Every day we are put into situations where we need to make a decision. Every day there is someone asking questions. Every day there is someone wanting an answer. Every day there is a new challenge to face. Every day we need to decide! So what do you do? Where do you turn? How do you know if it’s right or wrong? How do you know the right answer? Do know the absolute truth? Do you seek wisdom? Do you seek discernment? Do you start your day in a way that will bring God’s Word into your life? Do you start your day in a way that fills you with God’s Word? Do you meditate on it daily? Do you wait upon the Lord? Do you listen for the Holy Spirit? What will you need to decide today? How will you know what to do? Do you have godly people in your inner circle that you can ask? Do you know what you need? I know what I need and it is the same thing that Solomon asked for, wisdom! I know what I need and today’s reading gets us started into the book of Proverbs!
The Value of Wise Sayings
1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2to acquire wisdom and discipline, to understand the words of insight, 3to receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice and fairness, 4to give discernment to the naïve, knowledge and discretion to the youth 5(let the wise listen and increase learning and the discerning obtain wise counsel) 6to understand a proverb and a puzzle, the sayings of the wise and their riddles.
The Wisdom of Parents
7The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. 8Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and forsake not your mother’s teaching. 9For they are a garland of grace for your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
Avoid a Bloodthirsty Gang
10My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in. 11Suppose they say: “Come with us! Let’s lie in wait for blood! Let’s ambush the innocent— for no reason! 12Let’s swallow them alive like Sheol— still healthy, as they go down to the Pit! 13We’ll find all sorts of valuable things, we’ll fill our homes with loot! 14Throw your lot in with us— we’ll all have one wallet.” 15My son, do not go along with them, keep your foot from their path— 16for their feet run to evil and they are swift to shed blood. 17Surely it is useless to spread a net in the eyes of all winged creatures! 18But they lie in wait for their own blood. They ambush their own lives. 19Such is the fate of all gaining by violence. It takes the life of its possessor.
Wisdom Calls, But Who Listens?
20Wisdom calls aloud in the streets, she raises her voice in public squares. 21She cries out above the commotion. At the entrances of the city gates, she utters her speech: 22“How long will you naïve ones love simplicity, you scoffers delight in scoffing, and you fools hate knowledge? 23You are repulsed at my rebuke. Behold, I pour out my heart to you. I will make my words known to you. 24Because you refused when I called, and did not pay attention when I stretched out my hand, 25since you ignore all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, 26I in turn will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when dread comes on you, 27when your terror comes like a storm and your calamity sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when trouble and distress overwhelm you! 28Then they will cry out to me, but I will not answer! They will earnestly seek me, but will not find me. 29Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of Adonai, 30they would not accept my counsel, they spurned all my reproof, 31so they will eat the fruit of their own way and be filled with their own schemes. 32For the backsliding of the naïve will kill them and the complacency of fools will destroy them. 33But whoever pays attention to me will live securely, and be free from the fear of evil.”
–from Proverbs 1 (TLV)
Wisdom for parents! Wisdom for kids! We need to be ready to listen! We need to be willing to hear it! We need to be obedient to it! So pay attention to God! Live securely! Live without the fear of evil!
What are you really looking for? What are you wanting? What are you chasing after? Is it something that will last? Is it something that is a temporary fix? Is it something that is a momentary blip? Wouldn’t you rather have knowledge and understanding? Don’t you want to know what is right, just and fair? It’s not found in people, it is found in God! We need God to be able to live it out! We need God to be able to know the truth! We need God to be able to tell if it is for real or not!
Seek Treasures of Wisdom
1My son, if you accept my words and treasure my mitzvot within you, 2making your ear attentive to wisdom, inclining your heart to discernment, 3yes, if you call out for insight, lifting up your voice for discernment, 4if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures, 5then you will know the fear of Adonai and discover the knowledge of God. 6For Adonai gives wisdom. Out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. 7He stores up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity. 8He guards the paths of justice, and protects the way of His kedoshim. 9Then you will discern what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11Discretion will watch over you —discernment will guard you— 12to deliver you from the way of evil, from those speaking perverse things, 13who leave the straight paths to walk in ways of darkness, 14who rejoice in doing wrong and delight in the perversity of evil, 15whose paths are crooked and are devious in their ways— 16to deliver you from a seducing woman— a wayward wife with seductive words, 17who forsakes the partner of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God. 18For her house sinks down to death and her tracks to the dead. 19None who go to her return nor reach the paths of life. 20So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. 21For the upright will dwell in the land and the blameless will remain in it. 22But the wicked will be cut off from the land and the treacherous uprooted from it.
