An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, November 16, 2015

OT/NT Hope

(Proverbs 16:6 KJV)  By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

One of the great Hebrew words is the one translated “mercy” (lovingkindness NASB) (2617) [chesed].  I think of this as the Old Testament equivalent of the Greek agape.  Both are words loaded with nuance and depth.  They are built into the character and actions of God and expected of us.  A familiar NT usage of agape,
(John 3:16 KJV)  For God so loved [agape] the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Another word is “truth” (571).  This is a vital concept to Christians and part of the reason we are not comfortable with our world.  We believe there is absolute truth.  We believe that there are eternal truths.  We believe that truth is tied in with the person and work of Jesus.
(John 14:6 KJV)  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
When Jesus went to the cross He brought together lovingkindess and truth.  Because of that our “iniquity” can be forgiven.

So?  Rejoice today in the assurance of forgiveness and eternity. 

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