Monday, November 29, 2021

ABOMINABLE

Today’s Reading: 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 watch it via Crossroads free streaming service called Castle TV),

David

12 thoughts on “Monday, November 29, 2021

  1. “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.”. Psalm 36:7-9

    Dear Father, You Word is so full of love and wisdom. We have so much to learn from You. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Help us always to follow You, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. Amen Rob
    Praying for blessings on all bloggers and understanding and respect of each others posts. It is seems that some of you know each other, while others are from different areas of the country and we all have our own opinions and concerns. I believe that we need to pray for all bloggers, whether we agree with all of their posts, the Lord understands their need and may be directing them to post for the answers they receive. It may give greater understanding of their concern, or the Lord may be an opening our eyes to consider the situation in another way..
    I pray that Beverlee will pray, and reconsider her decision. Her posts are appreciated and her links are always inspiring, as are the posts of each and every blogger.

  3. Blessings all today. I am so thankful for the great opportunities we have with many avenues of great teaching available to us during these difficult days. I saw a marvellous biography of Sir Frederick Banting on YES TV last night. Not only was his gift to the world so amazing (lifesaving insulin), he was an incredible person. He had high standards and loyalty. It would be wonderful to view that again. I pray God’s blessing & direction on all today, in Jesus Name. Amen

  4. Amen to all today’s prayers! Beverlee, please pray about commenting on the blog. I enjoy your stories from which I always learn something new, also the links to songs on YouTube. I pray you will reconsider your decision.

  5. I believe today’s scripture spoke to Beverlee re yesterday’s decision ( ” 3a It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,” ).I agree with her sentiments but we must realize we all have opinions and they are only very fallible opinions.I pray that more Christians would run for office.You are highly respected,Beverlee and you may even mildly intimidate some.God bless

  6. “Sadly we are moving away from the direction of the daily Bible study into opinions about political, vaccination and pandemic decisions. Without the blog being monitored by administration or updated in anyway, I feel we are going in the wrong direction. It seems very dangerous.”

    The arrow is not being pointed at any one specific person. Ultimately we are similar in being strong willed about our opinions. It has nothing to do with not being able to accept that we have different views. It has everything to do with our focus being off the bible study. It started years ago when attention was put on prayer and less emphasis on God’s Word. However, prayer is a fundamental component to the Christian life. The strength of the two, go hand in hand. But God’s Word has to be first.

    When focus is placed on political, vaccination and pandemic issues and we do not remain centered in the Word, we are heading for disaster. That is my humble opinion. I appreciate everyone’s uplifting comments. However I am going to step back and finish my book.

  7. I think your opinion is correct,Beverlee.Satan distracts us by ‘whatever works’ for him,gradually drawing our attention away,ie:the removal of prayer from schools and (then gradually) all public institutions.It’s so gradual we fail to realize until it’s over and possibly too late.Blessings on your book.

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