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September 11

Wise men still seek Him
Proverbs 4-6/Matthew 1-2

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OT

4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.

:5:18-23 Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving doe, a graceful deer. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love. Why be captivated, my son, with an immoral woman, or embrace the breasts of an adulterous woman? For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his incredible folly.

6:12-15 Here is a description of worthless and wicked people: They are constant liars, signaling their true intentions to their friends by making signs with their eyes and feet and fingers. Their perverted hearts plot evil. They stir up trouble constantly. But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken beyond all hope of healing.

27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap and not be burned?

32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys his own soul.

NT

1:22-23 All of this happened to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: ‘Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us).’

2:12-13 But when it was time to leave, they went home another way, because God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod. After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up and flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,’ the angel said. ‘Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to try to kill the child.’

19-23 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and told him, ‘Get up and take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.’ So Joseph returned immediately to Israel with Jesus and his mother. But when he learned that the new ruler was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid. Then, in another dream, he was warned to go to Galilee. So they went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophets concerning the Messiah: ‘He will be called a Nazarene.’


OT Flash Points

Get wisdom & understanding
Wisdom is supreme
Understanding is worth all you have
An undisciplined life leads to disease and despair
True satisfaction is in wise judgment

NT Flash Points

Jesus, descendant of David & Abraham
The Messiah is born
A star guides eastern seers to the new King
Herod kills all the males above 2 years old


Perspective

Serve God in whatever circumstances you are found
It takes God incarnate in us to do the most common duties as He wants them done

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