Posts Tagged ‘True wisdom’

Jesus Teaches in Parables

March 25, 2019

Matthew 13:10-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Purpose of Parables
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:

‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
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Why did Jesus teach in Parables?

  • Mark 4:10-12, 24-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    10 As soon as He was alone, those who were around Him, together with the twelve [disciples], began asking Him about [the interpretation of] the parables. 11 He said to them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you [who have teachable hearts], but those who are outside [the unbelievers, the spiritually blind] get everything in parables, 12 so that they will continually look but not see, and they will continually hear but not understand, otherwise they might turn [from their rejection of the truth] and be forgiven.” …

    24 Then He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By your own standard of measurement [that is, to the extent that you study spiritual truth and apply godly wisdom] it will be measured to you [and you will be given even greater ability to respond]—and more will be given to you besides. 25 For whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a yearning for truth], even what he has will be taken away from him.”

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    ***Mark 4:25 The person “who has” is one who is receptive to God’s word, while the one “who does not have” is the person who is blind to and has rejected the spiritual truth and godly wisdom already given to him. As a result, even what little he had previously understood about Jesus will no longer be clear to him.
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    Matthew 5:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    6 “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.

=> How diligently do you study spiritual truth and apply Godly wisdom?
=> How hungry and thirsty are you to be in right standing with God?
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Why did Jesus put this after the Sower Parable and before the explanation(Mt 13:1-9, 18-23)?

  • Think of the “depth” of the four soils
    • Soil by the wayside
    • Soil on stony places 
    • Soil among the thorns
    • Soil on good ground

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What does it mean to have a teachable heart?

  • How deep is your desire to study and apply God’s word? –Mk 4:24
  • Your desire/love for truth? –Mk 4:25; 2Thess 2:10
  • Mark 8:17-18 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    17 Jesus, aware of this [discussion], said to them, “Why are you discussing [the fact] that you have no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Though you have eyes, do you not see? And though you have ears, do you not hear and listen [to what I have said]? And do you not remember?
    =>Symptoms of hard heart = unable to see(perceive), unable to understand, unable to hear, and unable to remember.
    =>The Spirit opens eyes, ears, minds to perceive what God has prepared for those who love(obey) Him –1Cor 2:9-10;Is 64:3-4;Jn 14:15.
    *** How desperate are you for the Spirit to open your understanding?
  • James 3:13-18Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 And the seedwhose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
    =>True fruit is marked by true wisdom and a love of the truth. It is pure and accompanied by righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
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    True Wisdom Earthly Wisdom
    Humble/Meek Prideful
    Pure Self Seeking Envy
    Peaceable Strife/Disorder
    Gentle Harsh
    Willing to Yeild Unteachable
     Full of Mercy(Compassion) Heartless
    Fruitful Unfruitful
    Sincere(Straightforward) Hypocite
    Impartial Favoritism

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    1 Peter 1:18-23… you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
    =>What kind of wisdom is your fruit marked by?

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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 13:10

  • parable[3850] = an earthly story with a heavenly meaning, a comparison

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From NetBible Mt 13:15

  • heal[2390] = to cure, make whole{to free from errors and sins}
  • * A quotation from Is 6:9-10. Thus parables both conceal or reveal depending on whether one is open to hearing what they teach.

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Faith and Patience

March 23, 2019

Luke 8:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
15 But as for that seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and noble heart, and hold on to it tightly, and bear fruit with patience.
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James 5:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 So wait patiently, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits [expectantly] for the precious harvest from the land, being patient about it, until it receives the early and late rains.
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Thinking about patience again and how “bearing fruit” takes time(steadfast endurance). Patience is also a “fruit” of the Spirit!
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Galatians 5:22-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites.

