Saturday, February 16, 2013

17 February 2013 - Proverbs 4: 18

Sunday, February 17

The path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.—Prov. 4:18

The words of today’s text mean that our conduct and our understanding of God’s purposes will improve over time. After Jesus’ death it was difficult for many Jewish Christians to break free from the Mosaic Law. (Acts 21:20) Although Paul skillfully argued that Christians were no longer under the Law, some rejected his inspired reasoning. (Col. 2:13-15) Perhaps they felt that if they continued to observe at least portions of the Law, they would avoid persecution. In any case, Paul wrote to the Hebrew Christians and plainly told them that they could not enter into God’s rest as long as they refused to work in harmony with His unfolding purpose. (Heb. 4:1, 2, 6, 11) To gain Jehovah’s approval, they would have to face the fact that he was leading his people in a different direction. w11 7/15 4:7, 8