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Wisdom Applied To Our Lives….

SIH HALTAL ICON…Equips Us For Faithful Service

That thou mayest walk in the way of good [men], and keep the paths of the righteous.  For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.  But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. (Proverbs 2:20-22)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 2:20-22

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Benefits Of Possessing Wisdom – Equips For Faithful Service:  

Prov 2:20-22 

20) That thou mayest walk in the way of good [men], and keep the paths of the righteous.

21) For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

22) But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

INTRODUCTION:

As we close this chapter of Solomon’s teaching (vs 20-22), he gets to the “bottom line” of all he has said so far.  Wisdom enables us to come to Christ for salvation and then to serve our Lord faithfully while gaining eternity with Him.  These are the ultimate and undeniable blessings that God’s wisdom brings to all who possess it….

EXPOSITION:

20) That thou mayest walk in the way of good [men], and keep the paths of the righteous.
The blessings of wisdom include:

1.  Our lifestyle will follow that of upright, helpful men. (Salvation and faithful service to the Lord.)
2.  Our motive will be to protect the way of truth. (Spreading the gospel and promoting holy lifestyles.)
The blessings of wisdom affect our life of service on earth.

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.”  (3 John 1:11)

21) For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

3.  The upright (those who keep God’s laws) will be the exclusive inhabitants of the New Earth
4.  The perfect (those who are forgiven and justified) will dwell there eternally.
The blessings of wisdom will affect our eternal existance.

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:12)

22) But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
In comparison, those who have rejected wisdom:

1.  The wicked (unlawful, ungodly) will be separated from the New Earth.
2.  The transgressors (deceitful, veiled) will be taken forcibly from God’s presence in eternity.
The rejection of wisdom holds eternal consequences as well.

Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is] peace.  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalms 37:37-38)

SUMMARY:

May we always keep our mind on the goal for which we are living…. to glorify God in our lives, sharing Him with others through our lifestyle, words, and our actions.  The apprehension and application of wisdom is a key factor to the successful completion of our goal.

As we look back at the entire chapter we can see that Solomon has, once again, made a very strong case for the need to obtain the wisdom of Almighty God…

1. The Need To Properly Value the Wisdom Of God (1-4)
2.  The Result of Wisdom In Our Life:  The Blessings Of God (5-9)
3.  The Result of Wisdom In Our Life:  Safety From Worldy Influences: (10-19)
—–A.  The Influence Of Wickedness (10-15)
—–B.  The Influence Of Temptations (16-19)
4.  The Result of Wisdom In Our Life: Successful Service For Christ (20-22)

Without Godly wisdom our service to the Lord suffers, we are left open to the many sinful influences of the world as we attempt to serve Him of our own human wisdom.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Marriage Divorce and Remarriage Part 1 of 6 Part Series

SIH STSTA ICON

The Nature Of The Marriage Covenant

Malachi 2:13-16 (KJV)

13) And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth [it] with good will at your hand.  14) Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet [is] she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.  15) And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.  16) For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for [one] covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. 

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Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage (1) : The Marriage Covenant

SIH STSTA ICONMal 2:13-16 (KJV)

13) And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth [it] with good will at your hand.  14) Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet [is] she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.  15) And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.  16) For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for [one] covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.  

As one of the most important institutions that the Lord established, marriage is a very important subject that Christians need to understand and honor.  In this series we will be looking at:

  1. What we need to know about marriage to understand divorce.
  2. The definition, allowance and purpose of divorce and allowance of remarriage.
  3. The Biblical grounds for divorce (fornication).
  4. The Biblical grounds for divorce (loss of favour).
  5. The Biblical grounds for divorce (departure).
  6. A Summary Of Our Study and Closing Thoughts

Please understand, for this study we will only be looking at information that is pertinent to the subject of marriage and divorce.  Since marriage and the family is such a large subject we cannot begin to cover all aspects of the marriage union in this study.  Therefore, other subjects concerning marriage will be covered at another time.

Also, this series of blog postings do not begin to cover every verse in the Bible that touches on the subject of marriage and divorce.  To try to cover all the verses involving marriage and divorce would lead to a multi-part posting of maybe 40 or 50 parts.  So, once again, please understand I will be covering just a few representative verses on this subject to cover the basic principles concerning marriage and divorce.

