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23 For [hoti] if any [ei
tis] be [esti] a
hearer [akroates] of the word [logos], and [kai] not [ou] a doer [poietes], he [houtos] is like [eiko] unto a man [aner] beholding [katanoeo] his [autos] natural [genesis] face [prosopon] in [en] a glass [esoptron]:
24 For [gar] he beholdeth [katanoeo] himself [heautou], and [kai] goeth his way [aperchomai],
and [kai] straightway [eutheos] forgetteth [epilanthanomai]
what manner of man [hopoios] he was [en]. KJV-Interlinear
23 For if anyone is a hearer of
the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a
mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately
forgotten what kind of person he was. NASB
If you are a hearer of the Word of God, then you are
no better than the reflection of your own face in a mirror.While you are standing in front of the
mirror, your image is reflected.However,
it has no real depth, no content, no fragrance, no texture.A reflection is nothing more than a lighted
And, when you leave the mirror, your reflection leaves
along with you, and is no more.
So, there are two lessons from this verse.
First, the lesson of the mirror reflecting your
eternal self.The mirror does not reflect
the content of your soul, but only the visual portions of your body, which by
the way, is made of dust.If God had
made you of something else, then that substance would be reflected.
So, your reflection is not of the real you, but only
of the physical exterior of you.Your
personality, your thoughts, your attitude, all are not revealed in the
mirror.So even you cannot see the real
you in a mirror.
But unlike the mirror, the Bible is a reflection of
the real you.When you peer into the scriptures,
the Bible reveals the real you.
Now, you can stay with the Bible and see the real you,
or you can likewise, turn away form the Bible because you do not like what you
see, for whatever reason.
Either you are disinterested, or you simply do not agree
with what the Bible has to say about you.
In the mirror, you can see only what you wish to
see.You can apply makeup, or grooming,
or whatever to yourself in order to make the image into what you want to be
seen as.But the mirror will never
reveal your true reflection.So the
mirror like the world, reflects only what is desired, while the Bible reflects
the truth whether you like it or not.
The hearer does not pursue the realities or facts or
truth.The hearer merely captures a
glance and then forgets or ignores the truth, retaining only that which is
compatible with his desires.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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