Emil Bartoş – Isus, pe drum spre Emaus 11 Mai 2014

Luca 24:13-35

13 În aceeaş zi, iată, doi ucenici se duceau la un sat, numit Emaus, care era la o depărtare de şaizeci de stadii de Ierusalim;
14 şi vorbeau între ei despre tot ce se întîmplase.
15 Pe cînd vorbeau ei şi se întrebau, Isus S’a apropiat, şi mergea pe drum împreună cu ei.
16 Dar ochii lor erau împiedicaţi să -L cunoască.
17 El le -a zis: ,,Ce vorbe sînt acestea pe cari le schimbaţi între voi pe drum?„ Şi ei s’au oprit, uitîndu-se trişti.
18 Drept răspuns, unul din ei, numit Cleopa, I -a zis: ,,Tu eşti singurul străin aici în Ierusalim, de nu ştii ce s’a întîmplat în el zilele acestea?„ –
19 ,,Ce?„ le -a zis El. -Şi ei I-au răspuns: ,,Ce s’a întîmplat cu Isus din Nazaret, care era un prooroc puternic în fapte şi în cuvinte, înaintea lui Dumnezeu şi înaintea întregului norod.
20 Cum preoţii cei mai de seamă şi mai marii noştri L-au dat să fie osîndit la moarte, şi L-au răstignit?„
21 Noi trăgeam nădejde că El este Acela, care va izbăvi pe Israel; dar cu toate acestea, iată că astăzi este a treia zi decînd s’au întîmplat aceste lucruri.
22 Ba încă nişte femei de ale noastre ne-au pus în uimire: ele s’au dus disdedimineaţă la mormînt,
23 nu I-au găsit trupul, şi au venit şi au spus că ar fi văzut şi o vedenie de îngeri, cari ziceau că El este viu.
24 Unii din cei ce erau cu noi, s’au dus la mormînt, şi au găsit aşa cum spuseseră femeile, dar pe El nu L-au văzut.„
25 Atunci Isus le -a zis: ,,O, nepricepuţilor şi zăbavnici cu inima, cînd este vorba să credeţi tot ce au spus proorocii!
26 Nu trebuia să sufere Hristosul aceste lucruri, şi să intre în slava Sa?„
27 Şi a început dela Moise, şi dela toţi proorocii, şi le -a tîlcuit, în toate Scripturile, ce era cu privire la El.
28 Cînd s’au apropiat de satul la care mergeau, El S’a făcut că vrea să meargă mai departe.
29 Dar ei au stăruit de El, şi au zis: ,,Rămîi cu noi, căci este spre seară, şi ziua aproape a trecut.„ Şi a intrat să rămînă cu ei.
30 Pe cînd şedea la masă cu ei, a luat pînea; şi, după ce a rostit binecuvîntarea, a frînt -o, şi le -a dat -o.
31 Atunci li s’au deschis ochii, şi L-au cunoscut; dar El S’a făcut nevăzut dinaintea lor.
32 Şi au zis unul către altul: ,,Nu ne ardea inima în noi, cînd ne vorbea pe drum, şi ne deschidea Scripturile?„
33 S’au sculat chiar în ceasul acela, s’au întors în Ierusalim, şi au găsit pe cei unsprezece şi pe cei ce erau cu ei, adunaţi la un loc,
34 şi zicînd: ,,A înviat Domnul cu adevărat, şi S’a arătat lui Simon.„
35 Şi au istorisit ce li se întîmplase pe drum, şi cum L-au cunoscut la frîngerea pînii.

