Aug 14, 2018
In yesterday’s reading, the Lord began giving oracles about different nations, with one chapter concerning Egypt and the next one about Philistia. Today we’ll hear about Moab.
Today’s chapter is the last of the thematic chapters at the beginning of this book. Lady Wisdom speaks, and we find that she is opposed by Lady [Folly/Stupidity].
John continues to address us as his dear children, and tells us things that we must know in order to be on guard and remain in fellowship with the Father and the Son.
Jer. 48:13 [GNT Then the Moabites will be disillusioned with their god Chemosh, just as the Israelites were disillusioned with Bethel, a god in whom they trusted.//NLT 13 At last Moab will be ashamed of his idol Chemosh, as the people of Israel were ashamed of their gold calf at Bethel.]
Pro. 9:18 Her victims do not know that the people [who go to her house die//die who go to her house], that those who have already entered are now deep in the world of the dead.
1Jn. 2:5 But if we obey his word, we are the ones whose love for God has really been made perfect. This is how we can [know for sure//be sure] that we are in union with God:
6 if we say that we remain in union with God, we should live [in the same way//just] as Jesus Christ [lived//did].
8 However, the command I now write [to] you is new, because its truth is seen in Christ and also in you. For the darkness is passing away, and the real light is already shining.
14 [So (let me emphasize)] I write to you, my children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know [God’s Son//him] who has existed from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you are strong; the word of God lives in you, and you have defeated the Evil One.
Pro. 9:7 Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return.
Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.
[I think we might as well let Lady Wisdom speak all the way through here.]
11 [I,] Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life.
12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn [me,] wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.
1Jn. 2:6 Those who say they live in [unity, joined with] God should live their lives as Jesus did.
9 If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates [his/a] Christian brother or sister,a that person is still living in darkness.
10 Anyone who loves [his/another] brother[s and/or] sister[s] is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble.
11 But anyone who hates [his/another] brother[s and/or] sister[s] is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.
12 I am writing to you who are [my dear//God’s] children
because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus.
14I have written to you who are [my/God’s] children
because you know the Father.
I have written to you who are mature in the faith
because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning.
I have written to you who are young in the faith
because you are strong.
God’s word lives in your hearts,
and you have won your battle with the evil one.
20 But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit,and [that is why] all of you know the truth.
21 So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you [already] know the difference between truth and lies.
22 And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is [a follower of the/an] antichrist.