“Whereas many and great things have been delivered unto us by the law and the prophets, and by others that have followed their steps, for the which things Israel ought to be commended for learning and wisdom; and whereof not only the readers must needs become skillful themselves, but also they that desire to learn be able to profit them which are without, both by speaking and writing: my grandfather Jesus, when he had much given himself to the reading of the law, and the prophets, and other books of our fathers, and had gotten therein good judgment, was drawn on also himself to write something pertaining to learning and wisdom; to the intent that those which are desirous to learn, and are addicted to these things, might profit much more in living according to the law. Wherefore let me entreat you to read it with favor and attention, and to pardon us, wherein we may seem to come short of some words, which we have labored to interpret. For the same things uttered in Hebrew, and translated into another tongue, have not the same force in them: and not only these things, but the law itself, and the prophets, and the rest of the books, have no small difference, when they are spoken in their own language. … All wisdom cometh from the Lord, and is with him for ever. Who can number the sand of the sea, and the drops of rain, and the days of eternity? Who can find out the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, and the deep, and wisdom? Wisdom hath been created before all things, and the understanding of prudence from everlasting. The word of God most high is the fountain of wisdom.” ~Ecclesiasticus
Great Things Delivered
Many great things have been delivered to us by the law and the prophets, as well as angels and God Himself. Many ordinary men and women have done so as well when inspired from above. Unfortunately, we don’t always recognize the greatness of the things God has given to us, directly or indirectly, and turn instead to the material goods that we get from Satan and his minions instead. We are like the person who stops to pick up a few pennies at his feet not knowing that there was a bag of gold up ahead. Because he stopped to gather pennies, his chance to get the gold was lost.
We do have to function in the material world, but we do not need to get caught up in the frenzy of material consumption. We need to learn that the permanent is always more valuable than the temporary. Everything in the physical realm is temporary. Everything that is spirit is permanent. Therefore, the spiritual gifts brought to us by the prophets, angels, and others, are worth more than material wealth. Continue reading “Great Things from Prophets, Angels, and God”