If, after the series is completed you have questions about any individual verse I have not covered I’ll be glad to answer, to the best of my ability, any question you may have. Please feel free to ask them in a comment on the blog or by email at settledinheaven@gmail.com

Also, for those who have questions about same sex-marriage, please see my blog posting entitled “Same-Sex Marriage: What does the Bible say?” for a more complete study on that subject.

Let’s begin our study by looking at what we need to know about marriage to understand the Biblical teachings on divorce.

THE SCRIPTURES:

Mal 2:14;  Gen 2:21-24;  Eph 5:25-29;  Gen 2:18-20

THE STUDY:

What do we need to know about marriage to understand the Bible’s teachings on divorce? 

What is marriage? 

Lets’ being our study by looking at Malachi 2:14, here, we find the nature of the marital union being described…

Mal 2:14 – Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

What is marriage?

1.  It is a covenant relationship between the marital couple.  In other words, marriage is a covenant (or a promise, or a contract) that is made between the marital parties.  The groom promises the bride that he will do certain things for her and the wife promises the husband she will do certain things for him.
2.  The Lord is the witness to the covenant that is established between the man and the wife.  In other words, the Lord sees that the covenant is made and will hold both parties responsible to keep the marital agreement.  Although He is not a party to the agreement, because He is a witness to the agreement, He can enforce the agreement and punish those who do not keep the agreement.

If we understand that marriage is a covenant relationship between fallen human beings we also can know that it is a conditional covenant.  In other words, covenants made between men, because of their sinful, fallen condition can be broken.  If men were sinless the marital covenant would be kept perfectly and remain enforce until death.  But because men are fallen, at times the marital covenant is broken.  This is the reason why divorce is allowed.  If it were impossible to break the marital covenant there could be no divorce under any circumstances.

This principle is why an covenant that is made between God and man is permanent by nature.  God will never break His part of the covenant, therefore, man will always be obligated to keep any covenant that is made with God.

Let’s look at another set of verses that expand on the nature of the marital covenant in Gen 2:21-24…

Gen 2:21-24  And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;  (22)  And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.  (23)  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  (24)  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Here the marital union is said to be:

a cleaving – to be bound together, to be joined – this describes the TYPE of relationship

1.  they are bound together as if they are now one
2.  they are to look upon each other as if they are themselves
3.  therefore by helping their spouse they are helping themselves
4.  therefore what affects their spouse will affect them
5.  therefore they will be sharing every aspect of their life with each other

a one flesh relationship – united persons, unified being – this describes the RESULT of the union…

1.  it is the joining of two individuals into one cohesive unit
2.  they are to be united in spiritual beliefs
3.  they are to be united emotionally
4.  they are to united in purpose
5.  they are to be united in presence
6.  they are to be united physically
7.  they are to be united in concerns of life
8.  they are to united in goals
9.  they are to united in desires

Please notice all the above clearly indicates that the marital union was MEANT to be a permanent union.  However, there is nothing in the above that says that the marital union IS permanent…

Mat 19:3-9  … (5)  And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  (6)  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.  (7)  They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?  (8)  He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so….

Although God desires for the marital union to be permanent, the marital covenant can be brought to an end. In the above verses He does not say “man cannot put asunder”, he says “let not man put asunder” In other words, although the marital union SHOULD NOT BE broken, it CAN BE broken.

What are the basic obligations of a marital covenant? 

The obligations of a marital covenant are similar, but not identical, between men and women.

The man’s duties in the marital covenant are summarized in Eph 5:25-29…

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  (26)  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  (27)  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  (28)  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  (29)  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

If we summarize the above verses we see a three-fold obligation that is placed upon the man in the marital covenant:…

to love – self-sacrificial love –

1.  he is to be willing to sacrifice himself for her wellbeing
2.  he is to constantly put her first ALWAYS working for her good even at his expense

to nourish – to pamper, to protect, to allow to mature and grow –

1.  he is to care for her physical needs (food, clothing, shelter)
2.  he is to work towards her growth and maturity spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically by helping her to achieve her goals and desires
3.  he is to help her thrive

to cherish – to brood and supply warmth –

1.  he is to meet her needs of physical and emotional intimacy,
2.  he is to watch over and protect her physically and through counsel and service
3.  he is to be physically present with her (how else can he meet her intimacy needs and protect her?)
4.  he is to not abuse her physically or emotionally (how can he protect her if he is abusing her?  How can he help her to thrive if he is abusing her?  How can he love her sacrificially if he is abusing her?)
5.  he is to protect her reputation and public testimony
6.  he is to honor her as a weaker vessel