25 If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit].
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This takes faith! Faith + Patience produces Abiding and Fruit!
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Hebrews 11:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
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John 15:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
4 Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Lk 8:15

  • hold it fast[2722] = keep it, cling to it, retain it
    * There is a tenacity that is a part of spiritual fruitfulness.
    * Bearing fruit takes time (steadfast endurance), just as it does for the farmer. See Ja 5:7.
  • a just (noble, virtuous)[2570] and worthy[18] heart = a honest and good heart
  • patience[5281] = steadfastness, constancy, endurance, perseverance
    * from [5278]  = to preserve under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ, remain, abide
    => to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments

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From NetBible Ja 5:7

  • patient[3114] = to be of a long spirit, not to lose heart
    *to persevere patiently and bravely in enduring misfortunes and troubles
    *to be longsuffering, slow to anger, slow to punish
    ** same as [3116]

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From NetBible Gal 5:22

  • patience[3115] = endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs
    ** same as [3116]

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From NetBible Jn 15:4

  • remain[3306] = abide, continue to be present, to last, endure, dwell

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The Sower, the Seed and Four Soils

March 20, 2019

Matthew 13:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Sower
13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
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Who is the Sower? What is the seed? Four Soils?

  • Isaiah 55:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
    9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So are My ways higher than your ways,
    And My thoughts than your thoughts.
    10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
    And do not return there, But water the earth,
    And make it bring forth and bud,
    That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
    11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
    It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please,
    And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
  • The Sower – Jesus “sowing” – “drawing”
  • The Seed – God’s word, the message of the kingdom of God
  • The Soils – heart conditions, responses to God’s word, the message of the kingdom of God

=>How carefully are you considering, attending to Jesus’ message of the kingdom of God?

The Four Soils Explained

  • Matthew 13:18-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
    The Parable of the Sower Explained
    18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
  • Soil by the wayside
    =>no understanding = takes no time to consider message for themselves
    =>Just follows the crowd – Broad is the way – well worn = no soil –Mt 7:13-14
  • Soil on stony places 
    => no root so stumbles/is offended
    Colossians 2:6-7 NLT … And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to Him{walk in Him}. 7 Let your roots grow down into Him{be firmly rooted} and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done.
  • Soil among the thorns
    =>choked and becomes unfruitful
    * Jesus “natural family” thought He was out of His mind –Mk 3:21
    =>They did not yet believe in Him as the Messiah
    and were actually hindering His work –Jn 7:4-6;Acts 1:14
    * This rejection by His own family was predicted –Ps 69:8;Mic 7:6;Mt 10:34-39
    =>made me wonder which “soil” his natural family was — maybe the one choked out by thorns – the Pharisees/worlds strong opposition?!
    Matthew 7:15-16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    15 “Beware of the false prophets, [teachers] who come to you dressed as sheep [appearing gentle and innocent], but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them [that is, by their contrived doctrine and self-focus]. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
    Hebrews 5:11-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    11 Concerning this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull and sluggish in [your spiritual] hearing and disinclined to listen. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. 14 But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil.
  • Soil on good ground
    =>hears, understands and heeds bears much fruit
    Luke 8:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    15 But as for that seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and noble heart, and hold on to it tightly, and bear fruit with patience.
    Acts 17:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    11 Now these people were more noble and open-minded than those in Thessalonica, so they received the message [of salvation through faith in the Christ] with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

=> Are you just following the crowd and relying on their understanding of Jesus’ message? How much time and effort do you take to personally consider His message?
=> How “firmly rooted” in God’s word are you? How much time and effort are you taking to be nourished and grow in His word?
=> Can you recognize and stand up to the “thorns” – false prophets/teachers? How “mature” are you?
=> How tightly are you holding to God’s word/ your faith under trials?  How steadfast is your patience/faith to bear fruit?


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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 13:3
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower[4687] went out to sow[4687].
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From NetBible Mk 4:14
The sower[4687] sows[4687] the word.

