Genesis 47, Luke 1:1-38, Job 13, 1 Corinthians 1

Luke 1:1-4

Notice the reason Luke wrote this orderly account of the things that have been accomplished.  Verse 4 tells us Luke's desire was to provide certainty concerning the things Theophilus had been taught. 

Greek is a much more descriptive language than English.  I use a translation which employees as many English words as necessary to bring out the richness, force and clarity of the Greek.  I love the way it translates this passage.  "In order that you may have a full and accurate experiential knowledge concerning the undoubted truth of the matters in which you were instructed".  By the way, this translation capitalizes "Word" in verse 2. 

My prayer for us as we read and study Luke, I suspect is similar to his prayer when he wrote this letter.

Jesus, would You please use my time and effort for Your glory?  Would You send Your Spirit to teach those who read and study this letter?  May we gain full and accurate knowledge of Your truth.  May our understanding be experiential and not just head knowledge.

Job 13:5

After hearing his three friend's critique, Job thought it would be best if they just kept their opinions to themselves.  The NLT says "If only you could be silent!  That's the wisest thing you could do."  In reading this passage I thought of the old saying "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt".   I am not sure where that quote comes from but Proverbs 17:28 (NLT) is very similar, "Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent".

We should be careful of what we say.  In Matthew 12:36-37 Jesus says, "I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account of every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned".

Holy Spirit, please teach me to control my tongue.  May my words glorify my God.  I pray for justifying words.

1 Corinthians 1:4-9

Interesting juxtaposition in today's reading with Job 13:5.  The grace of God given to me in Christ Jesus has enriched me in all speech and knowledge...Jesus Christ will sustain me to the end guiltless...God is faithful...1 Corinthians 1:4-9.

As a believer, my knowledge and speech will be different.  In Matthew 12:34, Jesus says we speak out of the abundance of our heart.  In the following verse, He describes this abundance as "good treasure".

Thank You Father for enriched speech and knowledge.  May the words I speak build up those to whom I am speaking and may they give grace to those who hear.

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