Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Study of Contrasts

Here are some things that caught my attention this week during my time in Scripture.
  • In Joshua 4 the Lord exalted Joshua. When you exalt yourself you will be humbled. When you humble yourself you will be exalted. (Luke 14)
  • Jesus associated with sinners. There is rejoicing in the presence of angels when a sinner repents. Rejoice when lost are found (Luke 15)
  • The people of this world are shrewder in dealing with their own kind than people of the light. Use worldly wealth to gain friends. If you can / can’t be trusted with a little, then you can / can’t be trusted with a lot. If you are not trustworthy with worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? (Luke 16)
  • Only one in ten were thankful and willing to praise God (Luke 17)
  • Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere (Psalm 84:10)
  • Righteousness guards a man of integrity, wickedness overthrows a sinner (Proverbs 13:6)
  • Don’t judge on appearances, there are those who pretend to be rich and have nothing, and there are those who pretend to be poor and are wealthy (Proverbs 13:7)
  • What must I do to gain eternal life? Give up everything and follow Christ. Peter said that he had given up everything to follow Christ. See Luke 18:29 for Christ’s response. How do you reconcile this?
  • Choice: be full of pride OR take advice (Proverbs 13:10)

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