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UPLIFTING

I was blessed to get help from my Father, and to have skills that let me win three patents for new aircraft designs.  I had funds to get started and time to find markets.  Six years later I am again looking at poverty in spite of many hours of hard work.  Sure, Social Security pads my landing, and I do have a home paid for.  But I still need to see a business grow or go find a job.  Every election promises jobs and good times, but where are they?

Proverbs 13:17-25

17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

An evil person can bring any number of bad messages.  A false accusation is common, as are slander and gossip.  These can also be tools in an election, but they backfire when caught.  An ambassador is one who has the sense to be polite and truthful.  These are less common in politics and are especially appreciated when they do appear.

18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

If you drop out of school, what do you expect?  Against good counsel I got only part of a college education.  I had advantages, and now I have only a skill that no one is buying.  I may overcome this in time, but those with the credentials get more done at an earlier time in their life.  Your senior years should bring you honor for getting things done that the world needs.  Don’t settle for Social Security and a senior home.

19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

To achieve a great goal is rewarded with great satisfaction.  Goals, strategies, hard work and patience yield real rewards.  But Evil plots, crime, and violence are like an addiction that stupidity cannot withdraw from.

20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

This I do know; I know people who are not my role models.  I can work with them, eat with them, and spend time with them.  But I need to spend time with people who understand my faith in God to encourage me.  Weekly meetings at church are not as good as when I can have more Christian friends.  But that time of fellowship is necessary, and I savor it.  If I had only unbelievers around me I would be tempted to drift off course with them.  bible study and prayer are my allies with Christian fellowship.  these are the Holy Trinity.

21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

Seriously evil men have to look over their shoulders constantly for the enforcers.  Less serious offenders have to expect their words to trap them in a lie.  Something is always waiting to deliver cheaters to the judge.  Those who work to help others, and avoid hurting others by crime or sin have rewards in a clear conscience and blessings from God.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of this wisdom because we know that he sees us in action.  Belief builds prosperity.

22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

My motivation to prosper in business is to pass on the comforts that my father left for me.  With God’s blessing I may yet be remembered as a good man.  If we live for greed and sin against man and God we should expect to lose what we have to other men.  How fitting that God has declared that such spoils will land in the ownership of righteous men after the sinner is gone.

23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

I am amazed at how rural people can stretch funds with gardening and hunting.  But even city people can often live well enough on limited means.  There are aid programs, shelters, and services  for the creative people.  We can learn from life and be contented with a little judgment.  Without some common sense even lottery winners can release a lot of assets in a short time.  Those who have enough to live can still find destruction by seeking entertainment, sex and drugs.  Sin offers many doors to hell.

24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

If you are a good parent, you want to see your children live well.  You cannot let them eat poison or play in the street, even they may want to try everything.  If they try to go around you then you will have to pain them to restrain them.  You will use the rod often to repeat the lesson for memory.  If you do not have this enforcement you hate your children enough to let them die in their sins.

25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want. 

Well my dog and I eat very well out here in the country.  Does that prove that I am righteous?  There is also the “bread of life” which is the wisdom of the bible.  We also need the nourishment of godly wisdom to satisfy our soul.  The rebellious people may be fat, but their soul is lacking a key spiritual nutrient.  Our nation is seeing a time when the wealthy hoard the prosperity and the power of what was once a democracy.  This has happened in the past, and the Bible demonstrates how God leaves a hunger in the greedy.

There is an adjustment that favors those homeless people who cry out to him.  The meek shall inherit the earth.

 

 

RAGS TO RICHES

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THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD

As a Christian most of my beliefs point me towards conservative values.  When I was deprived of work and lost unemployment benefits I might have faced real poverty.  Was I “lazy” because I needed help?  I was able to move to Arizona and live with my father.  Walking on the trails and seeing how others had to live was revealing.  Sadly a lot of people do not make it, and we must notice jobs moving overseas.  There are also hard working people who can’t pay their bills.  God had to warn Israel against taking advantage of their own people.  Are we better than Israel to be exempt from the judgment of God?

