Women Embracing Faith

Thinking Through the Bible

Comparing Scriptures For Principles May 21, 2009

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One of the lessons we learned in studying Isaiah is that looking for spiritual principles and visualizing images used by the authors help us apply the Bible to our hearts and everyday actions.  The whole Bible deals with the same principles and points us always to Jesus, our Savior.

As you read these two passages, remember that David wrote around 1000 BC, Isaiah in the early 700’s BC,  while Jeremiah wrote in the years leading up to 586 BC.   Years apart, but their main idea is the same. Paul wrote to the Galatians (in Turkey) about 49AD.  That’s more than 1000 years after Psalm 146!

What is the spiritual principle in these passages?  What is the image to help you remember it?  How can you apply it to your life today?

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man

And makes flesh his strength,

Whose heart departs from the LORD.

For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,…”         Jeremiah17:5-6

“Praise the LORD, O my soul! While I live I will praise the LORD:

I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Do not put your trust in princes,

Nor in a human being, in whom there is no salvation.

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;

In that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,

Whose hope is in the LORD his God,

Who made heaven and earth,

The sea, and all that is in them;….”  Psalm 146:1-6

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,

And whose hope is the LORD.

For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,

Which spreads out its roots by the river,

And will not be anxious in the year of drought,

Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”    Jeremiah 17:7-8

“I say then, Walk in the Spirit,…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”   Galatians 5:16 and 22

“And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”  Romans 5:11

Are we dry shrubs blown by the wind?   Or flourishing trees –continuing to be kind, patient, loving, joyful.  Our hope should only be in the LORD, the same Creator who guided Paul, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and David.

Walk in the Spirit by looking to the Holy Spirit  to guide and direct you through His Word. Do not trust in the ideas, fads, celebs, doctors, or governments of the world!  Is your heart stirred to love God more…this One who created the cosmos and remains the same today–with us–as He was with these now-famous people of  centuries ago?


Grandsons Are Fun

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Here is a good teaching tip from a reformed perspective:

As you are cleaning a kid up a million times a day, say:

“Clean face,

Clean hands,

New heart!”

You can add “Clean feet” when you need to!

Why do this? You are laying a foundation in the child’s mind to accept the biblical principle of the Holy Spirit’s sovereign work in salvation.  And you are reminding yourself of this doctrine of  our salvation and our need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”  (Romans 5:6)

“”As it is written, “There is noe righteous, no, not one.  They are all gone out of the way,they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.’ ”  (Romans: 3:10

“And you hath he quickened, wo were dead in trepasses and sins.  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ;  (by grace you are saved.)”   ( Ephesians 2:1, 5)

“…I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”  (Jeremiah 31:33)

You need this doctrine too!  How else are you going to raise this kid unless strengthen, encouraged, revived to do it?  Stop now,  thanking God for His work in your own heart and praise Him for His whole plan of salvation.  Or ask Him for a new heart for  yourself or plead with Him for the salvation of your children.

And don’t forget that children are fun.  We are to delight in them and their childishness.  Keep your balance.  They are little sinners but aren’t they cute.  My grandsons sure are.



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I’m busy with three grandsons and my fifth collie.  My Bible class has just finished our nine months in Isaiah 1-41!  Now it’s time for a study break.  Look for teaching tips and family applications and some devotional thoughts.  I’m going to read some fiction and light history too.  Praise God for summer!img_5322