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Aug 4, 2022

In yesterday's reading we moved from more poetic content to the story of Jeremiah being opposed by priests, other prophets, and royal officials. Remember that God has promised that he will protect Jeremiah in the face of opposition, and this certainly was put to the test. At the end of yesterday's reading, we heard how Jeremiah prophesied that more valuable articles would be taken away from the Temple, and that they would be brought back eventually. When we read the book of Ezra, we will hear that this prophecy was fulfilled.


Yesterday's reading in Proverbs contained the first speech of Lady Wisdom, the personification of God's wisdom. Not every language uses personification, and one that never uses personification  is Indonesian. In translating Proverbs into Indonesian, we needed to say, “Wisdom is like a teacher who does x, y, and z.” Even in English, it can seem strange when Wisdom builds a house, calls out to people who pass by, and does other human actions.

In 1 Corinthians 8 Paul began his explanation about whether Christians can eat food left over from sacrifices to idols. To me it is another sign of inspiration and God-given wisdom that Paul did not just give a rule to answer this question.

NLT Translation note:
1Cor. 9:10 Wasn’t he actually speaking [about/to] us? Yes, it was written for us, so that the one who plows and the one who threshes the grain might both expect a share of the harvest.


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