e-verses

Verses for Evangelists to ponder

James 4 v 13-17
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”– yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

 

Luke 21 v 11-15
“Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.”

 

John 16 v7-11
“…I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

 

John 6 v 35-48
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

 

So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me– not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.

All verses from the English Standard Version

8 Responses to e-verses

  1. storbakken says:

    Thanks for the verses. And thanks for being a faithful witness for the Most High.

    More Fire!

  2. Amen, lets power on in the grace of God!

  3. Ben says:

    Check out Ezekiel chapters 1+2 for a source of encouragement.

  4. Thanks Ben,

    I’ll check it out soon.

  5. Richard says:

    Daniel,
    Thanks for the encouraging verses. They never get old.
    Bless you brother,
    Richard

    • Daniel says:

      thanks Richard. yeah but we get old, lol. Hope your doing well. will go have a check on ur blog – i must say we have been quite inactive with this blog. Perphaps its time to update and start turning it over again.

  6. REXIE L. GONZAGA says:

    please send me a good sermon..the topic about love

  7. Because God has a purpose for our lives as Christians, he works in us through the Holy Spirit to improve us in these ways. Although ultimately these character improvements work to serve Him, they also benefit us in the process. Who couldn’t use a little bit more patience, peace, hope, or love?

    The nice thing about this improvement is that we don’t have to do it all ourselves, via sheer willpower. God is the one who will shape and mold us in this way if we merely trust in Him.

    Joy

    This is one of the fruits of the Spirit, but I think that it deserves special mention. It’s not as important as love of course, but I will talk about this one because it’s not well understood. Joy is not pretending to be happy when you are actually depressed, nor is it genuinely being happy all the time.

    What joy really means is that you are content in all situations. In Philippians 4:12, Paul writes, “In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Christians can find peace knowing that God is in control, no matter the current circumstances.

    A Purpose

    In John 17, Jesus prays to God for himself, his disciples, and for the world. It is here that we find the reason why God doesn’t take us straight to heaven once we accept Jesus—it’s because we have a job to do! “I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” He also says, “As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”

    We have a duty to share Christ’s love with others, just as it has been shown to us. God wants to use us, the weak, to proclaim Christ to the mighty.

    Paul reiterates this point, saying “My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.” [Philippians 1:23].

    And let’s not forget Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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    Lasting Impact

    A man’s natural instinct is to spend his whole life trying to be successful, rich, and powerful. The natural man focuses all of his energy on himself and his accomplishments. Ultimately a life focused on success leads to shallow relationships and selfish endeavors.

    Jesus has a different plan for our lives. John 13:15 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

    Matthew 6:19-21 says, “”Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

    Jesus is saying that the only thing that really matters when it comes to your life is how you stand in relation to the Creator of the Universe, and whether your life is eternal or temporary.

    As a Christian, you can share God’s gift of reconciliation with those around you in order to make their lives better. Your impact on them will likely produce fruit in their lives that has an impact on others who they interact with. By introducing even one person to Christ, you have the potential to influence thousands or millions of people before the end of time.

    Eradication of Fear

    Fear has a crippling effect on our lives if unchallenged, leaving us weakened, disheartened, and miserable. We fear losing our jobs, losing material possessions, and losing loved ones. We fear heights and uncomfortable social situations. We fear criticism and judgment from others. But we don’t need to fear any of these things.

    1st John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out all fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears has not yet been fully formed in love.”

    With God in heaven and our salvation secure, there is no reason to fear anything on this earth. For even if we die, we achieve a much greater happiness than we now have. And we know that there is nothing we cannot face if God is with us.

    2nd Timothy 1:7, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

    Divine Support (Prayer)

    Prayer is the Christian’s way to talk to God. Through prayer, we can praise Him, thank Him, confess our sins to Him, and petition Him for the things we desire. We can ask for His guidance and listen for His advice. When we pray, we have confidence that God loves to answer our prayers.

    Mark 11:24 says, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe you have received it and it shall be given to you.”

    Luke 11:9-11 says, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

    John 14:13-14 says, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

    James 5:16, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

    Freedom

    Once we accept Christ as our personal savior, we are freed from the bondage that sin puts on our lives. Romans 8:1-2 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”

    Romans 6:5 says, “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.”

    Pure Heart and Mind

    Philippians 4:8 says, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

    Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

    Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

    James 3:17, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-¬loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

    True Love
    We all need love. But we are as equally unable to show others true love as we are to successfully receive it. But God’s love for us is perfect, and true, and because of it we have the capacity to love others.

    “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” [1st Corinthians 13:4-8]

    1st John 4:19 says, “We love because God first loved us.”

    Because of God’s abundant love for us, we can truly love others the way that God loves them. It is never enough to simply say “I care”—we have to act in order to demonstrate our love. Feelings of compassion are worthless without making a sacrifice and taking action to help the person you love.