(Other verses that establish the above: Ex 21:10-11, 1 Cor 7:1-6, Deut 22:13-21, 1 Pet 3:7)

The woman’s duties in the marital covenant are summarized in Gen 2:18-20…

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.  (19)  And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.  (20)  And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

As we study the above verses we can see two main obligations placed upon the woman in the marital covenant….

To be a “help meet” for the man – to correspond with, to fulfill, to meet shortcomings, to be suitable

1.  To fulfill areas of shortcoming for man.  Where husband is weak she is to step in and meet needs.
2.  To have complimentary abilities and talents, being able to accomplish what her husband is unable to accomplish
3.  To love her husband and family (shown by her submission and reverence)
4.  To be willing to sacrifice herself for the benefit of her family and husband

To be a companion for the man (to eliminate his being alone) – to be at ones side, to stand together with, to serve alongside, to aid

1.  To be intimate physically and emotionally
2.  To be physically present (How can she be at his side and stand with him if she is not physically present.)
3.  Recognize husband’s position of responsibility before God for actions of entire family.  And therefore work in harmony to bring about God’s will in the entire family.

—-She will be submissive to the husband’s requests to obey the Lord in her life and her children’s lives. She will not be submissive to her husband’s requests that would lead her to go against the Lord’s will for herself or her family.

—-She will lead a modest life desiring for her life to draw attention to her Lord and not herself.

To be unified in desires with her husband

1.  She is to work towards his growth and maturity spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically by helping him to achieve his goals and desires
2.  She is to watch over and protect him through counsel and supportive actions
3.  She is to not abuse him physically or emotionally (how can she protect him and aid him through abuse?  How can she love him sacrificially if she is abusing him?)
4.  She is to protect his reputation and public testimony

(Other verses that establish the above:1 Cor 7:1-6, Eph 5:22-23, 33, 1 Ptr 3:1-6)

SUMMARY:

What we have seen so far can be summarized as follows:

  1. Marriage is a covenant relationship
  2. The parties of the covenant are the husband and wife
  3. God is the witness to the making of the covenant, He is not a party in the covenant
  4. God as witness will hold each party accountable to keep the promise they made to each other.
  5. Marriage is described as a “cleaving” and a “one-flesh” relationship
  6. Both of these descriptions imply a closeness, unity and intimacy between the couple
  7. The marriage union SHOULD NOT BE broken by man but CAN BE broken by man.
  8. Man’s responsibility in a marriage union can be summarized as “to love” and “to nourish” and “to cherish” the wife
  9. Woman’s responsibility in a marriage union can be summarized as “to be a help meet” and “to be a companion” to the husband.

As we continue our study we need to try to remember the above points about marriage.  In our next lesson we will be looking at God’s teachings on divorce.

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Saturday Scripture

SIH HALTAL ICONWhat Would We Do Without The Lord?

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.  (Psalms 68:19)

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Making It Plain: “Christology” = The Study of The Anointed One (Jesus)

SIH TOTT ICONChristology comes from two Greek words:
1. “christos” which means “Messiah” or “The Anointed One”
2. “logos” which means “word concerning, to discuss, to study”.

This term is not used in the Scriptures.

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (John 5:39)

Wisdom Applied To Our Lives …

SIH TOTT ICONResults In Protection From The Seduction of Worldly Teachings

To deliver thee from the strange woman, [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words;  Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.  For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.  None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. (Proverbs 2:16-18)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 2:12-19 (2)

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Benefits Of Possessing Wisdom – (4) Safety From Evil Influences: Prov 2:16-19 

16) To deliver thee from the strange woman, [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words;

17) Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

18) For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

19) None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

 

INTRODUCTION:

Our look at wisdom’s protection against the evil influences of the world continues by looking at another type of temptation that God’s people face…

EXPOSITION:

16) To deliver thee from the strange woman,
What is an example of an evil, worldly, influence that opposes the cause of Christ?  Those who are foreigners to God’s kingdom and estranged from His family.   The evil teachings and influences of the world are pictured here as a woman, symbolically describing the seductive nature of the influences of this world.  Wisdom will “snatch us away” from the attractive messages of this fallen world.

