Lessons from the life of Moses (2)

August 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The life of Moses can be divided into 3 equal timeframes of 40 years each.

 This corresponds with the many “three-fold things” we find in the Bible.

  •  Holy Spirit, Son and Father,
  • Spirit, soul and body,
  • Way, truth and life,
  • Ask, seek and knock,
  • Peter, James and John,
  • Faith, hope and love,
  • Children, young men and fathers,
  • Beast, False Prophet and Dragon,
  • Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles,
  • Prophet, Priest and King,
  • Saul, David Solomon,
  • Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
  • And many more…

 

His first 40 years.

  • Moses grew up as one of the princes of Egypt.
  • According to Josephus[1], Moses was a very successful general of the Egyptian Army leading them into victorious battles against the Ethiopians.
  • Thus the first 40 years of his life, he became a prosperous and famous person in own wisdom, power and abilities. Acts 7:22
  • From this place of personal strength, at the age of 40, he came upon an Egyptian who mistreated his kinsmen and killed the Egyptian.
  • After being found out, Moses had to flee from Pharaoh and settled in Midian as a foreigner.

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  • We can liken this stage of Moses’ life to a new born-again child of God.
  • Although born from above (with the very seed of God in his heart 1 Pet 1:23), the sinful nature is not being crucified yet. Gal 5:24
  • Paul calls them “carnal, even babes in Christ” who can only be fed with the milk of the word. 1 Cor 3:1, 1 Pet 2:2
  • A carnal or baby Christian is those who not only need the milk of the Word (basic doctrines of Christ Heb 6:1-2) but are still governed by the sinful nature. Rom 8:5, Rom 13:14, Gal 5:13
  • His heart is not circumcised from the fleshly nature yet (Col 2:11-13) and he or she still follows that nature’s desires and thoughts. Eph 2:3
  • From that (sinful, fleshly, human) nature such a person wants to serve and please God. This can not be done as God is not pleased with that. Rom 8:8
  • God loves his children unconditionally but the nature and character need to change.
  • It is like any mother or father who deeply loves their child but do not accept the child’s rude behaviour – the attitude must change.
  • The difference is that we can not change our nature as a dog can not change his.
  • We need the Spirit of Christ to do that inner work. Rom 8:12-13, Gal 5:16
  • It is a pity that so many children of God, never grow beyond this place of spiritual childhood.

 

Moses’ next 40 years.

  • From the age of 40 until 80, he looked after sheep in the desert.
  • If that does not change a man, nothing will.
  • In this wilderness experience his own abilities and dreams died a slow death.
  • In the desert Moses lived with the priest if Midian (his father-in-law Ex 2:16, Ex 18:1), where he learnt the ways of God.
  • After 40 years the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, calling him to action – back to Egypt. Acts 7:30-33
  • Moses’ self-esteem was so low; he made excuses not to go – a different man than 40 years earlier. Ex 4:1-17
  • The man who was “powerful in speech” (Acts 7:22) has now become “slow of speech and tongue”. (Ex 4:10)

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  • When we continue to “hunger and thirst for righteousness”, the Spirit of God begins to deal with our sinful nature. That nature which is rebellious, stubborn, unclean, strife, envy etc. Gal 5:19-21, Matt 15:19, Mark 7:20-23
  • As the inner conflict between the Spirit and the human nature continues, He painstakingly changes our character (name) like he did with Jacob. From supplanter/deceiver to prince. Gal 5:17, Gen 32:22-28
  • It is here where we experience the painful work of the cross and where our human wisdom and power and abilities are slowly being nailed to death. Matt 10:38, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, 1 Cor 1:18-25
  • The power of God can work through the weaknesses of man. The stronger, wiser, and smarter we are, the less of Him is flowing through us. How contrary to the ways of the world! 2 Cor 12:10, 1 Cor 1:27, Is 66:2, 2 Cor 3:5
  • You are ready for the higher calling when there is nothing left of you. Phil 3:14, Phil 3:7-8

