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Teachable?? hope so!

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Am i teachable?!…thinking this is an important question for self-reflection.
What does it mean to be “teachable” ? Hmmm, hoping this post is a “teachable” moment of/in time:)

a : capable of being taught b : apt and willing to learn 2 : favorable to teaching
(Merriam-Webster On-line definition)

May be? some of us have come across a kid or person who was very eager and enthusiastic to learn. Then, on the flip side, perhaps, we can recall another who is/was balking/unwilling to cooperate whatsoever in the process of learning something new. You grasp what i mean?…If some of us are like sponges, then are some of us like “Patrick”? -lol:)


 

Duh! joanie, the teachable inherit…’Bikini Bottom’?;)… ‘a.naw’ (nah)!…”Earth”…please, notice these “Hebrew” scriptures:)…my highlights…

“But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11)

“The meek will rejoice greatly in Jehovah, And the poor among men will be joyful in the Holy One of Israel.”
(Isaiah 29:19)

He will guide the meek in what is right,*(Lit., “in judgment.”) And he will teach the meek ones his way. (Psalm 25:9)

8 Let go of anger and abandon rage;

Do not become upset and turn to doing evil. *(Or possibly, “Do not become upset, for it can only lead to harm.”)

 9 For evil men will be done away with,

But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth.

ו [Waw]

10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more;

You will look at where they were,

And they will not be there. (Psalm 37:8-10)

i LOVE this…please check it out further readings on Meekness🙂

A mildness of temper, without haughtiness or vanity. The mental disposition that enables one to endure injury with patience and without irritation, resentment, or vindictive retaliation. It is a close companion of and seldom found separate from such other virtues as humility, lowliness of mind, and gentleness. (See HUMILITYMILDNESS.) The Hebrew word translated “meek” (ʽa·nawʹ) comes from the root ʽa·nahʹ, which means “afflict, humble, humiliate.” [excerpted: Insight on Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 364]

Meekness is NOT a weakness, but a strength…it is not a mock humility; the quality is steel-like…

False humility can actually result in developing haughtiness in the individual, for he may tend to think he is righteous on his own merit; or he may feel that he is accomplishing his ends, not realizing that he cannot deceive Jehovah. If haughtiness develops, he will in time be humbled in a way that he will not enjoy. He will be brought low, and it may be to his own destruction.​—Pr 18:12; 29:23. [excerpted: “humility,” Insight Vol. 1]

Jesus Christ’s Humility. Jesus Christ, when on earth, set the greatest example of a humble servant of God. On the evening before his death, Jesus girded himself with a towel and washed and dried the feet of each of his 12 apostles, a service customarily performed by menials and slaves. (Joh 13:2-5, 12-17) He had told his disciples: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Mt 23:12; Lu 14:11) The apostle Peter, present that night, remembered Jesus’ fine example in living up to his words. He later admonished fellow believers: “All of you gird yourselves with lowliness of mind toward one another . . . Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”​—1Pe 5:5, 6.

Two other Hebrew verbs involving “humility” are ka·naʽʹ (literally, subdue [oneself]) and sha·phelʹ (literally, be or become low). In the Christian Greek Scriptures the word ta·pei·no·phro·syʹne is translated “humility” and “lowliness of mind.” It is drawn from the words ta·pei·noʹo, “make low,” and phren, “the mind.”

A person can achieve a state of humility by reasoning on his relationship to God and to his fellowmen, as outlined in the Bible, and then practicing the principles learned. A Hebrew word, hith·rap·pesʹ, translated “humble yourself,” means, literally, “stamp yourself down.” It well expresses the action described by the wise writer of Proverbs: “My son, if you have gone surety for your fellowman, . . . if you have been ensnared by the sayings of your mouth, . . . you have come into the palm of your fellowman: Go humble yourself [stamp yourself down] and storm your fellowman with importunities. . . . Deliver yourself.” (Pr 6:1-5) In other words, throw away your pride, acknowledge your mistake, set matters straight, and seek forgiveness. Jesus admonished that a person humble himself before God like a child and that, instead of trying to be prominent, he minister to or serve his brothers.​—Mt 18:4; 23:12.