–from Proverbs 2 (TLV)
Let’s choose to live a life that will last! Let’s choose to live a life that will align to God’s wisdom and discernment! Let’s choose to live a life that will follow after God’s plans and purposes! Let’s get on the right road and stick to it, not swaying to the left or the right!
Choose to be with God and not against God! Choose to live for God and not against God! Choose to align with God and not sway to the left or the right! We all get to choose! We all need wisdom! So choose wisely so that you will have a good life on earth and in heaven to come! Would you choose to get to see the next couple generations?
Blessing on Those Who Fear God
1A Song of Ascents. Happy is everyone in awe of Adonai, who walks in His ways, 2for you will eat the labor of your hands. You will be blessed and it will be good for you. 3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house. Your children will be like olive saplings around your table. 4Behold, thus will the man be blessed who fears Adonai. 5May Adonai bless you out of Zion, and may you see Jerusalem in prosperity all the days of your life, 6and may you live to see your children’s children. Shalom be upon Israel!
–from Psalms 128 (TLV)
It’s all about love! Do you love God? Do you love your neighbor? Do you love people? Do you love them like you love yourself? Jesus calls us to a higher calling! He provides wisdom that baffles other people’s mind! We are to not only love those who love us, but also those who persecute and hate us! Jesus wants us to live a life that will raise the bar! Jesus wants us to be raising the bar rather than allowing everything to fall to the lowest common denominator! We get to choose to be content in every situation! We get to choose to go where God calls us to go! We get to choose to stay where God calls us to stay! We get to choose to trust God because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! We get to choose to find our wisdom from God and not get swayed to the left or the right by society! We get to choose to praise God in every situation, in every place, for He deserves all of our praise! We get to choose to do good and share! We get to choose to live our lives in joy and without groaning!
Brotherly Love in the Community
1Let brotherly love continue. 2Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers—for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it. 3Remember the prisoners as if you were fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you also were suffering bodily. 4Let marriage be held in honor among all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers. 5Keep your lifestyle free from the love of money, and be content with what you have. For God Himself has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you,” 6so that with confidence we say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What will man do to me?” 7Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace—not by foods that have not benefited those occupied by them. 10We have an altar from which those serving in the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11For the bodies of those animals—whose blood is brought into the Holies by the kohen gadol as an offering for sin—are burned outside the camp. 12Therefore, to make the people holy through His own blood, Yeshua also suffered outside the gate. 13So let us go to Him outside the camp, bearing His disgrace. 14For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the one that is to come. 15Through Yeshua then, let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips giving thanks to His name. 16Do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as ones who must give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no benefit to you. 18Pray for us, for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. 19I especially urge you to do this, so that I may be restored to you sooner.
20Now may the God of shalom, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep by the blood of an everlasting covenant, our Lord Yeshua, 21make you complete in every good thing to do His will, accomplishing in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Messiah Yeshua. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
22But I urge you, brothers and sisters, listen patiently to this word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you in few words. 23Know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he comes soon, I will visit you with him. 24Greet all your leaders and all the kedoshim—those from Italy greet you. 25Grace be with you all.
–from Hebrews 13 (TLV)
So let’s go around spreading the good news! Let’s be ambassadors of joy! Let’s not only bring it, let’s give it away that others may receive it and be transformed! Let’s make a difference in the lives God brings into our lives so that in and through it all He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory He deserves and is rightfully His! Let’s be tilling the soil that it will be ready to receive the seed of hope and love called Jesus! Let’s be planting hope into the soil that there will be an abundant harvest! Let’s be watering those seeds so that they will not die in the ground but will be encouraged daily! Let’s watch them grow as God makes them grow!
Let’s trust God in the storms! Let’s not worry or allow fear to keep us for all that God has planned for us, in us, and through us! God is greater than everything! Nothing is impossible with God! Don’t lose hope if it isn’t happening on your schedule for God’s timing is perfect! He can use it in ways we could never have imagined or even asked for! Trust in Him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind! Don’t allow fear or others to rob you from your faith! If you are feeling you are wavering, ask Jesus to help you with your unbelief! Fear Not, Just Believe!
