Daily Encouragement

December 6 – What’s the difference between a fool and a wise man?

December 6
Hosea 4:1-5:15
2 John 1:1-13
Psalm 125:1-5
Proverbs 29:9-11 

Hosea 4:2 – Note the sins: Swearing (Leviticus 19:12/3rd Commandment), Lying (9th Commandment), Killing (6th Commandment), Stealing (8th Commandment), Adultery (7th Commandment). The LORD is not even pointing out the “minor sins” – the 613 commands of the Torah, but just the “Big Ten!”

Hosea 4:6 – Many people use this phrase – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:” but they ignore the context. The knowledge is knowing the Law, and obeying the Law!

Hosea 4:13 – We’re back to the 2nd Commandment – and God ties the 2nd Commandment to the 7th Commandment. The argument being, if you’re not faithful to me, your spouses will not be faithful to you.

Hosea 5:15 – Do we take spiritual adultery as seriously as God takes it? Do we realize that God takes it as seriously as we take physical adultery? Do we know that God will let us suffer the consequences of our sin until we seek His face?

2 John 1:1 – Who is the “elect lady”? GotQuestions notes that she has a sister, and is part of the church, but that is all that is known. Chuck Missler suggests that it might be Mary, the mother of Jesus based on Jesus entrusting Mary to John’s care. Also Mary had a sister (John 19:25).

2 John 1:5 – In this short epistle we have a few commands: “love one another” (2 John 1:5), “walk after his commandments” (2 John 1:6), and “abide in the doctrine” (2 John 1:9). These are similar to the theme of John’s gospel.

  • Love!  (John 15:12) – 57 times in John’s gospel.
  • Obey! (John 14:15) – If Love, then Keep!
  • Believe! (John 20:31) – That’s the point of the writings!
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Psalm 125:2 – If you’ve been to Jerusalem, the mountains around the city are incredibly impressive. Deep valleys, tall heights, and sharp cliffs. This Psalm is part of the “Song of Ascents” from Psalm 120-134, songs to sing while climbing the road to Jerusalem.

Proverbs 29:11 – No comment necessary!

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