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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS…YOU DOWN

Having everything is a short path to losing everything.  Beauty, strength, wealth, and freedom open a door that brings temptation.  Solomon began the writing of these Proverbs, then he ignored them.  These kings who write the end of Proverbs deliver a last chance for hope.  From the wisdom of a mother comes instructions for the king and his bride.  Solomon almost missed this hope, will you? 

Proverbs 31: 1-31

1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.  2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

Solomon’s proverbs prepared us to honor parents, and this king honors his mother’s wisdom here.  Her vows to his father included being a good teacher and mother.  He keeps her vows.

3 GivE not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.  4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:  5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

So she warns him not to be trapped by relationships with ungodly women.  Solomon went astray with hundreds of wives, and Ahab did so with just one Jezebel.  Do our modern leaders still have troubles with wives, former wives, and lovers?  Even Hollywood is beginning to speak out against the “casting couch”!

About fermented beverages kings are warned away, as are all of us.  It seems to pervert judgment for everyone.  This is why I marvel at the news this very day.  An actress disagrees with anti-abortion people while she is advertising a whiskey product.  That is what we expect from progressives, right?  But Christians are threatening to boycott the whiskey that she is advertising.  What?  I thought Christians were like, reading this bible, and avoiding strong drink?  So that boycott sounds a little toothless if those are  real Christians doesn’t it?

6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.  7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

I am not ready to perish because I have faith in the promise of salvation.  I do not have a heavy heart because I know that others are finding this hope too.  I have friends and family waiting for me so I have peace, even in poverty.  So God gives us free will, and we may allow those without hope to slip into a drunken stupor.  Our doctors can give drugs to the dying, but some of us will live again.  Give that which dulls the senses to those who know only pain, and deliver yourself away from their pain.

8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.  9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

A ruler is to be the spokesperson for those who are poor and have no voice in their fate.  this nation used to stand as a refuge for the poor and oppressed.  Now we are like a locked door, and a prison for those who we will not hear.  In Jesus Christ the religious leaders were confronted by God in the flesh.  They did not recognize him, and he did not know them.  Religion, its leaders, denominations, and doctrines cannot save us.  We must study to show ourselves approved to God himself.  Will he know us if we do not know the poor?

Now the warnings this king has learned are presented in an unexpected way.  Consider a good woman:

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

A good woman is a great treasure more than trinkets of wealth.  Her husband knows that he can trust her even more than his own abilities.  He knows that he has a true friend who will always have his back as long as she lives.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.  14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.  15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.  16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

This woman gathers materials to work for the needs of her household.  She finds sources for foods not easily found in their home.  She is a morning person who prepares the meals for everyone who shares her home.  This woman finds new ways to increase the fruit of the family’s wealth, more land for the crops they need.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.  18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.  19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.  20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

This is no “palace princess”, but one who works with energy, increasing prosperity and longevity.  She works by the midnight oil, and is confident of the value of her work.  She does the work that produces clothing for her family.  And she still has the time and compassion to help the poor.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.  22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.  23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.  24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.  25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

Her family will not suffer when the winter snows come because she has them in the finest  warm clothing.  She has provided ornamentation for their home, and their clothing is the finest materials.  Her work brings honor to her husband, so he has credit among the leaders of the community.  Beyond the care of her own household, she sells her workmanship to the market as well.  Physical strength and moral honor cover her life more than garments alone.  There will be a time of celebration in her future.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.  28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.  29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.  30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.  31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

This woman speaks only with wisdom, even as we find in these proverbs.  Her words are built on kindness, mercy, and grace.  She is not lazy, but works very hard for her family.  Her children and her husband tell praises of her.  Oh there have been many good women, but none have been excellent like you.  Being charming and using flattery is a ruse intended to steal from the gullible, but the fear of God is a true path.  To one who is true to God her works will be for her honor in the gates of heaven.

Now you men may be thinking that you deserve a wife like this.  Perhaps you do, but this also has another meaning here.  The church is described as being the “bride of Christ” in the New Testament.  This virtuous woman is what Yeshua expects to find when he returns for his bride.  Do you have this kind of oil in your lamp?

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain”

We can see churches around us who support political leaders who are clearly contrary to everything these books of Proverbs represent.  We can see groups labeled as being “Christian” even as they serve poison and pedophilic leaders.  Having wealth, popularity, and power is deceitful, hiding total evil.  Beauty cannot see past its own mirror, and is all vanity.  In our coming studies we will hear Solomon discover that “all is vanity”.  But he discovered a way back to the repentance that saved his father.  How many of our modern world will find their way back to their Father in heaven, and his Son?

