Proverbs 12:22 What does God like?

Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight. Proverbs‬ ‭12:22‬ ‭NASB‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Delight What does it mean to be God’s delight? There is something inside people that compels us to please. We please our parents, our spouse, our employer, and sometimes — even ourselves. But can I really … Continue reading Proverbs 12:22 What does God like?

Proverbs 12:21 Safety and trouble

No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. Proverbs 12:21 (NASB) From the Hebrew Lexicon: No trouble, sorrow, wickedness, will have opportunity, to meet or encounter opportunely, with the just, righteous, but to the wicked, criminal, to be full, to fill, evil, distress, misery injury, calamity. At face value, when I … Continue reading Proverbs 12:21 Safety and trouble

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit or Joy

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil [contrivers of mischief], but those who promote peace [counselors of peace] have joy. Proverbs‬ ‭12:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ [Rotherham]‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ The Hebrew word for plot means: to cut in, engrave, plow, devise. It’s often used of a farmer planting seed. And the seed being planted here, in the … Continue reading Proverbs 12:20 Deceit or Joy

John 7:24 Tinkering with the heart

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. John‬ ‭7:24‬ ‭NASB‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Of the many topics addressed in this dialogue in John 7, the most notable is the Jews’ offense at Christ for healing a man by the pool of Bethsaida on the Sabbath (John 5). The offense was so severe in their … Continue reading John 7:24 Tinkering with the heart

John 7:14-16 Our hidden teacher

But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to teach. The Jews then were astonished, saying, “How has this man become learned, having never been educated?” Jesus therefore answered them and said, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.” John‬ ‭7:14-16‬ ‭NASB‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ … Continue reading John 7:14-16 Our hidden teacher

John 7:12-13 Red and blue Jews

Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people. But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders. John‬ ‭7:12-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬ Even at the time of Christ there were red and blue opinions — wide gaps … Continue reading John 7:12-13 Red and blue Jews