10/15/11

I wonder...


Everyone knows Albert Einstein.  This man went from being an unknown clerk in a patent office in Switzerland to a Nobel prize winner.  To many he is the father of modern Physics.  The man was genius personified, but a down to Earth person as this quote from Wikipedia shows: 

"In his lecture at Einstein's memorial, nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer summarized his impression of him as a person: "He was almost wholly without sophistication and wholly without worldliness . . . There was always with him a wonderful purity at once childlike and profoundly stubborn." 

Einstein was a very great man to say the least.  I have known many extremely intelligent chemists, but the vast majority of them were not down-to-Earth people, so I think I would have liked Einstein.  Not only for his personality, but for his view of imagination quoted in the above picture.  Obviously, he was a unique person; one who was blessed by God in a very special way.  This reminded me of another individual from the Old Testament who was blessed by God...

1 Chronicles 28:2-10 (WEB)
2) Then David the king stood up on his feet, and said, “Hear me, my brothers, and my people! As for me, it was in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, and for the footstool of our God; and I had prepared for the building.
3) But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for my name, because you are a man of war, and have shed blood.’
4) However Yahweh, the God of Israel, chose me out of all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen Judah to be prince; and in the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel.
5) Of all my sons (for Yahweh has given me many sons), he has chosen Solomon my son to sit on the throne of Yahweh’s kingdom over Israel.
6) He said to me, ‘Solomon, your son, shall build my house and my courts; for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.
7) I will establish his kingdom forever, if he continues to do my commandments and my ordinances, as at this day.’
8) Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of Yahweh, and in the audience of our God, observe and seek out all the commandments of Yahweh your God; that you may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you forever.
9) You, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for Yahweh searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.
10) Take heed now; for Yahweh has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong, and do it.”

1 Kings 3:5-14 (WEB)
5) In Gibeon Yahweh appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”
6) Solomon said, “You have shown to your servant David my father great loving kindness, according as he walked before you in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with you. You have kept for him this great loving kindness, that you have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7) Now, Yahweh my God, you have made your servant king instead of David my father. I am but a little child. I don’t know how to go out or come in.
8) Your servant is in the midst of your people which you have chosen, a great people, that can’t be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9) Give your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this your great people?”
10) The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
11) God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long life, neither have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice;
12) behold, I have done according to your word. Behold, I have given you a wise and an understanding heart; so that there has been none like you before you, neither after you shall any arise like you.

13) I have also given you that which you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings like you, all your days.
14) If you will walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
As much as I think I would have liked Einstein, I think I would have liked Solomon more.  His attitude towards God and those under his control revealed a very caring heart; something to be admired.  The wisdom of Solomon is legendary as are his judgments.  I can not pretend to even remotely understand either of these two people, let alone their imaginations.  But God does.  And he knows everything about us as well.  I wonder what HE would say about the imaginations of our hearts; whether we are blessed with profound intellect or not? 