Emil Bartos Bis CarpatiIn aceasta seara, vreau sa ramanem in atmosfera sarbatorii Invierii Domnului. Este cea mai importanta sarbatoare a crestinismului. Fara un Hristos viu, noi toti am fi morti in greselile si in pacatele noastre. Dar, acum, Hristos a inviat din morti, parga celor adormiti. El e primul rod; urmam noi. Ne vom concentra asupra acestei naratiuni, acestei povestiri, din Evanghelia dupa Luca 24, care se gaseste doar in aceasta evanghelie. De aceea, unii interpreti ai Bibliei cred ca al doilea ucenic care era pe drumul Emausului a fost tocmai Luca, cel care scrie, pentru ca sunt detalii care numai cineva care a participat  la intalnirea cu Isus, le putea cunoaste. Unul se numea Cleopa si probabil celalalt era Luca. Aceasta istorisire, acest drum cu Isus l-am interpretat, l-am vazut altfel decat o poveste oarecare. M-am uitat din perspectiva teologica, m-am uitat de sus in jos la textul acesta, la drumul acesta, Cand te uiti de jos, cand te uiti din perspectiva istorica, nu sesizezi toate.  Dar, vedeti, tocmai aici este farmecul istorisirilor, a povestirilor din Biblie. De aceea ne plac povestile care sunt bazate pe fapte reale, sigur, pentru ca naratiunea, povestirea de acest gen te trece, te tranziteaza de la nivelul istoric la nivelul metaistoric- dincolo de istorie. Te face sa vezi adevaruri duhovnicesti, te poate schimba. O povestire de acest gen poate sa-ti schimbe viata.

Aceasta e povestea inimii noastre, povestea intalnirii noastre cu Isus. Fiecare detaliu conteaza, aici. Detaliile acestea vorbesc cum 2 ucenici, desi Isus a aparut langa ei, nu L-au cunoscut. Cum a fost posibil, dupa ce L-ai intalnit inainte, pentru ca cei doi se pare ca erau familiarizati cu Isus, cu El. Cum de nu L-au recunoscut imediat? Biblia, chiar spune la inceputul paragrafului  ca in timp ce ei vorbeau, se intrebau, Isus apare langa ei,  si ochii lor erau impiedicati sa-L cunoasca. E finalul unei evanghelii, aici. Luca insereaza acest paragraf in mod intentionat. Vine ca un sumar la tot ce a vrut el sa spuna despre cine este Isus. Asa cum Ioan, cand isi scrie Evanghelia, va amintiti, in final, la capitolul 20 spune ca „toate aceste lucruri au fost scrise ca voi sa credeti ca Isus este Fiul lui Dumnezeu si crezand in El sa aveti viata vesnica.” Cred ca acelasi obiectiv l-a avut si Luca. Vrea sa ni-L prezinte pe Hristos, pe Domnul nostru: cine a fost El? Cum poti sa-L cunosti pe acest Isus?

Pana acum, Luca l-a prezentat ca pe un Invatator, ca un vindecator, ca unul care s-a jertfit pentru poporul Lui. Dar este mai mult de atat. Ma uit la acest pasaj ca la o lectie de teologie. Se alege acest motiv al calatoriei, a drumului, ca si cum te invita Luca si pe tine si pe mine, sa calatorim impreuna cu Isus, sa-L cunoastem mai bine pe Isus (Din primele 13:30 minute- mai sunt aprox 43 de min din mesaj)

VIDEO by Biserica penticostala Carpati

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Nelu Filip – Invata sa-ti pretuiesti mama – Mama ne este data pentru o vreme…

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Dragi tineri, in aceasta zi, stiu ca gandul celor mai multi dintre voi  s-a indreptat spre cea dintai femeie pe care ati intalnit-o vreodata, spre mama voastra. Si cred ca e drept, in aceasta zi, sa facem un lucru frumos pentru mamele noastre, aceia care le au. Si ce lucru mai frumos poti sa faci pentru mama ta, decat sa ceri de la Dumnezeu pentru ea, binecuvantare. As vrea sa va chem in aceste momente, sa va ganditi la mamele voastre, ca sa va rugati pentru ele. In aceasta zi, cand sarbatorim ziua femeii in aceasta parte din lume, zic eu ca e drept sa ne gandim la cea dintai femeie care am intalnit in viata noastra si aceea este mama, pe care ne-a dat-o Dumnezeu.