  • sower[4687] = sows, scatters seed
    *from greek [4685] = to draw

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From NetBible Mt 13:9

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From NetBible Mt 13:19

  • understand[4920] = consider, understand, be wise.
  • wayside[3598] = a travelled way, road

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From NetBible Pro 12:3
NLT … Wickedness never brings stability; only the godly have deep roots

  • * “a root of righteousness” = stresses the security of the righteous; they are firmly planted and cannot be uprooted – they have deep roots”. The righteous are often compared to a tree –Pro 11:30;Ps 1:3, 92:13

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From NetBible Mt 13:21

  • stumbles[4624] = to fall away, entice to sin, apostasy, metaph. to offend
    And blessed is he who is not offended[4624because of Me. –Mt 11:6

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From NetBible Lk 8:15

  • hold it fast[2722] = keep it, cling to it, retain it
    * There is a tenacity that is a part of spiritual fruitfulness.
    * Bearing fruit takes time (steadfast endurance), just as it does for the farmer. See Ja 5:7.
  • a just (noble, virtuous)[2570] and worthy[18] heart = a honest and good heart
  • patience[5281] = steadfastness, constancy, endurance, perseverance
    * from [5278]  = to preserve under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ
    => to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments

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Revealing Words

February 25, 2019

Matthew 12:31-37 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Unpardonable Sin
31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

A Tree Known by Its Fruit
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

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Words spoken about “Son of Man” or Holy Spirit

  • Reveal who with Jesus and who is against Jesus v31-32
  • Reveal who belongs to the kingdom and who doesn’t v32
    {The unpardonable sin = continued rejection or lack of conviction of HS}
  • *Is Jesus “King” of your heart? Do you hear and obey His voice(Jn 10:4)? Are you convicted by HS?(Jn 16:8)

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A Tree Known by Its Fruit

  • Words reveal good trees/fruit or bad trees/fruit v33
  • The mouths speaks and reveals what is in hearts/character v34-35
    By your words you will be justified or condemned v36-37
  • *What “fruit/character” is revealed by your speech? Is it gracious? Is it wise? Does it promote learning or healing?

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Colossians 4:6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as it were] with salt, [so that you may never be at a loss] to know how you ought to answer anyone [who puts a question to you].
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Proverbs 16:21 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
21 The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].
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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 12:31

  • blasphemy[988] = slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another’s good name

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From NetBible Mt 12:32

  • *The Unpardonable Sin = Three things must be kept in mind:
    (1) the nature of the sin is to ascribe what is the obvious work of the Holy Spirit (e.g., releasing people from Satan’s power) to Satan himself;
    (2) it is not simply a momentary doubt or sinful attitude, but is indeed a settled condition which opposes the Spirit’s work{conviction}, as typified by the religious leaders who opposed Jesus; and
    (3) a person who is concerned about it has probably never committed this sin, for those who commit it here (i.e., the religious leaders) are not in the least concerned about Jesus’ warning.

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From NetBible Mt 12:36

  • idle[692] = useless, lazy, ineffective, without work

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From NetBible Prov 16:21
The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning.

  • prudent[0995] = to have discernment, insight, understanding, to teach/instruct
  • sweetness[04986] = pleasantness

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What “fruit/character” is revealed by your speech? Is it gracious? Is it wise? Does it promote learning or healing? –Matthew 12:31-37

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Snake Bite??

November 23, 2018

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What is the prevention of snake bites?

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Jeremiah 8:8-9,10-11 AMP
8 “How can you say, ‘We are wise,
And the law of the Lord is with us [and we are learned in its language and teachings]’?
Behold, [the truth is that] the lying pen of the scribes
Has made the law into a lie [a mere code of ceremonial observances].
9 “The wise men are shamed,
They are dismayed and caught.
Behold, they have [manipulated and] rejected the [truth in the] word of the Lord,
And what kind of wisdom and insight do they have? ….

10 … even my prophets and priests are like that.
They are all frauds.
11 They offer superficial treatments
for my people’s mortal wound.
They give assurances of peace
when there is no peace.

17 “For behold, I am sending serpents among you,
Vipers which cannot be charmed,
And they will bite you,” says the Lord.

