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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.

It is always good to be reminded of the mighty provision of God. How he blesses his people, if only we trust in him and allow him to work his perfect will, even if it isn’t want we want and it hurts. God’s way is perfect and he will hold us up and help us to accept his will, if his will is our desire.

 These are just some scriptures, in no particular order, that have helped and encouraged me over the past few weeks to keep my hope and trust in him, no matter what I am going through now and what the future may hold.

Isaiah 41:17-20 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Isaiah 43:1-7 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him;

Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

Be encouraged, God’s hand is not shortened, NO MATTER what we face in life, IF we keep our trust and hope in him, he won’t allow anything to take us down. He is on our side, and his NEVER looses.

I don’t know who compiled this, but I though it was pretty awesome and wanted to share it.

What an awesome and orderly God!

God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs.

For example :
-the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;
-those of the canary in 14 days;
-those of the barnyard hen in 21 days ;
-The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;
-those of the mallard in 35 days ;
-The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.
(Notice, they are all divisible by seven , the number of days in a week!)

The lives of each of you may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, if you will only entrust Him with your life. If you try to regulate your own life, it will only be a mess and a failure. Only the One who made the brain and the heart can successfully guide them to a profitable end.

God’s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!

God’s wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.

-Each watermelon has an even number of strips on the rind.
-Each orange has an even number of segments.
-Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.
-Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.
-Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.
-The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.

All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, and the Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundredfold – all even numbers.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day, so that Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!

Thus the Lord in His wonderful grace can arrange the life that is entrusted to His care in such a way that it will carry out His purposes and plans, and will be fragrant with His presence.

Only the God-planned safe life is successful. Only the life given over to the care of the Lord is fulfilled.

My friend did this study on the Proverbs 31 woman. She says “I just picked out the bits and pieces that made sense to me — and helped me get some perspective on where I should be “pointing” myself.”

 

Who can find a wife with a strong character, a woman of valor, an excellent
wife? Her worth is much greater than jewels.
 
The heart of her husband confides in her. He trusts her with all his heart.
He does not lack anything good. He will not need to use any unlawful means
to gain his living. She helps him and never harms him all the days of her
life.
 
She encourages work by her example, illustrating the duty of all persons to
improve all their talents and use of their time, to the service of God and
to the good of their community. She seeks out wool and linen with care and
with delight she works with willing hands.
 
She is like the trading-ships, getting food from far away. By the sale of
her homespun commodities she purchases the choicest goods. She wakes up
while it is still dark and distributes all necessary provisions to her
family and portions of food to her female slaves.
 
After looking at a field with care, she gets it for a good price, planting a
garden with the profit she has earned. With her great diligence, speed, and
purpose, she improves the land to the best advantage. She “rolls up her
sleeves” and puts forth her utmost strength in her business. She goes to
work with energy.
 
She finds great comfort in her labors. Her candle signifies her unwearied
care and industry. She senses that her earning is good and that she is
making a good profit.
 
By her own example she provokes her subordinates to work hard. She puts her
hands on the distaff, and her fingers hold a spindle, although it is
considered common labor.
 
She opens her arms to the oppressed; yes, she is open-handed to those who
are in need.
 
She hath provided enough clothing to her family, not only for their
necessity, but also for their delight and ornament. She does not worry when
it snows because her whole family has plenty of warm clothing.
 
The furnishings of her house meets her high quality and standards. She makes
quilts for herself. She makes carpets of tapestry. Her clothing is fine
linen and purple.
 
Her husband is observed and respected, not only for his own worth, but for
his wife’s sake, in counsel or judgment. He is a man of note when he sits
with the responsible men and leaders of the land.
 
She makes linen robes and is paid well for them, and traders take her cloth
bands for a price.
 
Strength of mind, magnanimity, courage, and activity are her ornament and
glory. She lives in constant tranquility of mind, from a just confidence in
God’s gracious providence. Strength, nobility, dignity, and self-respect are
her clothing. She faces the future with a smile.
 
She is neither sullenly silent, nor full of rude or meddlesome talk, but
speaks discreetly and devoutly. Her speeches are guided by wisdom and grace,
and not by passion. On her tongue there is tender and faithful instruction
and the law of mercy. And this practice is called a law in her tongue,
because it is constant and customary, and proceeds from an inward and
powerful principle of true wisdom. Her tongue is a book by which one might
learn many good things: for she delights to talk of the word of God.
 
She diligently observes and gives attention to the ways of her family, the
management of her domestic business, and the whole carriage of her children
and servants. She keeps a close eye on the conduct of her family, and she
does not eat the bread of idleness.
 
Her children get up and give her honor, and her husband gives her praise,
saying, Many women have done noble work, but you have surpassed them all!
 
Gracefulness is deceptive, and beauty evaporates, but a woman who has the
fear of the LORD should be praised.
 
It is but just that she should enjoy those praises which her labors deserve.
If men be silent, the lasting effects of her prudence and diligence will
trumpet forth her praises in the most public and solemn assemblies. Reward
her for what she has done, and let her achievements praise her. Give her
credit for what her hands have made.

Matthew 25:31 – 46 is a description of the last day, when Jesus comes back to judge the lives of each and every one of us. As we prepare for that day, we need to be careful to pay attention to the things that are important to God, living a full salvation and not just the bits and pieces that sound good or easy. Verses 35 and 36 read, For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” These are the actions of those that were welcomed into heaven. There are opportunities all around us to help souls, it is our responsibility to look for and take advantage of them. As the scripture says, when we are willing to help those around us, we are helping God and it is this act of mercy and compassion that he is looking for. However if we fail to reach outside of our self or our own little circle of friends, then we are neglecting our responsibility and God will not be pleased with us.

In all of this we need to make sure that what ever we are doing is of God. We can get so caught up in doing for people that we can be taken advantage of or just be doing works instead of God’s will. The Bible states that “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it” Psalms 127:1. In order to have God’s approval on what we are doing, we need to seek him and his will in prayer. We need to go to him for wisdom about what we become involved with or who we might help. He doesn’t want harm to come to his people, and if we keep him first and are willing to act when he calls for help, then we can be sure that he will be pleased with our efforts. And with out his blessing, all our work will be for nothing. While people may have been helped physically, God wasn’t able to show his power and draw souls to him.

Let’s be careful to seek God, be aware of those opportunities around us, and be willing to step out and assist those in need as God leads. If we are willing vessels, he will provide opportunities for us to witness for him.

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