Sowing Good News from Town to Town
1Soon afterward, Yeshua began traveling throughout towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God. The twelve were also with Him. 2And certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities — Miriam, the one called Magdalene, out of whom seven demons had gone; 3Joanna, the wife of Kuza, Herod’s finance minister; Susanna; and many others—were supporting them out of their own resources. 4And when a large crowd was gathering and those from various towns were traveling to Him, He spoke by means of a parable. 5“The sower went out to spread his seed. As he sowed, some fell beside the road and was trampled; and the birds of the air ate it up. 6And other seed fell on rock; when it came up, that seed withered away because it had no moisture. 7Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8And other seed fell into the good soil; and when it came up, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” While saying these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 9Now His disciples were asking Him what this parable meant. 10Then Yeshua said to them, “To you has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to the others it is given in parables, in order that ‘Seeing, they may not see, and hearing, they may not understand.’ 11“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. 12Those beside the road are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13But those on the rocky places are the ones who, when they hear, accept the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a season, and in a time of testing fall away. 14Now that which fell into the thorns are those who were hearing; but as they go along the way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and they do not bear mature fruit. 15But the seed in the good soil are those with a praiseworthy and good heart, who have heard the word and hold it fast and bear fruit with patient endurance. 16“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it with some object or places it under a bed. But he puts it on a lampstand so that all those who enter may be able to see the light. 17For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor secret that shall not be known and come into open view. 18So pay attention how you listen. For whoever has, to him more will be given. And whoever does not have, even what he supposes he has will be taken away from him.” 19Yeshua’s mother and brothers came to Him, but were not able to reach Him through the crowd. 20Now it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see You.” 21But answering, He said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who are hearing the word of God and doing it.”
Crossing a Stormy Sea
22Now on one of those days Yeshua and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let’s move to the other side of the lake.” So they set out. 23Then as they were sailing, He fell asleep. A violent windstorm came down on the lake, and they were swamped with water and in danger. 24They came to Yeshua and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re perishing!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging wave of water. Then they stopped, and it became calm. 25Then Yeshua said to them, “Where is your faith?” But they were afraid and marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him!”
Not Welcome in the Gerasenes
26They sailed over to the country of the Gerasenes, which is on the opposite side of the Galilee. 27A demon-plagued man from the town met Yeshua as He was coming out onto the land. The man hadn’t worn any clothing for a long time and was living not in a house but in the tombs. 28Seeing Yeshua, he cried out and fell down before Yeshua, and with a loud voice said, “What’s between You and me, Yeshua, Ben El Elyon? I’m begging You, do not torment me!” 29For Yeshua commanded the defiling spirit to come out of the man. For many times it had seized him so that, even though he was restrained and bound with chains and shackles, he would break the chains and be driven by the demons into the desert. 30Yeshua questioned him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he said, for many demons had entered him. 31They kept begging Him not to command them to depart into the abyss. 32Now a large herd of pigs was feeding on the mountain. The demons urged Yeshua to let them enter these pigs, and He gave them permission. 33Then the demons came out of the man and entered into the pigs. The herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and was drowned. 34But when the herdsmen saw what happened, they ran away and reported it in the town and countryside. 35People went out to see what had happened. They came to Yeshua and found the man from whom the demons had gone—clothed and in his right mind, sitting at the feet of Yeshua. And they were frightened. 36Now those who had seen it reported how the demon-plagued man had been restored. 37And all the people from the region surrounding the Gerasenes asked Yeshua to go away from them because they were overcome by great fear. So He got into a boat and returned. 38The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with Yeshua. But Yeshua sent him away, saying, 39“Return to your home, and describe all that God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town all that Yeshua had done for him.
Interrupted on the Way to a Miracle
40As Yeshua returned, the crowd welcomed Him, for they were all expecting Him. 41And here came a man named Jairus, a leader in the synagogue. Falling at Yeshua’s feet, he begged Him to come to his house, 42because his only daughter, about twelve years old, was dying. But as He made His way, the masses were crushing in upon Him. 43And there was a woman with a blood flow for twelve years, who could not be healed by anyone. 44She came up from behind and touched the tzitzit of Yeshua’s garment. Immediately, her blood flow stopped. 45Yeshua said, “Who touched Me?” When everyone denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds are surrounding You and pressing in!” 46But Yeshua said, “Someone touched Me, for I recognized power going out from Me.” 47Then seeing that she did not escape notice, the woman came trembling and fell prostrate before Him. In the presence of all the people, she confessed why she had touched Him and how she had been healed immediately. 48He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in shalom.” 49While He was still speaking, someone comes from the house of the synagogue leader, saying, “Your daughter has died. Don’t bother the Teacher anymore.” 50But hearing this, Yeshua replied to him, “Do not fear—just keep trusting, and she shall be restored.” 51When Yeshua came into the house, He didn’t let anyone enter with Him except Peter, John, Jacob, and the child’s father and mother. 52And everyone was weeping and lamenting her; but He said, “Don’t weep, for she didn’t die but is sleeping.” 53But they were ridiculing Him, knowing she had died. 54But Yeshua, took her by the hand and called out, saying, “Child, get up!” 55Her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. Yeshua ordered food to be given to her to eat. 56Her parents were utterly astonished, but He ordered them to say nothing of what had happened.
–from Luke 8 (TLV)