“The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.”  (Proverbs 12:26)

Note: Proverbs DOES NOT picture women in a derogatory way.  A woman is used as a picture of wisdom as well, pointing to her usefulness and desirability for men. (Prov 7:4-5 etc). Whenever a woman is mentioned in Proverbs it is not in any way to defame or discredit women… the symbolism is always used in the context of the man/woman relationship and is a reflection on the nature and characteristics of the man as much as the woman.

The characteristics of those who are separated from God and His people are…

[even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words;
1.  using smooth, appropriate words to entice.
Worldly influences tell people what they want to hear.

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”   (Romans 16:18)

 

17) Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
2.  walking away from their governors who raised and taught her when young.
3.  is insensible to the responsibilities given to her by God.
Sinful guidance leads others to leave behind the Godly influences that touch their lives.

Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.  Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.  Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou [art] the guide of my youth?”  (Jeremiah 3:2-4)

18) For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
4.  those personally acquainted with her have submitted themselves to ruin.
5.  they follow the way of those who have suffered  physical and eternal spiritual death.
Following the ways of the world will only lead to harm and death.

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death.  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”  (Romans 6:20-22)

19) None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
6.  the effects of following the ways of the world can never be entirely undone.
7.  the guidance of the world will never lead a person to the things of God.

Following evil influences of the world has permanent affects and will never lead its followers to the truth.

But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.  So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: [and] they walked in their own counsels.  Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, [and] Israel had walked in my ways!”   (Psalms 81:11-13)

SUMMARY:

May we always be aware of the seductive nature of evil influences of the fallen world and its grave results on our lives.  All the more reason to seek God’s wisdom, retain it, and apply it.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Wisdom Applied To Our Lives….

SIH HALTAL ICONResults In Protection From The Influences of Evil Men

To deliver thee from the way of the evil [man], from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;  Who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight in the frowardness of the wicked;  Whose ways [are] crooked, and [they] froward in their paths: (Proverbs 2:12-15)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 2:12-19 (1)

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Benefits Of Possessing Wisdom – (3) Safety From Evil Influences:  Prov 2:12-15 

12) To deliver thee from the way of the evil [man], from the man that speaketh froward things;

13) Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

14) Who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight in the frowardness of the wicked;

15) Whose ways [are] crooked, and [they] froward in their paths:

 

INTRODUCTION:

In our previous devotional, we saw that the Lord’s blessings of protection could be had by learning and applying His teachings of wisdom.  One of the most significant areas of divine protection involves keeping us from the evil influences in the world.  In our next two installments, we will be looking at this wonderful protection that is afforded to us through the application of wisdom…

EXPOSITION:

12) To deliver thee from the way of the evil [man],
What is an example of an evil, worldly, influence that opposes the cause of Christ?  Men who are morally wicked and harmful to the spiritual well- being of others.

Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept [me from] the paths of the destroyer.  Hold up my goings in thy paths, [that] my footsteps slip not.”  (Psalms 17:4-5)

Characteristics of these men include…

 from the man that speaketh froward things;
1.  speaking with an intent to defraud others (to deceive others for personal gain)
Their lifestyle centers upon selfishness.

For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.None calleth for justice, nor [any] pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.   They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.” (Isaiah 59:3-5)

13) Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
2.  departing from the way of integrity and morality (do not live honest, upright lives nor keep God’s laws)
3.  choosing a lifestyle of sinful attitudes, motives and submission to the instructions of the powers of darkness.
Their lifestyle follows a path of opposition to the Lord’s revealed will.

They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.  The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.  The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth [his] face.  In the dark they dig through houses, [which] they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.”   (Job 24:13-16)

14) Who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
4.  finding encouragement and inward happiness by willfully disobeying God
5.  outwardly displaying their pleasure in the stubborn twisting of God’s laws for personal gain
Their lifestyle is motivated by carnal happiness.  This happiness is not spiritually fulfilling, but on a carnal level does exist and encourages their continued wickedness.

