Evening Readings: Proverbs 1:20-33 & Matthew 8:1-17 [July 16]

Proverbs 1:20-33

Proverbs are given to make the simple wise: wise with divine wisdom.

However those who refuse to listen to wisdom will be ignored and mocked at their calamity; wisdom will not respond when they call out;

  • Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, (vs 29)
  • they would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, (vs 30)
  • therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices. (vs 31).

However, those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.

The evangelist should exhort his hearers to seek the Lord’s wisdom that they may receive the benefits and know the Lord as well. Where is the Lord’s wisdom? In the Scriptures: Proverbs and Psalms are filled with it; plus as one reads the Scriptures pray to the Lord for Him to grant His wisdom to you (James 1:5-8).  The intangible work of the Word and Spirit will bring forth wisdom.

Matthew 8:1-17

Jesus heals the leper after coming down the mount from which He gave His sermon in Chapters 5-7. Lepers had to shout unclean as they came through an area so no one would touch them and become unclean. Yet, we learn that for Jesus touching that which is unclean did not make Him unclean.  And we learn that Jesus’ healings were to bring the Jews back into compliance with the Law of Moses. Therefore once the leper was healed Jesus sent him to make the proper offering for a leper being healed.

Then the Roman centurion comes to Jesus to ask Him to heal his servant signifying the Great Commission to all peoples that Jesus would give after His resurrection.

Lastly, Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law.  She immediately rises to serve Him.

Jesus demonstrates He is greater than any sickness and is willing to heal all those who come to Him by faith: Jew or Gentile.

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