 

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THE CHOICE EVILS

These are the words of Agur the son of Jakeh, adding proverbs to those of Solomon.  Like Solmon, God has given him words of wisdom that can help our understanding.  These words protect us from the evil, and teach us to fly over the troubles of life.  As Jesus is named as being the word, The word is our relationship with him.  To depart from the word is to depart from our salvation.  Too many have never found a relationship with him, and they need us.  Without Him we are of no value to them or ourselves. 

Proverbs 30: 15-33

15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:  16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.  17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

A horseleach is an ugly worm that goes after the lips of a horse that drinks from his pond.  We don’t think of a leach as being charitable, but rather the opposite; greedy.  And she has daughters who have also learned greed.  They are destroyers but there are four other insatiably hungry monsters who are never satisfied.  The grave always wants more than we want to give.  The earth may swallow endless hurricanes and still offer a drought somewhere.  And interestingly those dry places feed the insatiable fires in California.  But a child that mocks and disobeys his parents consumes them and himself.  I have seen flies in a trap being eaten by their own maggots.  Such are these children, who will share their parent’s putrescence.  Don’t these all remind us of modern politicians?

18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:  19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.

The writer has seen some things that are not within his experience or understanding it seems.  I have seen eagles, hawks, and buzzards which can feel the waves of the air as no sailplane can.  There is no man with knowledge to so mold himself to the shape of the wind as these.

On Arizona trails I have met the rattlesnake crossing my path.  But for the motion of his movement I would not have been able to see him for his perfect camouflage.  If we had our limbs amputated as serpents have, we would be challenged to achieve mobility at all.  And this creature has developed the ability to move like waves on the water.

I have been at the helm of a boat out of sight of land.  The compass rolls and spins as the boat rides hills and valleys of the waves.  Somehow the vessel maintains a course to the lighthouse by night or day.  Sailboats may heel over hard in the wind, and somehow right themselves before capsizing.  This is knowledge only for the sailor.

The writer may not have found his way with a maid as the man he observes has done.  Hollywood attempts to show us how love works, but our experience is seldom from a fairy tale scenario.  Indeed we may wonder how a lad ever won that girl, often out of his league.  Or did she win him?  I did not find my wife until I abandoned the big church “singles club” in favor of a more missionary assignment.  How could I know that God had one single mom in that tiny church to win me?  Perhaps the writer is not marveling at the way of the man so much as the way God has enabled their discovery.

Our efforts to become wonderful cannot compare for the way that God has prepared for us.  Our carnal nature cannot compare to his supernatural equipping and preparation.  He alone gives knowledge to flow smoothly over air, land, sea, and relationships.  Don’t even try to fly on your own!

20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Cheating on her husband has left this woman with no guilt.  If her conscience is seared, she may destroy her husband and her marriage and think it can be wiped away like the blood on her lips.  Delusion is the trap of all fools.  When judgment comes she and her boyfriend will be the ones who are damaged beyond repair.

21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:

22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;

23 For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

We are robbed of peace when this balance is upset.  The four main offenses are:

When an inexperienced amateur is given the power of government.

When a fool gains wealth

When an obnoxious woman is married, and

When a servant girl inherits the power and wealth of her mistress.

Surely we can read our headlines and observe examples of this in our modern world.  Inherited wealth brings power that can place a fool in leadership.  Homes are frequently torn by foolishness and vanity.  And again the inheritance of wealth transforms humility into horror.  All manners of foolishness are manifest in the world around us today.

24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.

Well at least SOME things are wise on this earth, if not the people.

The termites are small but they build big strong homes.

Locusts manage military grade campaigns with no chain of command.

Spiders just hang around…in the most splendid mansions.

Size (power and wealth) DOESN’T matter!

29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:

30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.

These first three things are good, but the four of these are a wonderful sight.

The fearless lion, the fast greyhound, a goat, and a king with absolute power are named.  Aside from possibly Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, and some third world countries, we have no absolute rulers in most countries today.  What makes men like this so marvelous?  Perhaps from the viewpoint of God it is marvelous how they may be so far from righteousness.  It is said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  When an all-powerful leader has a seared conscience then evil has no limit.  Even God may marvel at the tantrums of North Korea’s leader.  Is he also amazed at the behavior of the leader of the United States?

32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

As soon as we believe that we are good we are in trouble.  When we presume that we are sinless we may be further tempted to consider an evil response.  The first danger to arrive on the scene is the inspiration for wrong words.  We need to remember self control in the moment of crisis.

33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

Well people around here know more about dairy than I do, but we have heard that butter comes from churning.  I know for sure about nose bleeds, as mine doesn’t even need a twist or a punch.  I am just as sure that an angry person can provoke a really big fight with a few words.  Witness how many enemies are discovered when leaders with great power cannot stop their angry words.

