the tabernacle under Eli. For several years thereafter, Hannah sewed and knitted diligently for the goal when she could visit her son, Samuel, in the tabernacle and present him with a new coat every year. Think also of Mary Magdalene. She planned ahead for Jesus’ burial when she anointed Jesus’ feet with precious ointment. Similarly, we must plan and work for the good goals of tomorrow. God calls you and me to be like the ant, which labors diligently in the summertime in preparation for the winter months. Similarly, God calls us you, children and young people, to train and learn faithfully during the summertime of your life, when learning comes easily, so that you are prepared for your future duties and responsibilities in adult life. Even though we must make many plans and be prepared, God forbids that we view tomorrow as though it shall certainly be as we have willed and planned it. We may never assume anything about the future. We may not assume that as we have been in church to worship God today, so we will come again next time to worship in God’s house. We may not assume that since the congregation exists today, so this congregation will continue to exist forever. We may never assume that although today you may be rich, that tomorrow you will still have those riches. We may never assume that when your husband, your wife, or your children, walk out the door to go on a short trip to the store, that he or she will return. A husband and wife may never assume that the child which they are expecting to be born in a short while, will be born healthy or even alive. You may not assume that because you can walk today, you will walk tomorrow. Just because I am healthy and young today, does not mean that I will live to the ripe and full age of 90 years. There are many things in our tomorrow which we may never assume will be or occur as we know it today. Not only may we not assume anything about tomorrow, the Lord even forbids boasting about tomorrow. To boast in tomorrow is that sinful activity of one speaking about plans for tomorrow in such a way that he expects that what he has planned for tomorrow will certainly happen. The Lord teaches in the text that all such speaking is boasting b4 Him. This is how the rich fool of Luke 12 spoke: My fields will produce a great harvest. I will harvest a great crop. I will build bigger barns. I will retire very wealthy. I will enjoy my wealth. I will do this. I will do that tomorrow. Do we not do the same in different ways? How often do not you and I so casually and thoughtlessly say: “See ya later!” Or, “I will see you tomorrow!” Is that true? How can you be so sure? We often hardly give a thought to the fact that we may not see each other later or tomorrow. How easily we boast about tomorrow. II. The Reason God admonishes us: Boast not of tomorrow! Do not boast of tomorrow because you do not know what the day may bring forth! In fact, you cannot know what tomorrow in all reality will bring forth. That word “know” in the text refers to a special knowledge. This is the special knowledge of the foreknowledge of what will happen in the future. And, it is also that special knowledge which has the power to bring that future to pass exactly as it has been thought out. Nobody, not even you and I, have that kind of knowledge. We mere creatures cannot peer into the future to know what events will happen in our life tomorrow, and then also have that kind of sovereign and almighty knowledge to bring it to pass. Instead, our knowledge is very finite and powerless. Our knowledge of the future is limited to the Bible’s prophecy of what will happen in future history as Christ continues to return quickly. Other than that, we do not know what will happen in the future. We sometimes think we do by our plans. But, in reality, we do not know tomorrow. We only know our tomorrow and learn it when what God has willed for us in His secret counsel, He fulfills. By the direction of His hand of providence and by His blessing, we learn what our tomorrow is only when tomorrow becomes our today and our history. Scripture in other places emphasizes that same truth. For example, in James 4:14 we read, “ye know not what shall be on the morrow.” That means that we do not even know in the morning how our life shall be by the time it is evening. We do not know now whether we will still be married by the end of the today. God may cut that blessed earthly ties to our spouse or to our children by death a little