Friday, November 29, 2019

ABOMINABLE

Today’s┬áReading: Proverbs 20

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An open market in the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem. Today’s reading speaks to us of the dishonest use of weights and measures in doing business. These people establish the price by bartering. It seems they are disappointed if one does not haggle. Perhaps it’s their entertainment.

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Key Verses: Proverbs 20:23

Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, and a false balance is not good.

 

Twice the word “abomination” appears in Proverbs 20. Synonyms could be “disgrace” or “obscenity.” The dictionary calls it “a thing that causes disgust.” It comes from a Latin word that means to “detest” or “loath.” God is obviously concerned with everyday life and the dishonesty that often accompanies our earthly existence. In this case, fraudulent scales are called an “abomination.”

The final verse in this chapter reads, “Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, as do stripes the inner depths of the heart.” Have we asked, “Why is this happening to me?” Chances are the answer is “Yes!” I have asked that question. As with all of the Proverbs, it will be helpful if we can find the time to pause in our reading and meditate on what we’ve just read. This is not mindless meditation on a meaningless word, sometimes called a mantra, but this calls for deep thought and a change of mind.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, You show concern for the details of my life. I pray that Your Teacher, Holy Spirit, will explain to me the matters that are important to You and give me grace to change, so that I may become more like Your Son and my Saviour, Jesus! In His Name I pray, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I confess that I avoid the shopping experience whenever possible. Norma-Jean and I have helped many people experience Jerusalem by organizing tours over the years. Norma-Jean has taken mainly women into the Old City of Jerusalem for a shopping experience. She loves bargaining. As a man I feel somewhat claustrophobic in those narrow aisles called streets (photo above).

I heard the story of two young boys on their way to two different Sunday Schools. One said to the other, “I go to a different abomination than you do.” Okay… it’s a joke. He meant to say, “denomination.”

Yours for good shopping this Christmas season, and for good television viewing. Here’s a link to Christmas productions from Crossroads called Journey to Christmas (click here to watch the trailer and here to rent it in a series of videos for streaming),

David

7 thoughts on “Friday, November 29, 2019

  1. Thank You, Father, for this day. We pray that You are glorified in it. And, as David’s father used to say, may the smile of your approval be on each of your children.
    Thank You, Lord, that You are a giver, in fact, the Great Giver, our Provider. We ask that You meet the needs of all your people today. We commit our lives to You, Lord, and ask that You help us to be wise and Godly stewards of all You have given us. We want to see your Kingdom grow and be strengthened through the participation of all your children. As Peter said, each of your people are living stones in the spiritual temple You are building. Be glorified in your work today, Lord, we ask in Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Amen,Rob.I thank Him for ‘unknown’ blessings too.
    Abide In Me

    Abide in Me and I will give you life,
    For if you first seek Me out sincerely
    Then you will share what grows rife,
    In My grace where you are held dearly.

    You are a branch and I am the tree,
    With Me you will know life eternal,
    But if cut off from your life with Me,
    You are doomed to a life infernal.

    So into my open arms you must flee,
    For I love all who seek out my trust,
    To accept the love,abundant and free,
    Instead of greed that turns all to dust.
    G W (Bill) Marshall/ Feb 20, 2013

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