EXODUS 39, JOHN 18, PROVERBS 15, PHILIPPIANS 2

John 18:38
Pilate's question "What is truth?" is as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago.  My father used to say, "There are three sides to every story, your side, my side and the truth."  In the last few years, I have heard several people speak of "my truth" as if there was a truth for them and a truth for me.  After becoming a believer, I realized Truth is a person.  Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life."  In John 17:17, Jesus prays that the Father "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth."  John 16:13 says, "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth."  In these few passages, I find that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are Truth and their words and instructions are what lead me to the Truth, to them, the Holy Trinity.  

Proverbs 15:8
In Proverbs 15, the word abomination is used three times.  It is often used in Proverbs.  The inference from Proverbs 6:16 is the things God hates, He finds to be an abomination.  We discussed this verse on Day 78.  (Click to follow the link)

In today's reading, we find the sacrifice, the way and the thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD (Proverbs 15:8, 9, 26).  The first use of the Hebrew word translated "wicked" here is in Genesis 2:9 translated as evil: "The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil."  A synonym for wicked is evil.  

The Hebrew word for abomination used in the OT is primarily translated as "unclean" in the NT.  In the Gospels, it is always in reference to "unclean spirits."  In Acts 10:14, 28, God corrects Peter's understanding of unclean food and people.  Ephesians 5:5 says, "For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God."  The word "impure" in this passage is the same word used for abomination in Proverbs.  

Holy Father, You created man in perfection, but we chose disobedience.  We picked the fruit of good and evil.  Jesus, You alone can wash away my uncleanness.  Holy Spirit, please strengthen my eyes and heart to see and know wicked and evil, and to flee from them.  I do not want impurity to be any part of my life.

Philippians 2:3-11
This passage indicts me.  I do try to impress others; I do think more of myself than others.  Instead, I am to consider others more significant than myself.  As a follower of Jesus Christ, I am to be concerned about their interest.  Jesus is the One who said, "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Humility is the attitude with which I am to approach all of life.  In Matthew 18:4 Jesus said, "Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

Holy Spirit, I know Your role and purpose in me is to conform me to the likeness of Christ.  You know my selfishness runs rampant.  Thank You for the constant reminder in Your Word of the need for holiness in my life.  Jesus, You are so much more than an example, but I thank You for the example of humility and obedience.  I desire to be obedient and conformed to Your humility.

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