“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”  (Romans 1:32)

15) Whose ways [are] crooked, and [they] froward in their paths:
6.  their life’s road is bent, twisted and  a perversion of what life was designed to be by God.
7.  their life’s road is motivated by a desire to selfishly profit from others.
Their lifestyle perverts God’s design for life.

“They have corrupted themselves, their spot [is] not [the spot] of his children: [they are] a perverse and crooked generation.”  (Deuteronomy 32:5)

SUMMARY:

It is through the wonderful gift of wisdom that the Lord can warn us of those who seek to hurt us; show us the path of avoidance from them; as well as open opportunities of witness to them.   He does all of these through the use of a knowledge of His Word, understanding it and then, applying it to our daily walk.

“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”   (Philippians 2:15)

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Wisdom Applied To Our Lives….

SIH HALTAL ICONGives Us Divine Protection In A Fallen World

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: (Proverbs 2:10-11)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 2:10-11

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Benefits Of Possessing Wisdom – (2) The Lord’s Protection:  Prov 2:10-11 

10) When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

11) Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon will now explain to us one of the great blessings we can receive when we possess Godly wisdom in our lives… protection from the forces of evil we find in this fallen world…

EXPOSITION:

10) When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
We have described two of four assets given to us by God to protect us in the midst of a fallen world…
1.  wisdom – the Hebrew word translated “wisdom” in this text is the word for “skill”.  The basic idea of this word is putting into action that which we know.  It is applying God’s Word to our outward actions.
Wisdom, in the context of spiritual living, is taking what we know of God’s Word and applying it to our actions.
2.  “knowledge – this Hebrew word for “knowledge” speaks of possessed information.  Anytime our senses receive information we are increasing our knowledge.  This can be done through observation, instruction, or experience.  In Solomon’s case, by knowledge, he meant the truths of God that are found in His Word.  These truths can be received through reading, preaching or teaching, or by watching the example of other Godly Christians.

Notice the terms “heart” and “soul”.  It is not enough to possess these things in our “mind” but they must be a living part of our lives… genuine knowledge and wisdom when applied by the Spirit of God, will affect our desires (heart) and our physical life on earth (soul).

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”    (Colossians 3:16)

11) Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
Solomon mentions the other two assets given by God that we keep us safe in this fallen world, “discretion” and “understanding”…
1. “discretion” – it’s Hebrew word of origin carries with it the idea of “planning ahead to achieve a goal”.  Discretion, from the aspect of spiritual living, describes looking ahead and discerning the future results of decisions that we have yet to make.  It is being able to “think through” our options to help us make the best choices.
2. “understanding” – comes from a word with the idea of “to separate and examine the pieces” .  This involves not only possessing a truth but knowing why that truth is so and how it applies to the subject at hand.  A good example of this would be the truth that “God is gracious”.  It is one thing to know this truth it is something else to understand the definition of grace and all the different ways that it affects man. That is understanding grace.

These four gifts (wisdom, knowledge, discretion and understanding) work together in harmony to promote safety in their spiritual walk.  This safety is described as “shall preserve” (to build a hedge) and “shall keep” (to guard).  Application of these four gifts results in a hedge being built around us that acts as a daily protection from the evil that is around us.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].    (Ephesians 5:15-17)

SUMMARY:

Do we want to have a divine hedge of protection built around us as we seek to serve our Lord on earth?  If so, we need to look to the Lord and rely upon Him for the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, discretion and understanding.  As He graces us with these gifts, let us strive to make these an active part of our lives, affecting our desires and outward actions.

Different aspects of all four of these gifts can be found addressed in the book of Proverbs.  What a breathtaking gift it is when He grants us a better understanding of the contents of this wonderful book.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Searching For and Attaining Wisdom Leads To….

SIH HALTAL ICONThe Lord’s Blessings!

Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.  For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.  He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them that walk uprightly.  He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.  Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; [yea], every good path. (Proverbs 1:5-9)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 2:5-9

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Benefits Of Possessing Wisdom – (1) The Lord’s Blessings:  Prov 2:5-9 

5) Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

6) For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.

7) He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

8) He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

9) Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; [yea], every good path.

