Saturday, December 2, 2017

TRANSMITTING TRUTH

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 23

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

This is the facade of St. Catherine’s Church, with statues of Jerome and the Virgin Mary out front. Midnight Mass, carried around the world on TV Christmas Eve, originates from this church. Jerome translated the Holy Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin, the language of the Roman Empire, in a large cave located under this church. It is located next to the cave which we are told served as the stable where Jesus was born. Jerome’s cave stretches under the Church of the Nativity and is adjacent to the stable cave. This church is connected, wall to wall, to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Like Elijah’s statue on Mt. Carmel, Jerome’s statue is depicted as trampling on death. The last enemy, death, is defeated!

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Proverbs 23:23

Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

 

Jerome (347-420 AD), who is depicted in the statue above, invested most of his life in producing the first complete translation into Latin from the original languages of Hebrew and Greek. His work became the official translation of the Bible for the lands of the Roman Empire. In a very real sense, Jerome bought the truth with an investment of 20 years of his life. He gave “truth,” “wisdom,” “instruction,” and “understanding” to the whole world. Other translations were made into other languages from Jerome’s amazing work.

Today’s reading may contain the longest section on any one topic in all of the book of Proverbs. Verses 20 and 21 refer to “winebibbers” and “the drunkard.” Then verses 29 to 35 are all about those “who linger long at the wine.” It’s a most serious warning which wise people will take to heart.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for (1) truth, which is manifested in the gifts of (2) wisdom, (3) instruction and (4) understanding, to be constantly active in my life. I ask for Your protection against the temptation of too much alcohol with its mind-muddling effects and any other substances or activities that work against these four gifts. I pray this in the Name of the One who always demonstrated these qualities, Jesus Christ, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Recently I stood in front of Jerome’s statue in Bethlehem as I was videotaping a Christmas show (click here and scroll to 29:00 near the end of the program). As I thought about Jerome, I thought about the great price paid by him and many others to give us our precious Bibles. My earliest memories of the Bible were of my mother opening her Bible each day at breakfast and at dinner while my Dad was overseas (1938-1944) reading lovingly and carefully. I had no doubt that this was the most important thing we did as a family. When my Dad arrived home in time for Christmas, he took upon himself the task of leading our family devotions. These influences are probably the main reason why I’m doing this daily blog!

Yours for publishing, reading, and learning the “Word of God,”

David

14 thoughts on “Saturday, December 2, 2017

  1. It is amazing how deep scriptural studies can become and where they lead. Found this little gem, this morning: From The Born Identity by Phil Pringle. Blessings fellow saints in the Lord.

    The Pulpit Commentary: London, New York: Funk and Wagnall’s Company, sites H.D.M. Spence-Jones Ed, 1 Corinthians. 1909;
    “Last of enemies doomed to annulment is Death;” or, as in Tyndale’s version. “Lastly, Death, the enemy shall be destroyed;” or, as in the Rhemish Version, “And, at the last, Death the enemy shall be destroyed.” The present, “is being annulled,” is the prasens futurascens, or the present of which the accomplishment is regarded as already begun and continuing by an inevitable law. Death and Hades and the devil, “who hath the power of death,” are all doomed to abolition.
    “So, even though at present it seems as though not everything is actually under the feet of Christ, we are on that journey of implementing the ultimate victory of Christ on the Cross, until the end of this age when all His enemies will finally be vanquished.” The Born Identity by Phil Pringle

    At The Foot of The Cross (Lyrics) Kathryn Scott
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk7_SBxYSZs

  2. Our preachers transmit the truth
    to us when they preach
    on Sunday mornings.
    Our missionaries and
    evangelists transmit
    the truth.

  3. How wonderful to know that our life is in God’s hands; and we can rest in Him in all our ways, for He directs our path. Praise Jesus!! You conquered the grave, and we live in You!!! Praise Your Holy Name, Amen!!

    Powerful scripture lessons for the day!!!

    Prayed with David’s prayer. Thank you for the photo and the explanation of it!!

    Have a blessed day all you saints.

  4. Listened to a portion of the Christmas Edition video…hope to hear it all this afternoon. Bless you for sharing it with us.!!

  5. PRAISE THE LORD! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS!
    PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ME! GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU, MAY GOD GRANT YOU ALL GOOD HEALTH, GOOD WEALTH, GREAT ABUNDANT OF GRACE AND MERCY FROM OUR LORD GOD!
    IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY AMEN

  6. Just listened to the full video of Ep 020 Christmas Edition…What a blessing; enjoyed it thoroughly…God bless you Ron and Ann and all who are involved in this daily blog!

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