    Love is never easy. But if you walk with God, He will give you a bigger heart for those who are hurting. He will give you the desire, the power, and the means to serve others with all of your heart.

    Andrew Friedman says:
    February 19, 2009 at 7:43 am
    Your New Life in Christ
    Starts right away
    If you just now prayed to God and invited Jesus to come into your life as your Lord and Savior, you have begun your new life in Christ. Jesus has entered into a personal relationship with you. Or maybe it has been awhile since you made that prayer, confessed your sins, acknowledged that Jesus is Lord, and invited Jesus to come into your heart and life. In either case, if you were sincere, you should begin to experience the work of the Holy Spirit right away as he begins to make you into a new person. Just as a new-born baby is no longer in a sack of amniotic fluid in its mother’s womb, so you are now in the world as a “new creation” (according to Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:17), having been “born” of the Spirit (as explained by Jesus in John 3:6). You have a new life as a new person in Christ Jesus, and your situation is new and different. You have been “born again”. You have been given a fresh start in life.

    New emotions
    One of your new emotions may be an immediate sense of having a heavy burden lifted off of you. This is your sins being taken from you by Jesus who bore them on the Cross so that God could forgive you and receive you into his family as one of his “children” (see John 1:12). As Jesus explained to Nicodemus, “…God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned….” (John 3:17–18) You are now in the world as a forgiven sinner. There is nothing that you did to earn God’s forgiveness. It is his gift of grace to you through Jesus when you accepted him by faith as your Savior and Lord. That is a really good gift!

    God’s forgiveness is real and personal. You should experience a feeling of joy and relief as you are given new life through his grace. Your mood should be one of praise and thanksgiving for what God has done for you. As David, Israel’s great king who himself was forgiven by God, says, “rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous, all you who are upright in heart.” (Psalm 32:11) Your heart has been made “upright” and “righteous” through God’s forgiving grace and cleansing power in his Son and the Holy Spirit. Your old heart that had been deadened by your sins has been replaced by a new heart that is vibrant and healthy through the indwelling presence of Jesus Christ in your life (see Colossians 2:13).

    Your emotional mood may change from time to time, but don’t let that make you anxious about your new life. It is based on God’s promise to those who believe, not your feelings. As John says in his first letter, “and this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11–12) That is a good word of instruction.

    New initial perceptions
    You may immediately perceive yourself, those close to you, and your worldly situation in new and different ways. This is to be expected. As Paul says, “from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view…..The new has come!“ (2 Corinthians 5:16–17) Individuals with whom you have a close relationship may be seen in the new light of God’s love and glory because some of the impressions created by your selfish sinful rebellion have been removed by the new lenses of God’s forgiveness and transforming power. They may appear to be more beautiful and friendly than they have ever been. People that you once considered to be your personal enemies may no longer be seen with much fear and hostility.

    Your situation in the world may take on a new perspective. Things that once appeared to be insurmountable problems may no longer be so large. Material issues and desires may no longer have the same priority and appeal. Habits and friends that may have seemed to provide so much fun and pleasure may no longer be as enjoyable as they once were.

    As you humbly share the results and blessings of your new life in Christ with others, they will also begin to see you in new and different ways. The change that they see in you may please some of them, but it may offend others. That is to be expected. Not every one of Jesus’ contemporaries was comfortable in his presence.

    Your first steps
    Your first steps as a new person in Jesus Christ should be taken as you hold his hand, as you trust yourself to his upholding strength and guiding wisdom. He died to give you new life, and he doesn’t want the Devil to crush it out of you or to see you all buised and bloody because you have been trying to walk around too soon on your own. It is one thing for a toddler to learn to walk in the safe comfort of his/her carpeted living room. It is quite a different situation were he/she to try to learn to walk in the middle of a busy four-lane highway.

    Paul, writing to new Christians in Thessalonica, told them to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). You may be nervous and somewhat unsteady as you try out your new legs of faith. That is why Paul told his Christian friends in Philippi to “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7). Keep your prayers simple and use your own sincere words of praise and request. God really loves to hear such prayers from his children.

    One of the psalmists gives us this wise instruction: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your (the LORD’S) word. I will seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:9–11) As you take your first steps as a new Christian, do so with an open Bible in your hand. The Bible is your “owners manual”. It is your book of instructions for your new life.

    It may seem to be “grown up” to start walking about with an attitude of independence and arrogant confidence, but as a “new born” child of God you are not strong enough or wise enough to go to battle on your own against the Devil. You might start your new walk with Jesus by reading the book of Ephesians in the New Testament. It is a short book in which Paul describes the basic blessings that God has given to you through Jesus Christ. The brief letters of 1st, 2nd. and 3rd John may also be helpful. John is very practical and clear in these instructions and teaching. The book of James also has some good practical guidance for Christians. To learn more about Jesus read the gospels of John and Luke.

