Lost Words from the Bible?
My dear wife, Leann and I search the scriptures from our bible reading calendar and from inspiration. Then we try to relate what we read to our lives and world around us. Today this ol’ author remains a bit perplexed as the words are out of use in society today or seem to be so.
I’ll use an example from the word, ‘glibly’. See, to speak glibly, who would know what that means, because it is no longer in use. Some synonyms would include precocious, and histrionic… Not much help, right? As a novelist I tend to use three pages instead of a paragraph, which will give a clue to the meaning.
I use this example to make a point about scripture and a point about the times in which we live. If I suggest that discernment, sin, the Holy Spirit, The ‘Fear of the Lord’, how many would shake a head and say, ‘what?’
How long has it been since we heard a bit of fire from a pulpit about the ‘Fear of the Lord, about SIN, about discernment, or to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
Please read the first three chapters of Proverbs for context.
God’ Word doesn’t go out of style, or lose its impact, for whatever purpose God sets upon to accomplish will be done. But what about you and I, in this world where the death language of the devil is shouted in the streets, promoted by those who deny Jesus and want to destroy this country…
Whatever happened to faith, to ‘the Fear of the Lord?
You see, from our Bible reading in Proverbs, a key emerges. Did you find it?
Proverbs 1: 7. the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Or how about verse 23, as God shares a hint – Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you: I will make my words known unto you.
Those words. His words. Perhaps God means discernment too?
Check out Proverbs 2: 1-5 My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.
Hmmm, to cry for discernment… For the Lord wants to pour His spirit upon us. The Fear of the Lord. His words are right here for the reading, for learning, for wisdom and discernment.
So that problem isn’t with God, perhaps ‘WE the People’ of this country need to get back into His word, to study it, to preach it from each pulpit, to turn away from sin and seek God above all else, then we will find discernment.
So there is the answer. The ‘Fear of the Lord’, will bring you discernment.
With discernment you will be able to tell the difference between the still small voice of God who is asking to be first place in your life… compared to the blatant screech of the death language of the devil, who demands that all yield to him.
Know the words of the Bible. Hide them in your heart. When the screech of the death language of the devil rings out its foul demands, you will be able to stand up for God and country, to know with confidence that Jesus is Lord over all, and that the death language is wrong, is opposite of God’ Truth. You will be able to deny that evil tone with the Word Of God, the Fear of the Lord.
Death will flee from you.
Mmmm, victorious in Jesus.
Author Terry Palmer, humbled by his trip into the depths of Proverbs this morning.
photo by anouar olh