 

His 40 years in the wilderness

  •  The last third of his life, Moses spent on leading the Israelites out of Egypt into their own wilderness experience. Acts 7:36
  • The one who through experience, knows the ways and processes of God, is the person who is qualified to help others.
  • God chose him not because of his competence or expertise neither in the Egyptian Army, nor of his genius and “powerful speech” but because Moses has become the most humble man on the face of the earth. Num 12:3
  • God could speak face-to-face to Moses, revealing the beginning of His creation to him. In fact, the face of Moses shone after dialoguing with God. Ex 34:29-35, Deut 5:4, Deut 34:10, Ex 33:23
  • Only a few people in the Bible were prophet, priest and king simultaneously. Moses was one of them. Deut 34:7, Deut 33:5, Ps 99:6
  • “Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever.” Deut 34:7

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  • He makes us ministers of the spirit – the spirit that brings life. 2 Cor 3:6
  • This ministry of the New Testament exceeds the ministration of condemnation and death (the Law of Moses). 2 Cor 3:8-9
  • As Moses received his strength from fellowshipping with God and ministering to the people, so we are also changed from “glory to glory” as we spend time in the presence of Christ Jesus and then ministering with the Spirit of Life. 2 Cor 3:18, Rom 8:2
  • As we behold (look at, discern, take notice, and set our eyes on) the nature, character and peculiarity of Christ Jesus, we are being changed into that very image. 2 Cor 3:18, Rom 8:29, Rom 12:1-2, 1 Cor 15:49, Col 3:10

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Pet 2:9
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[1] The new complete works of Josephus: Kregel Publications 1999

Lessons from the life of Moses (1)

July 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The story of Moses is also the story of the Lord Jesus Christ and is also a precursor to our own lives.

  • Moses was born in a land that was ruled by an oppressor. Ex 1:8-11
  • This oppressor wanted to kill all the male children in the land. Ex 1:15-16, 22
  • Although he succeeded, God had a way of protecting Moses supernaturally. Ex 2:1-9
  • The name Moses means, drawn out. Ex 2:10. He became the ruler (prince), deliverer and redeemer to his people. Acts 7:35AMP
  • Moses tried with his own wisdom and strength to help his fellow brothers but failed miserably. Ex 2:11-14
  • But as in the case of Abraham trying to fulfill God’s promise in his own way, Moses had to flee from the consequences of his own effort. Ex 2:15
  • The place of refuge became the place of learning. Ex 2:16-21; Ex 3
  • Only after Moses did not believe and trust in himself anymore, could God call him. Ex 4:1-17 (How contrary to the ways of the world, where we are constantly motivated and encouraged to believe in oneself.)
  • God’s call was never for Moses’ own safety and comfort but for His people’s rescue and deliverance! Ex 5:1

 

The similarities in the life of Jesus are:

 

  • Jesus was born in a land that was also ruled by an oppressor. Matt 2:1
  • Herod, just like Pharaoh, killed all the Hebrew baby boys, aged two years and under. Matt 2:16
  • Although Herod slew all the children, Joseph was instructed to flee beforehand and Jesus was saved. Matt 2:13
  • Jesus was God’s chosen in order to bring deliverance and became the Redeemer of mankind. Matt 12:18; 1 Pet 2:4; Titus 2:14
  • Jesus did not do anything from His own power but waited until he received the Spirit and power from on high. Luke 3:21-22; Luke 4:14-19
  • God’s call on his Son was for the benefit of others (us). Luke 4:14-19

 

