How will we "come out" on the other side of tragedy, mishap, trial, testing, hardship and perhaps even (God forbid) loss of all things ... with faith of a little child ... intact?
Matthew 10:16 - Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Harmless: (Hebrews) - harmless, simple, unmixed, pure as in wines or metals; of the mind, without a mixture of evil, free from guile, innocent.
... literally spread out without folds, and hence means single, simple, without complexity of character and motive. In the New Testament this idea of simplicity is always favorable;
... also means simple, literally free from any foreign admixture, unadulterated, free from disturbing elements.
... Hebrews 7:26 - means one in whom exists absence of all evil, and so by implication the presence of all good. It passes also through the merely negative meaning of absence of evil, found in the Septuagint, to the unfavorable meaning of simple, easily deceived, credulous, which is found in Romans 16:18.
...occurring only in 1 Peter 2:2 - means sincere, unmixed, without guile.
How do we withstand the heat and come forth pure?
Daniel 3 - ... (v. 24) - Then Neb-u-chad-nez-zar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. (v. 25) - He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. (v. 26) - Then Neb-u-chad-nez-zar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Sha - drach, Me-shach, and A-bed-ne-go, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Sha-drach, Meshach, and A-bed-ne-go, came forth of the midst of the fire. (v. 27) - And the princes ... being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats chanted, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
There is nothing more beautiful, more pleasing than aninnocent child.
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