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Last week in the Bible discussion group on Wednesday we spoke about silver and how it is used in the Bible.

1. In the days of Christ, 30 pieces of silver was the price of a slave. That was the value that was put on Jesus. He was worth no more than a slave to Judas and the Pharisees that bought him. However it was that “worthless human”, Jesus Christ that paid for our sins. He alone was the acceptable sacrifice. 1 Peter 1:18 and 19 reads “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” We were bought by the priceless sacrifice of Jesus whom the world deemed worthless.

2. Silver a costly and precious metal is used as a representation for the value of wisdom and understanding through out the Old Testament. We read this in: Proverbs 2:3-5 “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; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” 3:13-14 “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.” 8:10-11 “Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.“ 16:16 “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” Let us value those things that need to be valued. Wisdom and understanding are not just for those that are older and have followed God for years, it is something that all saints need to strive to increase.

Memorial – serving to help people remember some person or event

 

When the world looks at me do they see Jesus?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

Do they see hope?

Do they see love?

Do they see charity?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

 

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. KJV

 

Example – something selected to show the nature or character of the rest

Set an example – to behave so as to be a pattern or model for others to imitate 

1 Peter 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: KJV

 

Word – a promise, affirmation, assurance; as he kept his word

Matthew 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. KJV

“Never swear: for he that swears will lie;

and he that lies will steal;

and, if so, what bad things will he not do!”

 

Conversation – talking together, verbal exchange of ideas or information

Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. KJV

“Minister grace unto the hearers”, but grace is unmerited favor, does that mean I’m to speak gently and kindly to others even when they don’t deserve it? I’m sure that is what it means. 

Proverbs 31:26, She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. KJV

 

Charity – the love of God for man or of man for his fellow man

                        The quality of being kind or lenient in judging others

 

John 3:16-17  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. KJV

 

Spirit – real meaning: true intention, attitude

2 Corinthians 9:7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver KJV

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  Rejoice evermore.   Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. KJV

 

Faith – complete trust; confidence (steadfast adherence)

Mark 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God KJV

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. KJV

Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. KJV

 

Purity – free from anything that taints, unmixed, clear

            Free from sin or guilt;

 

1 Peter 1:22-23  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. KJV

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. KJV

 

When the world looks at me do they see Jesus?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

Do they see hope?

Do they see love?

Do they see charity?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

When this question came up this week at Bible study, it caused me to think. What really makes me different from everyone else? Am I different? Or am I like all those around me? What do I have to offer that many others do not have?

As Christians we profess to be different from those around us. We can say that it is because we love Jesus or we know God that makes us different. But alot of people say that. You can ask anyone on the street and most times they will agree that they love Jesus or know God. So that doesn’t set us apart. Many people even though they profess to love God, they don’t live in a manner pleasing to God. And often it is these actions that keep us from being different.

In the Bible, God’s people are called a peculiar people, a people set apart. (I Peter 2:9) It also says that we are in the world but not of the world. (John 17:14-16) If the followers of God are to be set apart from the world, than there has to be something that differentiates them from the world. This thing that makes us different is Holiness. God calls us first to be holy and then to follow his commandments. In Leviticus 19:2 God tells Moses to “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy.” And it isn’t until verse 11 when Moses tells the people how God expects them to act. Holiness is the most important part of our service to God, if we are holy than following the commandments will be possible. Many religions bring the “Thou shalts and shalt nots” first, making it seam impossible to be holy. And it is difficult to follow those rules with out being holy. But don’t fret, God has made it possible for us to be holy and follow his direction.

In the New Testament, John explains how those that are pure and holy are set apart from those that are still with sin.

I John 3:3-10

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 

We can be sure that if we are pure and with out sin, we are the children of God and that if we still have sin in our live, we follow the devil. The difference is shown in our actions, for one can say that he is a child of God and yet doesn’t live to please God. And as the old saying goes, ACTIONS SPEAK LOADER THAN WORDS.

 

Let us examine ourselves so we can be sure that we are living to all God has shown us, being an example and light to those around us. We won’t be able to just get by and blend in with the crowd for God knows the hearts of all.

Be confident in this difference, it is what gives us true life and happiness!

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