Proverbs 13:9-16

9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

Light is vision and it is the revelation of good and bad things in our path.  This book of wisdom is a spiritual light and it gives life and light to the righteous.  Only God can make us righteous, and this light is not available to evil men.  Those who descend into wicked ways will stumble in darkness.

10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Humility generates peace while pride cannot consider another opinion.  Pride doesn’t listen to the other side, and forces itself on others.  A good fair hearing is wisdom and may even learn another way to a good end.

11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Vanity is pride in one’s appearance, abilities, or talents.  The beautiful people of Hollywood might be an example.  There are other ways that produce wealth quickly and these may all encourage flashy spending to go with a flashy reputation.  Perhaps popularity provokes one to pay to keep the party going.  It seems to be a lot harder to save money on an hourly job, but those earnings may include more appreciation of value.

12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Oh how we wish there was a great leader for our nation.  So we try a new leader and endure another eight years of bickering and battles with congress.  Will we ever see an end to the corruption in our government?  Since the kings of Israel nations have sought their great hope.  For a season it was King David, but he too sinned.  There was finally a son of David who is the king of kings.  He is the great branch, our tree of life.  He is coming back soon.

13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

In times like these we can see people who are at peace, who are calm in the storm.  Those who trust science are angered by those of simple faith in God.  Many people defy the laws of God and refuse to repent.  Without the redemption of Jesus they are as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.  They are waiting for the fire of the end times unless they hear the invitation of Jesus.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and he saves his people.

14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Simple honesty is rewarding, and kindness is a great testimony.  With the acceptance of salvation comes the mind of Christ as well.  Our desire to do good is multiplied by the gifts of God to deliver us from the traps of evil.

15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Daniel was in serious trouble.  His nation was defeated by the Babylonians, and he was a prisoner of war.  Remembering the example of Joseph may have helped.  Joseph, a convicted sex offender, had become the prime minister of Egypt.  Daniel by good understanding did the same in Babylon.  Those who rebelled against Babylon were punished harshly.  Perhaps there are times when we should obey god and king to produce good works ourselves.

16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

If we have knowledge of good and evil we should work to promote the good.  We should step up to testify against evil.  We should refuse to join the works of darkness.  But some will always take a bribe, embrace a temptation, or cheat their way to power.  That power is a house of cards that God will blow away.

We have watched kings come and go without making the changes that declare greatness.  Both sides of our arguments are corrupt, and few dare to speak up.  At times those whistleblowers themselves are blown away.  God is patient to watch men rob their neighbors until they expose their own crimes.  Then there is an end to all of this.  When a man receives faith in Jesus, he is transformed, and his poverty becomes treasure in heaven.  His earthly tent becomes a mansion in the Kingdom of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOING DOWN…

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MAN OF MEANS BY NO MEANS

After 30 years of mechanical design work I was told that I was “unemployable”.  Since I had a few weeks out of work I supposedly had forgotten all I learned in those years.  This is just a ploy to say that I was too old because I still use the same software six years later.  Fortunately I was able to go live with my father.  As it turned out he also needed help and I shared his last three years.  I walked the trails in Arizona and saw others who were less fortunate living in the desert.  God had a hand in delivering me, and he can help those who hear his wisdom.  Consider the road of wisdom that leads us away from poverty.

Proverbs 13:1-8

1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

This is reasonable that a father wants to protect you and guide you to safety.  Wisdom will teach you to hear his instruction.  Still there are many who reject any correction or even suggestions.  A rebuke is harsh but is an attempt to jar you into understanding your danger.  We live in a generation of scorners.  My father corrected me a few times but he was also there when I needed help.  I was never homeless.

2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

Wise speech produces prosperity and friendships.  Those who are insulting and rude will  take a beating.  I wonder if this will manifest against certain candidates for office this year.  In some cases a good cause may inherit a bad leader and lose good workers to a lesser cause.  Or a bad leader may awaken some to hear their conscience and respond to a better cause.

