USE YOUR THINKERS!
Embodied within this chapter is the sort of prudence to strengthen the quotidian lives of a godly woman. Before there are any introductions to a potential honorable wife; we have a mother's admonishment to her son on what's befitting of the title king and a good husband.
Immediately, a contrastive portrayal of quality over quantity is presented. In the depiction of quantity is the custmory summary of wine (vs 4), women (vs 3), and song. Although beauty is a much sought after trait; it is fallacious and exist in the eye of the beholder (vs 30). Beauty can be altered and redefined. What is beneath the surface (skin deep), the virtues that are developed in the inner being (heart, mind, soul, and spirit) are the most attractive (vs 30). The exhortation to choose the higher physical (vs 6 & 7), moral (8 & 9), and spiritual (vs 5) level is presented. The original marriage structure of monogamy is advocated (vs 10).
The lengthy listings of quality is to intentionally depict the unbalance amount of blessings over quantity one obtains with such a sensible choice. Eshet hayil, the virtuous wife, is defined as a woman of valor (vs 10) in being equally yolk to a man of valor. The rarity of such worth and value exceeds materialistic wealth (vs 10). A woman of this caliber possess or will acquire any qualities needed for the survival and thriving of her family (vs 11 & 12,15,21,27). Whether in physical power (vs 17), economic impact (vs 16, 18, 24), ethical influence (vs 20), intellectual prowess (vs 26) or spiritual strength (vs 30); a righteous woman is an allover asset as a helpmate.
The hebrew word for find is matsa'; the definition is about discerning, identifying, and then attaining the woman that is suitable for God's purpose. Accessible options is a constant, but satisfaction should be found within your own (vs 29). For she is of a personal benefit (vs 31). Not every man have the capability to choose wisely. Many may recognize a good woman, but few perceive which one is right for him, and fewer know how to acquire & keep her (vs 10). In conclusion; Who can find (discern, identify, and attain) a virtuous woman? A man of God can, for she is hidden within Christ (Colossians 3:3).
The first of two affirmations of Christ at His consecration (Luke 2:22-35). With a long standing good reputation, Simeon was epoch in spiritual progression.
Just and devout are two adjectives that defines Simeon's character. Devout in the greek is eulabes...it indicates a very keen consciousness of God. The greek word for just is dikaios; it may be used as an earned titled of such a proven holiness among the people in both keeping of secular and sacred law. A just person is one who mets judicial approval by God and man; thus the ideal witness. Simeon's godly convictions was the motivation for how he conducted his daily affairs.
The presences of the Holy Spirit was noted in Simeon's life (Luke 2:25-27). The third of the triune is active in at least three ways; upon him, guidance, and as emissary. When the Holy Spirit upon someone; there is a duty that has to be carried out. Simeon's submission and obedience to the Holy Spirit's leading in Luke 2:27 was another marking of his relationship with God as His father (Romans 8:14). He did not go and come on his own, allowing the Holy Spirit to position him at the right place, at the right time (Luke 2:27).
Kechrematismenon or chrematizo is the transliteration of the Greek used for reveal in Luke 2:26, in the decree given to Simeon. The meanings gives us two insightful ideas. The word means, to transact business and to make answer. We can assume that Simeon was seeking God on behalf of Israel, as the word included a reply by the Holy Spirit. The other telling part is that, a legal understanding is implied. How this revelation was received is not stated, however we do know God often spoke through dreams.
Simeon was symbolic of an eschatological shift. The prophet Joel spoked that in the last days..old men such as believed Simeon to be would dream dreams (Joel 2:28). While the second half (your young men will see visions) of the prophetic word was fulfilled with the disciples during Pentecost (Acts 2:1-17). With youthful visionaries is the strength to bring it to reality. And it is within this transaction, we are taken from the old covenant, legal agreement between God and man to a new one, that of promise. (Jeremiah 31:31-33).
And the vow to Israel, that Simeon looked forward to was it's consolation, paraklesis in greek for comfort...The Holy Spirit is identified in greek text as another Paraklete, Comforter (John 14:16). It's of a legal solace; what it is saying is that lawful assistances is available to you for the spiritual charge that is against you (Jeremiah 51:36 & Lamentations 3:58).
But there was always a guaranteed hope. Simeone bear witness that salvation was here (Luke 2:30) even before the actual crucifixion and resurrection. Yeshua means salvation. So when Simeon took Yeshua (or salvation) in his arms (Luke 2:28) and said "my eyes have seen your salvation" (Luke 2:30); this was a literal fact.
