Sunday, August 28, 2011

Proverbs 24:13-14 commentary; sweet words of knowledge of Christ

13 ¶ My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: 14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

God’s word is said to be sweet to the taste.

Ps 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

The knowledge of wisdom, that is Christ, is found in the pages of the Bible. When we read it we need to expect something from it, not to read it passively like any other book, hoping for some little nugget of wisdom or advice. And that’s the problem with most Christians and the Bible. They don’t really understand what it is and they have very little expectation of it and expect no reward from it.

The Bible is unlike any other book in the world. It is a living Book. It’s not Shakespeare or Harold Robbins. It’s God through Christ. It judges you.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

It’s no coincidence that God spoke the physical universe into existence by Christ, the Word (capital W) of God. It’s no coincidence that the verses in Genesis are connected repeatedly by “And” as if the UNI-Verse was one long sentence of God, or more simply one word.

It’s no coincidence that scientists believe that all matter and energy is based on strings of vibrations. After all, what is our speech but vibrations? Its no coincidence that God spoke through water and light appeared. We learned that in the 1930’s. It’s called Sonoluminescence. It’s no coincidence that God spoke through the waters of space and the stars were formed. Science has a theory about that called Sonofusion. But even if science didn’t have those theories or they changed their belief in them the Bible would be true and true for all generations.

The Bible is the knowledge of wisdom because it is the knowledge of Christ. Christ is all through the Bible. Christ is the image, the physical, visible body of the Godhead, and He is the Word by which all things are created. He was God in the flesh and He is God.

Colossians 1:15a Who is the image of the invisible God…..

2Co 4:4b … Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. Who is the image of the invisible God…..

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Christ is all through the Bible. He walked in the garden with Adam and Eve.

Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

He appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18. He appeared to Moses in Exodus 33: 11. He spoke to the children of Israel in Judges 2:1. He appeared to Gideon in Judges 6. He appeared to Manoah and his wife, the parents of Samson in Judges 13. He appeared to Stephen in Acts 7:55, to Paul in Acts 27:23 (for those of you who don’t know that an angel is the appearance of someone or something that is someplace else, his or its representative like a hologram but one that can act and for all practical purposes is that person or thing, see these verses; Judges 2:1; Isaiah 63:9; Acts 12:15; Revelation 1:20.)

You cannot see the person of Jesus Christ on this earth right now in this age. But, along with having the Holy Spirit indwelling you, you do have His Bible, His words, and He speaks to you through them. The Bible is the perfect, as in complete and without error, words of God.

1Corinthians 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

The sweet word of knowledge, the Bible, is the principal way that the God of the Bible speaks to you and that you know about Him. It cleanses our way, keeps us from sin, teaches us of God’s mercy and His salvation, makes us alive, gives us hope, turns us back when we go astray, gives us comfort, revives us, is a light to guide our way, is settled in heaven forever, upholds us, orders our steps, its pure, we love it, we meditate on it, its true, its forever, it causes us to rejoice, gives us understanding, delivers us, and it is righteousness. All of those things can be learned by reading Psalm 119. God has also placed it, His words, on a higher par than His name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

And if every knee will bow to God in Christ and every tongue will swear and confess (Isaiah 45:23; Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10,11) that Jesus Christ is Lord then who are we to deny the power of His words in our lives?!

You had best “give attendance to reading” as Paul told Timothy. You had better come to God’s Book expecting to get a reward from it. It’s got treasure hidden in it, hidden as well as on the surface. It is a three dimensional book. It’s written in dispensational order. Every verse has a historical context, a doctrinal importance for someone, and a spiritual and practical application for you, Christian.

We’re not talking about the originals which neither you nor anyone you personally know in the flesh has ever seen, which were almost immediately translated into other languages and had other copies made. We're not talking about some manuscript found in a garbage dump outside of Cairo, unused and unbelieved in for a thousand years on a dusty shelf in the Vatican's library, or one being burned as trash in a monastery in the Sinai desert. We’re not talking about something you can’t have and hold in your hands, read with your eyes, and understand with your mind. We’re talking about something you can eat. We’re talking about God speaking to you directly.

Job 34:3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

Chew on that for a couple o’ million years.

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