Proverbs 8 1-8-22

Jesus didn’t come to simply clarify the Scriptures. He came to fulfill them and to give us new marching orders!

8 All the words of my [wisdom] mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them [Paul refers to Jesus as the wisdom of God in 1 Corinthians 1:24].

In reading chapters 8 and 9 in Luke yesterday, I saw something that intrigued me. Jesus really did a major paradigm shift concerning what we use as our base of authority. Let’s look:

His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable [the sower and the seed] meant. 10 And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand [a quote from Isaiah 6].
11 “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:9-11

At this point in history, we would assume that the word of God was the Scriptures of Genesis through Malachi. Jesus even quoted from Isaiah! But, in Luke 6 (and in Matthew 5-7) Jesus redirected the entire way of interpreting those scriptures. First, He told them that He was Lord of the Sabbath (6:5) and then proved it by healing a man on the Sabbath (6:6-11). He gave the people new directives with the Beatitudes (6:20-23) and to bless those who curse them and pray for those who abuse them (6:27-31). He told them to love their enemies and to be merciful even as their heavenly Father is merciful (6:35-36). He warned them not to judge others, and that they could tell a good/bad person by his/her fruit (6:37-45). Lastly, He told them to build their foundation for life on His words by doing them (6:46-49).

So, when Jesus said that the seed was representative of the word of God, I believe that He was referring to His words.

The second passage that sealed the deal for me is 9:28-36, at which we will look tomorrow.

Abba, thank You for caring for us and wanting us to know the Father through You. Your Spirit teaches us. May we continue to listen to You and to allow You to interpret what we read, what we hear, and even what we think, O Lord.

One more thing: Thank You for Robin. Bless her today on her 60th birthday. Amen.

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