Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Christ The Great Teacher Proverbs 1: 1-10 V.7 : “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; fools despise wisdom and instruction”.
The first words of Proverbs are the book’s own introduction to its nature and purpose. The heading ‘Proverb’s of Solomon’ makes a statement regarding the whole book’s authority as a collection of truly Solomonic wisdom. In the V.2-7, we can see various technical term’s used for the word “wisdom”. There are fourteen different nouns used for wisdom or wise sayings in order to show totality. V. 2 -3 are concerned with learning ; V. 4 with teaching; V. 5 with the teacher or sage; V. 6 with understanding wisdom writings and V. 7 with fear of the Lord.
The verse (V.7) is the climax of the introduction given in the passage. It means; for the Lord is the source of blessings for the wise. The phrase means, giving to one’s God what is due, knowing and accepting one’s place in the universe. It primarily designates neither an emotion nor general reverence, but rather a conviction that one should honour and serve a particular God.
V. 8-10, is a typical piece of advice. It begins with a challenge to attentiveness, to listen to the Father’s instructions and the mother’s teaching. The challenge has a promise attached to it, that wisdom is not only beneficial but attractive. Here, it establishes a household in the sense of learning to live well as an adult, accepting traditional wisdom and discerning where true life is to be found. The V. 10 is a warning not to follow the path of sinners; as it will lead you to darkness, so it urges to not give your consent to join them in their sins.
Jesus is the greatest teacher of wisdom. He taught all the wise sayings in a very simple and understanding language. His audience were always the common people and for them his way of teaching was very unique. The central theme in Jesus’ teaching was ‘the kingdom of God’. His teaching included some of the proverbial statements too, thus bringing light to the God’s word of wisdom. Proverbs always urges us to be obedient to the word of God and to understand the instructions given in the right way to lead a true life. Christ’s teaching also leads us to the light to live a truthful life.
Prayer O Lord Almighty, Bless us all with thy wisdom and knowledge to understand the meaning of true life. O Lord, enlighten our minds to make careful choices and to take steps and pursue directions that honour and glorify Thy name. Amen
Thought of the day “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths”. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
Mrs Sony Mary Abraham W/O Rev. Sibu Abraham Mathew Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Karthikapally
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
PRIESTHOOD: THE ANOINTED MINISTRY Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his people. Two important things
Community Formation Around Resurrection Experience Acts 23:1-10 Vinod Johnson Carmel MTC, Boston, MA 6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand! In this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resur
Revelation for Liberation Acts 27:18-26 Sherine Thomas Long Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned. “After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed. It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to tell a child as to why they’ve been a