Andrew Harrison – Thinking and thought

Andrew Harrison – Thinking and thought

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Gen 15

6. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Translation – And he made true in Yahweh, and he thought her to him righteousness.

Gen 31

14. And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house?

15. Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.

Thoughts of Laban, thinking they are strangers

Gen 50

16. And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

17. So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.

18. And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.

19. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

20. But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

They thought evil against Joseph.

Esther 8

Similar pattern here but without repentance.

1. On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews’ enemyunto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.

2. And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

3. And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.

Thinking he thought

Esther 9

24. Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews,had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them;

25. But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

Ps 10

1. Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

2. The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

This is a bit like Haman

Ps 21

1. To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The king shall joy in thy strength, OLORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

7. For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.

8. Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.

9. Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.

10. Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.

11. For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

Similar to previous examples

Ps 32

1. A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

2. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Thinking of Gen 15

Beautiful contrast with this. It is positive about what Yahweh thought. He’s not thinking something else which is iniquity. They are blessed in this case.

These come together in Rom 4

Ps 106

29. Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.

30. Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.

31. And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations forevermore.

Slightly different to Gen 15, but you can see the relationship.

Turn to NT

Mark 15

26. And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS

27. And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

28. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

Translated as “counted” from Gen 15

It is a quote from Isaiah 53

12. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

It is being picked up in the NT where it seems to have been transformed into a verb that means to think or account.

Rom 4

3. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

4. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

6. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

7. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

8. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

9. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

10. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision?Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

11. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

22. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

23. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

24. But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised upJesus our Lord from the dead;

25. Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

For consistency we can see this in Luke 22 also.

Luke 22

37. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.

38. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

Back in Rom 4 now

v3 – Gen 15 – Abraham believed God.

It was thought to him for righteousness. This aligns with Ps 106 in structure. Perhaps it’s quoted from Ps 106 rather than Gen 15.

The word has a sense of “Logos” in it. Logos is the word for “word” in Greek.

We know it is about thinking, but what is it that is forming that thinking. Suggest that this is the word of God. How does this work through in Rom 4?

3. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

4. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Linking in Ps32 in the next verse)

6. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, (Similar in structure also to Gen 15)

7. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

8. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. (this is a counter balance to faithfulness and righteousness – It also involves God not thinking sin towards that man)

9. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.

10. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision?Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.

11. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

Towards the end of the chapter…

Amazing how it describes the faith of Abraham.

20. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

21. And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

22. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

23. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

24. But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised upJesus our Lord from the dead;

25. Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Faith in the power of God, the resurrection with God’s intervention with bringing a seed of promise. He was strong in faith.

v23 – 24 – Central point of belief is the resurrection. We believe Christ has been raised from the dead to open salvation to us all.

Heb 11

17. By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

18. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19. Accounting that God was able (powerful enough) to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

This was a testing of Abraham’s faith. v18 – quoting from Gen 21 that then leads us into Gen 22.

The other thinking of Abraham is described here. He believed that God had the power to raise his son from the dead. We know that this is what Abraham believes.

Now we can reflect on the word of God in his Son and what we believe and what evil man thought towards Jesus. It pleased God as he was that perfect sacrifice to take away sin in the world.

MARK MORRIS ADDED

Ps 144 is an interesting connection

1. A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

2. My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.

3. LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

In the first 2 verses there is a lot about “me” and ‘my”

Then in v3, it sounds a bit like Ps 8, but it’s not.

Goes on to speak about God making judgements

4. Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

5. Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

There starts to be enemies which are to be scattered

6. Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.

Then in v7 it comes back to “me”

7. Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;

Back to the “hands” that we saw in v1

v8 – we learn more about the strange sons whose mouths word vanity.

In OT there is the idea of “wording” the verb. Here it is translated speak.

8. Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood

Their right hand is of falsehood.

Then there is a new song…

9. I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

10. It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

Then we see a repeat…

11. Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:

The focus of the salvation is of the Kings (in plural), David takes a broad view which is then narrowed down to him…

In v9 it is back to HIM.

12. That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

15. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

Brought back to the happiness we were looking at earlier.

Going back to v3 – What is adam? – you will think him…

3. LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!

What sort of thinking is he thinking here?

it’s isn’t explicit here, but the rest of the Psalm does expound this. It is an account of his deliverance, focussing down into v10. it is a pattern of hope for the sons and daughters in v11 and v12. This is the outcome of the thinking of God. It them comes down to the people over which David was King.

This shows what Yahweh thought of David which translates into all this activity. He establishes the people etc.

Why does God bother? – What is man? – The Psalm answers this… David was his servant! – this is why he did these things.

This is helpful and comforting.

JOHN ADEY

When you’ve looked at something and someone else adds, having traversed the same route.

Gen – He counted it to him – Active

Ps 106 – Passive – from this we go to the NT and the comments about Abraham had done.

In Isa 53 – We linked up Mark and Luke.

3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

This is very profound. Comments on Israel to come! Had they correctly thought about him, they wouldn’t have killed him.

If they had matched Christ with the prophets, in the correct spirit, they wouldn’t have condemned him.

They had an opportunity at pentecost, but they were pricked in their heart.

This passage was explained to the Eunuch. Philip explains this and he was baptised! We have some wonderful exposition that comes from this idea of right thinking.

In the NT – it is sometimes translated as thinking.

Lets think this to ourselves.

Rom 4

20. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

21. And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

22. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

23. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

24. But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised upJesus our Lord from the dead;

25. Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Here it takes on a meaning for us. What was written was for us!! v23

v24 – This is talking about the Gospel. The outcome is brought about by believing.

The thinking of Abraham and how he thought about these things (resurrection in Sarah’s womb at her age with Isaac, right back to his call from Ur) He can bring this to this measured conclusion that he could raise Issac!

This is the basis for his thinking.

1 Peter 5

Peter is talking about Silvanus

12. By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

13. The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

14. Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in ChristJesus. Amen.

Peter is thinking this through. Peter has to change his mind in his life, producing this mature writer.

The Greek of “ye stand” is a cause. You are caused to stand, from the effect of believing. Jesus was caused to stand again through his belief and we can benefit from this.

Mala 3

16. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

17. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

18. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Those who fear his name, their names can be written in his book of rememberance. Connection between writing and our standing.

Phil 4

This is the quality of a fearers thinking that we should attain to.

8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Andrew read..

Heb 12

1. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right handof the throne of God.

3. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

My thoughts… Linking Love (Charity) and thinking

  1. John 15:13
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:5
  3. Romans 8:36
  4. Psalm 44:22

1 Cor 13 v 5 – Love thinks no evil

John 15 v 13 – Great Love.

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