3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

There is a real danger of violence and death with the right provocative words.  But life is also just keeping your job, or not being found in contempt of court.  How does it help you to insult a police officer or a judge if you are already under investigation?  Even if you are right, you risk punishment because the world still contains evil men in power.

4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Well if you don’t want anything you will be easy to please, but you may have nothing to enjoy.  Food and shelter are good, as are family and friends.  Careful planning and work comfort the body and the heart with satisfaction.  Some use diligence as an excuse not to help people in need, but generosity is encouragement for the needy, and diligence is not an excuse to be stingy.  There are people who want to work and are still denied the opportunity to recover.  They do need help, and should have it in a wealthy developed nation.  This is especially true when big corporations escape taxes on huge profits.

5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

We have a lot of righteous people and they are offended by liars.  With so much information in our age there are many accusations and it takes time to prove the real crimes.  Gradually people hear enough to be offended and take action.  Those who are caught in their own lies are an embarrassment to their supporters and an outrage to their opponents.  Eventually their friends and foes both reject them.  Their time is limited.  Even those who live in our time…

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/265171/donald-trump-and-eminent-domain-robert-verbruggen

https://www.laprogressive.com/corporation-greed-controls-both-parties/

6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

This is comforting that God offers us wisdom in righteousness and we have safety in this.  There is no safety in evil works and they accumulate evidence that waits for judgment.  And they will be overthrown.  The worst criminals may be within our own justice system though.  Law enforcement officers may become overly violent, or plant evidence but it doesn’t end there.  We may have criminals in prison, but when we are criminal to them we earn spiritual poverty.  A corrupt legal system hardens the prisoners who we might have helped.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/05/21/11756575-researchers-more-than-2000-false-convictions-in-past-23-years?lite

http://www.thenation.com/article/why-americans-dont-care-about-prison-rape/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/25/us/new-york-prison-break-contraband-smuggle/

7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

How many lottery winners, movie stars, and athletes have spent themselves into poverty?  But I had a skilled trade and industry threw a lot of us away.  They have ways to skirt the laws about hiring seniors.  But even if you keep it all, the fear of losing it can reduce you to misery.  And if you hide guilt for having gotten materials by evil, you will always be looking for judgment, which will find you.

When we recognize the value of being a faithful Christian and friend to our neighbors we have a new kind of treasure; in heaven.  While our possessions on earth may be few, we can have a treasury of memories when we serve others.

Or, to skip ahead a few chapters in Proverbs:

Proverbs 15:16

Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.

http://listverse.com/2015/11/30/10-wealthy-heirs-whose-lucky-lives-disintegrated-into-tragedy/

8 The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

If a rich man is kidnapped he can be rescued by his wealth.  In other crises he may find that all of his wealth is threatened by taxes, enemies, thieves, sickness, and other disasters.  It may all be reduced to ruin and heartbreak by circumstances.  Poor people have nothing to grieve over losing and they draw few enemies.  I never reached poverty but I got a good look at it when I lost my job.

As a contract worker it was not unusual to expect years of work and end up with a few months.  I got caught on a twelve month lease with six months left over when my job ended.  So I stayed in Indiana for six months sending job applications and using up my unemployment benefits.  I had just enough left to rent a U-Haul trailer and drive to Arizona to live with my father.

After a while recruiters informed me that I was “unemployable” because my computer skills had languished for a few months.  Six years later I am still using the same CAD software, and learned another one.  The industry has found a new way to skirt the laws against not hiring seniors.  We find our enemies before we achieve poverty, and they are the ones who push us there.  Should we be friends to corrupt industries?  Are they friends to us?

RUST IN PEACE

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Titanic 13

COLD SILENCE

The reality of giving your life to Jesus as a repentant soul may look cold and harsh.  But God teaches us to walk by faith and not by sight.  What the world and Hollywood like to suggest as a heaven for sinners is not real.  But God has offered the reality of eternal life to those who accept the Lord Jesus in this life.  What is “politically correct” is often an offensive sin to God, a cold road to death.  We cannot even discern wisdom without the mind of Christ.  In him the old ideas of sin are buried in the depths of baptism, where they will never again rise to be more than a rusty monument to foolishness.

