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“WHAT IS MAN THAT THOU ART MINDFUL OF HIM”

Emerson Hall, Harvard University

This verse, a portion of Psalm 8:4, calls us to humility before the wonders of the Creator God. It reminds us of our smallness and weakness when compared with the majesty and might of the Lord.

The first man, Adam, failed to accomplish God’s purpose for man. Psalm 8 then alludes, through prophecy, to another man, a man who would replace the first man and would fulfill God’s purpose. This chapter tells us that this other man, the second man, who is Jesus, has come and has accomplished so much for the fulfilling of God’s desire in man.

http://online.recoveryversion.bible/FootNotes.asp?FNtsID=7199

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markdroberts/series/harvard-ironies/

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Typology of Moses and Jesus

MOSES JESUS
An evil king/Pharaoh tried to kill him as a baby: Exodus 1:22 King Herod tried to kill baby Jesus: Matthew 2:16
He was hidden from the evil king/Pharaoh: Exodus 2:2 An angel said to hide the child from the evil King Herod: Matthew 2:13
Moses was sent to Egypt to preserve his life: Exodus 2:3-4 Jesus was taken to Egypt to preserve His life: Matthew 2:13-15
Moses became a prince of Egypt: Exodus 2:10 Jesus is the Prince of Peace: Isaiah 9:5; Matthew 28:18; Luke 2:14
A long period of silence from childhood to adulthood A long period of silence from childhood to adulthood
He tried to save a Hebrew kinsman: Exodus 2:11-12 Jesus came to save His Hebrew kinsman first: Mark 7:26-28
Went from being a prince to a pauper: Exodus 2:15-19 Went from being God to being a Man: John 1:1-3; Mark 6:3
Saved women at a well: Exodus 2:15-19 Saved a woman at a well: John chapter 4
Became a shepherd: Exodus 3:1 He is the Good Shepherd: John 10:11
Moses’ mission was to redeem Israel from slavery to Egypt Jesus’ mission is to redeem mankind from slavery to sin
He was often rejected by his own people Jesus was often rejected by His own people
Moses will give God’s law on the mountain of Sinai: Exodus 20:1-31:18; 34:1-35 Jesus will give the new law from the Mt. of Beatitudes: Matthew chapter 5
Moses spent 40 days fasting on the mountain: Exodus24:18; 34:28 Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert wilderness: Matthew 4:2
Moses performs signs/ miracles Jesus performs signs/miracles
Moses offered his life for the salvation of his people after the sin of the Golden Calf: Exodus 32:32-33 Jesus offered His life for the salvation of the world: Isaiah 53:12; Romans 5:12; 6:10; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; Colossians 1:19-20; 2:14-15; 1 John 1:7; 2:2; etc.

http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/charts/Typology%20of%20Moses%20and%20Jesus.htm

 

https://www.gotquestions.org/Moses-and-Jesus.html

Three types of losers in Proverbs

The scorners 亵慢的人

Proverbs 9:7 He who corrects a scorner gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man blemishes himself.

13:1 智慧之子听父亲的训诲;亵慢的人不听责备。
A wise son hears his father’s instruction, But a scorner does not listen to rebuke.

15:12 亵慢人不爱责备他的人,也不就近智慧人。
A scorner does not love him who reproves him; He will not go to the wise.

22:10 赶出亵慢人,纷争就出去;争竞和羞辱也必止息。
Cast out the scorner, and contention will go out; Indeed, strife and dishonor will cease.

24:9 愚妄人的计谋乃是罪恶,亵慢人为人所憎恶。
The devising of folly is sin, And the scorner is an abomination to men.

The fool 愚昧的人

10:18 包藏怨恨的,有说谎的嘴唇;口出谗谤的,是愚昧的人。
He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who utters slander is a fool.

11:29 扰害己家的,必承受清风;愚妄人必作心中有智慧之人的仆人。
He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, And a fool will be servant to the wise in heart.

13:16 凡精明人都凭知识行事;愚昧人张扬自己的愚妄。
Every prudent man works with knowledge, But a fool displays his folly.

13:19-20 所欲的成就,心觉甘甜;远离恶事,为愚昧人所憎恶。与智慧人同行的,必得智慧;和愚昧人作伴的,必受亏损。
A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil. He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be troubled.

14:1 智慧妇人建立家室;愚妄妇人亲手拆毁。
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

14:3 愚妄人口中骄傲,如杖责打己身;智慧人的嘴必保守自己。
In the mouth of a fool is a rod for his pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

14:7-8 当离开愚昧人的面,因为你不见他嘴中有知识。精明人的智慧在乎明白自己的道路;愚昧人的愚妄乃是诡诈。
Go from the presence of a foolish man, For you will not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent man is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit.