Our calling

  • We are physically born into a spiritual kingdom of darkness, which is ruled by an oppressor. Eph 2:1-3; Acts 10:38
  • That’s the reason we need to be born again (form above) into the kingdom of light. John 3:3-8; Col 1:13-14
  • This oppressor (the devil) will do anything to kill you or your relationship with the Lord. John 10:10; 1 Tim 3:71 Pet 5:8
  • God has called us and chosen us to be His children. (the word church means called-out-ones.) Matt 22:14; Eph 1:4; 2 Thess 2:131 Pet 2:9; Rev 17:14
  • The fact that you are reading this article is a proof of God’s protection on your life, His calling and the fact that He has chosen you for a specific purpose!
  • We can try to do many good things for the Lord. But our own strength and wisdom is not what God needs. We need to be anointed, empowered and equipped from on high in order to be able to do His work. Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Eph 4:11-12; 1 Tim 4:14
  • God has called us to be co-workers with Him. 1 Cor 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1
  • Our calling is not for our own comfort but for the benefit of others. 2 Cor 5:18; 1 Tim 4:6-16

 

May we realise we are not here by accident but are called and chosen.

 

May we, like Moses, come to the end of our own efforts and labour and,

 

May we all be anointed, empowered and equipped to do His work.

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Lessons from a place called Bethel

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  • We find the word Bethel sixty times in the Bible, all of it in the OT.
  • Bethel means House of God.
  • The first occurrence is in Gen 12:8 when Abram pitched his tent at Bethel and called upon the name of the Lord – the God of glory. See Acts 7:2
  • At Bethel, Jacob used a stone as a pillow and sleeping, had a dream of a ladder with angels going up and down to the throne of God.
  • Jacob took the stone, poured oil upon it, and named the place (again) – “The house of God”.
  • He also made a vow to give unto God a tenth part of his substance if God would provide and protect him. Gen 28:10-22
  • Samuel used Bethel as one of the places/towns where he judged Israel. 1 Sam 7:15-16
  • It was also the residence of the sons of the prophets in the days of Elijah and Elisha. 2 Kings 2:3
  • And the priests taught the people the ways of God at Bethel. 2 Kings 17:24-29

No mention is made of the place Bethel in the NT.

But, here we find a person, a man who was the house of God.

His name is Jesus Christ – the living house of the God of glory. John 1:14

It is His plan that we corporately as well as individually become the house of God.

May we grow together unto this spiritual house, where the glory of the Lord becomes visible to all.

 

May we function as the royal priests of God, hearing, living and teaching the ways of God.

 

May we all come to that place where we manifest the divine nature and character of God.

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Lessons from Jacob’s flock

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After Jacob worked 14 years for his 2 wives at his uncle Laban’s farm, he made an unheard-of deal with his uncle.

“Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages. Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.” Genesis 30:32, 37-39

We know that in the book of Genesis we find many figures of spiritual truth. These figures contain spiritual insights for Christian living and for understanding the ways of God more fully.

Therefore, we can learn important maxims from this unorthodox ways of Jacob. Was it the imagination of his own mind or some divine inspiration (with or without his knowing)? 

May we often come to drink from the waters of Life.

Not in haste but taking our time to reflect, to behold, to meditate on the truths revealed.

May we all gradually change into the image of the Son of God.

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Lessons from the life of Abraham

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Lessons from the life of Abraham


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God’s promise to Abram was like a “light that shineth in a dark place”. It gave him direction and purpose. Genesis 12:1-9, Genesis 13:14-18, Genesis 15:3-5, 2 Peter 1:19

  • Without a word from the Lord our lives lack vision and it feels like we are groping around in the dark. Do you have a word from God? Proverbs 29:18

God’s word to Abram was within God’s timeframe and not according to Abram’s. Genesis 12:2-3, Genesis 12:16, Genesis 15:5

Abram thought he would help God out – he could make God’s word come to pass by having a son with Sarai’s handmaid, Hagar. Genesis 16:1-4

  • Trying to help God with the His word over our lives will have repercussions – sometimes lifelong consequences! Genesis 13:11-12

To strengthen His promise, He changed Abram’s name to Abraham – Father of a great multitude. Genesis 17:5 (I’m sure it must have been very embarrasing to Abram when everybody would call him “Father of a great multitude”, seeing that there was no evidence yet.)

