Stumbling #2…

Posted: August 13, 2013 in Stumbling...
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I left off yesterday with this statement. The “Wisdom” of Proverbs is not the “wisdom” of Ecclesiastes. The former is Godlike, the latter is usually human.

ChoiceProverbs “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.”

Ecclesiastes “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

I like what Bible Gateway says about Ecclesiastes. “Ecclesiastes is the book of the natural man whose interests are confined to the unstable, vanishing pleasures and empty satisfactions of those who live merely “under the sun.” The natural man is not aware that all the affirmative answers to life are to be found in Him Who is above, not “under,” the sun. The natural man grovels in the dust and finds only earthworms, while the spiritual man may soar on wings like eagles (Isa. 40:31) above all that is futile and disappointing, and may live in the consciousness of God’s companionship, favor, and incomparable, everlasting rewards.”

Let’s see, it’s for me to decide… God – Human? God – Human? God – Human? God – Human?

Ecclesiastes is filled with what i call ramblings. Ramblings because they don’t encourage or lead me. These types of things come from my lips but surely not from a king. These words do not motivate me nor give me any sense of security.

There is something powerful about a picture. God speaks in pictures. In Ezekiel 37, Ezekiel had a vision of dry bones coming back to life through the power of the Spirit. In Acts 10, Peter had the vision of animals lowered from heaven on a sheet. In Ephesians 6 Paul used the picture of a Roman soldier’s armor to describe my spiritual defenses not because i am to take an actual helmet and write “salvation” on it or swing my Bible around like a sword. He used an earthly image so i could better understand a spiritual truth.

Jesus spoke in parables to paint pictures. John 7:38 pictures living water flowing from the believer. A mustard seed is used to portray faith in Mark 4:3. The parable of the sower (Mark 4:3-20), the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45-46), the lost sheep (Luke 15:3–7), a lamp under a basket (Matthew 5:14–15); the Word is rich with pictures.

John 11:9-10 Jesus said, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”

In days past when my children were growing up we used to hang pictures of our dreams on the refrigerator as a reminder of what we were believing for. We also made declarations over our business, our relationships, our family, and our personal growth. I heard this said somewhere: “The me i see is the me I’ll be.” Picturing is a natural function for people. If someone says “Dog”, some see a German Shepherd. Someone says “Tree” and some will picture a huge Oak. When someone says “Future”, what do i see? It’s for me to decide… human or God?

  1. get smart says:

    The statement that the human person is created in God’s image is found only in the first chapters of Genesis, and only in verses belonging to the priestly tradidon (cf Wis 2:23; Sir 17:3 which are clearly based on the Genesis text). The first time the priestly writer speaks about the human person as image of God he uses two different terms introduced by two different prepositions. In Gn 1:26 he writes, “in our image (selem),” and adds “according to our likeness (demut).” Then, in a little poem which follows 1:26 the author twice repeats that the human person is created in God’s image: “God created ‘adam in his image (selem), in the image (selem) of God he created him. . .” (1:27). This time the writer does not mention likeness (demut). While there has been considerable debate over the force of the prepositions in and according to, most scholars accept that there is no real difference between the two prepositions and that the meaning of the two terms (image/likeness) is not influenced by the preposition used.

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