14:16-17 智慧人惧怕,就远离恶事;愚昧人却狂傲自恃。急躁易怒的,行事愚昧;设诡计的,被人恨恶。
A wise man fears and departs from evil, But the fool is arrogant and is confident. He who is quick to anger will deal foolishly, And a man of wicked devices is hated.

14:33 智慧安居在聪明人心中;愚昧人内里所存的,显而易见。
Wisdom rests quietly in the heart of one who has understanding, But in the inward part of fools it makes itself known.

15:2 智慧人的舌善发知识,愚昧人的口吐出愚妄。
The tongue of the wise utters knowledge well, But the mouth of fools pours out folly.

15:5 愚妄人藐视父亲的管教;领受责备的,乃是精明。
A fool despises his father’s correction, But he who regards reproof gets prudence.

15:7 智慧人的嘴播扬知识;愚昧人的心并不如此。
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of fools does not do so.

15:14 聪明人的心寻求知识;愚昧人的口以愚妄为粮。
The heart of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

18:2 愚昧人不喜爱聪明,只喜爱显露自己的心意。
A fool has no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.

18:6-7 愚昧人的嘴带来争端,他的口招惹鞭打。愚昧人的口自取败坏,他的嘴是他生命的网罗。
A fool’s lips bring strife, And his mouth invites blows. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

20:3 远离纷争是人的尊荣,愚妄人却爱争闹。
It is an honor for a man to keep away from strife, But every fool rushes headlong into it.

23:9 你不要说话给愚昧人听,因他必藐视你言语中的智慧。
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

26:4-6 不要照愚昧人的愚妄话回答他,免得你也与他一样。要照愚昧人的愚妄话回答他,免得他自以为有智慧。藉愚昧人的手传信的,是砍断自己的脚,自受损害。
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes. He who sends a message by the hand of a fool Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

26:8 将尊荣给愚昧人的,好像人把石子包在甩石的机弦里。
Like one who binds a stone in a sling, So is he who gives honor to a fool.

26:11 愚昧人重复愚妄事,就像狗转过来吃自己所吐的。
Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.

28:26 心中自恃的是愚昧人,凭智慧而行的必蒙拯救。
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

29:11 愚昧人怒气全发,智慧人忍气含怒。
A fool utters all his anger, But a wise man holds it back.

The simple 愚蒙人

14:15 愚蒙人凡话都信;精明人步步慎思。
The simple man believes every word, But the prudent man considers his steps.

22:3 灵巧人见祸藏躲,愚蒙人却前往受罚。
A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and suffer punishment for it.

27:12 灵巧人见祸藏躲,愚蒙人却前往受罚。
A prudent man sees evil and hides himself; But the simple pass on and suffer punishment for it.

Alexander Fraser Tytler’s quote on democracy

Alexander Fraser Tytler, 15 October 1747 – 5 January 1813

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilisations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.

Attributes of Angels

  1. Angels are immortal
    • Luke 20:36 For neither can they die anymore, for they are equal to angels, and they are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
  2. Angels are emotional (Joy)
    • Luke 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting.
  3. Angels are holy
    • Mark 8:38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.
  4. Angels are glorious
    • Luke 9:26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words, of this one will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
  5. Angels are obedient to God
    • Psalm 103:20 Bless Jehovah, you His angels, Who are mighty in strength to perform His word, By obeying the voice of His word.
  6. Angels have authority
    • Revelation 18:1 After these things I saw another Angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was illumined with His glory.
  7. Angels are powerful
    • 2 Peter 2:11 Whereas angels, though they are greater in strength and power, do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.
  8. Angels are wise
    • 2 Samuel 14:20 In order to change the appearance of the matter, your servant Joab did this thing; and my lord is wise, as wise as an angel of God, knowing all that there is in the land.
  9. Angels can be visible
    • John 20:11-12 But Mary stood outside at the tomb weeping. Then as she wept, she stooped to look into the tomb And beheld two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
  10. Angels have intellects
    • 1 Peter 1:12 To them it was revealed that not to themselves but to you they ministered these things, which have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, which things angels long to look into.
  11. Angels can speak
    • Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are seeking Jesus, the crucified.
    • 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but do not have love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
  12. Angels do not reproduce
    • Mark 12:25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in the heavens.

喪鐘為誰而鳴-約翰·唐恩

No man is an island,
entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were:
any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind,
and, therefore,
never send to know for whom the bells tolls;
it tolls for thee.