  • “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1

Abraham did not see the fulfillment of God’s promise in his lifetime. Hebrews 11:8-10, 39

  • God’s word to us is not a guarantee that we will see the fullness of it in our present lifetime. It may only be the start of something that will carry over to many generations to come. Psalm 105:8, 106:31 (The life of Paul is also an example of this. Ephesians 3:1-13)

God sees the end from the beginning when He gives a promise or word. Isaiah 46:10

  • We only see in part but one day, when we have grown to maturity, we will know as God knows. 1 Corinthians 13:12

Abraham did not understand God’s promise but still he trusted and obeyed. Genesis 12:4, 13:18, 15:6

May we all have a word/promise from the Lord.

May that word be our beacon of light in the storms of life.

May we hold on to the promise, whether we understand it or not.

May we not try to help God work out His promise but just stay faithful, obedient and willing.

May God bless you with all the riches in Christ Jesus!

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Wisdom of Solomon B#16

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Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.

 

The word pleasant comes from a Hebrew word meaning, splendour, grace, delight and beauty.

This word (pleasant) has its origen in another (Hebrew) word which is also used to positively describe the land of Canaan (Gen 49:15), spoken words (Ps 141:6), knowledge and wisdom (Prov 2:10), a bride (Song 7:6) and a nation (Ezek 32:16).

 

 

The person in the Bible that spoke with words as pleasant as honey, which brought enlightenment, healing and life to those around him, was the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

With a word(s) he brought,

 

Jesus said, “…the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life”. John 6:63

This He proved through the numerous miracles performed during His earthly ministry – only speaking a word.

 

Dr. Masaru Emoto from Japan made an amazing discovery regarding the molecular structure of water.

 

Dr. Emoto and his team of researchers examined how thoughts and words affected the formation of untreated, distilled water crystals.

Depending of the type of word spoken over water (e.g. love, friendship, thank you, you fool, dirty) the water crystals showed a variation in the formation of each and every crystal.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

If words of blessings or curses, life or death, sweet or bitter can change the molecular structure of water, then surely it has an effect on your and my mind, emotions and general well-being.

 

 

“Dr. Emoto’s work provides tangible evidence that thoughts, words, ideas and sound affect the molecular structure of water. Because we are composed of 75 to 90 percent water, his research shows that our bodies are extremely sensitive to emotions, thoughts, the music we listen to, and the food we eat. It has tremendous implications for understanding the emotional, structural, biochemical, and spiritual well-being of the human body.”[1]

 

May the words we speak be like sweet waters to those around us.

 

May the love-filled words we speak, bring nourishment to the souls of others.


May our words be full of Life and Spirit, leaving healing, freedom, and restoration behind.

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[1] Weissmann, D.R. (Dr.). 2007. The power of infinite love and gratitude. P17

Wisdom of Solomon B#15

March 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 15:24 (AMP)

The path of the wise leads upward to life, that he may avoid [the gloom] in the depths of Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead).

 

The three phrases that stand out in this verse are the wise, an upward life and the place of the dead.

 

Who are the wise according to Scripture?

 

In summary: the wise according to the Bible are those who fear the Lord and are partakers of His Spirit, giving themselves to instructions and words of Christ.

