February Readings #6

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from the Scripture
Today’s Readings Feb. #6 : Matt. 12:38-50; Acts 18:1-17 Psalm 29; Ex. 16-18

The 12th chapter of Matthew provides us with a unique, three dimensional view of
Jesus. He Himself marks these out for us by making the statement: “Something
greater than…is here.” In verse 6, as He answers the Pharisee’s challenge over
His disciples picking and eating grain on the Sabbath, He reminds them: “I tell
you, something greater than the temple is here.” Something greater indeed! They
were serving the Temple and its mandates, but He was the God the temple was
built to serve. When they sought Him for a sign, as though He were merely a
prophet – He responded: “something greater than Jonah is here” in verse 41.
Yes, Jonah was a prophet, but Jesus the Christ is the very Word, the Message
Himself! And in 42, “something greater than Solomon is here” – for Solomon was
the wisest of men, but Christ Jesus is the Truth. In Him are hidden all the riches
of the wisdom of God. Let no man bind you to organizations, systems or religious
schemes of any kind – serve Christ and Him first of all. If they require greater
allegiance to them than to Him – turn and follow Christ. And let no one dissuade
you that salvation is all of Christ and Christ alone. He in fact IS the message. We
preach Christ Jesus and Him crucified writes Paul. There is no hidden or secret
knowledge to be had, bought, bartered or parceled out by some group of
self-appointed prophets. His message is His own person and work. Therein is our
salvation. Nor let anyone deceive you from the simplicity that is in Christ. “Avoid
the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” (1
Tim. 6:20). It is Christ we serve, Christ we place our trust in, Christ we believe.
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.
Amen.” (Rom. 11:36) He is our Priest. He is our Prophet. He is our King.


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