Prin ea ne-a dat Dumnezeu viata, ea ne-a asistat la primii pasi pe care i-am facut, de la ea am invatat primele cuvinte pe care le-am rostit vreodata. Insa, pe mama, o avem printre noi, sau langa noi pentru o vreme atat de limitata. Eu nu mai am mama. De aproape un an de zile, n-o mai am si trebuie sa va marturisesc ca am devenit mult mai sarac. Cand a plecat mama, mi se parea ca se surpa temeliile. Asa, de odata, m-am vazut mai sarac, mai gol, mai vulnerabil, cu toate ca mama meaa fost o femeie mica. Insa, plecarea ei m-a facut sa inteleg ca sunt mult mai slab fara ea. Cand a plecat mama, am pierdut un mare sprijin, pe care-l aveam in rugaciune. Cand a plecat mama am pierdut un bun prieten, care ma intelegea in tot ceea ce aveam sa-i spun. Cand a plecat mama, am pierdut pe cineva care m-a iubit dezinteresat. Am pierdut pe cineva care mi-a vrut cu tot dinadinsul, binele. Si astazi, eu stau in fata voastra, ca sa va chem sa invatati sa va pretuiti mamele. Eu ii mai pretuiesc doar amintirea. Poate mai sunt intre voi unii ca mine, nu multi, care nu mai au mama. Insa, as vrea sa vorbesc celor ce mai au mame si sa va chem astazi, sa intelegeti ca mama este fiinta care iubeste atat de intens, care se daruieste noua cu iubirea ei si suntem tentati sa credem ca avem tot timpul  inainte, ca sa-i aratam recunostinta candva, dar nu-i asa. Zic iarasi: „O avem printre noi pentru o vreme atat de limitata, numai pentru o vreme.

Am citit astazi versurile lui Virgil Carianopol, intitulata „Cantec pentru mama”. Zicea Carianopol asa:

Tare necăjită ai fost, mamă!… 
Iarna, vara, orice timp trecând, 
Cât era de frig sau de căldură, 
Tot desculţă te-am văzut umblând

N-ai purtat o haină mai ca lumea!… 
O scurteică veche doar aveai, 
Dar şi pe aceea, totdeauna, 
Numai câteodată o-mbrăcai

Ochii tăi ardeau ca două stele!… 
Le mai văd luminile şi azi… 
Boabe mari de lacrimi cum e jarul, 
Le striveai cu mâna pe obraz

Tot aşa ai fost de când ţin minte!… 
Pe picioare-ai mers la drum mereu… 
Nici în car nu te suiai, de teamă, 
Boilor să nu le fie greu… 

Ce păcat că n-ai trăit măicuţă, 
C-ai plecat fără de timp în lut, 
Ce pantofi ţi-aş fi luat acuma
Şi ce haine azi ai fï avut!…

Versuri de la: http://www.versuri.ro/ 

Stiti ce spune poezia aceasta? E un regret pentru lucruri care nu s-au facut atunci cand puteau sa fie facute. Dragi tineri, vreau sa va chem din toata inima mea, iubiti-va mamele! Si veti zice voi: „Le iubim, frate.” As vrea in aceasta seara sa invatam cum sa ne iubim mamele. Sa le pretuim. Si zic inca odata, daca vreti, acesta este motivul predicii mele in aceasta seara: Mama ne este data pentru o vreme si dupa aceea nu o mai avem.

Cred ca cea mai buna perioada a vietii mele a fost atunci cand am putut sa-mi vad copiii  deoparte si sa-mi vad parintii de o alta parte. A fost o vreme ca asta, cand ma uitam cu drag la copiii mei si ma uitam cu drag la parinti. Parintii mei s-au dus, amandoi. Si acum, zic inca odata, omeneste vorbind, ma simt fara aparare. Omeneste vorbind. Sigur ca Dumnezeu este aparatorul nostru. Insa, dragii mei, avand in vedere ca mamele ne sunt date pentr o vreme, sau sa zic altfel: va sunt date si voua, numai pentru o vreme, vreau sa va chem sa invatam sa le pretuim. Sa invatam sa le iubim. Sunt o comoara pe care o da Dumnezeu oricarui copil, oricarui om din lumea aceasta.

Si as vrea sa invatam cum sa le iubim si cum sa le pretuim; de la Domnul Isus as vrea sa invatam. Pentru ca si astazi cand iti spun cat de important este sa-ti pretuiesti mama, modelul nostru ramane Hristos. Si as vrea sa ne uitam la Domnul Isus Hristos si sa intelegem  ca in repetate randuri, cel putin de 5 ori, in evanghelii, Domnul Isus preia porunca aceea care a fost data de Dumnezeu prin Moise si care zicea sa cinstesti pe tatal tau si pe mama ta, si Domnul Isus preia aceasta porunca si este rostita de Domnul Isus in Noul Testament, in evanghelii, de 5 ori, porunca aceasta. Va citesc doar Matei 19:19, care spune  să cinsteşti pe tatăl tău şi pe mama ta„; şi: ,,Să iubeşti pe aproapele tău ca pe tine însuţi. Acesta era cuvantul rostit de Domnul Isus intr-un anume context. Haidem, sa intelegem cum s-a raportat Domnul Isus la mama Sa. Avem 3 pasaje in Scriptura, intre Domnul Isus si mama Sa. Vreau sa ne uitam la toate 3.

