Suggested Reading: Proverbs 20
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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’ve just returned from two weeks in Israel with 99 people whose company I enjoyed immensely. A special one of those to me is my wife, Norma-Jean. Last Monday she led a group, mainly women, into the Old City of Jerusalem for a shopping experience. She loves bargaining. I must confess that I deliberately stay away. As a man I feel somewhat claustrophobic in those narrow aisles called streets. In fact, while my wife shopped I was in Bethlehem hosting and producing five half-hour TV shows to be aired from December 23rd to the 27th on CTS. Believe me when I say that I enjoyed my time there much, much more than I would’ve enjoyed the shopping experience. In an upcoming blog posting, I’ll give you details on when you can find these Christmas programs on the CTS schedule.
I heard he 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,
P.S. Yesterday I introduced to you my friend, Sam Moore, a man who greatly influenced my life with his excellent initiative in hiring world-class experts in the Hebrew and Greek languages to give us “The New King James Version” of the Bible, a most important translation which I use here in my blog. Today and tomorrow, I want to invite the readers to watch my interview with Sam in two parts from about 30 years ago (click here for part one).