    Start every day with a few minutes of reading from your Bible and prayer for God’s protection and guidance through the day. You can find various books and resources for such daily devotions at your local Christian book store or on the Internet. One excellent devotional resource is published by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries. “A Word With You” is his free email message that can come to you regularly through your email provider, if you choose to subscribe.

    Become active in God’s family
    When God gave you a new life in Christ, he also provided for you a local group of “brothers” and “sisters”, other believers in Jesus with whom you can now fellowship as you seek to grow in God’s grace and love. You will find these spiritual “relatives” in a church in your community or area. Make sure that the group, congregation, and its leaders are recognizing that Jesus is the “head” of their “body” of believers and that the Bible, God’s Word, is the authority and guide for their worship and teachings.

    This local family of fellow believers should welcome you with a friendly spirit and be ready to help you to grow in your new life and walk with Jesus. They should provide a weekly opportunity for you to join with others in uplifting experiences of worship and praise to God. The pastor’s preaching should be instructive and encouraging. There should be classes in which you can get some teaching in biblical doctrines and the history of God’s revelation in the world and in his work with his family of “children” in the Church and with his special people, the Jews. If they offer a variety of small groups on various types of personal problems or concerns or particular aspects of spiritual growth and development, you might also join such a gathering to share in their supporting fellowship and study. Such a group can be very helpful as you make the transition from your old life to your new life in Christ.

    When you received new life in Christ, you also received at least one personal spiritual gift from God through the Holy Spirit. This gift is a special ability that God has given to you for you to use in your new life of worship and service. It may be a gift of wisdom or one of knowledge. It may be a gift to teach or one to serve in some position of administration within a church. It may a gift to enable you to provide psychological or even physical healing for someone. It may be a special gift of hospitality or one that provides strength and encouragement and comfort to others, and there are other gifts. No gift is given to make you superior to someone else who may have a different gift.

    Paul has a lot to say about “spiritual gifts” in his letter of 1 Corinthians. Your pastor and other leaders and teachers in your church family should be able and willing to help you to recognize and to effectively put your spiritual gift to good use in your new life. Don’t wait too long to unwrap your spiritual gift and begin to use it. God will be greatly pleased as you use it, and your use of it will produce many blessings in your life and that of others.

    Be on your guard
    Although you have been given a fresh start in life and a new life in Christ, you are still living on a “battlefield”. The Devil and his servants and soldiers will still be out to get you, to hurt you, to disable you, to make your service to God and others ineffective, to persecute you, to take away the joy of your walking with Jesus, to discourage you as you continue to sin, and to generally seek to deprive you of the “full” life or the “abundant” life (see John 10:10) that God has given to you in Christ.

    When you sin, and you will, and again displease God or dishonor Jesus your Lord and Savior, confess your sin in prayer and ask God for his cleansing and strengthening power. It is promised to you according to 1 John 1:9. If you have been spiritually hurt by any of the Devil’s weapons, ask God for his comforting and healing touch. David, the ancient king of Israel, was a sinner who faced a lot of violent enemies in his life, but he said “O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” (Psalm 30:2)

    Every morning as you get up and get ready for another day, “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). Continue to read these words of Paul in Ephesians 4:25–6:18. You will find some very practical and helpful instructions that will enable you to live your new life in Christ with victory, joy, and confidence that your fresh start and new life in Christ will not be in vain. It will be a good life.

    In chapter 6 verses 11–18 of Ephesians Paul describes the spiritual “armor” that you had better wear while on the “battlefield” of this world. Don’t give in or surrender to the Devil and his tempting sins for one minute. In his letter to the Romans Paul states with confidence that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39) You may be a new young child of God, but he has not left you alone to fight off the enemy and survive by yourself.

    Includes a great inheritance
    The benefits of your fresh start and new life in Christ are not limited to the physical duration of your human life on earth, but they are greatly increased when you join God and Jesus in his eternal heavenly kingdom. There you will receive “every spiritual blessing in Christ” and share in “the riches of his (God’s) glorious inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:3, & 18). Our minds cannot comprehend the complete eternal inheritance that God has reserved for his children.

    May God really bless you in your new life in Christ. If you have questions about this matter or this statement, you may address them to Disciple Bob.