INTRODUCTION:

For the remaining portions of this chapter, Solomon will be reminding us of the many benefits that are had by those who possess (and apply) the wisdom of God to their lives….
1. The Lord’s blessings – vs 5-9
2. The Lord’s intervention and protection– vs 10-11
3. Keeping us from evil influences of the world – vs 12-19
4. Success in spiritual service – vs 20-22

EXPOSITION:

5) Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
In verses 1-4, we saw that the need to value God’s wisdom and seek it as choice treasure was being emphasized.  Solomon continues by explaining some of the results of the diligent seeking of wisdom.
1.  A greater understanding of the need to honor, reverence and seek to follow His voice in our lives.
2. This greater fear of the Lord is cultivated by a greater understanding of His attributes (strength, wisdom, presence, justice, grace and love) and His works on our behalf (sending His Son, giving us His Word, etc etc).  It is only through these that we will develop a greater appreciation for Him and an acknowledgement to submit ourselves to Him.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:   The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:17-18)

6) For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.
Solomon gives the reminder that Jehovah is the ultimate source for …
1. wisdom – application of truths of God to our everyday lives
2. knowledge – the truths of God revealed in His Word
3. understanding – the ability to discern the various aspects of His truths.

It is through the gracious giving of all three of these that life can be lived in a way that is pleasing in the eyes of God.

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me. (Psalms 119:98)

7) He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
1.  The Lord graciously reserves and safe guards His most important and relevant wisdom for His people.
2. It is then through His wisdom, that He becomes a protection and support for His people.

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me. (Psalms 119:98)

8) He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
1.  The Lord prepares and maintains the path that promotes proper decision making for His people.
2.  He places a hedge about the path upon which His people travel as they make their way in the midst of a fallen world.

The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand.I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.  [He is] ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed [is] blessed.  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.  For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”   (Psalms 37:23-28)

9) Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; [yea], every good path.
Through His intervention, the Lord gives His people insight into…
1. righteousness – following His desires concerning specific issues
2. judgment – proper decision making
3. equity – fairness, even handedness to others
4. every good path – lifestyles that are pleasing to God.

 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”   (Psalms 32:8)

 

 SUMMARY:

Many great blessings can be secured for God’s people if they only look to Him and seek His wisdom that He has freely made accessible to each one of us.  Hows can we expect His blessings if we, on purpose, choose to turn from His instructions and count as valueless His teachings given to us by grace?

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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How Valuable Is Wisdom?

SIH HALTAL ICONOur Life Will Show If The Getting Of Wisdom Is A Priority!

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;  So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply thine heart to understanding;  Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, [and] liftest up thy voice for understanding;  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures; Proverbs 2:1-4

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 2:1-4

SIH TOTT ICON

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Recognizing The Importance Of Wisdom: Pro 2:1-4 

1) My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

2) So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply thine heart to understanding;

3) Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, [and] liftest up thy voice for understanding;

4) If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;

INTRODUCTION:

As we begin chapter two, we will see that Solomon will now explain to us the great value of wisdom for our successful Christian walk.  In the beginning portion of this chapter, he explains that, if we place the proper value on wisdom, it will become a high priority for our lives….

EXPOSITION:

1) My son,
Solomon continues teaching his physical son, as well as others whom he possessed love and concern for their well- being. His teachings will be coming from a heart of care as he would share the wisdom of God with his hearers.

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:13)

if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
If we hold God’s wisdom in high esteem we will bring it to ourselves and not go past us. And, once we obtain it, we will keep it safe and not allow others to take it from us through false teachings or mockery.

Note: God’s wisdom is described as “words” and “commandments”.  “Words” helps us to understand that it is spoken directly by Him; while “commandments” reminds us that we have been given the responsibility to keep and apply these things to our lives.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

2) So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply thine heart to understanding;
Our desire to receive and hide His wisdom leads us to purposefully turn our ears towards the His words and turn our desires to recognize it as truth from other false teachings.

Note: Here, it is described as “wisdom” which teaches us the need to apply it to our lives; and ”understanding” which defines God’s wisdom as a tool that should be used to make Godly decisions for our lives.  