Proverbs 12:20-28

20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Deception is the art of Satan and many people unknowingly serve him…we are born in sin.  So those who live in their human nature serve to draw others to their doom as they do obey a dark spirit.  The majority of our world works to draw you into the depths of death.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom so this book of wisdom depends on that.  We must be born again in faith in Jesus to have the mind of Christ.  The supernatural is superior to the natural and God leads us to life and peace.  Wisdom depends on faith so those who share this hope bring joy.

21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

To the eyes of man good Christians also die but faith sees the promise of eternity.  Jesus and his followers are alive and waiting for us.  This life is only the entrance exam to the real life.  Those who are evil cannot hide their heart from the examiner, and are incapable of belief.  They trust their science to be their God or any other gods that tolerate their sins.  Without God they are open to dark spirits and evil temptations.  They are criminal by nature.

22 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.

God is real, and he does know the hearts of men.  What is done in secret meetings and conspiracies is always known to him, and he will turn their traps against them in his time.  To be found in truth is to be found in Christ, and these are his people who he saves.  Those who teach others to sin deny the wisdom of God and earn his judgment against themselves.

23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

If you know of one who is cheating you can either turn him to honesty as a friend, or wait for the right time to reveal his crimes.  Foolishness is to make a false accusation when you lack  information.  But it is also foolish to impatiently accuse one who may have the power to defeat you before you have help.  The greatest foolishness proclaims that God does not exist.

24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

There should be a reward for honest hard work.  We see people rewarded for innovation and industry.  But some of our industries seek a way to cut corners and they do get caught when it causes injury.  Liability, damages, fines, and prison have been brought against irresponsible parties for generations.  If the Captain of the Titanic had lived, he would probably have been tried and punished as well.  There are still problems today, but some are not apparent.  We always see the obvious crimes, but God has his own standards.  Many things that don’t bother the world are obscene in the eyes of God.  Diligence needs to meet his standards as well.

25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

If I compare the modern world to the Titanic, and suggest that the bible predicts a harsh judgment, is that a source of heaviness?  If that were the only message from God it could be unbearable.  But God did not inspire Solomon to share wisdom that cannot be reached.  What man cannot achieve our God has provided as Jesus became the lamb for our sacrifice.  By faith in Yeshua the people of his time and ours are offered this redemption.  The good news is that faith in Jesus offers life to we who were dead in sin.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, the first step to life.  The door is open.

26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

In the movie Titanic Jack was able to escape from the jail, and found an open door to the upper decks.  But he could not avoid sinking into the ocean because of the heavy burden of sin.  Rose followed him down later and these kinds of deceived souls could not pass the judgment of God.  Some of the real souls who died on the Titanic were already trusting Jesus for salvation, and were found to be righteous by God.  These people are indeed more excellent than those who reject God.  Today people live in far more offensive sins while proclaiming themselves to be “politically correct”  which is vastly more offensive to God.  They do evil, and teach others to follow them into the cold depths.  These are the seducers who tempt the righteous to depart from their faith and their hope.  These produce “art” that invites the living to commit suicide by diving into the icy depths  of sin.

27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

We are outraged when a hunter takes a trophy when he doesn’t even need the meat to live.  We are appalled at the extinction of species and at the way food is wasted while others starve.  Our world throws away enough material and energy to solve all the world’s hunger and poverty.  There is sloth, laziness, and offense in waste.  No welfare program can overcome sloth that needs drugs and crime to exist.  But there are people who some consider to be in poverty who can live in style by diligence and planning.  In many small towns people live well by gardening, hunting, canning, and doing their own repairs.  Now we are learning to use electricity, the wind, and the sun to be free from fuel and energy addictions.   Many do better living on Social Security than professionals who are trapped in high rent and tax areas.  Wisdom is a tool God gives to help you to live well.