    Andrew Friedman says:
    February 19, 2009 at 7:47 am
    Why The Atheist Hates The Faithful

    by Andrew Friedman

    The Atheist hates the faithful, because a lot of us unfortunately, come across as holier-than-thou, & then a lot of us act like we hate them, personally. It’s a terrible blunder on a lot of our part. I used to be an unbeliever, so I can identify with this, & I do not condemn them for feeling this way, as I too, do not have a short memory, as far as that goes. I used to really hate hearing people condemn me, by saying: “Well, as a Jew, you will go to hell.” As a teenager, I was like … OK, well to hell with you, too! So, that’s why, for so long, I went all those extra years growing up tormented & punished, with a few learning disabilities. There was never any other follow-through by these half-assed people, like: ‘In order for that not to happen, you have to come to God with a humble heart, & open up your heart to Jesus in prayer, as He is the only intercessor between God, & fallen man. All you have to do, is go somewhere private, & say: Jesus, please forgive me of my sin. I’m sorry that I have ignored you up to this point. Please come into my heart & allow me Your Holy Spirit that I might be saved & be a partaker in eternal life forever, with You.’ – It’s the same thing as some needling dingaling telling a nervous flyer that if he doesn’t fly on a plane with good backup systems, then in an emergency, he will freak’n crash & burn, & die! – It’s no different! That’s why so many of us have to come across as exact & with love in our hearts, & that we must be precise when trying to explain to the general unbeliever, how to handle this matter of salvation.

    One tactic that a lot of atheists loves to use, is the classic one; copy & paste scriptures from oh, let’s see here … LEVITICUS, as an example:

    “23: And Moses spake to the children of Israel, that they should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses.”

    After presenting this to a believer on the internet, hey will then follow up with some garbage like: “Well, if God is a loving God, why would a loving God tell moses to stone him to death? Tell me then! huh, huh? Tell me! Tell me! …awe, whut’s the matter … a little abuse & you want to retreat?”

    LOL – This is the common behavior of a lot of their types. This tactic is used to make some who engage in this tactic to feel more or less safe in his own self-deceit, as to why they want to rebel against God, & automatically assume that He isn’t fair. — They also fail to mention those specific times in His Holy word when God has warned people not to do specific stuff like worshiping other gods, because He “is a Jealous God.” His “name is Jealous”, as it is mentioned in: EXODUS 35:14, for example.

    The 1 thing that I always tell people like this, is: ‘Look, dude, anyone can copy down scriptures, who has half a brain, but it means absolutely nothing, if you have no faith.’ This is true. If you have no faith as an atheist, how am I to make you believe in something that you cannot touch, or view? HOW???? This is litterally impossible. Even if someone were to put you in the racks & stretch the s*** out of you, there is NO WAY to make one of you believe, if you flatly refuse to open up your heart to Jesus Christ in prayer. There’s a very very good reasonfor that. –

    What a lot of atheists refuse to acknowledge in their blind zeal to copy down the scriptures & try to comdemn the faithful with, is that:

    When one opens up his black heart to Jesus Christ to Him in prayer with a humble heart, & says a variant of the sinner’s prayer like I mentioned how to do in the above, then you will not experience a miracle that He will perform in your heart, TO CHANGE your heart, & turn you from a non-believer, into a believer, & thereby giving you FAITH. I mean … how much more simpler can I possibly put that? Satan knows the scriptures; he knows EVERY last letter of it. So, if he knows EVERY last letter of the scriptures with HIS heart as black as coal – with NO faith in Jesus Christ, — by his own choice & “free will,” then it is NO different that the wicked & unbelieving & unrepentant atheist to act so similarly with pride … with vengeance … with arrogance … with hate, just like Satan acts like.

    This explains why some atheists viciously attack the faithful with the scriptures, because they do NOT have FAITH in Christ.The atheist/general unbeliever does not wanna hear that. This type of atheist is led purely by his vengeful, & selfish motives, strictly out to condemn, & attack. Condemn, & attack. Condemn, & attack –. Where do these feelings or pride & vengeance come from? I’ll tell you, where: They come from Satan, & the demon(s) that serve Satan, in the heavenlies. They operate contrary to the doctrines of the living God, & they hate God. To get back at Him for throwing them out of heaven for their rebellion. As a result, Satan & his fallen angels ALWAYS come against us, with all kinds of hateful behaviors, which explains the wicked behavior that I have just mentioned in here.

    Satan is responsible for pride, covetousness, hate, & the lusts of the flesh. There is NO truth in him, as a lot of people tend to feel otherwise, but see, a lot of people purely don’t care — like I used to not care as a teenager, & as a rebellious individual, up until the point when I humbled my heart & came to Him in prayer to ask Him, for forgiveness & to help me by coming into my life.

    As another example, a lot of atheists claim that “Jesus Christ was a liar.” LOL – Oh, really? He was, huh? OK … Firstly, Jesus Christ never lied. How do I know? He never gave an exact day or an exact time as to when something was going to happen. He was blemishless; Tell me something … as an example … assuming that JC was a “liar,” according the wicked & the unsaved soul, why did He not charge anybody when He fed all those thousands of people bread & fish? Why did He not charge the poor people money, after He healed them of their ailments? Y!! Tell me that, O atheist. See, you wickedly cast blames upon the blemishless deity of Christ, but you are too afraid to answer that question.