Unul dintre pasaje Il prezinta pe Domnul Isus in copilarie, cum s-a raportat la mama Sa. Apoi, la maturitate, cum s-a raportat la mama Sa, si apoi, cand mama Lui era deja batrana, cum s-a raportat la mama Sa. (Din primile 12 minute – mai sunt aprox 50 de minute din mesaj).

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Beni Faragau – Despre mama sa

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Photo Beni Faragau FRPCS Seattle

Credinta este o incredere neclintita in lucrurile nadajduite, o puternica incredintare  despre lucrurile care nu se vad. De 8 luni de zile n-am mai putut vorbi cu mama, dar am putut canta cu ea, pana cu o saptamana jumatate in urma. Nu putea rosti cuvinte, dar nu stiu de ce Dumnezeu i-a pastrat o singura linie deschisa pe creier. Si cantarea, oridecateori ma rugam, se linistea. Si cand incepeam sa cant, fredona cu mine. Si cantarea pe care o fredonam impreuna  de cele mai multe ori, cuvintele pe care le-a spus de cele mai multe ori: „Orice ar veni, sa nu ne lasam de Domnul.

Vreau langa Dumnezeu, sa fiu mereu,
Oricat ar fi de greu, necazul meu.
Oricat as suferi, cantarea mea va fi
Vreau langa Dumnezeu, sa fiu mereu.”

Dragii mei, in ultimile zile, cantam langa ea si ea numai gemea. Si imi aduceam aminte de cuvinte care le cantam, nu de putine ori, „cand buzele n-or mai putea, suspinul meu te-a lauda…” Azi dimineata, am intrat pe la ea, am sarutat-o si am plecat. Si imi spune fratele meu, cand am terminat predica, ea a ajuns acasa. Dragii mei, este o extraordinara eliberare. Niciodata n-am crezut ca un om poate muri asa de greu, ca exista  gemet… de multe ori stateam si plangeam langa ea, ziceam, „Doamne, de ce?” Si imi aduc aminte ca, cu ani in urma, m-am dus sa vizitez pe fratele Richard Wurmbrand. V-am mai spus lucrul acesta, si am intre-deschis usa in camera in care era, am coborat jos pentru a putea sta in prezenta dansului. Si de acolo de jos ii auzeam gemetele si  si strigam: „Doamne, nu i-au fost deajuns toate suferintele? De ce?”

Dragii mei, credinta n-o pastrezi doar cand sunt zile bune. Credinta este reala si adevarata, atunci cand tii la ea in mijlocul problemelor si a suferintelor, cand cerul tace, cand ai impresia ca Dumnezeu nu exista, e numai o idee. Si fara credinta, spune autorul Evreilor, este cu neputinta sa-i fim placuti Lui. Cine se apropie de Dumnezeu, trebuie sa creada ca El este si ca El rasplateste pe cel ce-L cauta. As putea vorbi in locul dansei: „M-am luptat lupta cea buna a credintei, am sfarsit alergarea,.” Dragii mei, am avut o mama si am, de care nu mi-e rusine, care a stiut sa lupte nu numai pentru noi, ci pentru zeci si sute de oameni in vremuri grele…

Biserica Baptista Iris, Cluj Napoca
Predici pentru vremuri grele – http://www.fiti-oameni.ro

Debora Arman – Mamă scumpă

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Costache Ioanid – Ți-aduci aminte, mamă …

Ți-aduci aminte, mamă, de vremea fericită,
când mă țineai pe brațe că păru-mi sărutai ?

Când nu aveam în lume ființă mai iubită,
nici ochi mai plini de farmec, și nici mai dulce grai …

Ți-aduci aminte mamă, când păru-mi sărutai ?