28 In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

God is real, and he alone gives wisdom.  Wisdom makes life better, and God gives much more than this life.  To live this life well is to be forgiven, and to be forgiving.  To live this life well is to be charitable to others, and even self sacrificing.  Righteousness gives us a clean heart and a path that walks with Jesus.  This life is the entrance exam to the real celebration of eternity.  God is real, and heaven is real.  In Jesus there is no death.

The movie Titanic proposes a false heaven, a reunion with our delusions, but that is only a mirage of lies.  The real Titanic is a cold rusting relic to the mistakes of the early twentieth century.  Solomon was aware of the same mistakes in his day too.  But the sins of our century are far greater, and real wisdom will refuse to follow them down.  Leave dead sins buried and leave the stench of death behind.  Fear the Lord and hear his Son who has taken your sins to give your life back.  This is the only real wisdom.

REALITIES

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Titanic 6

NOT WHAT YOU EXPECTED; A SMILING WELCOME TO HELL.

At the end of the Movie Titanic, we see all those smiling faces Waiting for Rose in the  depths of Davey Jone’s Locker.  There is Jack on the stair, but who are these other smiling people?  These are the souls that did not rise when the Titanic went down.  There could be no others in the place where this fornicating pair have arrived.  Do you want to be in hell with all of your friends?  These are all the wealthy socialites and evil crew members you despised.  This would be like being locked up with Donald Trump and all of Attila’s Huns for eternity!  Perhaps Hollywood has taught us how to follow the road to hell.  Will we follow the popular way of life?

Proverbs 12:11-20

11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

Here in Wyoming people know about working the land.  But since the industrial revolution people have a lot of ways to prosperity.  We have new ways to be employed and productive.  There are also a lot of new ways to find disaster, but as in the old days of Solomon, those ways follow foolish people.  Those people follow Hollywood, music, and frequently a rebellion against God.  Away from God there is no understanding.

12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

To be fair most wicked men don’t know right from wrong, because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  They missed the first step.  But they pursue their beliefs as being right while building traps of evil against the innocent.  Don’t our police still shoot innocent men and don’t courts still convict them?  Is the “House of Cards” a television drama or a documentary?  One may have good intentions and still be a nightmare like Hitler.  Oh but one who is worse than Donald Trump or even Hitler will arrive soon.  I think his prophet may already be serving as Pope today.  The righteous are still a great influence on the world though, and they do bear fruit.  God sent the Holy Ghost to fill his people and that spirit empowers believers to do great things.  And they still witness miraculous deliverance from evil today.

13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

There’s the rub, we know about these evil men because they are always making headlines, caught in the glare of public shame.  Those who slip by now are to stand in the brightest glaring heat of the judgment of God.  Yet we hear about DNA and other evidence releasing men who were falsely accused.  And the liars are always tangled in their own web of lies.

14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.

Doesn’t diplomacy and kindness serve everyone but Donald Trump?  How our television shows have slipped into profane language since Red Skelton used to say “Good night, and may God bless”.  We should have more belief in the unseen God to motivate us away from evil works.  The crimes we let our hands do will cost us a compensation of eternal agony.  Solomon didn’t leave empty threats, these warnings come from God.

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

I know someone who will not allow me to have any opinion that differs from his without becoming angry.  He will not respect my wishes when he is (rarely now!) driving my car.  My faith is increased at I close my eyes and pray to survive his rebellion against laws and speed limits.  At times it seems as if his anger could even become violent.  I have tried to suggest more diplomatic ways to win his cause, only to be berated for the effort.  I am so refreshed and blessed to see people acknowledge the wisdom of God and his people.  The young people in our church are a treasure, surpassing the wisdom of many bitter old seniors.  They have discovered wisdom already, and prosper in it.

16 A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

Anger likes to shout and yell, and may even move quickly to violence before the facts are all know.  That turns into public accusation, often false, and may wrongly ruin reputations.  Anger often jumps the chain of command and offends the parties that have authority.  That can backfire on the accuser when he is found to be at fault.

Wisdom remembers Matthew 18 where private questions gather information before taking vigilante action.  Wisdom protects everyone as a friend and seeks to encourage good direction.  A friend is patient to see you find a better solution and your salvation.

