September 5

Proverbs 7, 8

In our reading today we have a warning to men concerning the immoral woman. The roles could be flipped so the warning would be to a woman concerning the immoral man. Chapter 7 begins with the power of obedience to God’s word and wisdom enabling us to avoid the immoral person whatever gender they may be. In the New Covenant God has given us a multitude of weapons and resources, a cache of supernatural empowerments that are more than enough for us to be victorious.     

 

1 Corinthians 14:21-40

In our reading we have the Apostle Paul quoting a verse from Isaiah. 1 Corinthians 14:21 reads: “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.” The quote itself is from Isaiah 28:11, 12 “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” Paul was saying that what Isaiah was prophetically referring to was praying and speaking in tongues. With that in mind I want to list four definitions of the Hebrew words that Isaiah uses in this passage that he was prophetically speaking about. (1) rest [Strong # 4496: repose, peacefully, consolation, an abode—comfortable, ease, quiet, resting place. Gesenius: a condition of rest, a place of rest, hence a habitation.] (2) rest (second word for rest) [Strong # 5117: to rest, to settle down-to dwell, let alone, withdraw, give comfort, (cause to, be at,) rest. Gesenius: to set oneself down, to rest, to be at rest, from labor.] (3) weary [Strong #5889: faint, thirsty, weary. Gesenius: one who is wearied out, either with a journey or with toil, and at the same time suffers from thirst.] (4) refreshing [Strong#4774: rest, refreshing.] Saints, these are some of the supernatural blessings available to the N.T. believer when they pray in tongues. It is amazing to me that these blessings were prophetically foretold by Isaiah over 700 years before Chrst. 

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