-John Donne

 

沒有誰能像一座孤島
在大海裏獨踞
每個人都像一塊泥土
都是歐洲大陸的一部分

如果海浪沖掉一塊泥土
歐洲就會因此而縮小
如果海浪淹沒一塊海岬
歐洲大陸就失去一部分

也如同你的朋友和你自己
無論誰死去了
都是自己的一部分在死去
因為你包含在人類這個概念裏

所以當喪鐘敲響的時候
請不要問喪鐘為誰而鳴
喪鐘為你而鳴

We are all members of the body of Christ and are members of each other. While this poem captures the spirit of the oneness of human race, shouldn’t we Christians, as members of the body of Christ, touch the same spirit even more so?

以西结书啟示神如何使人知道祂是耶和华

以西结书 39:22 这样,从那日以后,以色列家必知道我是耶和华他们的神。

1. 被杀的人必倒在你们(以色列人)中间
6:7 被杀的人必倒在你们中间,你们就知道我是耶和华。

2. 使这灾祸临到他们(以色列人)身上
6:10 他们必知道我是耶和华;我说要使这灾祸临到他们身上,并非空话。

3. 他们(以色列人)被杀的人倒在他们祭坛四围的偶像中
4. 使他们(以色列人)一切居住的地荒凉
6:13-14 他们被杀的人倒在他们祭坛四围的偶像中,在各高冈、各山顶、各青翠树下、各茂密的橡树下,就是他们献怡爽香气的祭给一切偶像的地方;那时,你们就知道我是耶和华。我必伸手攻击他们,使那地,就是他们一切居住的地方,比第伯拉他的旷野更荒凉;他们就知道我是耶和华。

5. 按你(以色列)的行径报应你,照你可憎的事报应在你中间
7:4 我眼必不顾惜你,我也不可怜你,却要按你的行径报应你,照你可憎的事报应在你中间;你就知道我是耶和华。

6. 照他们(以色列)的行径待他们,按他们的判断审判他们
7:27 君王要悲哀,首领要披惊恐为衣,这地百姓的手都要发颤。我必照他们的行径待他们,按他们的判断审判他们;他们就知道我是耶和华。

7. 拆毁你们(以色列)用未泡透灰所抹的墙
8. 你们(以色列)也必在其中灭亡
13:14 我要拆毁你们用未泡透灰所抹的墙,拆平到地,以致根基露出;墙必倒塌,你们也必在其中灭亡;你们就知道我是耶和华。

9. 必坚定我与你(以色列)所立的约
16:62 我必坚定我与你所立的约,你就知道我是耶和华,

10. 拣选以色列
11. 向雅各家的后裔举手起誓
12. 领他们出埃及地,到流奶与蜜之地
20:5-7 对他们说,主耶和华如此说,当日我拣选以色列,向雅各家的后裔举手起誓,在埃及地使他们认识我,说,我是耶和华你们的神;那日我向他们举手起誓,要领他们出埃及地,到我为他们探察过的流奶与蜜之地;那地是全地的荣耀。我对他们说,你们各人要抛弃眼中所喜爱那些可憎之物,不可因埃及的偶像玷污自己;我是耶和华你们的神。

13. 我为我名的缘故,不照着你们邪恶的行径和你们败坏的作为待你们(以色列)
20:42-44 我领你们进入以色列地,就是我举手起誓要赐给你们列祖之地,那时你们就知道我是耶和华。你们在那里要追念你们那些玷污自己的行径和一切作为,又要因所作的一切恶事,看自己为可厌恶的。主耶和华说,以色列家阿,我为我名的缘故,不照着你们邪恶的行径和你们败坏的作为待你们;你们就知道我是耶和华。

14. 你(以色列)必在列国人的眼前因自己所行的被亵渎
22:16 你必在列国人的眼前因自己所行的被亵渎,你就知道我是耶和华。

15. 使拉巴成为牧放骆驼的地方,使亚扪人的地成为羊群躺卧之处
25:5 我必使拉巴成为牧放骆驼的地方,使亚扪人的地成为羊群躺卧之处,你们就知道我是耶和华。

16. 向摩押施行审判
25:11 我必向摩押施行审判,他们就知道我是耶和华。

17. 攻击非利士人,剪除基利提人,灭绝沿海余剩的人。向他们大施报复,发怒惩治他们
25:16-17 所以主耶和华如此说,我必伸手攻击非利士人,剪除基利提人,灭绝沿海余剩的人。我要向他们大施报复,发怒惩治他们;我报复他们的时候,他们就知道我是耶和华。

18. 推罗在田野的众女儿必被刀剑杀灭
26:6 推罗在田野的众女儿必被刀剑杀灭,他们就知道我是耶和华。

19. 与西顿为敌,在她中间施行审判
28:22 说,主耶和华如此说,西顿哪,我与你为敌,我必在你中间得荣耀。我在她中间施行审判,显为圣别的时候,人就知道我是耶和华。

