Bible Notes: Christ Jesus

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Hebrew: Jeremiah: 8:9 (cit. 8) The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?

Reading through Jeremiah 8, Jerusalem is in a state of disintegration, with the flower of her nobility worshipping nature, which cannot redeem the body. Every creature knows the seasons and lives accordingly; but people do not take instruction from the LORD despite what they know! The prophet uses incisive imagery to cause logic to rebel, inducing people to reject wrong and choose right—he wants his audience to think twice and hard. All the premises of wisdom Two weeks ago we had a full definition of the Hebrew hokhmah or wisdom with its meanings ranging from practical skill to divine omniscience.  are wrong if they do not begin with the word of the LORD. Earth’s bounty can fail, and man that returns to dust is without comfort. This is the lament of the daughter of Zion, and the lesson to be taken from many troubles is that man must ever return to the LORD for real comfort, for healing, for life itself. The phrase, the word of the LORD, dabar yhwh, is the Old Testament ensign for the God who intelligently, intelligibly, can say “Let there be.” … and there is. In Jeremiah’s book, attentively putting this dabar, this intelligent and intelligible, creative and divine wordbefore all else is the way to heal and restore the daughter of Zion.

Greek: Colossians 3:16 (cit. 4) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord The last words of this verse in KJV are “to the Lord”, leaving one to wonder whether it is the LORD God, or the Lord Jesus Christ who inspires song. A different family of manuscripts ends instead with “sing with grace in your hearts to God.” .

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