Or, a person may learn humility by being brought low, humbled by experience. Jehovah told Israel that he humbled them by causing them to walk 40 years in the wilderness in order to put them to the test so as to know what was in their heart and to make them know that “not by bread alone does man live but by every expression of Jehovah’s mouth does man live.” (De 8:2, 3) Many of the Israelites no doubt profited from this severe experience and gained humility from it. (Compare Le 26:41;2Ch 7:14; 12:6, 7.) If a person or a nation refuses to become humble or to accept humbling discipline, such will suffer humiliation in due time.​—Pr 15:32, 33; Isa 2:11;5:15. [excerpted readings: “humility,” Insight Vol. 1]

“noun form pra·yʹtes “

A New Testament Wordbook, by William Barclay, says of the adjective pra·ysʹ: “In classical Greek this is a lovely word. Of things it means ‘gentle’. It is used, for instance, of a gentle breeze or a gentle voice. Of persons it means ‘mild’ or ‘gracious’. . . . There is gentleness in praus but behind the gentleness there is the strength of steel . . . It is not a spineless gentleness, a sentimental fondness, a passive quietism.” (London, 1956, pp. 103, 104) Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words states that the noun form pra·yʹtes “consists not in a person’s ‘outward behaviour only; nor yet in his relations to his fellow-men; as little in his mere natural disposition. Rather it is an in wrought grace of the soul; and the exercises of it are first and chiefly towards God. It is that temper of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting; it is closely linked with the word tapeinophrosunē [humility], and follows directly upon it.’”​—1981, Vol. 3, pp. 55, 56.

The word pra·ysʹ is variously translated in Bible versions “meek,” “mild,” “mild-tempered,” and “gentle.” (KJ, AS, NW, NE) However, as expressed in Barclay’s work quoted in the foregoing, pra·ysʹ goes somewhat deeper than gentleness and, when used of persons, means mild, gracious. [excerpted: Mildness, Insight Vol. 2]

Manifesting Meekness, Gentleness, Graciousness, yet NOT a spineless, stupid creature!! 🙂

(to be meek is to be teachable (which implies a continuous state))

4/13/18 @ 10:26 p.m.

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“Jehovah founded the earth in wisdom. He solidly established the heavens in discernment.” (Proverb 3:19)

Packing and unpacking

(aka meditation(s) (of) spiritual topics)…pach..ing…Pachelbel…ing:)

“This alone I have found: The true God made mankind upright, but they have sought out many schemes.”
(Eccl. 7:29)

“I raise my eyes to the mountains. From where will my help come? My help comes from Jehovah. The maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1,2)

4/11/18 @ 10:46 p.m.

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Narrow Road Infrastructure

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Thinking (or trying to think while being interrupted) while traveling through life…(and don’t want this post getting off road a bit aka off topic;) will try my best to stay on track, yeah, right!:))…

Roads and destinations and GPS… Truth, specifically, Biblical truth keeps us (IF we follow it/obey/adhere) on a narrow road leading to LIFE, real, never-ending life…eventually sans sicknesses. Our lives improve along the way during this spiritual process/mind-body work.

For me, personally, the Bible has always been my guide/map…where to go? Is sometimes the same question as: what to do?! Or how to act?! and why?/why not?…in any given place/circumstance/situation (simple or complex)/scenario i find myself.

Jesus as leader leading… “The way, (The Truth, and The Life”)…

“Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

I am the way and the truth and the life: Jesus is the way because it is only through him that it is possible to approach God in prayer. He is also “the way” for humans to be reconciled to God. (Joh 16:23; Ro 5:8) Jesus is the truth in that he spoke and lived in harmony with truth. He also fulfilled scores of prophecies that show his central role in the outworking of God’s purpose. (Joh 1:14; Re 19:10) These prophecies became “‘yes’ [or were fulfilled] by means of him.” (2Co 1:20) Jesus is the life because by means of the ransom, he made it possible for mankind to gain “the real life,” that is, “everlasting life.” (1Ti 6:12,19; Eph 1:7; 1Jo 1:7) He will also prove to be “the life” for millions who will be resurrected with the prospect of living in Paradise forever.—Joh 5:28, 29. [New World Translation Study Bible: Gems excerpted]

