Exodus 26, John 5, Proverbs 2, Galatians 1

John 5:16-29  

The Jews persecuted Jesus because He healed the lame man on the Sabbath, but they wanted to kill Him for making Himself equal to God.  Jesus did not try to calm the situation but instead basically threw gasoline on the fire of their indignation.  He explained how He was working just like the Father.  Jesus did that by telling them He did only what the Father did, exactly like the Father did it, and did all the Father showed Him to do.  Then as if that was not enough; He says that just as the Father has the power of life, so does He and the Father has given Him the authority to judge, so all the honor due the Father will also come to Him

In John 5:25-29, Jesus further explains life and judgment that come through Him.  He says right now there are those who are dead but when they hear His voice, they will live.  There is a time coming when all who are physically dead will be resurrected when they hear His voice.  Those who have done good will be raised to life while those who have done evil will be raised to judgment.  

Jesus, You are bold and direct in explaining who You are and what You do.  May Your followers be as bold and direct. 

Proverbs 2:1-12  

Proverbs 2:9-12 says "Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you; understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil".  By comparing what Solomon promised to teach in Proverbs 1:2-6 with what we are told we will understand in this passage, you will notice the same concepts; righteousness, justice, equity (which Solomon equates to every good path).  You will understand these principles because wisdom and knowledge will become an integral part of who you are.  He then describes the advantages that come from wisdom and understanding.  

Since Solomon begins verse 9 with "Then you will understand", he must have previously given instruction of how to attain understanding.  We find the answer to what leads to understanding righteousness, justice and equity in Proverbs 2:1-4.  Solomon gives us four criteria; 1) treasure God's commands; 2) listen and concentrate on understanding them; 3) ask for insight and understanding; and 4) search for them like treasure.   

So if I am to have wisdom enter my heart with knowledge that is pleasant to my soul, I must highly value God's instruction, don't let His word go in one ear and out the other but spend time thinking about it, be sure to ask Him for it and hunt for it like a precious hidden treasure.  

James 1:5 tells us if we lack wisdom all we need to do is ask and He will give it without being upset at the request.  But we must believe, if we ask, He will give the wisdom we seek.  If we have a plan B in the back of our mind, in case He doesn't come through, we should know He will not give us anything because we really don't believe He will do it.  He calls that kind of person double minded.  

Only wise God, I want to understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of You.   I want to be one of those who by Your wisdom is watched over, guarded and delivered.  I want to walk on every good path.  Holy Spirit, teach me to be a treasure hunter for Your word. 

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