Wisdom of Solomon #22

October 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 22:20 (DARBY)

Have not I written to thee excellent things, in counsels and knowledge.

 

The meaning of “excellent things” in the Hebrew is uncertain.

Some translations read “thirty sayings”, others “three times”, and some threefold things.

 

When we read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, we find God is working in 3’s:

 

  • The Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Matt28:19),
  • We are spirit, soul and body (1Thess 5:23),
  • The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Gen 50:24; Ex 2:24, 3:6; Matt 8:11),
  • The religious services were only assigned to the Levites, Priests and High Priest (Ex 38:21; Deut 18:1; 2Kings 23:4),
  • The 3 anointed offices in the OT were, the Prophet, the Priest, and the King (Ex 28:41, 30:30; 1Kings 19:16),
  • The 3 OT feasts were, the Unleavened bread, Weeks and Tabernacles (Deut 16:16),
  • The 3 areas of the Tabernacle and later the Temple were the Outer Court, the Holy Place and Holy of Holies (Ex 26:33; Ezek 10:5),
  • The first three kings of Israel each ruled for 40 years each.  (Acts 13:21; 2Sam 5:4; 1Kings 11:42),
  • Three spiritual creatures in the OT are, the Ophanim, Cherubim and Seraphim (Ezek 1:15:21; Gen 3:24; Is 6:2)
  • Jesus’ closest disciples were, Peter, James and John (Matt 17:1),
  • They represent, faith, hope and love (1Cor 13:13),
  • Jesus is the way, truth and life (John 14:6),
  • Jesus commands us to ask, seek and knock (Matt 7:7-8),
  • The Apostle John spoke of children, young men and fathers (1John 2:12-14),
  • The 3 enemies are the Beast, the False Prophet and the Dragon (Rev 16:13, 19:20, 20:2,10),
  • Christ is past, present, and future (Rev 1:4, 8, 4:8).

 

  • The beast (sinful nature) of our spirits (hearts) are changed into a holy nature through the Holy Spirit by faith.
  • The false prophet (lies) in our souls (minds) will be cast down and brought to the obedience of Christ – our hope of glory.
  • The dragon (death) in our bodies will be conquered by the love of the Father.

 

By faith, our spirits have been renewed by the Holy Spirit and we follow the Way.  (Titus 3:5, John 3:3-8)

In obeying the Truth our souls are purified… and Christ the hope of glory is formed in us.  (1Pet 1:22; Col 1:27; 1Tim 1:1)

Through the Father’s love, we will grow to sonship and our bodies will be redeemed from death, having then the fullness of Life.  (Song of Solomon 8:6; John 14:23; Rom 8:19-23; 1John 3:1)

 

May we be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man (Eph 3:16),

May we – through the Truth – work out the salvation of our souls with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12; John 17:17),

May we grow to sonship and be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph 3:19)

 


 

 

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About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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