Proverbs 11 4-11-20

God wants our hearts, our minds, our attention and focus. Are you giving Him yours daily? Continuously? or “religiously?”

20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,
    but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.

He continues with an explanation:

21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
    but those who are righteous will go free.

He explains with an example:

22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
    is [even] a beautiful woman who shows no discretion [God’s view of someone who disregards godliness].

He shows the intent of the heart:

23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
    but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

NOTE: The key to today’s lesson is in clicking on the corresponding links to the Scriptures.

Concerning Easter, we are on the second day of Jesus’ death. It is a regular Sabbath whereas yesterday was the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which was a High Sabbath. That feast will continue for seven days, with the Feast of First Fruits happening on the first day of the week after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Tomorrow is Sunday, the first day of the week, and is the day that Jesus rose from the dead becoming the First-fruits of all who rise from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

Jesus is all about hope and desire. He wants us to have our hope in Him as our Savior and LORD and desire Him as our Friend and Confidante. Is that for what you signed up? Or did you only want the first half: Salvation and the remission of sins, but not the Lordship part? Today is the day to mull that question over and come back to God with an answer because tomorrow we celebrate our Risen Lord and I wouldn’t want you offering the wrong sacrifice, one of a perverse heart rather than a blameless one.

“Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.”

– Hudson Taylor

Have you ever wondered what the disciples were thinking all throughout this day? Or, were they just hurting? I’m guessing that they were fearful, despondent, and maybe even angry. I wonder when they began to remember all that Jesus had told them. The women remembered when the angel told them that Jesus had risen Luke 24:6-8 ; the two disciples on the road to Emmaus didn’t remember until their eyes were opened to Jesus  Luke 24:31-32 ; it is likely that the rest of the disciples didn’t remember until Jesus opened their minds, as well  Luke 24:44-46 .

We can have our minds opened, too, if we read His Word and allow Him to wash our minds  Ephesians 5:26 , transform our minds Romans 12:2 and renew our minds Ephesians 4:23. Are you ready? Me, too!

Abba, may You renew my mind even as I read Your Word and write about it. May You open our minds and hearts to Your words, Your will, and Your plans. You went to a LOT of trouble just to be in us, to be with us. May we never take it for granted! I love You; make Yourself known to me today as I ponder Your sacrifice Ephesians 5:2 . Amen.

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