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What is the cure for snake bites?

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Jeremiah 8:22 AMP
22 Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has not the [spiritual] health of the daughter of my people been restored?

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Genesis 3:1 AMP
1 Now the serpent was more crafty (subtle, skilled in deceit) than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And the serpent (Satan) said to the woman, “Can it really be that God has said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”
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What brings “healing” to the mortal wound?

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Proverbs 4:20-23 NLT
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing[04832] to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

From NetBible Prov 4:22

  • healing[04832] = medicine, cure(physician), sound mind, deliverance
    *from [07495]

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The prevention and cure for snake bite?!
=> Is there no balm in Gilead?-Is there no physician there?-Why then has not the [spiritual] health of the daughter of my people been restored? Jeremiah 8:22

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Two Trees – Two Types of Wisdom

May 12, 2018

Genesis 2:9,16-17 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. …
… And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

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Tree of Life Tree of Death
= Godly Wisdom Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil
= Human Worldly Wisdom
Wisdom is like a tree of life
= a blessing Pro 3:18 
=>  an allusion to Gen 3:22
What was lost in Fall may be
recovered through Godly wisdom
All is vanity
meaninglessness, futility
Ecc 1:2
Learn from Me to find rest
Mt 11:28-30
All is full of weariness
Ecc 1:8
The Spirit opens eyes, ears,
minds of those who love(obey) Him
1Cor 2:9-10;Is 64:3-4
Eyes not satisfied with seeing
Ears not filled with hearing
Ecc 1:8
In Christ = made new
2Cor 5:17;Rev 21:5
There is no new thing under the sun
Ecc 1:9
None can SEE the kingdom of God
Unless born again
(made new in Christ)
Jn 3:3;2 Cor 5:17
Eyes can not SEE the new
Ecc 1:10
Hard hearts => unable to see,
understand, hear or remember
Mk 8:17-18
None can enter the kingdom of God
Unless born of water & Spirit(wind)
Jn 3:5:Acts 2:1-4
All works are vanity/meaningless
Like chasing the wind
Ecc 1:14
Christ is the only “straight” way
Lk 3:4-6;Jn 14:6
Crooked can’t be made straight
=>There is no straight way
Ecc 1:15
God has given His children
A Spirit of power, love & sound mind
2Tim 1:7
Knowing wisdom is madness
Like chasing the wind(to catch it)
Ecc 1:17
Walk and abide in the Spirit
To bear fruit – joy, love, peace …
Gal 5:22-25;Jn 15:4,16:13
Much wisdom brings much
Grief & sorrow
Ecc 1:18
Offspring, seed of the woman(Jesus)
Gen 3:15
Abraham’s seed(heirs) Gal 3:29
To know Jesus Christ = eternal life
Jn 17:3;Lk 3:23-38
Offspring, seed of the serpent
Gen 3:15
Those deceived by Satan
=> eternal death
Rev 20:8-10

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Matthew 7:15-16Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
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Matthew 3:8Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
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Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.
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True fruit is marked by true wisdom and a love of the truth. It is pure and accompanied by righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
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James 3:13-18Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
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1 Peter 1:18-23 … you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
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Human Wisdom and a Hard Heart

July 1, 2017

Mark 8:17-18 NASB … And Jesus, aware of this, *said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? 18 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?

Symptoms of hard heart = unable to see(perceive), unable to understand, unable to hear, and unable to remember.

Interesting that these same symptoms are in the following passage about the vanity/meaninglessness/futility of relying on human/worldly wisdom.

Relying on human/worldly wisdom results in a hard heart that is unable to see, hear, understand or remember things of the Lord!
https://t.co/ztBECiIcUi

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Ecclesiastes 1:8-11 AMPC … All things are weary with toil and all words are feeble; man cannot utter it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9 The thing that has been—it is what will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there a thing of which it may be said, See, this is new? It has already been, in the vast ages of time [recorded or unrecorded] which were before us. 11 There is no remembrance of former happenings or men, neither will there be any remembrance of happenings of generations that are to come by those who are to come after them.
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Relying on WorldlyWisdom results in a HardHeart that is unable to see-hear-understand or remember things of theLord!