17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

The bible tells us that few enter the way of salvation, so we are a minority.  Those few in this world speak truth and it stands out as a demonstration of hope.  There are a few inspirational Christian movies too.  They will not have the popularity of the most vulgar films, but they still shine in the darkness.  Some still speak of truth and beauty and they can be more influential than numerous.  The greater masses of the modern world still hear and follow the deception of evil though.

18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Our present day ambassador of offense has to be Donald Trump.  He draws masses of mean spirited people to him by unspeakably hurtful words.  Oh evil is popular among those who are as dumb as a stump.  Consider his racist supporters who don’t know that his church ordains gay ministers.  He may eventually cut and wound enough people to earn his defeat.  Those who are diplomatic bring comfort to many and they will win support even from their enemies.

19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

When we raise the Word of God, this bible, we validate the one truth that will outlive the loud angry lies that claim their right to a world of favorite sins.  To be sure God himself has given them the free will to choose sin and death.  But he has informed them of the connection between sin and death.  They will be surprised at how quickly a modern iron ship can sink.  They will be more surprised by the reality of their company in death.

20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

Music, movies, greed, and lust can all begin in evil imagination.  A few will act on these imaginations and lead others into their deception.  Remember that deception is the hidden poison of evil and it targets the foolish for destruction.  Consider a multitude of counselors who promote the peaceful gospel of Jesus.  His is the only name that brings souls up from the depths to a real victory celebration.

FOLLOWING FOLLY

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Titanic 9

ROSE COLORED GLASSES

Solomon gave us Proverbs so we could chose the wisdom of God over that of the world.  Our last studies compared the wisdom of God to the wisdom of the world of the Titanic and that of our modern world.  Our modern movie view of the Titanic reveals how new age views have tainted our ideals and vision.  We fall in love with “romantic” ideals that actually offend God.  Hollywood provides the rose colored glasses.

Proverbs 12:1-10

Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

Real instruction brings prosperity and honor, so why wouldn’t we love getting good directions?  But some people can’t take any difference of opinion or suggestions without getting angry or even violent.  Clever roads to victory often require a fresh approach and taking offense only prevents you from finding better solutions.  Anger rejects wisdom and alienates your real friends.  This study may anger some too.

2 A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Whether we like it or not God is a real factor in our life.  The supernatural is superior to the natural and God is your only hope for success.  When you insist on inventing your own devices to profit you are fighting against an irresistible force.  God will stop evil or selfish devices and it will come as a painful surprise.  Hollywood has been inviting us to love evil for decades.  Our nature is willing to follow the flesh and reject God.  There is an unhappy end to those schemes.

3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

No amount of planning will make an evil plan work.  There is an unseen judge who has observed the works of darkness and has reserved salvation for the righteous.  We will see this theme repeated in the Proverbs as it is hard for a stubborn sinner to learn.  It is also hard to be righteous without faith in that God.  If you want to stand in the time of judgment follow wisdom.

4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

A faithful woman is a treasure for life and beyond.  Eternity is their home in a good union.  An unfaithful woman destroys a good man’s faith and hope for that union in eternity.  She is a burden that prevents his hope of having a godly union.  This is also a fair message to Christians who are supposed to be the bride of Christ.  To wander away from the Bible is to fail as a believer and the partner of Yeshua Ha Meschia, our bridegroom.  To accept false gods and false teachers is as adultry, being unfaithful to your Lord.  Examine your doctrine and behavior by the scripture.  Some virgins will be found without oil in their lamps.  Our movie character Rose seems willing to reject the old morality of the bible.

5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

If we are to pray and read the bible, we are also to have godly counselors.  Jesus taught us to pray to the Father, and he is the Word, the bible lives in us.  Those who are filled with the Spirit of God are the only righteous counselors.  Prayer, Bible study, and Christian guides are the persons of our fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  If you seek advice from non-believers who are not guided by God’s Spirit, you will be mislead.  Those who are openly evil are a sure source of destructive ideas and deception.  Hollywood likes to present revenge and lust as if it is the right way to live.  Their Jack and Rose would lead us away from God.