Ți-aduci aminte, mamă, cum te țineam cuprinsă,
să spui cu mine seara duioase rugăciuni ?

Și cum în nopți de veghe, sub candela aprinsă,
lăsai să-ți cadă lacrimi pe-o carte din străbuni ?

Ți-aduci aminte mamă, ce sfinte rugăciuni ?

De-atunci trecură anii ca frunza scuturată
și-au troienit să-mi stingă credința de copil.

Dar într-o zi de taină scânteia de-altădată
s-a prefăcut în soare și-n albe flori de-april …

urcând pe-o nouă treaptă credința de copil.

Dar ochii tăi par astăzi acoperiți de ceață
și mă privesc cu teamă ca niște ochi străini.

Și caut ochii mamei să-i văd din nou în față,
cum mă priveau odată de duioșie plini.

Dar ochii tăi par astăzi, ca niște ochi străini.

O, vino iarăși, mamă, de brațul meu cuprinsă,
să-ngenunchem alături ca-n vremea ce s-a dus !

Și vom simți în suflet o candelă aprinsă
ce ne va duce-odată în țara lui Isus !

O, vino, astăzi, mamă, cu mine la Isus !

John Piper – A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised

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(via) desiringGod.org website

John Piper – Mother’s Day 1981

Proverbs 31:30

In nineteen hundred sixty six
I happened on a girl,
And spent two years a-pondering
The value of that pearl.

She has a face and has a heart
All full of love and filling,
And so I sold my singleness
All fifty years, God willing.

And I have never once looked back
For fear of what I missed.
If ever God was good to me
It was the wedding kiss.

Four years and happy were the first
Without a child to bless,
And so we cultivated joy
And fields of faithfulness.

Then, like a mighty „Let there be!”
From Genesis page one,
Another soul was born on earth,
And we beheld a son.

But I had eyes for something more,
To watch God make another:
Out of a girl, my college pearl,
I watched him make a mother.

A kind of revelation this,
Just as the ancients say:
How much of Christ there is to see
In her maternal way!

Eight years and two more happy sons
All priceless to the minute,
Are like an unrolled, open scroll
With God’s own message in it:

„Charm is deceitful, beauty vain,
Though all the world has gazed,
But when a woman fears the Lord
She will be truly praised.”

An Acrostic of Praise

The text for my message this morning is taken from Proverbs 31:30, „Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” First, let’s notice its unusual context. You all know what an acrostic is, don’t you?

M
is for the million things she gave me,
O
means only that she’s growing old,
T
is for the tears ‘twere shed to save me,
H
is for her heart as pure as gold,
E
is for her eyes with love-light shining,
R
means right and right she’ll always be.

That’s an acrostic. Why do people write acrostics? Because there is something in us that loves to praise what we enjoy. We like to pile up the praiseworthy attributes of people we love. Well, that is what was happening in Proverbs 31. Verses 10–31 are an acrostic. Every verse begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Aleph is for woman full of virtue,
Beth refers to trust her husband shares,
Gimmel is for work she does to help you,
Daleth stands for how she seeks her wares.

And so on through all 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This is helpful to know because it tips us off that the author is not building an argument like Paul does in Romans. Instead he is stringing pearls. He has set himself the task, as he says in verse 30, to praise the woman who fears the Lord. To do this he tries to think of 22 praiseworthy things to say about her.

Therefore, I think a sermon based on this passage of Scripture should aim to accomplish three things. It should aim to inspire women to fear the Lord and be like this woman in the way she fulfilled her role (and that is possible for all women, married or unmarried). Second, it should inspire others, especially husbands and children to praise women who fear the Lord. Third, it should contain praise for the godly woman. That’s why I began with my ode to Noël, the woman I know best and a woman who fears the Lord. Now to help accomplish those other two goals I want to try to answer three questions about the text: 1) what does it mean to „fear the Lord”? 2) Why is it so important that we praise a woman who fears the Lord? 3) How can you tell if a woman fears the Lord? What does it look like in action?

What Does It Mean to Fear the Lord?

„Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” What does it mean in daily experience to „fear the Lord”? Let’s go back to the beginning of Israel’s national life. In Exodus 20 after the giving of the ten commandments, it says in verse 18:

Now when all the people perceived the thunderings and the lightnings and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled; and they stood afar off, and said to Moses, „You speak to us and we will hear, but let not God speak to us, lest we die.” And Moses said to the people, „Do not fear, for God has come to prove you, and that the fear of him may be before your eyes that you may not sin.”