There is also a "silent" prophecy at work here. Although both parents are present (Luke 2:33), Simeon only addressed the mother about the future of the Son (Luke 2:34). In hindsight, we can see that it was predicted that the father would not live to experience the fulfilment of the prophetic word concerning Yeshua.
Simeon ends his prognosticate with a warning. The destiny of Israel and all nations (Luke 2:31 & 32) will depend on Yeshua (Luke 2:34). Simeon is connecting the Son to the recorded words of Isaiah, that during this period of change, many will find themselves confused and offended; only to their own downfall (Isaiah 8:14 & 15). The prophet went on to say that the (new) testimony would be preserved among the disciples (Isaiah 8:16). Simeon's statement concluded with alerting us, including the mother of Yeshua, that the depth of who we are, and how true our trust/faith/love for God is, will be revealed.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
She appears as if she was tucked into the scriptures as a seemingly passing reference, but nothing could be further from the truth. Incorporated in this short narrative is the interim passage of the faith.
What we learn of her personal life is listings that continued to certify her credibility throughout her life. We are first informed that she is indeed a true daughter of Israel by connecting her to the tribe of Asher via her father's lineage (Luke 2:36). In keeping with biblical customs, as a young girl, Anna met such expected moral, cultural, and religious obligations by bringing her virginity into her marriage (Luke 2:36).
Anna's calling was to the office of a prophetess (Luke 2:36). She consecrated herself by serving God day and night at the Temple (Luke 2:37). Interesting enough;the Hebrew name is Hannah. The prophet Samuel's mother was named Hannah. There exist some possible similarities between the two. Hannah struggled with infertility (1 Samuel 1:5) whereas Anna remained barren. Hannah sought the Lord at the Temple for a son whom she would offer back to God's service as a Nazarite (1 Samuel 1:11). Anna remain at the Temple where she found thee Son, Jesus of nazareth (Luke 2:38 & 39). When God answered Hannah's prayer, He gave her five addition children (1 Samuel 2:21); yet in her prophetic thanks; she speaks of seven for the barren (1 Samuel 2:5). We know one is no longer barren if they give birth...Yet Anna never gave birth, but she gave seven years to marriage.
With the guidance of the gospels; we have a vivid description of the events surrounding the tomb of Christ. Sometime after the sabbath had ended (Saturday evening); Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome purchased some spices to anoint the body of the Lord (Mark 16:1). It was very early on Sunday at sunrise, that a group of women came to the sepulchre (Mark 16:2 and Luke 24:1). Mary Magdalene and the other Mary arrived at the tomb before the others (John 20:1-"while it was still dark" and Matthew 28:1-"as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week").
Mary Magdalene own words in the Gospel of John testifies that she wasn't alone in noticed of the missing body of Jesus -Chapter 20 vs 2: They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and WE (plural) know not where they have laid him.
Mark 16:2 doesn't give us the names of the women that actually went to the tomb on Sunday. Looking at Luke 24:10.. We do not see Salome listed by that name as part of the women who been at the burial site, but the two Marys are...so it's not clear if she made the travel with them. We are only certain that she bought some items.
On the way there, there was a discussion on how to remove the huge stone blocking the entrance (Mark 16:3). Before their arrival there was an earthquake,
in which an angel descended from heaven came and rolled backed the stone and sat on it (Matthew 28:2). When they reached their destination, they saw that the obstacle was removed (Mark 16:4, Luke 24:2, and John 20:1); so they entered into the tomb and discovered the Lord's body was missing (Luke 24:3).
Inside the tomb was an angel sitting on the right side (Mark 16:5). The angel acknowledged that the women are looking for the body of Jesus and informed them that the Lord had risen (Mark 16:6 and Matthew 28: 5 & 6).
The ones that experienced this fled from the site, possibly passed the other women who may have been standing outside of the tomb (Luke 24:5-"bowed down their faces to the earth"..Keyword is earth), without saying a word to "them" and/or others (Mark 16:8) focusing only on disclosing the news to the disciples (Mark 16:10 and Matthew 28:8) in keeping with what was requested (Mark 16:7 and Matthew 28:7).
Just before they reached the disciples, Jesus appeared to them and they worshipped at His feet (Matthew 28:9). The women were to give the disciples a message to meet the Lord in Galilee (Matthew 28:10). Mary Magdalene may have met the resurrected Christ, but the scripture doesn't tell us if she was immediately aware of who he was according to the gospel of Matthew.... in the same manner she didn't instantly recognize Christ in the gospel of John chapter 20 vs 14. She mistaken Him as a gardener. Worshipping at His feet doesn't indicate they knew Who He was (Matthew 28:9)...given that that was the same reaction with the two angels in Luke 24:4 & 5. What we do know, according to scripture, is that the Lord's resurrected appearance could be unrecognizable (Luke 24:13-16).