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Human/Wordly Wisdom Godly Wisdom
All is vanity/meaninglessness/futility
Ecc 1:2
Is like a tree of life – a blessing
Pro 3:18
All is full of weariness
Ecc 1:8
Learn from Me to find rest
Mt 11:28-30
Eyes not satisfied with seeing
Ears not filled with hearing
Ecc 1:8
The Spirit opens
eyes, ears, minds to perceive
what God has prepared
for those who love(obey) Him
1Cor 2:9-10;Is 64:3-4
There is no new thing under the sun
Ecc 1:9
In Christ = made new
2Cor 5:17;Rev 21:5
Eyes can not SEE the new
Ecc 1:10
None can SEE the kingdom of God
Unless born again
(made new in Christ)
Jn 3:3;2 Cor 5:17
All works are vanity/meaningless
Like chasing the wind
Ecc 1:14
None can enter the kingdom of God
Unless born of water & Spirit(wind)
Jn 3:5:Acts 2:1-4
What is crooked(wrong)
Can not be made straight(right)
=>There is no straight way
Ecc 1:15
Christ is the only “straight” way
To the Father in heaven
Lk 3:4-6;Jn 14:6
Knowing wisdom is to know madness
Like chasing the wind(to catch it)
Ecc 1:17
God has given His children
A Spirit of power, love & sound mind
2Tim 1:7
Much wisdom brings much
Grief & sorrow
Ecc 1:18
Walk and abide in the Spirit
To bear fruit – joy, love, peace …
Gal 5:22-25;Jn 15:4

True Wisdom

March 26, 2014

James 3:13-18 AMP
13 Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his [good] works with the [unobtrusive] humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom.

Humility marks true wisdom
From NetBible Ja 3:13

  • humility[4240] = mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness

14 But if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth.

Pride marks earthly wisdom
From NetBible Ja 3:14

  • contention[2052] = selfish ambition, self-promoting
    *Paul exhorts to be one in the mind of Christ not putting self forward
    or being selfish – but put others first (Php 2:3)

15 This [superficial] wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual (animal), even devilish (demoniacal).

16 For wherever there is jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry and selfish ambition), there will also be confusion (unrest, disharmony, rebellion) and all sorts of evil and vile practices.

17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).

18 And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God’s will in thought and deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].

Peace marks true wisdom

Righteousness is sown in peace by the peacemakers

Isaiah 32:17 AMP … And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.

The effect of righteousness is peace which results in quiet, confident, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ forever.

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True Wisdom Earthly Wisdom
Humble/Meek Prideful
Pure Self Seeking Envy
Peaceable Strife/Disorder
Gentle Harsh
Willing to Yeild Unteachable
Full of Mercy(Compassion) Heartless
Fruitful Unfruitful
Sincere(Straightforward) Hypocite
Impartial Favoritism

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Related:
A Tree Known By Its Fruit

A Tree Known By Its Fruit

February 15, 2010

Matthew 7:15-16 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

Matthew 3:8 Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.

True fruit  is marked by true wisdom and a love of the truth. It is pure and accompanied by righteousness, faith, love, and peace.

James 3:13-18 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

True Wisdom Earthly Wisdom
Pure Self Seeking
Peaceable Bitter Envy
Gentle Harsh
Willing to Yeild Unteachable
Full of Mercy Heartless
Impartial Favoritism

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

What are you trusting in? What are you seeking?

Power? The ability to walk in power and signs and wonders?

Matthew 7 :21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

The ability to walk in power with signs and wonders does not determine the truth or true fruit!

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. -Ps 139:23-24

Teach me Your way, O LORD, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name. -Ps 86:11

Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart. … Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. -Ps 51:6,10-12

Matthew 5:8-9 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

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Related:
Know Those Who Labor Among You