O how we need to meditate on such perplexing texts. „Do not fear. You are being tested.” You pass the test only if you don’t fear. Yet God desires that the fear of him be always before your eyes. You pass the test by fearing the Lord. The text provides the distinctions necessary to make sense out of this. The fear that Moses was telling them to get rid of was the fear of coming close to God and hearing his voice. The fear that Moses wanted them to keep before their eyes was that God is fearfully powerful and opposed to sin. The fear of kindling God’s powerful wrath against sin ought not to drive us away from God but to God for mercy.

Noël and the boys and I went out to Dick and Irene Tiegen’s place last week. They have a big dog as tall as Benjamin which greeted us with barks and growls from where he was chained. But after we were there and in the house with the dog, he was friendly. Then we went outside again and Irene gave the warning: Don’t run from him. But as Karsten was heading out to the car, the dog came trotting up behind, and instead of slowing down and petting the dog, Karsten started to run, and immediately the dog barked and growled. What a lesson in the fear of God. Irene was Moses and she says to us Israelites, the Piper family, „Do not fear to draw near, but keep the fear of the dog (the fear of the Lord) before your eyes, lest you try to run away (lest you start to fall into sin).” God is a joy to be near and a terror to those who flee. The comparison breaks down, however: Irene put the dog in the basement, but nobody puts God in the basement.

If you are running from God because you are afraid of him, then you are not yet as afraid as you ought to be. In fact, your very flight is a mockery of God, presuming to think that you could outrun this German shepherd. If you really fear him and love your own life, stop running, turn around, and hug his neck for dear life, and he will lick your face. The fear of the Lord is fear of fleeing out of his fellowship into the way of sin. Therefore the fear of the Lord is full of peace and security and hope. It keeps us near to the merciful heart of God, our fortress, our refuge, our sanctuary, our shield, our sun. Isaiah 8:13 says, „The Lord of Hosts, . . . let him be your fear, and let him be your dread, and he will become a sanctuary.” A proper fear of the Lord keeps us under the shadow of his wings where we need not be afraid.

Therefore the fear of the Lord is accompanied by tremendous blessing. Listen to the psalms. Psalm 25:14, „The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him; he makes known to them his covenant.” Psalm 31:19, „How abundant is thy goodness which thou hast laid up for those who fear thee, and wrought for those who take refuge in thee.” (Notice that fearing God and taking refuge in him are parallel. Those who keep the fear of God before their eyes will not run from him but take refuge in him.) Psalm 34:7, „The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and delivers them.” Psalm 103:11, „As the heavens are high above the earth so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.” Verse 13, „As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear him.” (Hug his neck and he will lick your face.) Psalm 145:19, „He fulfills the desire of all who fear him.”

The promises God makes to those who fear him are so staggering that the summons to fear God and the summons to hope in God are inseparable. And so the psalmist puts them together, for example, in Psalm 33:18, „The eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his mercy.” Psalm 147:11, „The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his mercy.” A woman who fears the Lord will not run away from God to satisfy her longings and relieve her anxieties. She will wait for the Lord. She will hope in God. She will stay close to the heart of God and trust in his promises. The prospect of departing into the way of sin will be too fearful to pursue; and the benefits of abiding in the shadow of the Almighty too glorious to forsake.

Why Should We Praise Such a Woman?

„Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Why? That is our second question: Why is this praise so important? I suggest three reasons for praising a woman who fears the Lord: 1) it feels good to do it; 2) it honors God; 3) it strengthens her hand in the Lord. First, it feels good. David says in Psalm 37:4, „Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” By implication this must mean, „Delight yourself in everything that delights the Lord,” and, therefore, delight yourself in the woman who fears the Lord. Now what is praise? C. S. Lewis points out beautifully in his little book on the Psalms that praise is not merely the expression of joy, but the consummation of joy. A joy isn’t fully enjoyed until it comes to expression in praise. The joy I have in my wife mounts to its highest when I express it as well as I can in a poem and then praise her in the great congregation. Therefore, a strong and good incentive for praising a woman who fears the Lord is that it feels so good. It expresses and completes the joy that such a woman brings.