OT Bible Reading 10/15

Oct. 15
Proverbs 18-20

Pro 18:1 An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment.
Pro 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion.
Pro 18:3 When wickedness comes, contempt also comes, and with shame comes disgrace.
Pro 18:4 The words of a man's mouth are like deep waters. The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.
Pro 18:5 To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, nor to deprive the innocent of justice.
Pro 18:6 A fool's lips come into strife, and his mouth invites beatings.
Pro 18:7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
Pro 18:8 The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels: they go down into a person's innermost parts.
Pro 18:9 One who is slack in his work is brother to him who is a master of destruction.
Pro 18:10 The name of Yahweh is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe.
Pro 18:11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, like an unscalable wall in his own imagination.
Pro 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is proud, but before honor is humility.
Pro 18:13 He who gives answer before he hears, that is folly and shame to him.
Pro 18:14 A man's spirit will sustain him in sickness, but a crushed spirit, who can bear?
Pro 18:15 The heart of the discerning gets knowledge. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Pro 18:16 A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
Pro 18:17 He who pleads his cause first seems right; until another comes and questions him.
Pro 18:18 The lot settles disputes, and keeps strong ones apart.
Pro 18:19 A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city; and disputes are like the bars of a castle.
Pro 18:20 A man's stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.
Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.
Pro 18:22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of Yahweh.
Pro 18:23 The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.
Pro 18:24 A man of many companions may be ruined, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Pro 19:1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than he who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
Pro 19:2 It isn't good to have zeal without knowledge; nor being hasty with one's feet and missing the way.
Pro 19:3 The foolishness of man subverts his way; his heart rages against Yahweh.
Pro 19:4 Wealth adds many friends, but the poor is separated from his friend.
Pro 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who pours out lies shall not go free.
Pro 19:6 Many will entreat the favor of a ruler, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
Pro 19:7 All the relatives of the poor shun him: how much more do his friends avoid him! He pursues them with pleas, but they are gone.
Pro 19:8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. He who keeps understanding shall find good.
Pro 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished. He who utters lies shall perish.
Pro 19:10 Delicate living is not appropriate for a fool, much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
Pro 19:11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger. It is his glory to overlook an offense.
Pro 19:12 The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
Pro 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father. A wife's quarrels are a continual dripping.
Pro 19:14 House and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from Yahweh.
Pro 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep. The idle soul shall suffer hunger.
Pro 19:16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is contemptuous in his ways shall die.
Pro 19:17 He who has pity on the poor lends to Yahweh; he will reward him.
Pro 19:18 Discipline your son, for there is hope; don't be a willing party to his death.
Pro 19:19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty, for if you rescue him, you must do it again.
Pro 19:20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.
Pro 19:21 There are many plans in a man's heart, but Yahweh's counsel will prevail.
Pro 19:22 That which makes a man to be desired is his kindness. A poor man is better than a liar.
Pro 19:23 The fear of Yahweh leads to life, then contentment; he rests and will not be touched by trouble.
Pro 19:24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
Pro 19:25 Flog a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke one who has understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
Pro 19:26 He who robs his father and drives away his mother, is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
Pro 19:27 If you stop listening to instruction, my son, you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Pro 19:28 A corrupt witness mocks justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down iniquity.
Pro 19:29 Penalties are prepared for scoffers, and beatings for the backs of fools.
Pro 20:1 Wine is a mocker, and beer is a brawler. Whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Pro 20:2 The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion. He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
Pro 20:3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be quarreling.
Pro 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Pro 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Pro 20:6 Many men claim to be men of unfailing love, but who can find a faithful man?
Pro 20:7 A righteous man walks in integrity. Blessed are his children after him.
Pro 20:8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
Pro 20:9 Who can say, "I have made my heart pure. I am clean and without sin?"
Pro 20:10 Differing weights and differing measures, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
Pro 20:11 Even a child makes himself known by his doings, whether his work is pure, and whether it is right.
Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Yahweh has made even both of them.
Pro 20:13 Don't love sleep, lest you come to poverty. Open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.
Pro 20:14 "It's no good, it's no good," says the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.
Pro 20:15 There is gold and abundance of rubies; but the lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.
Pro 20:16 Take the garment of one who puts up collateral for a stranger; and hold him in pledge for a wayward woman.
Pro 20:17 Fraudulent food is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is filled with gravel.
Pro 20:18 Plans are established by advice; by wise guidance you wage war!
Pro 20:19 He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; therefore don't keep company with him who opens wide his lips.
Pro 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.
Pro 20:21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning, won't be blessed in the end.
Pro 20:22 Don't say, "I will pay back evil." Wait for Yahweh, and he will save you.
Pro 20:23 Yahweh detests differing weights, and dishonest scales are not pleasing.
Pro 20:24 A man's steps are from Yahweh; how then can man understand his way?
Pro 20:25 It is a snare to a man to make a rash dedication, then later to consider his vows.
Pro 20:26 A wise king winnows out the wicked, and drives the threshing wheel over them.
Pro 20:27 The spirit of man is Yahweh's lamp, searching all his innermost parts.
Pro 20:28 Love and faithfulness keep the king safe. His throne is sustained by love.
Pro 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength. The splendor of old men is their gray hair.
Pro 20:30 Wounding blows cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the innermost parts.

NT Bible Reading 10/15

Oct. 15
Ephesians 6

Eph 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Eph 6:2 "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with a promise:
Eph 6:3 "that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth."
Eph 6:4 You fathers, don't provoke your children to wrath, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Eph 6:5 Servants, be obedient to those who according to the flesh are your masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ;
Eph 6:6 not in the way of service only when eyes are on you, as men pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
Eph 6:7 with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men;
Eph 6:8 knowing that whatever good thing each one does, he will receive the same again from the Lord, whether he is bound or free.
Eph 6:9 You masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with him.
Eph 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Eph 6:13 Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
Eph 6:15 and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace;
Eph 6:16 above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the spoken word of God;
Eph 6:18 with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints:
Eph 6:19 on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Good News,
Eph 6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Eph 6:21 But that you also may know my affairs, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make known to you all things;
Eph 6:22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our state, and that he may comfort your hearts.
Eph 6:23 Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 6:24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love. Amen.