I’ve been writing some teacher helps for teaching John 17:13-26. I’ve been blessed and impressed, convicted and challenged, by the lofty promises of oneness in the Christian church.
Such amazing, wondrous work of God within and among the followers of Jesus!
- Oneness of the kind within and among the Trinity!
- Love of the kind within and among the Trinity!
- Glory of the kind within and among the Trinity!
And please read at least these verses from the above passage and be amazed all the more: Continue reading
I need to put pressure on someone who is already angry and bitter.
How can I do it without stirring up a fresh dose of those? What must I do to exert this pressure in a way that doesn’t bring on a heavier cascade of contention?
Maybe it isn’t possible.
These thoughts come as a consequence of my Bible reading this morning. I “learned” a new word: miyts (pronounced meets). This noun means “pressure” and appears only three times in the Old Testament, all of them in Proverbs 30:33.
Here is the verse in three versions:
Surely he who stirs milk will get out butter, and he who blows his nose hard will get out blood; and he who provokes wrath will cause contention
Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.
Ciertamente el que bate la leche sacará mantequilla, Y el que recio se suena las narices sacará sangre; Y el que provoca la ira causará contienda.
The first version is my translation of the third (which is Reina-Valera 1960).
Put pressure on someone who is already angry and you’ll surely get contention and strife. Continue reading