It might be helpful in passing just to mention the ugly alternative to praise so as to increase our desire to avoid it. Lewis said, „Praise is inner health made audible.” I have seen that verified over and over. It is the cranks, the misfits, the scrooges of the world who seldom praise. They have an inner sickness of soul that yields criticism, complaining, murmuring, grumbling, sarcasm, suspicion, and a general joylessness. I just want to take such people (and sometimes myself) and shake them and say, „Hey, wake up! Sure there is rottenness in the world. But Jesus Christ died and rose again precisely that the commands, ‘Rejoice always,’ and ‘For everything give thanks,’ would not be naïve, but profoundly realistic. Now open your eyes; there are natural and moral beauties to praise in this world because God made it and is at work in it. Break the habit of grumbling. Get yourself hooked on praise. It feels ten times better.”

Not only does praising the woman who fears the Lord feel good; it also honors God, which is most important of all. We must not think here that in praising the woman we are giving to her what belongs to God. There is a sense in which all praise, just like all boasting (1 Corinthians 1:31), should be in the Lord. But since the Lord has made the world and is at work in us fallen creatures, it is possible to praise him indirectly by praising something he made or praising something that exalts him. If you praise the table manners of my sons, Noël and I feel honored. So God is honored through praises which come to his people for graces which he has imparted and which by their very nature exalt him. Therefore, when we praise a woman who fears the Lord, we praise God.

A third reason to praise these women who fear the Lord is to strengthen their hand in the Lord. Suppose when the dog started to growl at Karsten, he stopped running, stepped toward the dog, and put his arm around his neck, and then went slowly on toward the car. And suppose I called out, „Way to go, Karsten. Beautiful. That’s just the way to do it. I love it!” What would be the effect on Karsten? It would strengthen his hand and heart to keep on going and not give up. So it is with those who fear the Lord and hope in him. There are always temptations to allure us away from the fear of God: temptations to fear financial insecurity more than we fear God (cf. Proverbs 23:17), to fear rejection by our peers more than we fear God, to fear the loss of time spent in good deeds more than we fear God. We are tempted again and again to let go of our Great German Shepherd and run after some silly poodle. Again and again we must have our hand strengthened in God. We need to hear a saintly person say, „Well done. I love the way you fear the Lord.”

And now listen husbands and children—a word especially for you, verse 28: „Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Children, young people, think seriously a minute. Suppose your mom was killed in a car wreck tomorrow and you had to go to her funeral on Thursday. What would you wish on Thursday you had told her today? Tell her. „Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Tell her, and you will strengthen her hand in God. And what about you husbands? You know what I would say if I lost my wife this week? „Why did I get upset at her over such stupid little things? Why did I make an issue of such non-essentials? Why did I let criticism and nit-picking dry up my expressions of gratitude and praise?” O how we need to live in the light of our dying. Like Glenn Ogren said to me Wednesday, „Death puts everything in perspective.” ” . . . her husband also, and he praises her.” Praise her, praise her, praise her while you have her. And you will strengthen her heart in God, honor the Lord, and add great joy to your own life.

What Does a Woman Who Fears the Lord Look Like?

And now, finally, we ask, How can you identify a woman who fears the Lord? What does she look like in action? I think that is what the acrostic of verses 10–31 intends to give us. What is a woman like who fears the Lord? What sorts of things can we praise her for? I’ll just mention four things that the wise man has chosen to celebrate about the woman who fears the Lord (and which I want to celebrate in my wife!). First of all, a woman who fears the Lord is not anxious about the future. Look at verse 25. I love this line, and I praise all you women who are like this: „Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” Satan dangles in front of her the specter of tomorrow’s troubles, but she glances up at the almighty God at her right hand (her magnificent German Shepherd!) and laughs at Satan’s folly. She fulfills in her own life Proverbs 14:26, „In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.”

Her fear of the Lord makes her fearless of man. But it doesn’t make her naïve. She knows that the Lord has appointed some means for our safety. For example, verse 21, „She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet.” Winter is a fearful thing in Minnesota, and God has appointed that we do more than pray that our feet not freeze. Clothing must be made or bought. When a woman fears the Lord, she will not be anxious about tomorrow, she will do what God has appointed for her to do and trust him in everything to show her mercy.