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SECOND OPINIONS

Prior to this the Proverbs were authored by Solomon.  He ignored all that God had given him to write, and nearly lost his connection with God.  He had wealth, power and beauty, and temptations led him from the truth.  When we see modern leaders fall we can remember that a godly king also had the same failures.  We will see the difference in the next book that Solomon writes.  He will find his way home, but still face some punishment.  At this point new writers have wisdom to add to these proverbs.

Proverbs 30: 1-14

1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,

2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.

3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

This man Agur is a prophet as these three men have heard.  He admits to being the lowest of men and having no wisdom.  He does not have the knowledge of God but he desires it.

4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?

Agur asks who has done these great things, who comes and goes from heaven and controls the wind and waves.  He wonders who built this earth and who knows the name of the son of God.  These who lived under the law knew that a messiah was coming, but his name was not yet known.  You live in the age that has learned the name of this savior.

5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

This verse is passing close to one name of this messiah, the word of God.  And every word of scripture represents him as being pure and true, as protection for the faithful.  If our messiah is the word of God, than a human attempt to change those scriptures will brand one to be a liar, facing the reprimand of God himself.

7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:

8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

Agur asks to be protected from two things.  The first he identifies is a connection between vanity, lies, poverty, and riches.  Poverty may rise from lies, theft, and other deceptions.  Wealth may draw false friends who ply one with vanity and flattery.  Agur wants to eat the food that is health without hunger or fatness.  Either one can drive us from humanity.  Wealth inflates one’s ego and confidence to forget our need for God.  Poverty makes hunger a desperation to steal from others, against the will of God.

10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

Do not bring a false accusation against a servant before his master at the risk of being punished yourself.  Do not call another man ungodly without knowing that God will lay that same crime at your feet.  God is the judge of others.

11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.

14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

There is an evil generation…are we there yet?  Does anyone curse their own father and mother?  Is anyone self-righteous and still buried in their own sin?  Are there those who have invented their own political correctness and cannot look down at others?  Are there some who cut with their words and crush the poor with evil deeds?  Are there some who feed the rich and starve the poor?  It sounds like Democrats and Republicans to me!

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THE CHOICE OF EVIL

The seeds of evil begin in the failure to teach truth to our children.  The fruit of that evil seed is the unquestioned acceptance of evil that we witness in the world around us today.  You may still live for God if you do not accept compromise from our leaders or ourselves.  That may cost us in this life, but it is the way to eternal rewards in the next. 

Proverbs 29:14-27 

14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

Only one king has been perfect and has an eternal throne.  Yet this seems to extend an eternal reward to those who can be considerate of the poor in their employment today.  Leaders of nations and industries may find greater rewards than wealth if they discover the rewards of compassion.

15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

The foundation of moral adult life is created by the dedicated instruction of good parents.  Those who abdicate the throne of parental responsibility will be exposed to the shame of their evil neglect.

16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

This does not say “if” the wicked will multiply we will see evil.  It tells us that when there will be many evil people, their sins will increase…expect it.  It also tells the righteous to endure their evil and to expect to see them fall before the Lord.

17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

As a parent you are expected to teach your children to do right.  This is part of your entrance exam for heaven and it will give you peace in this life too.  Righteous children are a treasure to their parents.

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

There must be faith for the good promises of God, without which the people despair and fall in the battles of life.  Those who can trust God see the substance of their hope and stay true to the rewards of obedience.

19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

Have I heard this before:  “Because I told you so”?  A servant may be a slave, or a well rewarded employee.  Words cannot replace being a good example, or actually rewarding an employee for good service.  But slaves may be a little dense, or even resentful about more orders from the boss.  Did you know that Ho Chi Minh once considered the United States as a possible ally against French colonialism?  He fought with us against the Japanese.  So why were we surprised that he turned to the communists when we supported the French?  Never give ammunition to your enemy!

20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Well where would we see someone who is quick to speak, or perhaps to Twitter?  Who is too fast for diplomacy and often offensive on a personal level?  Who cannot get along with his own staff, his allies, his opponents, or his enemies?  What are his chances in the next election, or in being under investigation?

21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

Now this is a road to a great relationship.  If you have an employee who is treated like your family, he will become like your family.  Given rewards to include food, shelter, health, and welfare, he may actually appreciate your leadership.  He may even be a friend.  Then you may understand the true meaning of the term “company”.  It is a fellowship, not machines and spreadsheets.

22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

The angry rant on Facebook will get an angry response, possibly even getting you banned or un-friended.  The more the rage grows, the more you sins build in it.  If you transgress like this in public it may earn you unexpected punishments.

23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Pride will not admit error, or hear another point of view.  If you are able to converse with respect for others, your humility will earn you honor and convert others to your cause.

24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and betrayeth it not.

If you join a plot to steal from others you hate yourself, you have surrendered to sure suffering.  You know the curse of God against evil and you do not report the crime to prevent harm to others.

25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

Evil men may threaten to harm you for reporting their crimes, but you may trust God to protect you.  Not reporting evil makes you a part of it, and subject to share their punishment.