later today. Yes, we have learned that our plans are suddenly changed by a crisis which God brings into our life. We can do a lot of guessing and predicting about our future and tomorrow, but we simply cannot know what shall be on the morrow. That inability to know what will happen tomorrow is taught clearly these words in the text: “bring forth.” Do you know to what those words refer? Those words, “bring forth”, are referring to the bringing forth of a child by a mother. When the mother is expecting and is close to the time of bringing forth that baby, do the father and mother know what the child will look like? Do they know the child’s personality? Do they know the weight and length of the baby or the amount of hair on the baby’s head? The parents do not know all the details of the child whom the mother will bring forth. Only until the child is born that then the parents know their child. Similarly, we do not know all the events of our life which the womb of tomorrow will bring forth. All those details are hidden from us. All that we know is that events will come to pass tomorrow. We know that womb of tomorrow will bring forth certain things in our lives. All the details yet remain hidden. Often, those details are a surprise to us. Sometimes they come as a violent shock. Beloved, only God, your covenant God, has the foreknowledge of your tomorrow. He knows all the details and events of the lives of all mankind. But, He especially knows the details of your life tomorrow. That foreknowledge is God’s determinate counsel. That counsel is God’s thoughts concerning what must happen. Those thoughts of God concern every creature in His creation. Those thoughts of God are so comprehensive about every creature in His creation, that His thoughts even concern your life, and every single moment of it in this life and in the life to come with Him in glory. Therefore, God knows exactly what belongs to your tomorrow and what the womb of tomorrow will bring forth. Now, remember, His determinate counsel is also sovereign and almighty. That means that what God so desires the womb of tomorrow to bring forth in your life, that shall surely be done. You see, the only reason why our plans for tomorrow actually come to pass is that God has sovereignly determined those plans to be in your mind and heart, determined that they would come to pass, and in His power and goodness brought them to pass in your life. God’s sovereign foreknowledge has mapped out and determined your tomorrow. God has even determined the plans that you make today and whether they will be fulfilled, or whether God in His wisdom has something better for your tomorrow than what you have planned. That foreknowledge of God is all-decisive and all-determinate about your tomorrow. Are you conscious of that, beloved? Of that you must be conscious. Be conscious of that, however, not in terror or fright. Sometimes we are prone to be afraid of what God will do next in our life, especially if we have passed recently through a difficult affliction. After we pass through such difficult tribulation in our life and as we look to the future of our tomorrow, we may view God in a negative attitude and wonder what He will do next to make us suffer. That cynical attitude towards God is sinful. Being afraid or terrified that God will do something terrible to us again is sinful. Our spiritual attitude towards God’s all-determinative counsel in our life must be childlike submission and godly fear. We must subject ourselves, our life, and our plans to His will consciously. Consciously we must expect that not our will must be done, but God’s will must be done always. We need to be reminded constantly that the only reason that our plans come to pass is that God has both willed us to arrange our plans and has willed that they should come to pass. The spiritual consideration of that truth and a daily meditation upon God’s sovereign knowledge of our lives is the cure to boasting about what will happen in our tomorrow. Conscious of His sovereign counsel, we will not talk to our friends or family as though what we have planned for tomorrow will surely come to pass and that we have absolute control in our lives. We will then speak humbly before our heavenly Father, remembering that we are only His servants, dependent entirely upon His will and His knowledge of our tomorrow. That understanding will then leads us to the only boasting about tomorrow that is proper is permissible. Yes, there