Second, the woman who fears the Lord has practical wisdom. Verse 26, „She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” We’ve been taught from grade school on that „the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10), so it’s no surprise that the woman who fears the Lord „opens her mouth with wisdom.” And isn’t there a very close connection between a practical, gracious wisdom and freedom from anxiety about the future. The wisest people I know are the people who hope in the Lord and have quieted their soul like a child at its mother’s breast. But the people who are most anxious, most tense and fretful about tomorrow, are those whose counsel I bank on the least. Women, there is a wisdom that your family and friends and associates need which will only come from a heart that can laugh at the future because it fears the Lord.

Third, the woman who fears the Lord is strong. Verse 25, „Strength and dignity are her clothing.” Verse 17, „She girds her loins with strength and makes her arms strong.” She will be morally strong. Proverbs 23:17 says, „Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.” The woman who continues in the fear of the Lord will have power to resist all the allurements to envy, to desire what she shouldn’t have. The fear of the Lord will also increase her intellectual strength. The fear of the Lord is the impulse to wisdom, and rouses the mind to search for knowledge as for hidden treasure. And the fear of the Lord will even increase her physical strength. One of the reasons we let our bodies languish and get weak and out of tone is because we are bored and feel no excitement or hope about the future. But the woman who fears the Lord is confident and hopeful and eager to enter the future with God at her side. This kind of hope always gives us pep and vigor and increases the strength of the weakest among us.

Fourth, a woman who fears the Lord will live not for herself alone but for others, especially her husband, if she is married. Verses 11, 12, „The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not harm all the days of her life.” A woman who fears the Lord will not squander the family’s livelihood on frivolous purchases, but will have the complete trust of her husband because she is for him and not against him. Wherever possible she supplements his earnings rather than wastes it. But, wives, far more important than this financial support is the moral support of your husband. Verse 23 seems out of place in a song of praise to women. It says, „Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.”

How is that a word of praise to the wife who fears the Lord? Proverbs 12:4 gives the answer: „A good wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is the rottenness of his bones.” A wife who fears the Lord increases the esteem of her husband at the gates of the city. In twelve and a half years of marriage my wife has never done or said anything in public that would have caused me to be ashamed. She has my absolute trust as a representative of what our family stands for. There is no place I might go where I would be ashamed to take Noël. She is a crown to my head and a signet ring on my right hand. She is for me 100% because she is a woman who fears the Lord. And I pray that every wife here will, under God, give that kind of support to your husband.

Now one last mark of the woman who fears the Lord: whether married or not, she lives for the good of the needy. Verse 20: „She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.” God has drawn near and secured her future in his care. Now she draws near to those who need most help. This woman in Proverbs 31 is well-to-do and esteemed, but she does not allow her station to hinder her association with the lowly.

„Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” She keeps before her eyes the fearfulness of running away from God into sin and so stays close to God and his mercy. She should be praised by us all because that will strengthen her hand in God, honor the Lord, and make our own lives happier. And she can be recognized because she is confident and not anxious about the future, gracious wisdom is on her lips, she girds herself with strength, she brings her husband honor by her support, and she reaches out her hands to the needy. „A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised!”

Mother’s Day Quotes – Maxime de Ziua Mamei

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No man is poor who has a Godly mother.
― Abraham Lincoln

No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.
— Edwin Hubbell Chapin

How vital are mother’s influence and teaching in the home—and how apparent when neglected!
― Ezra Taft Benson

God knows that a mother needs fortitude and courage and tolerance and flexibility and patience and firmness and nearly every other brave aspect of the human soul.
― Phyllis McGinley

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
― Washington Irving

Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.
― Mitch Albom

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
― George Washington

(Motherhood) is the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.
― Barbara Kingsolver

(Mothers) worry only about those we brought into this world, regardless of whether they loved us back or treated us fairly or understood our shortcomings.
― Adriana Trigiani

 I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.
― Mitch Albom

You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me.
― Strickland Gillilan

The daughter of a good mother will be the mother of a good daughter.
― Vikrant Parsai

No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.
— Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.
— Mildred B. Vermont

The phrase “working mother” is redundant.
— Jane Sellman

If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.
— Robert Brault

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.
— Margaret Culkin Banning

Mom—the person most likely to write an autobiography and never mention herself.
— Robert Brault

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