 

The upward life

  • Jesus lived the higher life – the upward life.
  • The word upward comes from the Hebrew word which means, high, above, indicating a higher level or room.
  • Jesus said, “You are from beneath; I am from aboveJohn 8:23
  • Paul instructs us, “Seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.”  Col 3:1
  • In fact, when we are God’s children, our citizenship has changed from the earthly (lower) realm to the higher realm of the heavens. Phil 3:20

 

Therefore, if we continue in the Way, living according to the Truth we have learnt. Our lives will gradually ascend to the higher realms of the Spirit, leading us to the Throne room of the Most high God. John 14:6; Ps 91:1; Acts 7:48

 

  • Yes, all God’s children have access to the Throne of God through the blood of Jesus. Heb 4:16; 1 John 3:21;
  • But not all live from that place! John 3:13; Rev 3:21, 4:2
  • They still occupy their minds and fill their lives with cares, riches and pleasures of this life. Luke 8:14

 

The place of the dead

  • Paul says that all God’s children were at some time (spiritually) dead in their sins and trespasses. Eph 2:1
  • We lived the worldly way and followed after the thoughts and deeds of the sinful nature. Eph 2:3
  • But because of God’s love and grace, we have been saved. Eph 2:4-5
  • We have been raised to the Throne room but that does not mean we understand the Throne room lifestyle. Eph 2:6
  • We need to be educated and trained and instructed in this new Way, and the Truth, of this higher Life. Luke 1:4; Acts 18:25; 2 Tim 3:16; Heb 5:14;
  • This is the reason the Spirit of God has been poured in and upon us. John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:13-14

 

In closing. Let us not occupy ourselves with things and practices of the (spiritually) dead – that were so part of our old lives but rather “press toward the high (upward) calling of God in Christ Jesus”. Phil 3:14

 

Let us walk worthy of the Way.

 

Seeking for more of the Truth.

 

Until we live the higher Life.

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Wisdom of Solomon B#14

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Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

 

The Prophet Ezekiel and the Apostle John saw the same heavenly creatures in the books of Ezekiel and Revelation. Ezek 1:10; Rev 4:7

These creatures had four faces:

The face of a man,

The face of a lion,

The face of an ox,

And the face of an eagle.

 

These four faces correspond to the four Gospels in the NT.

  • In the book of Matthew, Jesus is portrayed as the King – the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Rev 5:5

He is the heir of the kingdom and his genealogy is traced through the line of Israel’s kings (coming from the tribe of Judah). Matt 1:2-16

 

  • The Gospel of St. Mark portrays Jesus as a servant – the ox, always bearing the load of serving others.

We find no genealogy, no miraculous birth, no reference to Bethlehem, or adoration of the wise men. No reference to childhood, increase in wisdom and stature or to His pre-existence and Divine glory.

This is so befitting of a servant. For who wants to know the origin and historical detail of the labourer?

In this Gospel He is not once called Lord except after His resurrection.

Three words that are repeated in this book are, forthwith, straightway and immediately. Mark 1:10, 20-21, 29, 43; 2:8; 5:2, 13, 30, 6:45, 50; 8:10.

Whenever a servant is on duty, these three words would aptly describe the willingness and attitude of such a servant’s heart.

 

  • The Son of Man is vividly portrayed in the book of Luke. Here His genealogy goes back to Adam. Luke 3:23-38

We read of the Child’s birth, how the Child grew. How He was twelve years old and how “He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man”. Luke 2:1-52

 

  • In the Apostle John’s Gospel, Christ is the Eagle, the one who roams the heavens. John 3:13

John omits the birth of Jesus as the Son of Man, but rather begins His existence before all the worlds were framed! “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. … And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.” John 1:1, 2, 14

 

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

 

Jesus’ focus was servanthood. He never spoke a word on leadership!

Matt 10:24; 20:27; 23:1; 24:45-46; 25:21-23; Mark 9:35; 10:44; 12:1-4; John 13:5-14 etc.

God sends out servants – for servants know how to labour!

Leaders know how to delegate, organize, mobilize (and unfortunately also to manipulate, dominate, exploit, control and monopolize).

The well known words of Jesus in Matt 9:37-39 reads, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

We need labourers that know how to work.  Servants who has a heart for the kingdom and the King.

Maybe it is time for the church of Christ to stop praying for the harvest and start praying for more servants.

Have less Leadership Conferences and more Servant-hood Training.

The greatest Servant of all time was also the

“the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature”. Heb 1:3

May we change our perception about servant-hood. 