With the elapsing of time (Luke 24:4-"And it came to pass"), The women's jubilation (Matthew 28:8) was replaced with some confusion (Luke 24:4-"As they were much perplexed"). Suddenly, two angels stood by these groups of women (Luke 24:4) and refresh their memory concerning the words of Christ (Luke 24:6-8). Afterwards, they also went to notify the disciples of said events (Luke 24:9). Their report wasn't believed (Luke 24:11 and Mark 16:11).
Mary Magdalene personally gave her interpretation of the experience to the the apostles Peter and John (John 20:2). She did not yet understand the
concept of the resurrection (John 20:9) so she thought someone moved the body of Christ (John 20:2). Peter and John decided to go to the tomb to see for themselves (John 20:3). John reached the sepulchre first (John 20:4) He stooped to get a look inside, but didn't go in. John noticed the linen clothes (John 20:5)...shortly after, Peter arrived at the location. He also bended to get a view of the inside (Luke 24:12). He noted the linen clothes laid separately (Luke 24:12). Peter decided to go inside where he then observed the linen clothes and the napkin used to cover the head of the Lord (John 20:6&7). John then decided to join Peter, when he saw the empty tomb with the linen clothes and napkin, he believed (John 20:8). However, Peter was not yet convinced (John 20:9 and Luke 24:12-"wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.). The men went to their own home (John 20:10). Mary Magdalene remained at the sepulchre (John 20:11).
While mourning, Mary Magdalene also crouched to glance at the interior of the grave (John 20:11) where she saw two seated angels, one at each end of the body where Jesus was laid (John 20:12). Directly after your responses to the angels, an unidentifiable Jesus stood behind her (John 20:14). When Jesus spoken her name, Mary knew it was Christ (John 20:16). She must have rushed to embrace him for he told her not to touch him because he did not ascend to the Father yet (John 20:17). The Lord was not telling Mary she couldn't feel Him with her hands, keeping in mind, she already did earlier (Matthew 28:9-"And they came and held him by the feet"). Physical touch wasn't the issue, is confirmed in John 20:27 when the Lord also invited Thomas to probe his open wombs.
Jesus was telling Mary she could not adjoin herself to him yet. Mē mou haptou is the Greek phrase for "Touch me not", it insinuates an emotional clinginess.
With seeing the living Messiah, the scriptures seems to suggest that Mary Magdalene desired to keep the resurrected Lord with her, but Jesus informs her that He must ascend to God (John 20:17), where he would be more beneficial. She returned to the disciples with an explanation of the absent body, that with her own eyes, she saw Jesus alive (John 20:18).
The New Testament is clear; Joseph of Arimathaea with Nicodemus took the body of Christ down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in the sepulchre (Matthew 27: 57-60, Mark 15:43-46, Luke 23:53 and John 19: 39-42). They were both Jewish rulers (Mark 15:43 and John 3:1) and thus included in the mentioning of those in Acts 13:29 concerning the burial of Jesus.
Obviously, Jesus couldn't have been a stranger (see Acts 13:27 wording "they knew him not") to the Jews and rulers who buried him if they also
crucified him. Acts 13:27 teaches us that the people of Jerusalem, both citizens and leaders, didn't recognize (see Acts 13:27 wording "they knew him not") that Jesus was the Messiah of their scriptures, even though it is read every week.
This may also have been true among some of his acolytes (note that when Christ asked His followers who do they think He is..only Peter is documented at that period of time as acknowledging/recognizing who Jesus is):
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am (Naturally, Jesus wasn't a stranger to them physically. He was asking them if they perceived who He is by Spirit...this is confirmed in vs 17)?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood (physical) has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven (Spirit..John 4:24) .
One of the most questionable claims is that which comes from the book of Genesis in the Holy Bible concerning the origin of the female gender. The Bible statement is straightforward, God put the man, Adam,in a deep sleep and removed one of his ribs. He used that rib to fashion the woman, Eve (Genesis 2:21 & 22).
Endless assumption have been made by reading in personal interpretations of the text such as men in general have less ribs.
Let's ignore the fact that a lost body part is not hereditary. A parent with a missing arm or leg will no more past on that feature to their offspring, than one with an absent rib. Medical advancement has proven that the rib regenerates. Interesting enough, it's only possible when the periosteum remains intact. This brings us to Genesis 2:21,
"closed up the flesh at that spot" (where the rib was). Periosteum is a tissue/membrane (flesh) that coats the exterior of the majority of bones. Osteogenic cells (osteoblasts) within, functions in the reproduction of bones.