    Tell me something else … where again, do these feelings of pride, hate & resentment come from? WHERE? From who???? As I am led by the Holy Spirit, who are you led by, without faith in Him, in this spiritual war to which you are always demanding “proof?” Lol – Faith is not something to be seen, but it is something that God has to impart to the spiritually-blinded individual. But see, after the spiritually-blinded individual has been TOLD of how to gain faith in Him as I have clearly mentioned above, then you are held to accountability, to act upon softening up your heart, & humbling yourself to come to Him in prayer. That’s the way that it works, atheist. In MATTHEW 4:10, it mentions JC telling Satan:

    10 “Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan!
    For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your
    God, and Him only you shall serve.’””

    Jesus Christ told people about their sin, like the Pharisees, & told them why they are wicked, did He not? He told of how to pray. He mentioned where people would go, if they die in their sins. He spoke of hell, more than He did of heaven. Look it up; it’s all throughout the New Testament. I go with the NKJV variant. There are other variants out there, but a lot of them sound pretty watered down, to me, & are not comfortable in trusting a lot of them.

    Am I “Perfect?”

    The 1 thing that I want to make absolutely clear in this blog, is that … I AM NOT perfect. I am a rebelling soul, who has been made righteous by Jesus forgiving me of my past sins … things that I did as a result in rebelling against God my whole accountable adult life, since I became a teenager. Believe it or not, I still make mistakes – just like you do. I feel lustful sometimes, just like you do … I also have trouble with my language sometimes, — just like you do! Not one person, is perfect, without blemish. No one, but Him. The anointed One whom God sent down to pay the price for the sins of the wicked — of wicked people like me, & you.

    He has imparted to me His Holy Spirit, & has changed my heart from being full of selfish, hateful & murdering thoughts, to a forgiving, loving & kind heart & soul. This soothing transition, are fruits of the Holy Spirit. I have experience it first hand, so yer hearing this from a former unsaved Jew.

    The reason why a lot of us feel so compelled to share the gospel of peace with everyone much to the atheist’s dismay, is because a lot of us, are led by the Holy Spirit. As a result, His Spirit has given us boldness, inner-peace, & a stable mind, as well as the urgent feelings to go out, & to tell others of the miracles that were performed in our lives by Him. That explains that. I never had these feelings to do this before I got saved under the blood of Jesus Christ, but it has taken literally a miracle to get me t osee the truth of who He is, & has caused me to buy into whut the bible mentions in it’s entirety.

    In A Nut Shell

    See, now that the whole situation has been explained to you as the unbeliever, what steps are you going to now take to change your life, & experience the same miracle-working actions by the Holy Spirit, that I have? cutting & pasting all kinds of scripture proves absolutely nothing to anyone, but how you’re able to do it with your keyboard. Let me ask you something, atheist … While you do this, are you going over the rest of the bible, as well, or are you just purely being a dishonest snake, & plucking ou at random, & shoving it down our throats, crying how Jesus Christ was a “liar’? I’ll tell you something, unbeliever, anyone who participates in such wicked assumptions of the blemishless One whom God sent down for your own benefit, is nothing more than a liar himself. — By your very nature. No one can make you believe, or give you some type of “concrete proof” as you so demand. Tell me something, if you sit in a chair blindly without looking behind you, why do you not look behind your back, to make sure that you actually physically see it? You feel it, to pull it closer to you, right? — YOU FEEL IT. Now to make a further excuse as as to why you should not believe in Him, a lot of you will claim, well, we see it first! Lol – Good point. Lol Faith is not something to be seen, but to be FELT. F-E-L-T. It’s going to take a miracle for you, to have a changed heart, for only He is the One who can perform this. No one else.

    Thank you much, for taking out your time to read my blog on this matter. May the Lord be with you all, & guide your paths.

    Sincerely,

    Andrew Friedman

    DELTA_flt.1189@yahoo.com

    Andrew Friedman says:
    February 19, 2009 at 7:50 am
    Introduction to the Book of Proverbs
    by Roger Hahn

    Edited by Andrew Friedman

    The books of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon are often called Wisdom Literature by biblical scholars. These books plus certain psalms (called wisdom psalms) share a common perspective and poetic form. In the Roman Catholic Old Testament the books of the Wisdom of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus or the Wisdom of Sirach are also part of the Wisdom Literature (see Canons of the Hebrew Bible). Other Jewish writings from the Intertestamental Period (450 BC to the birth of Jesus) have similar interests and are considered part of a wisdom tradition or wisdom school of thought.

    Old Testament theologians usually identify three major approaches to spirituality in the Old Testament. The prophets brought a direct word from God that often conflicted with the institutional form of worship. The priests ordered the services of the temple and administered the sacrificial system. As part of the larger Levitical family they corresponded to what we now call the professional clergy. The third way of relating to God was through wisdom. This approach dealt more with the matters of everyday life and how to survive and be successful in the business of living. The key person was the sage or wise man or wise woman. These were lay leaders whose insight and perspective were valued resources for people in need of counsel and direction (see The Character of Wisdom).