6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

How many times do we read in the news about corrupt officials and criminals who lay traps for the naive?  Even the police may shoot without cause, and lawyers lay traps that convict the innocent.  A defense witness may provide the protection of the innocent if they are righteous and free of that corruption.  The only source of righteousness in the salvation of Jesus Christ.  We are not strong enough to always do good without his help.  Do we follow God or popular music and movies?  Oh the character “Cal” was a great villian but the Hollywood producers were serving the real villan.

7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

I have previously stated that righteous souls went up when the Titanic went down.  Our Titanic movie lets Rose survive her tragic romance and live a life of adventure.  At the end of her life she has the opportunity to revisit the Titanic.  Now the bad people who oppressed her are all buried in the sea at that point.  But she pines for the bad boy of her dreams who also shares that watery grave.  Nothing joins her to the righteousness of God, and she may be a bit depressed here.

8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

The bible stands opposed to suicide as a sin but Rose is ready to go at this point.  She has no connection to godly wisdom, but the romantic notion of Hollywood suggests a path to happiness in this.  If our modern world offers a range of liberal freedoms and much of it is perverted indeed.  The acceptance of suicide may be the worst of these.  I am willing to despise the film artists who are so perverted as to promote suicide.

9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

Now the poor passengers of the lower decks of the Titanic had friends and the support of others.  Some of the upper level pretended to be important while no amount of wealth could actually make them important.  And even wealth was a lie for some who clung to claims of nobility and little else.  What God considers to be treasure is of a different realm.  In a real world Jack and Rose would be separated from the righteousness of God and would have neither wealth nor godly friends.  Rebels don’t make righteous neighbors.  Rose is about to reject and rebel against God.

10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.  

Now cruelty to animals is offensive and seems to not fit here?  We all know that bad people hurt animals and that is wrong.  But evil people do hurt animals, and we expect them to be punished.  Is it not worse to be cruel to our families and the people we are with?  So Hollywood is teaching us to ignore the pain of family members and give them the gift of your dead body.  Worse, it leaves a lesson that your children might consider suicide as well.  How many bloody bodies are given to families because of these lessons?  This movie lesson says that my living family is not important, and I will punish them because I am full of self pity.  This says that God is not faithful and my family should not trust him either.  This steals faith and leads friends and family away from God, our one real hope.  Now our world is being punished for these evil lessons.  And Rose would be among those who are sinking to an unexpected surprise, even if it takes a few years.

SINKING SENSATION

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HOPE DEFERRED

The industrial revolution introduced the ability to produce huge factories and machines.  the Titanic was the largest moving machine of its day.  This was the unsinkable masterpiece of the modern age.  The designer himself was on board and science seems to have mastered the oceans.  Today a great nation anchors the economies of the world and seems more powerful than any force on Earth.  Yet at one time God chose a perfect nation and watched it sink into sin.  They were given to a military defeat at the hands of the Babylonians.  If God punished his own people, will he spare this imperfect new nation?

Proverbs 11:21-31

21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

This Titanic example uncovers a shortage of life boats, discrimination against the poor, and ignored warnings.  There were many hands joined in the chain of fault here.  In time some who survived came under investigation, but God judged even those who perished that night.  It would seem that the children of the righteous and their mothers did survive, and some children of the guilty as well.

22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

Victorian morals may have been legalistic, but they were inspired by scriptural principals.  Was the movie Titanic a bit more liberal than even God would have allowed?  Was Rose a fair woman without discretion?  The bible would have us avoid sex outside of marriage as fornication.  So contrary to the Hollywood new age morality, she wore physical beauty on the soul of a pig.  Perhaps the crimes of the real Titanic paled beside the sins of our modern world.

23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

People who want to do good may have no promise of profit or even survival.  But if they are righteous by God’s standard they will achieve their goal and the assurance of life even if they perish to do it.  There are those who chose to take an evil shortcut and they may extend this life, but the next life will also be extended into punishment.  In the next life the victims will see the truth about sinners and witness their demise.  On the Titanic all had time to discover the nature and fate of everyone around them.

