每日诗歌: El Shaddai (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldUEIpjmwsQ)
Jeremiah 9 [Read]
Jeremiah 10 [Read]
1 Timothy 3 [Read]
The news in October of an election year in US is always busy. Every day we read about the candidates arguing or attacking each other, hoping to gain support to become the arguably most powerful person in the world. October is also the time when Nobel Prize announces its recipients, and the winners are highly esteemed for their achievement in advancing human knowledge and technology. October is also the time people start to plan for the biggest shopping season of the year, and advertisers begin to put out attractive ads for Christmas gifts. It’s the time people think about and covet for more power, wisdom, and wealth.
Such thinking also finds companies in ancient Israel. “We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD”, when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely (Jer 8:8). Those who deal with the Law did not know the LORD (2:8), and they prophesied lies as if they knew (5:31). Instead of teaching people to deal honestly and seek the truth (5:1), the priest was hunger for power and ruled the people with their own authority (5:31). In the mean time, people made and worshipped all kinds of idols. They adorned them with silver and gold (10:4) and dressed them with blue and purple made by skilled workers (10:9), hoping such idols would bring them the prosperity and wealth and safety they so desperately needed in a tumultuous time.
This is what the LORD says: “let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches” (9:23). Boasting our own achievements and possessions is the easiest temptation for us to succumb to, for we have worked hard for them and have earned the rights for such boasting. But the LORD declares: “let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight” (9:24). The only legitimate boasting is that we know and understand our Lord’s will, which is for his people to exercise kindness, justice, and righteousness as he does. Knowing leads to knowledge and understanding leads to action. With these we may then boast, not about ourselves, but about the divine nature now gradually taking shape in us. May this meditation have as deep an impact on you as it has on me.
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