They say perception is everything. The inertia of Judah was framing their own reality. They were lacking the discernment to understand their current condition (Romans 3:11). They deemed themselves to be just and righteous(Romans 3:10) in comparison to the wicked (Chapter 1:4). It is within this mindset, the prophet Habakkuk approaches his dialogue with God.
The lamentation begins with a petition to God for intervention on behalf of the perceived guiltless (chapter 1:2-4). The prophet struggles to find answers for injustice (chapter 1:4). Within his inquiry, the solution materialize. The wording "that is why decision fails" (chapter 1:4)
meaning is connected to the slack of Torah observance. Divine Law is in contrast with man-made laws that do not govern societies properly, they produce lawlessness; which brings about "deformed" judgment. In other words, observe the laws of God (chapter 1:5) or submit to the laws of men and their judgment. We see it often, people desirous of societal sinful
lifestyle and practices until it includes discrimination, persecution, oppression, and any other ill treatment by a stronger group. So we conclude with these truths, God permitting (lack of intervening ..chapter 1:13) us to live under the laws of men which we have chosen (chapter 1:7).
God's response is very insightful. We learn that authority is granted by Him (chapter 1:6). So what may be humanly understood as injustice, could very well be "redeemable" judgment (that which leads to repentance and salvation).
10.Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
11. Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."
We see in the example of the Lord, that God allowed Pilate to be in a position to execute punishment, but he did not have the ultimate power over fate..to render judgment against sin.
Then the conversation proceeded to the topic of greater degrees of wickedness (chapter 1:13). The matter of action or lack thereof is not solely seen in behavior (it is found in the heart). We see that Pilate may have officially issued the death of Christ (sin), but those who handed him over to be killed were wicked as well (greater sin)....the latter just lacked the position of power to physically carry out the death sentence. History has taught us in many cases that people tend to behave in the same manner with given power.. The Oppressed becomes the oppressor, victims of racism become racist, and so forth. People are much more willing to question their current realities (and its consequences) than they are to do a self-examination of their own heart and spiritual condition.
The prophets goes on to compare the lost of dominion (something Judah and Israel could relate too) with the fishes of the sea (Genesis 1:28) in chapter one verse fifteen. This brings us to the statement made by Jesus, "“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19)”.
Essentially, I will restore your sovereignty. This is after Christ saw Simon Peter and his brother Andrew "casting a net into the sea" (Matthew 4:18).
Intune with Habakkuk written message, "He has fished them all up with a line, pulled them up in his trawl, And gathered them in his net (chapter 1:15).
We have a picture of worldly hegemony, that gathers nations up to slay them for their resources (chapter 1:14-17). And then there is the spiritual ascendancy that collect nations because they are the wealth (Revelation 21:24).
We are encouraged that though justices may seem late, it's always on time (Chapter 2:3).
For, "In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay."
The prophets speak of God's famous reputation and longs to see examples of such in his day (chapter 3:2). But we must be reminded of those "waiting periods" too...Not only were the Hebrews freed from their Egyptian bondage with the mighty display of God's power...it was after tarring for it for hundreds of years.
In your patience possess ye your souls
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
None of the wicked will escape due penalty in its proper time (Chapter 2:5).
It is in the waiting, we find our purpose, to live our faith (Chapter 2:4).
....the just shall live by faith/living within the boundaries of God's
laws (Hebrews 10:38).
It is within our FAITHful lifestyle we find redemption in the end
2nd Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept
In a world of instant gratification, waiting is difficult for many.
Regrettably, we see this leading to a great departure from the faith
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines, (Matthew 21:18-19).
though the olive crop fails (Romans 11:17-24).
though there are no sheep in the pen (Zechariah 13:7 & Matthew 26:31).
Knowledge of good and evil (information NOT wisdom) will increase during the last days (Daniel 12:4). Good information, the gospel of salvation will be spread to every part of the earth (chapter 2:14). The wisdom is not in the hearing it, but it the acceptance of it (Romans 10:9-10).
And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.
Evil will lead to disbelief in God and His word. People will believe they have become awaken, enlighten, and educated; they will be no the more WISE in their own deception (2nd Timothy 3:13).
2nd Thessalonians 2:3
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first....
You are warned not to be beguiled by all the antagonistic information shown to you because of the lack of wisdom to understand exactly what is presented.
In the end, the prophet's mood was rejoiceful (chapter 3:18) because of the realization that in the face of everything, victory belongs to the Lord (Psalm 3:8).
The concept of "free will" is so diverse and has been debated for ages.