is one and only one kind of boasting about tomorrow that God permits and in which He delights. God permits that we boast only in Jehovah. Why may we do that in light of our text? We may and must boast in Jehovah because His knowledge of us and of our tomorrow His foreknowledge in Christ. The Father in heaven knows you in Christ from eternity. He does not know everyone this way. He does not know the reprobate in Jesus Christ. He knows their tomorrow. He knows how their tomorrow will serve the coming day of the Lord Jesus Christ for the redemption of the Church. But, God only knows the reprobate in His wrath. But, beloved in the Lord, the Father has known you in Christ. He knows you in that covenantal knowledge of the bond of eternal, sovereign, and electing love in Christ. Around that central and fundamental thought of the Father for you in Christ, He has woven all the details and events of your life that must come to pass everyday of your life, even in all your tomorrows until the day of your death, and then even into the tomorrow of the everlasting day, where you shall be with Christ forever. In Christ and for His sake, the Father’s purpose in His plan for your tomorrow is to do you good. His goal is to bless you for Christ’s sake. It is His purpose to make all things in your tomorrow serve your salvation. And, the Father knows exactly what you need in your tomorrow in order to serve your salvation and eternal profit. We do not know what will serve our salvation tomorrow. We simply do not know that. But, the Father knows it, and He will bring it to pass sometimes in the way sometimes that you have planned; but, frequently in the way in which you have not planned. Now, you ask, “Show me the proof of that gracious purpose of the Father in our tomorrow?” Beloved, look to the cross of Calvary where your Lord and your Savior was crucified! In sovereign love, Christ willingly drank that cup of suffering for you and shed His blood to atone for your sin. Christ plumbed the depths of hell for you on the cross long ago, in order that you today might expect that tomorrow will serve your pilgrimage to that everlasting day in heaven. Christ has established in His blood that all the prosperity and adversity in your life today and tomorrow will be for your blessing and your present and eternal good. Now, the Lord through His Word asks you: “what then is most important thing you need to know about tomorrow and in which to rejoice?” Surely, it cannot be your plans. Rather, it must be that we know that our tomorrow has been planned by God and that what He has planned is always good. If our tomorrow might happen as we have planned today, yet we may rejoice that it happened as God so willed for our salvation for Christ’s sake. And, if our tomorrow brings forth a shocking tribulation and grievous burden to bear, then we may also learn to rejoice spiritually that our heavenly Father has so willed and brought to pass what we need for our spiritual good. Therefore, boast not of tomorrow, but rather commit your way of tomorrow unto your heavenly Father. Make your plans, but subject them consciously to His will. Don’t run ahead of our heavenly Father with your plans, thinking that you know what is best for you. The Father knows in His wisdom what is best for you. Be willing and ready to submit to the Father’s changes to yr plans. Commit all your plans unto the Father today, always including those important words in your thoughts, your hearts, and your prayers: “If the Lord wills” or “God willing” Then, trust in childlike faith that Jehovah will do all things well tomorrow. Trust that the labors, the preparations, & plans of today, will with His blessing & according to His counsel, serve your good tomorrow. Be assured that whatever the Lord brings to pass in your tomorrow is accomplished by the Lord in His attitude of grace. And, even if God has ordained your death tomorrow, trust that such will serve your inheritance of eternal glory for Christ’s sake and the blessing of those fellow saints whom you may have to leave behind for a little while. Then, when today becomes tomorrow, even then you have every reason to rejoice in God’s mercies and great faithfulness which will be also tomorrow new. Therefore, beloved, no matter where God’s hand leads you tomorrow, boast in your God and Savior, that He will fulfill His counsel tomorrow, that He will bless you, and that He will turn all things to your profit for Christ’s sake alone