    This three-fold way of relating to God is reflected in Jeremiah 18:18 where the parenthetical remark is made, “for instruction shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet.” Second Samuel 14:2-20 describes David’s search for counsel from a wise woman. Second Samuel 16:15-17:14 describes the process by which counsel from different wise men was evaluated and used by Absalom. References to the wise as a group of spiritual leaders in Israel can be found in various places within the Wisdom Literature itself..

    The fact that prophets, priests, and sages represented three different and sometimes even conflicting ways to relate to God should be helpful to us.. The prophets, priests, and sages seemed to communicate most successfully to different types of personalities. God seemed to understand that different kinds of people would respond to him in different ways, needing different structures. The way of wisdom provided a very common sense, down-to-earth way of understanding one’s spiritual life. Wisdom literature especially communicates with people who need only a few, well-chosen words. People trained in the prophetic model of revelation from God are often frustrated with the spiritual insights of the wise. The sages seem too down-to-earth and practical to be spiritual. From the priestly perspective the wise men and women did not seem to be organized and structured enough to be effective. But God provided different ways of knowing himself for different kinds of people and did not try to force everyone into the same model of spirituality.

    People today may respond to the wisdom literature differently according to their personality and training. Wisdom Literature often frustrates people who love the heavy-duty theology of Isaiah or Paul. Some of them even call the Wisdom material secular because it deals so much with life on earth. Other people who have been frustrated by theological intricacies often love Proverbs and other wisdom sayings. They like the simple, bottom line summaries of what pleases God. Regardless of our personality type and the way we individually might respond to the Wisdom literature, we can rejoice that God has included it in the great variety of kinds of Scripture to meet the needs of different people.

    The Background of Wisdom Literature
    Two important streams of influence have shaped the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. Because wisdom material is down-to-earth and everyday much of it springs from the observations of insightful people. They observe life and summarize it in short and to-the-point observations. Their observations are repeated and become sayings that are passed along by word of mouth. This is sometimes called folk wisdom. There is evidence of a vast amount of oral folk wisdom that was available in the various nations of the ancient Near East.

    However, the wisdom material we know about moved from the oral form to written form. Somebody (actually many people) collected the wisdom sayings, organized them, and wrote them down for us to read. In the nations of the ancient Near East the people who could research, organize, and write such material were usually part of the king’s court. Hired to provide records and administrative resources these wise people also collected proverbs and wise sayings and put them in the written form we know today. This is often called court wisdom.

    Folk wisdom and court wisdom do not need to be considered rivals or in opposition to each other. Generally speaking they represent two different stages in the development of wisdom sayings. (Court wisdom can also produce its own observations and then organize and write them down.) The patterns of folk and court wisdom can be found in the history of several nations in the Near East… Babylonian and Egyptian wisdom literature has been found to reflect concerns and even sayings similar to the Old Testament wisdom material. Comparison has often suggested some kind of relationship between the wisdom literature of the Bible and that of Egypt. The Bible itself provides the information for a likely explanation.

    The Old Testament reveals a strong connection between Solomon and Wisdom Literature. Solomon has often been considered the author of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon although close analysis of those books suggests otherwise. Also, the deutero-canonical book of the Wisdom of Solomon found in Roman Catholic Old Testaments is ascribed to Solomon although the evidence shows that it much later.

    First Kings 3:5-28 and 4:29-34 emphasize Solomon’s wisdom and 1 Kings 4:32 attributes 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs to Solomon. The structural outline of the book of Proverbs shows that Solomon not only wrote proverbs but also inspired others to write and collect proverbs. First Kings 4:1-28, the passage between the two descriptions of Solomon’s wisdom, deals with his administration. Root words and patterns suggest that Solomon imported scribes and administrators from Egypt to help him set up and administrate the great kingdom that he had been given. Since such administrative assistants in Egypt would have been involved in the court wisdom process there, it is likely that they are the ones who began collecting proverbs. Thus Solomon appointed the people who would do the secretarial and organization work that lies behind the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. From a Hebrew perspective that made those books, the books of Solomon.

    The Concerns of Wisdom Literature
    The Old Testament uses the word “wisdom” to refer to any educated discipline or skillful performance. The word was used in Isaiah 10:13 for successful military leadership. The Hebrew word appears in Exodus 35:26 to describe skill in turning goat’s hair into cloth. Exodus 28:3 then uses the word for the skill required to tailor cloth into clothing, while Exodus 31:1-5 uses it several times for metalworking and carpentry skills. The Hebrew word for wisdom is used in Psalm 107:27 apparently to refer to navigational skill. The context speaks of stormy seas and the second line of verse 27 literally states, “all their wisdom was swallowed up.” Modern translations translate, “they were at their wits’ end.” Deuteronomy 34:9 describes Joshua as full of the spirit of wisdom which appears to mean that he possessed the skills, gifts, and knowledge to become the political leader of Israel.