There is no conclusive understanding of it. From the Compatibilists' theory of it to Physicalism to....genetics/evolution... that one's "free will" is actually in the human's brains, genes, and heredity history or that it's nonexistent altogether, we naively think we have conscious control.
There is the acknowledgment of the internal conflict we struggle with as humans, in which our free will and ability to make choices are tested.
Both the Spirit (of God) and the flesh (of mankind) guides behavior.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Most people would probably agree that love, joy, peace, kindness and
goodness are desirable qualities, while hate, rage, discord, selfish
ambition are unappealing traits. However, many of us find ourselves
wrestling in our character building.
14 We know that the law is SPIRITual; but I am unspiritual (flesh),
sold as a slave to sin.
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do,
but what I hate I do. (Guided by the flesh/sin)
16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good (SPIRIT).
17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living
in me. (Submitted to the flesh/sin)
18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my
sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I
cannot carry it out.
19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to
do—this I keep on doing (Your free will).
20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it,
but it is sin living in me that does it (recognizing yourself as sinner).
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right
there with me .
22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;
23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of
my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me (Freedom of Choice).
24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body (flesh)
that is subject to death?
When you build up your spirit by the Spirit of God, your will to chose
God's will becomes strong.
The perception of "Free Will" denotes power over being controlled. Jesus responds to Pilate in The Gospel of John chapter 19 give us an example of such:
John chapter 19:
10 So Pilate said to Him, "You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?"
11 Yeshua said to him, “You have no power at all over me unless it has been given to you from above;
There is no such thing as "forced upon us" with "free will" (and thus "freedom to choose")
regardless of how powerful another may be. YOU have to submit your own will, they do not have the power to take it (free will) away from you. With "Freedom to Choose", comes consequences.
Jesus willingly submitted His WILL through His freedom to choose:
42 saying, "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet
NOT My will, but Yours be done."
With exercising His right and freedom of choice, He submitted His will to that of the Father's.
We are created with "free will" and "freedom to choose"..
A stronger force can easily influence religious and secular submission.
Take for example..the average man to the average woman...can he overpower her will in rape?.. more than likely (but she would need to submit her will and often women subconsciously do because she has been "conditioned" into believing she is NOT physically stronger than a man). Now provide a woman with an equalizer such as a gun or trained self defense (which has provided her with faith) and the same woman has increase her chances of NOT allowing a man's will to overpower her will. Then there are the cases of mothers uplifting cars off their child or boxing kangaroos to defend their offspring (which tells us she is actually her own equalizer, but doesn't know it and thus has no faith within herself, which weakens her choice to follow her will).
Please do not read only into the physical aspect of the examples and not the fact that the behavior or reaction depended on what takes place in the mental and/or spirit of a person.
And every parent knows, children also have a will of their own. The job of parenting is to guide them (Proverbs 22:6). If children didn't have free will and freedom to choose, then we would need to question parents for discipline them (people who have no will or mental capacity of their own to obey or disobey).
Free will does not depend on obeying, disobeying, or even our level of maturity, it simply means we were created "free spirits" with a will of our own. Nobody has the power to control that inner power. People can only influence us to submit to their desires....and we do it all the time (for obvious reason). Children are no different. The more vulnerable the position, the more likely we will submit our will to another for survival. This is why children typically make the choices to submit...but rest assure..they have their own will..and it is displayed all the time.
They constantly find ways to "rebel" (even if is that "switching of the light on and off" simply because dad/mom said not too ).
Throwing tantrums is typically an expression of rebellion against submission of the will. Toddlers are human beings with their own will and hate the fact they have to submit (which is taught by adults)... It's not in any of us to be dominated over. Children are confident in their OWN beliefs...they only submit to parents to survive (Choice), hence why when they reach their individual "survival age", that submission tends to go out the door.
Those who ENJOY their free will the most may not be those who are the most confident questionably....it could be said, it's those who have the "control" over being able to express their free will (without the threat of being dominated by another's free will). Let's take the Nazis as an example, there were plenty of Jews who were probably very confident in their beliefs and still submitted their will to the Nazi's....one may debate the Nazi's were more confident, but I disagree..it was easier for a Nazi,but it took extreme confidence for a Jew to be a Jew in those days.
We all choose to be confident in whatever we believe, whether it's in worldly beliefs or religious (or else we wouldn't believe it).
As soon as we operate in our "Freedom to Choose", regardless of the route it takes us, we become confident in it....it can be a circular process.
We are NOT confident in our beliefs because of enlightenment. There is too much available exposure to challenge any position. It is personal choices that people put trust in..