Resolution— The word resolution does not appear within scripture; however, the concept of problem or conflict resolution frequently appears.
Interesting fact: Have you ever wondered how the Israelites convinced the Egyptians to let them borrow “jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment” (Exodus 3:22)? The answer is found in Exodus 3:21 where the Lord promised, “I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.” A lack of faithfulness to God usually serves as the greatest hindrance to finding favour with men. First, follow the Lord and, then, He will assist with men. The Bible promises, “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).
Bible study tip: Typology is the study of how a person, place, thing, or event pictures some future person, place, thing, or event. This is one of the many scripturally sound and enjoyable ways to study scripture. In fact, the Lord Jesus encouraged typology when He said, “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up” (John 3:14; see also Numbers 21:4-9). The serpent being lifted up was a type of Christ being lifted up on the cross to become a curse for man. Though typology is useful, it does not exist without its own set of dangers. The most common danger is attributing a type in scripture to which the Bible never alludes. Another temptation, perhaps not as common, is to elevate the actual type to the status of the antitype (that which is being pictured). For instance, the Israelites had no idea that the serpent was a future type of Christ’s sacrifice and burned incense to it. At this, Hezekiah was greatly distraught and broke the serpent in pieces calling it “Nehushtan” which basically means brasen thing (2 Kings 18:4). Every type will fall short in some way or another of its antitype. Otherwise, it would become equal to the antitype and eventually superior to it.
Sunday, Day 190—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 191—The Root of the Problem
Tuesday, Day 192—Wrong Solutions Yield New Problems
Wednesday, Day 193—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 194—Solutions Are Not Always Easy
Friday, Day 195—The Necessity of Patience
Saturday, Day 196—God Uses Problems
Day 190: Church Day
Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.