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they [are] the rejoicing of my heart.  I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, [even unto] the end.”  (Psalms 119:111-112)

 

3) Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, [and] liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Do we value His wisdom?  If so, we will loudly, specifically request it from the Lord, recognizing that genuine wisdom only comes from Him.

Note:  In this verse God’s wisdom is described as “knowledge” and “understanding”.  “Knowledge”  because it contains much needed facts that can be used to make Godly decisions (understanding).

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)

4) If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;
Does our life show that we treasure wisdom as if it were silver or hid treasures?  If so we will find ourselves so greatly desiring wisdom that we search for it to the point of exhaustion?

I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as [much as] in all riches.”  (Psalms 119:14)

SUMMARY:

After seeing that our lives will clearly reflect the importance we place on wisdom.  Let me ask in closing…

How highly do we value the wisdom of God?

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Would You Like Genuine Peace & Security In The Midst Of A Troubled World ?

SIH HALTAL ICONHear The Voice of The Lord and Follow Him…

John 10:27-29My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.”  

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The Basis Of Our Security

SIH STSTA ICONOne of the most precious Scripture promises given to a Christian is found in John 10:27-29

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.”   

When we come to understand, and accept, that we are eternally secure in the hands of our Lord, it becomes a wonderful comfort and encouragement.  We know that this teaching does not give us a license to sin, but is actually a wonderful motivation to live our lives for Christ, realizing the absolutely full degree of forgiveness that He has acquired for us… Rom 5:17-6:2 –

For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

After all, anyone who desires to continue to follow a lifestyle of sin following their “conversion experience” is clearly exhibiting that they have never been genuinely saved and have never become a new creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17-21).  The repentance they exercised was simply “sorrow of the world” and not a “Godly sorrow” that flows from the grace of God (2 Cor 7:9-11)  They have exercised a “dead faith” that does not originate with God nor is empowered by God (James 2:14-20)

To help us to understand the doctrine of eternal security, it is very important that we understand the basis upon which it is founded.  This is the subject of our study today. May the Lord bless us as we seek to come to an understanding of “The Basis of our Eternal Security.

THE SCRIPTURES:

Rom 8:29-35 (KJV)
29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31) What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?
32) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth.
34) Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Heb 6:4-6 (KJV)
4) For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5) And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6) If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.

 

Heb 7:24-27 (KJV)
24) But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26) For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
27) Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

THE STUDY:

In Rom 8:29-34 we find the basis of our eternal security clearly explained to us…

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The relationship that has taken place in eternity past between God and those He has chosen to save is described here in detail… Here we are told that He:
1. “did foreknow” them – In other words, He possessed a loving, intimate relationship with them before they existed, and before the world began.  The love that God placed upon His people, before the world began is the motivating force behind His Son being sent into this world to die for our sins. (1 Pet 1:2, Rev 13:8)
2. “did predestinate” – He chose the destiny that each of His people would fulfill… it would be so that they would be molded into the image of Christ.  In other words, their lives would be living witnesses of Jesus Christ, both through their speech and their actions. (Eph 1:4-5) The completion of this conforming involves our perfection and glorification in eternity (1 Cor 15:47-50).

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

The list continues speaking of the same group of people… those He loved before the foundation of the world…
3. “called’ – the Lord issued the call to salvation to these very same people.  The call that He issued not only involved an invitation to come to Him through the gospel message, but also involved His opening of their blinded eyes and showing them the truth of the gospel and the necessity to come unto Him. (John 6:44-45, John 6:63-65)
4.  “justified” – the result of His divine, effective, call bringing them to salvation is their justification.  Justification carries with it the idea of “regarding as innocent, sinless”.  How can the Lord regard those who have committed sin, innocent?  It is through the shed blood of Christ that covers their sin. (Rom 5:8-9)
5.  “glorified” – the very same people whom God had placed his love upon in eternity past is the same group that then were predestinated, called, and justified. Finally, we read this same group was also glorified (receiving glorified bodies and entering eternity in the presence of God). (2 Thess 2:13-14)   This is a very important issue.  From this set of verses we can clearly see that those who have begun in the sovereign, eternal love of our Lord are saved by His grace and share glory with Him. (Phil 1:6)  None of His people are lost. (John 6:38-40)

Also please notice all the above are in the past tense…. “did foreknow”; “did predestinate”;  “called”; “justified”; “glorified”…. All are finished in the counsels of God.  Time is of no concern of God…. What He has determined will take place!  Those He has chosen to save are already glorified in His counsels… none can stay His hand nor undo His divine decrees! (Dan 4:34-35)

What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?
What should be our response to this truth?  If the Lord has secured the forgiveness of our sins, past, present and future through the shed blood of Christ, how can we worry about the opposition that others pose against us?  We are secure in Him.  We are already glorified in His eternal counsels…. None can harm, nor derail us, from our eternal destiny to which we are called and predestined.