We Become Born Again

VERSE OF THE DAY.1 Peter 1:3 (New Living Translation).Share Audio.All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation,.All glory and praise to God the Father yes our Lord Jesus Christ It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, made formally new in flesh because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, free of sin and by spirit not worldly and flesh desires.3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant amercy hath bbegotten us again unto a clively dhope by the resurrection of eJesus Christ from the dead, … 5 Who are kept by the apower of God through bfaith unto salvation cready to be revealed in the last time.What Does 1 Peter 1:3 Mean? ►.Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,.1 Peter 1:3(NET).Verse Thoughts.The God and Father of Jesus Christ is deserving of our thankful praise and eternal worship for His overflowing grace and His abundant mercy. He is FATHER with respect to Christ’s divinity and He is GOD regarding the humanity of our Lord Jesus and how we bless His wonderful name. This is my Father – and this is your Father. This is my God – and your God.Our praises stream back to the cruel cross and the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world and our hallelujahs fly forwards to the glories set before us and our eternal home, for we are redeemed by His blood, born anew by grace through faith and resurrected with new life in Him.It is a great and a glorious hope. It is a certain hope and positive hope – a hope anchored on God’s unchangeable promises and steadfast name. Though we delight in John as the apostle of love and Paul as our chief apostle of faith, we identify Simon Peter, as our great apostle of hope.Today we are strangers in a hostile world and sojourners in a place that is passing away, but our hope is securely grounded on Christ Who is our chief apostle and our great high priest.Let us live upright and godly lives in this present age as we wait for that blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, in Whom we trust.My Prayer.Dear God and Father how we worship You for Your overflowing grace and abundant mercy.Source: https://dailyverse. knowing-jesus. com/1-peter-1-3.What does 1 Peter 1:3 mean?Peter shows us an appropriate response to God’s great mercy to us: praise. Specifically, he blesses God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is one being, in three persons. Peter’s letter will reveal some of the distinctions between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this case, he praises the Father while acknowledging Christ as our Lord.Peter blesses God for His mercy. As we have seen already in verse 2, God has chosen us, sanctifies us, and gives us great purpose. All of this happens without our ever needing to earn any recognition from Him. This is “grace,” which is when someone gives something positive the other person does not deserve. “Mercy” is when someone withholds a negative consequence another deserves.Instead of the punishment we deserve, God gave us something we could never have purchased or earned: He caused us to be born again. This is the very thing Jesus told Nicodemus must happen for anyone to see the kingdom of God (John 3). Specifically, God caused us to be born again into a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.It’s one thing to hope we will be saved, to yearn for life after death. Jesus proved that this hope is not a fantasy. He died, then showed Himself alive to many witnesses. Our faith is not a wish for a better world. The reason for our hope in an eternity with the Father is that our Lord is alive. Because He lives, those who believe in Him will also be resurrected.Bless God for His great mercy!Context Summary.1 Peter 1:3–12 is one of the most loved passages in all of Scripture. It begins as a blessing to God, but also describes how incredibly He has blessed us in Christ. Because Jesus has risen from the dead, our hope is not a wish—it is as alive as He is. Our inheritance as God’s children is eternal, full of glory, and secured forever. Even in our suffering, we have every reason to rejoice. The mystery of God’s plan has been revealed to us in Christ. We are being saved!Chapter Context.Peter, the apostle of Jesus, writes a letter to Christians facing persecution to comfort them with the truth of who they are in Christ—children of God with every reason to rejoice in their salvation and future glory in eternity. Next, he urges them to live like the holy ones of God they already are by obeying God now, loving each other earnestly, and placing all of their hope in the endless life to come

The Salt Of The Earth

VERSE OF THE DAY

Matthew 5:11-12 (New Living Translation)

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“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

Matt. 5 Verses 11 to 12

[11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

“God blesses you when people condemn you and make fun of you in mockery and persecute you lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my faithful followers of Jesus For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

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October 27, 2017

Matthew 5:11-12

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12

Dear Jesus,

It always feels so lonely to be disliked by someone.  You knew that feeling your entire ministry on earth.  You told us that you were not alone because your Father was with you. (John 8)  Your words here in the last beatitude help me realize that you are with me too.  When people speak against us Christians I can think, “Hey, I am good company.”  Help me keep the goal of glorifying your name in front of others instead of avoiding persecution.  When it’s time to take a stand, give me the strength to rise to my feet.  Make me a bold witness for your gospel and a beacon for truth. Help me to care less about what people think of me and care more about how much they think of you. 

AMEN

When we live for Christ, we will experience the same social challenges he did.  

What does Matthew 5:11 mean?

This is part of Jesus’ explanation of the Beatitudes: a series of statements about those who are “blessed,” as proven by certain attitudes or actions (Matthew 5:1–9). In the previous verse, Jesus mentioned those who endured persecution for the sake of righteousness (Matthew 5:10). Here, He adds details about what persecution might look like and what might cause it. For the first time, Jesus moves away from general statements, given to His largely Jewish audience, and focuses more narrowly on Himself, specifically, as the One they are following.

