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The Reflections Newsletter

Monday, November, 2009

**In This Issue**

  1. The 'How To... ' Book From God
  2. What Does the Bible Say About...?

Welcome to the Reflections Newsletter from Reflect His Glory.  RHG is a co-ministry with Creation Science Ministries.  Feel free to send this to your relatives and friends.

The 'How To... ' Book From God

The Book of Proverbs could be titled, Wise Up and Live.  Beyond simply obeying laws, Proverbs focuses on leading an aggressively dynamic life, giving examples of proper and improper attitudes, conduct, and characteristics in succinct, penetrating ways.  A proverb can be thought of as "a short sentence from long experience"; it is easy to remember, yet it condenses much wisdom into a small space.

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable" in four ways: for
doctrine - what’s right; for reproof - what’s not right; for correction - how to get right; and for instruction in righteousness - how to stay right (2 Timothy 3:16).  The Book of Proverbs touches on all four of these.

A recurring theme in the Book of Proverbs is the pursuit of "wisdom."
 The traditional definition of wisdom is "the ability to use knowledge in the right way."  But in the Bible there is also a "wisdom of this world" (1 Corinthians 2:1-8; James 3:13-18).  There are a great many brilliant people who have knowledge, yet they lack wisdom.

Divine wisdom is from above: Christ Jesus is the Wisdom of God (Proverbs 8:22-31; 1 Corinthians 1:24,30; Colossians 2:3).
 True wisdom is a matter of the heart and not the mind alone.  Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs includes practical level-headedness, mental acumen, and functional skill.  But this book also includes moral and upright living that stems from a right relationship with the Lord:

Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding.  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you cannot desire are not to be compared to her.    
Proverbs 3:13-15  KJV ER



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What Does the Bible Say About...?


In this section of the Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.  If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having printed in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to send your question in an email to me at  Of course, you may call me anytime by phone at 801.302-1111.

The question for this issue is,  "The account of the Northern Invasion of Israel in Ezekiel 38 mentions the "merchants of Tarshish."  Who are they, and what role will they play in the conflict?"

The verse in which this phrase appears mentions a number of nations who react to this invasion:

"Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say to you, Are you come to take a spoil? have you gathered your company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?"      Ezekiel 38:13  KJV ER

"Sheba and Dedan" were ancient places on the Arabian Peninsula.  On the other hand, the term "merchants of Tarshish" was often used in ancient times to refer to what is today Western Europe, and the countries that make up that area, including England, France, and Spain.  The "young lions" in that verse could refer to the nations that sprang from the European powers, including their former colonies which became the United States, Latin America, Africa, and so on.  Many theologians believe that these terms particularly pertain to Western Europe and the United States.

This verse indicates that all of these nations will protest the action of the Northern Invasion.  However, it does not mention any involvement in the conflict beyond that.  This suggests a few possible scenarios:

  1. These nations may be blackmailed into staying out of the conflict by the threat of military action, an oil embargo, or some other such threatening event.

  2. They may have been already attacked and rendered powerless to do any more than protest verbally.

  3. They may be so exhausted by foreign commitments, such as the United States' current involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan, that they do not desire to participate in the events of the Middle East on any more than a strictly diplomatic bases.

You can see from the above scenarios that the involvement by the "young lions" could be very limited in nature.  As always, we need to keep God's will in our prayers.


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Offer to God thanksgiving; and pay your vows of the Most High.

Psalm 50:14  KJV ER

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If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed;
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

John 8:31-32

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