Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dig Deep: Living and Active, Sharper Than Any Two-Edged Sword

The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous,
And the unfaithful for the upright
. (Proverbs 21:18. NKJV.)

I do not know why I'm so amazed at what I find in God's word. It honestly covers everything!

Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
Than in a house with a contentious woman
. (Proverbs 21:9. NKJV.)

Ooh, wow. Thank you, Lord, for that bit of wisdom. I pray I am not...and NEVER will be...a "contentious" woman!

A disreputable witness scorns justice,
And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity
. (Proverbs 19:28. NKJV.)

A man of great wrath will suffer punishment;
For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again
. (Proverbs 19:19. NKJV.)

Better to dwell in the wilderness,
Than with a contentious and angry woman
. (Proverbs 21:19. NKJV.)

And I could not help but be amused by a tactic Paul uses in Acts 23. After the high priest Ananias commanded Paul be "struck on the mouth" (an illegal act of a mob's beating) Paul addressed the counsel which he "perceived" was made up of "one part Sadducees and the other Pharisees".

Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial." 7 And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. 9Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, "We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?" 10 And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks
. (Acts 23:6-10. ESV.)

Creating a disagreement, Paul was able to get out of the pickle in which he found himself and into protective custody away from his accusers.

Not entertained or astonished by God's word? Dig deeper! Or, as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) said, "...throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12. ESV.)
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