    Beyond the skills and training of specialized people, the Old Testament speaks of wisdom as skill in life. In this sense the wisdom tradition and the wise men and women were the ancient ancestors of modern social and natural scientists. They observed behavior patterns and tried to describe predictable results. Whether the marriage relationship, parenting skills, work habits, or interpersonal relationship patterns, the wisdom literature comments on which habits will produce which results. Thus concepts that modern psychologists, sociologists, and economists are “discovering” via the scientific method may well appear in simple form in the proverbs. The wise were people who paid attention to how life works and they expressed their observations in proverb form.

    The earliest form of Hebrew natural science was conducted in the wisdom tradition… The Song of Solomon is full of observations of nature. Though sexual love is the central theme of the Song, numerous comparisons and illustrations are drawn from nature. The author had obviously spent many hours studying both plant and animal life. Proverbs 30 has several numerical proverbs built around the predictable patterns of animal life. Whether ants, locusts, or lions the wise author has noticed the patterns that God through nature has built into the various animals. The argument of Job 37-41 can only be framed and understood by a person who has spent hours contemplating the mysteries of nature.

    At some stage in Israel’s history the sages moved beyond observations about life to observations about wisdom itself. The most noticeable example of this is the personification of Wisdom. In Proverbs 1-9, wisdom is portrayed several times as an attractive woman whose charms should be welcomed. The Lady Wisdom is contrasted to the dangerous prostitute as a safe companion. Proverbs 8:22-31 also personifies Wisdom as a companion of God at the time of creation. This personification of wisdom, especially associated with God in creation, is developed further in the apocryphal books of the Wisdom of Solomon and the Wisdom of Sirach.

    Most New Testament scholars believe that early Christians drew from the language of Proverbs 8, Wisdom of Solomon, and Wisdom of Sirach to describe the role of Christ as a pre-existent partner in creation. This “Wisdom Christology” as it is called can be found in John 1:1-4 and Colossians 1:15-18. This should not be understood as a prophecy of Christ – after all the personified Wisdom of Proverbs and the apocryphal books is feminine. However, the personified Wisdom does show God at work. Even in the Old Testament wisdom tradition he prepared concepts and phrases that would help the earliest Jewish Christians express the deity of Christ.

    The Forms of Wisdom Literature
    Almost all the Wisdom Literature is written in the style of Hebrew poetry. The book of Proverbs is completely in poetic form and most of Job, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon are also. Traditional English poetry is characterized by rhythm and the rhyming of final words of lines. Translation of rhymed poetry into another language is almost impossible. However, Hebrew poetry was not built on rhyming words but on parallel ideas. The technical term is parallelism (see Parallelism in Hebrew Writing). Hebrew poetry is constructed of two lines with some pre-designed relationship between each line. The most common form is called synonymous parallelism. In this form the second line repeats the idea of the first line, but uses different words. Proverbs 5:3 provides a good example:

    “The lips of a loose woman drip honey,
    and her speech is smoother than oil.”

    There are many variations on the basic synonymous parallelism pattern. Often the second line will repeat the basic idea of the first line but amplify in some new direction. An example can be found in

    Proverbs 4:1:

    “Listen, children, to a father’s instruction
    and be attentive, that you may gain insight.”

    Sometimes the second line provides the logical consequence of the first line as happens in Proverbs

    26:4:

    “Do not answer fools according to their folly,
    or you will be a fool yourself.”

    Another very common form of parallelism contrasts the first and second lines. This is called antithetic parallelism. The second line frequently begins with the word but as the example of

    Proverbs 10:1 shows:

    “A wise child makes a glad father,
    but a foolish child is a mother’s grief.”

    Such contrasting ideas can also be presented by use of words with opposite meaning without using the disjunctive “but” to begin the second line.

    The variations and combinations of these basic forms of parallelism offer the opportunity for fascinating analysis in the Wisdom Literature. We are able to see dedicated thinkers offering their creative ways of constructing parallelism to the Lord and to the community of faith.

    Hebrew poetry also frequently shows patterns of rhythm. The rhythmic meter cannot be translated into English. However, the poetic genius of parallelism can be translated into any language. That is one of the special blessings of Hebrew poetry. Since parallelism of ideas is the basic feature it can be translated into any language when rhyming words cannot be.

    The speakers and writers of the Wisdom material also use several other specific literary forms. Many proverbs are constructed in the “better than” format. Proverbs 15:17 is a typical example:

    “Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is
    than a fatted ox and hatred with it.”

    Many proverbs are constructed with the words “like” or “as” to show comparison. Proverbs 11:22 is a biting example:

    “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
    is a beautiful woman without good sense.”

