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 the truth is a person.  Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, 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".  So in these few passages, I find that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are Truth and their words and instructions are what lead me into truth.

Proverbs 15:8

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

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.  It is translated evil in that passage as in 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 about 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 as abomination in Proverbs.  

Holy Father, You created man in perfection, but we chose disobedience.  We chose the fruit of good and evil.  Jesus, You alone are able to 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.  As a follower of Jesus Christ, the One who said I did not come to be served but to serve, I am to be concerned not only about my own interests but the interests of others.  I am to have the same attitude of humility that Jesus had.  

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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