Archive for February 18th, 2020

Paul’s epistle to the Romans is vital for believers in our present times. Rome of the first century could be New York. Idolatry of Rome is greed of Wall St.,


In the Book of Proverbs we have Wisdom personified as a woman, -one may as well treat her, one of the five sibyls alluded to in the iconography of the Sistine chapel ceiling. She has prepared a great feast. She has put up seven pillars, which are not indicative of disciplines leading to wisdom but the perfection associated with heavenly realities.  It has a canopy under which every soul  might find something lacking in him, so wisdom leads to perfection. Wisdom has prepared bread and wine symbolic value of both are significant. Like the Great Supper in the parable entrance is free.

No one is perfect so Wisdom’s voice could make impression only on those who realize they are in woeful need of help. She cries: “Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,/ Come, eat of my…

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Mercy and grace are twin pillars on which the theological idea of God the Father and God the Son rests. The Father called out before the worlds began. It is Mercy, a facet of His Holiness. Judgment is left to the Son so grace and truth make sure the saints called out keep their election sure. Gof cannot be responsible for systematic neglect on the part of man-b


It is God who shows mercy (v.16). While we discuss the nature of mercy no better lesson we could have than from the story of Ruth. At first let us consider God’s ways with regards to children of His promise in vv.10-12.

And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;

11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

St Paul is here referring to a specific birth about to take place,- and Rebecca the expectant mother was troubled: “And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the Lord?(Ge.25:22)…

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