24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

The Titanic carried only 16 lifeboats as well as four “collapsibles,” which in total could only accommodate a third the Titanic’s total passengers had the ship been fully filled. As it was, it could have only accommodated half the passengers aboard. While this may seem unforgiveable by today’s standards, the Titanic actually carried more lifeboats than necessary under the law at the time.*

Other ships then and since carried enough lifeboats at a cost to the owners.  Preventing loss of life is better for business than the headlines about the Titanic though.  So here the investment in safety may seem wasted or scattered, but it brings prosperity.  A disregard for life saves a little but costs business and reputations as well.  Still we read of safety neglect in our modern world today.  Greed kills and it will harvest the wrath of God.

25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

It may be hard to see how generosity can help you when your world is coming to an end.  But this is when we remind you that God has a life beyond this one.  The name of Jesus is the key to living water that will give you life beyond this life.  The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom we learned earlier.  The crisis on the Titanic was not about defective design or damages, but about spiritual ignorance.  There is always hope.

26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

Now if withholding grain or food will bring cursing, what does it earn you to deny life itself to your paying passengers?  If hope is deferred it brings bitterness to the soul and these souls were expecting a new life in the new world, not in the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean.

27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

This story is pure good against evil.  You will have victory in being merciful, but you will need the mercy of God in Jesus to be empowered to give it.  There remain many who will try to claw their way to the top for survival, only to lose their life in the end.  The crisis of the Titanic was spiritual even as it is in the world today.  Do we understand where our world is now?  The bumps in the night are a message to the modern ship of state as well.

28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

Of the 2,224 people on board, 1,514 lost their lives, while 710 survived.  First-class passengers fared much better than those in third class. For example, only 3 percent of first-class women died, whereas 54 percent of third class women perished.

Some of the Titanic’s passengers were prominent people, including John Jacob Astor IV, one of the wealthiest men in the world at that time. So were Ida and Isidor Straus, who was the co-owner of Macy’s department store. And of course, there was “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, a socialite who became famous when she exhorted her lifeboat to return to look for survivors, and ultimately survived the ordeal herself.

Astor didn’t survive, as he didn’t take seriously the reports that the ship was sinking, and later wasn’t allowed onto a lifeboat due to a “women and children first” policy. (His pregnant wife did survive, however.) Ida Straus initially boarded a lifeboat but returned to her husband. “Where you go, I go,” she reportedly said. The couple would die together.*

Molly Brown has a place in history for showing mercy on the people who were left behind.  Ida Straus demonstrated love and perhaps trust in God by staying with her husband.  But no one was transformed into the presence of God by wealth or power.  There are spiritual treasures in righteousness.

29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

The danger was at first not believed by John Jacob Astor IV and it cost him his life.  When the ship finally went down by the bow there was no longer a question of their fate.  Those who drove the ship brought trouble to a house that was nearly as populated as my community here in Wyoming.  Imagine a whole city with its lights, streets, homes, and businesses breaking in half and diving beneath the icy sea.  By then the fools would welcome Molly Brown’s boat and help that could bring them back to life.  If this is hard, consider the prophesies of the judgment of this modern world that is yet to come.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Those who were wise enough to overcome their fear could live out what righteousness is supposed to be.  Who could offer life to others were those who had received that hope from God by the gift of Jesus.  Even the band that played hymns like “Nearer my God to Thee” might have awakened eternal life in a few souls in crisis.  To share the gospel to a sinking world is our way to wisdom.

31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

If there is an hour left then this life is still rewarding to the righteous.  God can make his rewards known to those who testify of his mercy and grace even in the fact of death.  When Stephen was about to die, God revealed himself in heaven to him:

But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,   And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.  Acts 7:55-56

With such assurance how can we fear the icy cold of death with this great warm hope just beyond?  The alternative is to go on and never learn…and greed still rules:  THE WRECK OF THE EL FARO

http://www.livescience.com/38102-titanic-facts.html*

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