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
If our God was willing to send His Son to a sinful world, and then allow His abuse and crucifixion, will He withhold any blessing from His people?  Will He undo or limit what Christ has performed on our behalf?  If we can somehow lose our salvation it becomes an issue of failure on the part of Christ to not pay for ALL of our sins, past, present and future.

It is this very issue that the writer of Hebrews addresses in Heb 6:4-6 (KJV) For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.

Here we are told that if a person who is saved falls away from salvation and once again enters a lost state, to regain their salvation that two things must take place:
1. Christ must be crucified again.  Why is this?  Obviously, since they lost their salvation that means that Christ’s work was insufficient to cover the sins they have committed.  Therefore, He must be crucified once again to pay for those sins that caused the person to lose their salvation.
2. Christ has been shown to be a failure in His first crucifixion.  He is now put to shame because His original work was not sufficient to secure the salvation of the people for which He was sent and given a mission to save.

This is why this entire scenario will never happen… “It is impossible” .  Our salvation will not be lost because there is no need for Christ to be re-crucified. Nor will the Father allow His perfect, complete work to be twisted and used to bring shame upon His Son.

Folks, when we say that we are eternally secure, it is not a reflection upon us, our service, our diligence, nor our goodness, it is a reflection upon Christ and His COMPLETE work on the cross.  He alone is to be glorified when we acknowledge we are saved eternally through His shed blood.

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth.  Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Our God is the One that worked our salvation, therefore none can undo it…. Not even ourselves.  It is Christ that died and paid for ALL of our sins.  It is Christ that arose and is seated at the right hand of God continually making intercession for the sins that we commit on a daily basis.  Based upon His work, which was sufficient to secure our future and eternity with Him, He is constantly pleading our case before God.

What is “our case”?… “God the Father, I have died on behalf of my people, I have paid for the sins they are committing today.  You can continue to look upon them as if they are innocent, for my blood is covering their every fault.  They are secure in my work. They are saved to the uttermost.”

Heb 7:24-27
But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who have trusted in Christ.

What a blessing it is to know that we are eternally secure in the hands of our Lord.  What a motivation it is to live a life of service honoring and glorifying Him who has taken all of our worry and dread about eternity away from us.   What a privilege it is to know that we are free, never to be in bondage again.

For those who have never trusted in Christ.

Are you burdened under fear of the afterlife?  Are you uncertain about your spiritual condition before the Lord?  Are you laboring to find forgiveness through living a “good life” that is characterized by enslavement to the law of God and the dictates of man?   Would you like to live a life that is free from spiritual bondage and consistent doubts about your condition before Him?  Would you like ABSOLUTE assurance of your forgiveness and of the receipt of an eternity of life in the presence of God Himself?

Through God’s gracious intervention, you can see your sin as God sees your sin, turn from your sin, and come to Christ, in faith.  Believe that Christ was God Himself, who came to the earth, lived a perfect life, and then after being falsely accused of sin, was crucified on the cross and arose again the third day proving His innocence.  Trust that while on the cross He died for your sins, taking God’s punishment of your sins upon Himself, so that you would not have to face that punishment.  Turn to Christ and trust in Him today.

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Saturday Scripture

SIH HALTAL ICONDid you know that the Word Of God was “settled in heaven”?

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. (Psalms 119:89-91)

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Making It Plain: “Theology” = The Study of God

SIH TOTT ICONTheology comes from two Greek words:
1. “theos” which means “God”
2. “logos” which means “word concerning, to discuss, to study”.

This term is not used in the Scriptures.

Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou… hast prepared thine heart to seek God. (2 Chronicles 19:3)