Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 198

The scriptures read are Proverbs 7-9, Psalm 12 and Ephesians 2.

Proverbs 7. I'll telling you again: avoid the adultress.

Proverbs 8. If you must take up with women in the street, make it Lady Wisdom. Chasing wisdom is better than chasing wealth.

Wisdom is pictured as God's first creation and then as his coworker in creation. This metaphoric poem probably helped the early Christians puzzling out Jesus' relationship to God.

Proverbs 9. Wisdom prepares a feast for the wise. The other woman prepares one for the unwary.

Psalm 12. Today a women's trio sings our psalm in close harmony here.

Ephesians 2. After ending the last chapter with the church, Paul goes on to remind us that none of us have a spotless past. We are Christians only by virtue of God's grace, his undeserved, unreserved love, manifested in Jesus. Jesus has forged a peace between Jews and Gentiles through his death on the cross. He not only brings us peace, he is our peace.

To switch the metaphor, we are like building blocks for a living temple for God, with Jesus as the cornerstone, balancing all the forces that would otherwise tear us apart and keep us from rising and becoming one.

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