i prefer, personally speaking, the New World Translation Revised 2013…for its readability, modern language, accuracy, etc.  Plus, the fact it’s a trustworthy translation…and has NOT omitted/taken away/minused (and on purpose like other translation(s)) The Creator’s/Almighty God’s personal name, Yahweh.  The Tetragramatton appears almost 7,000 times in the original Hebrew manuscripts…(just makes me wonder/question how any supposedly skilled translator(s) misses (a) mark(s)/something 7,000 times??! what else?? of importance did some so-called translators/translations leave out??! and why??!) Some further reading on the Divine Name and Greek Scriptures.
“Language grows old and unintelligible, therefore it’s necessary to review old Translations to make them speak the Language in use, and be understood by the living generation.”  (John Lewis, 18th Century English Cleric)
People, this is 2018, our language has changed, duh!;)  It makes sense to get acquainted with and read a modern language translation. Truth is progressive!  Please check it out IF You:) so choose…further reading(s) about bible-versions-translations

Okay, guess, am going off road a little?…

{Contemplating about: how all of us are flawed (myself very much included;)) …most of us are trying to get somewhere (including Bible translators, eh?)…work, home, vaca, peace, security, stability…ahead?…(we have our personal/private “reasons” aka “motivations” of why) and may be? how we will get where we wanna go and when…so, in my POV, a flawed wo/man’s philosophy is may be?  attempt(s) at self-justification…an arrogant exercise in excusing ourselves…in few or many words convoluted or concise…as to why we do or how to do and get away with it…to get where we wanna go?!  Some abandon authority (including God) altogether…aka not answering to anyone to get what they want where/when they want whatever.}

Jesus as genius…(a human term)…a VERY Intelligent Divine Dude🙂…wonder how to measure His IQ??…hmmm, i.e., his 20 minute(s) Sermon on the Mount defies (the) time (target). “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer

Talk about time well-spent (here/now and then aka present, future)…management…how humans should travel (in/through life) (through time)…and space…safely as possible and as compassionately/lovingly/peacefully as possible! His spiritual and practical teachings/superlative example as a whole — timelessness!!

Jesus, concerned about living/travelling Truth (through time)…said at Matthew 7:

13  “Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it; 14  whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it.

Go in through the narrow gate: In ancient times, roadways with gates were the means of entry into walled cities. The Bible uses such expressions as road or “path” or “way” to describe people’s life course and conduct. The image of two contrasting roads pictures life courses that are either approved or disapproved by God, determining whether an individual gains entry into God’s Kingdom.​—Ps 1:1, 6; Jer 21:8; Mt 7:21.

broad is the gate and spacious is the road: Although some manuscripts read “broad and spacious is the road,” the longer reading has strong manuscript support and harmonizes with the parallelism at Mt 7:14.​—See App. A3. [excerpted New World Translation Study Bible: Gems]

Living Truth means a cramped road…(few find).


(fy: i am brain-fried here-lol 😉

after a long day of learning/listening

to multiple talks in Chinese)

ignore the goofy girl please.

{road photo appropriate for post topic, huh?}

4/7/18 @ 2:24 p.m

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Seeing Clearly

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The only website I HIGHLY recommend*(see below)… and btw: I am NOT even recommending my own site here!! For the (public) record and typed by my own boney, blistered, bleeding fingers/heart… this work/documentation/blog/writings and quotings/whatever (kind/unkind) descriptions You Dear Readers:) choose to use)…is merely a very imperfect Index Finger pointing to… Biblical Truth!!!

In no way would I want to take the credit away from (True God Yahweh/Jehovah and a Most Worthy Example of how to live/walk this Earth and practice genuine Compassion–Jesus)…and any other, more-skilled than me… Truth Seekers and Scholars (past and present) who have been pointing the way all along and who have helped me in my own personal progress… on this narrow road… few find…

Perhaps, again what do I know, exactly, may be ? our biggest obstacle is ourselves (and/or our arrogance)…(and our own twisting/hurting minds/thinking…our own flawed human thoughts/ideas about things and not things) in need of desperate reformation and transformation…I LOVE the following sobering quote: “Let the BIBLE…RULE SUPREME”

Capito believed that the Bible was the source of truth. “Let the Bible and the law of Christ always rule supreme in theology,” he stated. According to Dr. Kittelson, Capito “insisted that the chief failing of the scholastic theologians lay in their neglect of the Scriptures.”

 

*Please read this article: reformation-truth-seekers… Capito, Cellarius, Campanus.

Peace People:) and Please continue to precisely…

“Distinguish TRUTH from error!”:)…

Aka don’t be fooled!;)

4/1/18 @ 2:07 p.m.

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