    The Wisdom writers also used acrostics and alphabetic constructions, although translators usually have no way of showing such Hebrew artistry. Commands, prohibitions, and instructive speeches are also illustrative of the literary creativity of the Wisdom Literature. Since such craftsmanship with words is found almost continuously throughout the poetic books, but infrequently in the Old Testament narratives, it cannot be explained simply by claiming inspiration. (Why did God only inspire one set of books to be so poetic?) What we see is the loving, devoted creativity of the sages offering God and Israel the best literary work they can produce. The content of wisdom writers is important and profound but the literary forms represent a special love for God that works patiently with words and ideas until the most beautiful and effective way of expressing the content is achieved. The wisdom writers worshipped God with their minds!

    The Structure of Proverbs
    The book of Proverbs takes its title from the first word in the Hebrew text which is usually translated as “proverbs.” That word, mashal, is a general Hebrew term for any kind of verbal comparison. It would describe the parable Nathan used to confront David in 2 Samuel 12:1-7. Similes, allegories, wisecracks, sermons, one-liners, proverbs, maxims, announcements, and even doctrinal revelations could be described as mashalim (plural in Hebrew for mashal). Most of the mashal in the book of Proverbs are two-line sayings in the form of one of the parallelisms mentioned above. Often three- and four-line sayings are put together with some combination of parallelisms. These two- to four-line sayings tend to be independent of each other. That is, they can be taken out of the context and they can stand alone as an observation about life. (This is the way most people use the proverbs of Proverbs.) However, longer speeches, exhortations, and poems can be found in the book of Proverbs.

    The book of Proverbs is a collection of collections of proverbs. Individual proverbs are units of from one to three verbs. The book is obviously a collection of individual proverbs. However, by both structure and headings it is clear that several collections of proverbs were made and that either all or parts of those collections were combined to produce the book we have. The book itself states that several authors contributed. Solomon (10:1), Agur (30:1), and Lemuel (31:1) are specifically named. Twice (22:17 and 24:23) the wise (or wise men) are named as the source of some of the proverbs.

    The following divisions reflect the separate sections that the book of Proverbs itself identifies. Each section represents a collection of proverbs and the book took final form when these collections were collected.

    Title and Introduction
    1:1-7

    Instructions and Speeches
    1:8-9:18

    Proverbs of Solomon
    10:1-22:16

    Words of Wise Men
    22:17-24:22

    More Words of Wise Men
    24:23-34

    More Proverbs of Solomon Collected by Hezekiah’s Men
    25:1-29:27

    Word of Agur
    30:1-33

    Words of King Lemuel
    31:1-9

    Acrostic Poem on the Ideal Wife
    31:10-31

    It is impossible to date the final form of the book of Proverbs with any certainty. The sections that go back to Solomon would come from the period 960-920 BC. Proverbs 25:1 describes one collection as being made by the men of King Hezekiah. We have no way of knowing whether they wrote down proverbs that had been passed along orally or if they edited a larger written collection of proverbs to distill our the ones that appear now in the book. In either case that portion of the book would come from the period near 700 BC. We have no idea of who Agur and King Lemuel were and thus no idea of the date of the composition of those sections.

    The first seven verses provide the book title and an introduction stating the purposes. The first large section consists of Proverbs 1:8-9:18 which contains twelve speeches often called “instructions.” These speeches follow a pattern that was common in the ancient Near East. They frequently use the second person (you) in a command (imperative) form. These verbs are common: give heed, trust, honor, avoid, put away, give, go, and listen. An instruction is usually addressed to a student or student who is called “my son” or “sons.” These speeches are composed of combinations of proverbs but form longer units of thought designed to teach a single lesson.

    The twelve instructions prepare for the second major section, the proverbs of Solomon found in 10:1-22:16. Most of the material in this section consists of two-line proverbs. These proverbs may be connected by a key word but there is no development of thought in a logical progression. Though these proverbs jump from subject to subject, each provides a specific example of the truth already presented in 1:8-9:18.

    The next two sections of Proverbs are brief: The Words of Wise Men in 22:17-24:22 and More Words of Wise Men in 24:23-34. Here the format is different from either of the two preceding sections. Individual verses are shaped into two- to four-line proverbs but there is subject development without the use of the instruction-speech format. The most intriguing thing about the Words of the Wise Men is that the teaching here appears to be almost copied from an Egyptian wisdom writing known as the Teaching of Amenemope. Some have felt compelled to argue that Amenemope borrowed from the book of Proverbs. However, both the literary logic and archaeological evidence makes it clear that the Bible writer borrowed and edited the material of Amenemope.

    Proverbs 25-29, the next major section, returns to the style of 10:1-22:16. Individual proverbs with little or no logical connections compose all but 27:23-27. There is special emphasis on creation and the animal world in chapters 25-27. Chapters 28-29 emphasize social and legal problems. The poor and correct behavior for a king is the main subjects.

    The final three sections are brief. The Words of Agur use numerical sayings and riddles in chapter 30. The Words of King Lemuel are a series of commands and prohibitions dealing with women, drinking, and justice. The final part of chapter 31 is an anonymous acrostic poem on the virtuous woman.

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