The central issue in true Christian “persecution” is, of course, Jesus Christ. Merely being harassed or treated unfairly isn’t necessarily persecution—especially if it’s in response to our own wrongdoing (1 Peter 4:15). What Jesus means is that one proof of being “blessed” is willingness to endure unfair treatment on account of faithfully following Him (1 Peter 4:12–14). Those in opposition to Jesus might insult His followers, abuse them, and falsely accuse them of doing terrible things.

At the time Jesus gives the Sermon on the Mount, this hasn’t yet happened to those who follow Him. However, this blessing serves as an early warning that such abuse is coming (John 16:1–4). In the following verse, Jesus will continue to explain why those who suffer for being connected to Him are blessed.

Context Summary

Matthew 5:1–12 contains the beautiful Beatitudes delivered by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount. The series of nine sentences describes an unlikely group of people as blessed: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those hungry for righteousness, and the merciful. All are blessed because of their part in the kingdom of heaven. This includes those persecuted for the sake of righteousness and on account of Jesus. Instead of despairing, they should rejoice for the great rewards they will receive in heaven. These are not prerequisites for salvation; instead, they are the natural expressions of saving faith in the life of those who know Christ.

Chapter Summary

The Sermon on the Mount contains some of Jesus’ most challenging teaching. It begins with the unlikely blessings of the Beatitudes. Jesus’ disciples must do good works in order to be a powerful influence: as the salt of the earth and light of the world. The superficial righteousness of the Pharisees is not good enough to earn heaven. Sins of the heart, such as angry insults and intentional lust, are worthy of hell just as much as adultery and murder. Easy divorce and deceptive oaths are forbidden. Believers should not seek revenge. Instead, God intends us to love our enemies and pray for our persecutors. In short, we should strive to be perfect, as God is perfect

What Does Matthew 5:13 Mean? ►

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

Matthew 5:13(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The Church is the body of Christ and in His absence from the world we are called to be the salt of the earth and yet we are also warned that if salt loses it saltiness it is good for nothing, other than to be thrown out and trampled under foot.

Then as now salt has a number of important purposes. This was especially so in the time of Christ, when synthetic alternatives and refrigeration were unavailable. One use for salt is to add flavour to food while another important use is for preservation – preventing the putrefaction and spoiling of food.

The audience for Christ’s sermon on the mount, was not the lost sheep of the house of Israel, but His own, chosen disciples. Christ’s instruction to be salt was given to those that believed in His name – and the important lesson it teaches is that the presence of true, spiritual believers can make a real difference to a lost and dying world.

But there is also a secondary message which is a warning to all believers – that valuable opportunities to make a difference in our world can be lost.. through careless carnality or a lukewarm Christian life, which causes us to end up living a life that is good for nothing.

This is not a verse that is addressed to unbelievers on how to be saved… but a verse that instructs those who have already been saved by grace on how to live. This is not a verse that is warning believers that they can lose their eternal Salvation, but one that alerts those who have trusted Christ as Saviour that they need to be a sweet seasoning in the lives of unbelievers.. and also that they act as a preservative in a putrefying world – for to do so will bring with it a great reward.

We are in the world but not of the world and we must never allow the world to shape us into its own mold. We are to be seasoning in a bland, insipid and corrupted world. Our words are to be seasoned with salt by speaking the truth of the glorious gospel of grace with those who are dead in their sins. We are to be a preserving agent that is used by God to restrain this world’s evil from spreading its cancerous fingers into the lives of those who need to trust in Christ as Saviour.

Let us take up our cross and lay hold of these important instructions that Jesus gave to his disciples – to be the salt of the earth. And let us beware that we do not lose our saver by walking in tandem with the world and living a lukewarm Christian life – but rather let us live our life unto the Lord and to His praise and glory.. so that we may not waste this life of ours.. but be a worthy witness to the goodness and grace of our heavenly Father, Who loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/matthew-5-13