May our hearts be changed towards serving others. 

May we reap the abundant harvest of souls through the simple act of serving.

Wisdom of Solomon B#13

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Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

 

In his book Life beyond 100, Dr. C. Norman Shealy wrote about the effect of hopelessness on a person’s health.[1]

75% of people dying of cancer (according to a study of Dr. H. J.  Eysenck, called Personality, Stress and Cancer[2]) have a lifelong pattern of hopelessness. “These individuals seem to have had a feeling of abandonment in childhood, and they always want love and nurturing from someone…[3]”

 

Just like triplets, we often find the words faith, hope and love nestled together in the NT.

 

  • And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 1 Cor 13:13
  • But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. Gal 5:5 NIV
  • What is important is faith expressing itself in love. Gal 5:6 NLT
  • Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Eph 6:23
  • Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ… 1 Thess 1:3
  • And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 1 Tim 1:4
  • Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints. Phil 1:5
  • By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Rom 5:2
  • Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1

 

We cannot separate the one from the other.

  • Our faith will not work without a heart of love.
  • Hope keeps our faith alive.
  • Faith cries, “I believe”, while hope says, “Is it going to happen today, or this week, or during this year?”

 

The Apostle Peter wrote,

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

 

Hopelessness afflicts the heart (and body). It can lead to disastrous and even terminal sicknesses.

What do you trust the Lord for?

What is the desire of your heart that you are hoping for?

 

Keep the thoughts of hope alive within your mind. Lam 3:21, 24, 26

It will not disappoint you. Rom 5:5

 

Protect your heart from bitterness and let the flame of love (towards man and God) burn within you. Heb 12:15; Song 8:6

 

May we always be prepared to give an answer, with gentleness and respect, to everyone who asks us the reason for the hope we have.

1 Pet 3:15

 


[1] Shealy, C. N., M.D., Ph.D. 2006. Life beyond 100. New York: Penguin Group

[2] Eysenck, H. J. 1988. Personality, Stress and Cancer. British Journal of Medical Psychology 61

[3] Shealy, C. N., M.D., Ph.D. 2006. Life beyond 100. New York: Penguin Group

Wisdom of Solomon B#12

February 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 12:3
A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the
root of the righteous shall not be moved.

 I have found some facts on the roots of trees from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root

 

  • The two major functions of roots are:
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      • 1) absorption of water and inorganic nutrients and
      • 2) anchoring of the plant body to the ground.
  • Roots will generally grow in any direction where the correct environment of air, mineral nutrients and water exists to meet the plant’s needs.
  • Over time, given the right conditions, roots can crack foundations, snap water lines, and lift sidewalks. 
  • A true root system consists of a primary root and secondary roots (or lateral roots).
  • Some roots can grow as deep as the tree is high. 
  • The deepest roots are generally found in deserts and temperate coniferous forests; the shallowest in tundra, boreal forest and temperate grasslands. 
  • Tree roots normally grow outward to about three times the branch spread.

 

Jesus and the Apostle Paul had both something to say about the roots of people.

Jesus said, “Those … are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.” (Luke 8:13)

  •  Every person is rooted in either a particular faith, belief(s), culture, and way of life, mindsets or relationship(s).
  • It is from that (rooted) place where we receive nurturing, love, care, acceptance, and from where we grow into who we are.
  • If there was/is a lack of the essential “nutrients, air and water”, our  much needed support and anchorage system (roots) is weakened.

The Apostle Paul described it in this way, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Col 2:6-7 NIV)

 

He continued with this warning, “See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ.” (Col 2:8 AMP)

May we be rooted in Christ. (Col 2:6)

May we be strengthened with might by His Spirit. (Eph 3:16)

 May Christ dwell in our hearts by faith so that we will be grounded and established in His unconditional love. (Eph 3:17)

Proverbs 12:3
A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the
root of the righteous shall not be moved.