Proverbs 16 5-16-19

Continuous revelation: God reveals Himself to us in numerous ways everyday! Are we aware? Are we looking for Him?

20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

“Giving heed to instruction” is an attitude of humility. If Jesus is with us, then He is leading us. If He is leading us, then we need to walk in a spirit of humility. It requires trust. The neat thing is that the more we walk in humility, the more we trust Him. Experience is a great teacher. Trust = Time + believable/consistent behavior.

The past two days, I have gone into work early and done Proverbs from there. I have used an old Bible and have really enjoyed reading my notes in the margins. The Lord had shown me some great truths during the use of that Bible and has now reminded me of some of them! I love His revelations of His character and His truth.

One such revelation is about His love for us. Consider these verses:

Romans 5:8 God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

John 15:26 “In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”

1 John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

Throughout History, God has been revealing Himself to mankind in ever-increasing measures:

  1. God revealed Himself to a man: Abraham, and to his descendants, i.e. Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, etc.
  2. God revealed Himself to a nation: Israel, and continued to do so through the prophets.
  3. God revealed Himself to the world: Jesus!
  4. God reveals Himself to us: The Holy Spirit!

One of His main tools is His written Word. Let’s give Him opportunities to speak to us by reading, studying, memorizing and pondering His Word.

For instance, this morning I read Matthew 13:53-58 where Jesus went to His hometown of Nazareth and preached, but was not well-received. Why? Because He quoted the Messianic sign given by Isaiah which I found in the Luke 4 passage:

Isaiah 61:1-2 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Jesus pretty much quoted this passage to the disciples of John the Baptist in Matthew 11:

Matthew 11:4-6 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 6 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me [or, takes no offense of me and is not hindered in seeing the truth- from the Amplified version].”

The blind receive sight- recovery of sight for the blind;

The lame walk, leprosy cured, deaf hear- release of the oppressed;

The dead are raised- freedom for the prisoners;

The good news is preached- to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

These signs are the biblical Messianic signs, yet the leaders wanted still another sign (Matthew 12:38) and the people want Him to give them manna like God gave to the Israelites in the desert (John 6:30). Jesus wouldn’t do it. In fact, the only other sign He said He would give them is this:

Matthew 12:39-40 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

This sign was accomplished in Matthew 28:6,

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

Wow! What a revelation! May we keep the wonder of God’s amazing and overcoming love in our hearts and minds as we go through today–and everyday!

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