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Aug 5, 2022

Yesterday we heard more of Jeremiah’s struggle against false prophets. Just like in this day, the false message is what people desire to hear, even though the truth is actually better for us and much better for our preparation. An often quoted verse from yesterday’s reading is Jer. 29:11:

Jer. 29:11 NLT For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.

I think it good to bear in mind that this was NOT spoken to the Jews left behind in Israel's land, but was part of the letter to the exiles in Babylon.

In yesterday’s reading we heard that following the path of wisdom is the way of common sense, and that leads one to avoid reckless sin of all kinds. It is best to follow the example of godly men. Lady Wisdom appears again in today’s chapter in verses 13-18, although, for naturalness sake in English, the GNT does not make use of personification like the Hebrew.

In chapter 8, we heard that Christians who have ‘superior wisdom’ sometimes need to give up their ‘rights’ for the sake of not causing their brothers and sisters to fall or be tempted. (Often not really ‘rights’, but privileges we get too possessive about.) And that led Paul in chapter 9 to talk of the rights he and Barnabas had given up for the Gospel.

GNT Translation notes:

1Cor. 10:2 In the cloud and in the sea they were all baptized[— so to speak,] as followers of Moses.
23 [Some people will say,] “We are allowed to do anything,” [0//so they say.] That is true, but not everything is good. [Okay!] “We are allowed to do anything”—but not everything is helpful.
29 that is, not your own conscience, but the other person's conscience. “Well, then,” someone [will ask//asks], “why should my freedom to act be limited by another person's conscience?