Monday, July 6, 2015
so we see another theme today... that is a trial. the OT reading is just another genealogy, but the NT reading, the Psalm, and the Proverb all refer to a trial and innocence vs guilt.
Proverbs 18:17 says something pretty simple, and yet profound: "The first to speak in court sounds right... until the cross examination begins." and that's so true. if you've been in court or seen a court scene in a movie or TV show, the first statement seems like it's all true, and you think you know what's happening beyond doubt. then the cross exam begins, and suddenly you wonder what is up or down.
same with Paul's trial. when they accuse him, it sounds pretty straight forward that he's a rabble rouser. but then Paul speaks, and suddenly things take a turn.
this points to a truth that the wise will take to heart. when you're in any situation, it's best to listen. hear all sides. let everyone have their say. then, once everyone has spoken, make your decision. if you base what you think on just one person's statement, or worse - make your decision before anyone speaks... you're shortchanging yourself and causing your choice to be less advised that it could be.
God, please teach me to listen far more than i speak.