20. 使瘟疫进入西顿,使血流在她街上;被杀的必在其中仆倒,四围有刀剑临到她
28:23 我必使瘟疫进入西顿,使血流在她街上;被杀的必在其中仆倒,四围有刀剑临到她,人就知道我是耶和华。

21. 四围轻侮以色列家的人,必不再向他们作刺人的荆棘和使人痛苦的蒺藜
28:24 四围轻侮以色列家的人,必不再向他们作刺人的荆棘和使人痛苦的蒺藜,人就知道我是主耶和华。

22. 将以色列家从他们所分散到的万民中招聚回来
23. 使他们在这地上安然居住
24. 向四围轻侮他们的众人施行审判以后
28:25-26 主耶和华如此说,我将以色列家从他们所分散到的万民中招聚回来,在列国的眼前,在他们身上显为圣别的时候,他们就在自己的地,就是我赐给我仆人雅各之地,仍然居住。他们要在这地上安然居住,盖造房屋,栽种葡萄园。我向四围轻侮他们的众人施行审判以后,他们必安然居住,并且知道我是耶和华他们的神。

25. 埃及一切的居民,因向以色列家成了芦苇的杖
29:6 埃及一切的居民,因向以色列家成了芦苇的杖,就知道我是耶和华。

26. 使以色列家的角发生
27. 使你以西结在他们中间得以开口
29:21 当那日,我必使以色列家的角发生,又必使你以西结在他们中间得以开口;他们就知道我是耶和华。

28. 我因他们(以色列)所行一切可憎的事,使这地荒凉旷废
33:29 我因他们所行一切可憎的事,使这地荒凉旷废;那时,他们就知道我是耶和华。

29. 田野的树必结果,地也必有出产
30. 我折断他们所负的轭,救他们脱离奴役他们之人的手
34:27 田野的树必结果,地也必有出产;他们必在自己的地安然居住。我折断他们所负的轭,救他们脱离奴役他们之人的手;那时,他们就知道我是耶和华。

31. 使你(西珥山)的城邑变为荒场
35:4 我必使你的城邑变为荒场,你必成为荒凉;你就知道我是耶和华。
35:9 我必使你永远荒凉,你的城邑必无人居住,你们就知道我是耶和华。

32. 使西珥山和以东全地荒凉
35:15 你怎样因以色列家的地业荒凉而喜乐,我必照样对待你。西珥山哪,你和以东全地必都荒凉。他们就知道我是耶和华。

33. 使人和牲畜在你们上面增多,并比起初更亨通
36:11 我必使人和牲畜在你们上面增多;他们必增多繁衍;我要使你们有人居住,象先前一样,并要使你们比起初更亨通。你们就知道我是耶和华。

34. 在列国的人眼前,在你们身上显为圣别的时候
36:23 我要使我的大名显为圣别;这名在列国中已被亵渎,就是你们在他们中间所亵渎的。我在列国的人眼前,在你们身上显为圣别的时候,他们就知道我是耶和华;这是主耶和华说的。

35. 荒凉的城邑必被人群充满
36:38 圣别作祭物的羊群怎样多,耶路撒冷在所定的节期羊群怎样多,照样,荒凉的城邑必被人群充满;他们就知道我是耶和华。

36. 给你们加上筋,使你们长肉,又将皮遮蔽你们,
37. 使气息进入你们里面,你们就要活了
37:6 我必给你们加上筋,使你们长肉,又将皮遮蔽你们,使气息进入你们里面,你们就要活了;你们便知道我是耶和华。

38. 开你们的坟墓,使你们从坟墓中上来
39. 将我的灵放在你们里面
40. 将你们安置在本地
37:13-14 我的民哪,我开你们的坟墓,使你们从坟墓中上来,你们就知道我是耶和华。我必将我的灵放在你们里面,你们就要活了;我将你们安置在本地,你们就知道我耶和华如此说,也如此成就了;这是耶和华说的。

41. 我的圣所在以色列人中间直到永远
37:28 我的圣所在以色列人中间直到永远,列国就必知道我是使以色列分别为圣的耶和华。

42. 我必显为大,显为圣别,在多国人的眼前让人认识
38:23 我必显为大,显为圣别,在多国人的眼前让人认识,他们就知道我是耶和华。

43. 降火在玛各和那些安居于众海岛的人身上
41. 在我民以色列中使人认识我的圣名,也不容我的圣名再被亵渎
39:6-7 我要降火在玛各和那些安居于众海岛的人身上,他们就知道我是耶和华。我要在我民以色列中使人认识我的圣名,也不容我的圣名再被亵渎;列国人就知道我是耶和华以色列中的圣者。

44. 使他们被掳到列国中,后又聚集他们归回自己的地
39:28 因我使他们被掳到列国中,后又聚集他们归回自己的地,他们就知道我是耶和华他们的神;我必不再留他们一人在列国那里。

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