26 Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the Lord.

Kissing the king’s ass is a popular path to temporary prosperity, but it is God who delivers the real judgment.  Know who the real power is, and live for the real life, the eternal one.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

Evil men offend righteous people and they face a lot of prosecution from governments in just nations.  The righteous people are also offensive to those who want to get away with cheating.  Again, live for the righteous judge who determines your eternal life, not the carnal men of this world.  When offered the “lesser of two evils”, chose neither.

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LEARN WHILE YOU CAN

My mother taught in a one-room school like this in Indianola Nebraska.  We have a lifetime of learning, and our understanding may be changed if we listen to good advice.  What is truth, good and evil is defined by God, not man.  We have free will, the opportunity to do good or bad things.  When this life ends, another begins and that is determined by our choices here.  Self-deception will be cured in the judgment of God.  Chose your advice well now.

Proverbs 29:1-13

1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

If one has been given many warnings it is unwise to be stubbornly rebellious against wisdom.  There will be no way to recover from the destruction that he will experience.

2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Good rulers bring prosperity and people appreciate good times.  But evil men are ruled by greed and create only strife and poverty.  There is no joy for the people when evil rules.

3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

The son who does listen to wisdom makes his father happy, but one who gives himself to sexual sin is destined to poverty.

4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

A ruler with wisdom will bring prosperity, but one who is willing to take bribes will destroy the whole nation.

5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

Warning flags should go up any time that someone comes with a lot of flattery.  Anyone who is giving away that much kindness is covering up an evil entrapment.

6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

Here again an evil man builds traps for the innocent, but the celebration belongs to the righteous in the end.

7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Good men are sympathetic and care for the needs of the poor.  The evil man doesn’t even care to know about the problems of the poor, let alone do anything about it.

8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

Wow, one hateful man drove a car into a crowd of people and gave his home town a bad name.  How many righteous men are helping others as a godly example of Jeusus Christ?  Dare I mention a former president who is still building homes for poor people?

9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

Did you expect to win an argument with a fool?  Try diplomacy, kindness, or open warfare and you will still lose.

10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

Truly evil men want to do violence to a good man, while the righteous try to guide him to safety.

11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

I have been caught answering with my own uninformed opinions, only to find out that there is truth on the opposite point of view too.  If I can be content to wait for information from good sources I may have a better position to defend.  Never give the opposition a righteous point because it is ammunition to undermine your own position.

12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

Wow, if you have a favorite news source, you may want to sample the others to find a balance.  Once the leader is going off course, the whole ship is heading for the iceberg.

13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes.

When the good and the evil come together they may have different opinions and different prosperity.  But when they come together in the judgment of God he may reveal totally different knowledge to both.  In a court of law we are often not aware of all the subtle details.  A judge may turn completely a unexpected outcome that is not our expectation.

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THE END OF EVIL

We witness the revelation of evil leadership in our world and nation with heaviness.  Are we oppressed by the age of knowledge that points to the sins that our people have done in the history of our nations?  Do our modern leaders take us back into the darkest of sinful ages?  God too witnesses all that is done, and he told us to expect these times.  He has also given us guides to take us through the trials in prosperity.  We are not cursed to believe in God, he is faithful even when the Army of Egypt appears to have us cornered against the sea.

Proverbs 28:15-28

15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

The people experience pain directly from a leader who serves himself and evil instead of the people who serve him.  He should remember that people eventually eliminate the man eating predator.

16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.

A foolish leader has no knowledge to do good, and causes the suffering of his people.  If a ruler hates greed and protects his people he will enjoy a long prosperous life.

17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

If a man is violent he will run away from his crimes but fall into the pit of hell in his haste.  Do not protect him from his fate.

18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

God has spoken this warning that an honest man will live while the evil will fall.  I would suggest that it is dangerous to not believe in God.

19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

Whoever works his land or does his job will prosper, but one who imitates the lazy or foolish people will experience poverty.

20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Honesty will be rewarded, but being obsessed with wealth will lead to hard times.

21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

To honor the wealthy or famous person is a failure because that person is one who will cheat you for a scrap of profit.

22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Should God have to repeat himself?  If he does, remember the lesson.  Being obsessed with getting rich is actually a path to poverty.

23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

If you correct a person’s mistake, he will appreciate you more in the long-term that if you had offered lying flattery.

24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

Someone who would steal from their parents may entertain a deception that it is not actually stealing, that it is acceptable.  That is a crime, and more so when one offends their greatest supporters.  This is one who will go with evil companions to their own destruction.

25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.

Oh pride can exist in world leaders, and they do stir up strife, don’t they?  But these are all unprofitable, and even find strife in their own inner circles.  To trust the Lord leads us away from their disasters and on to prosperity.

26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

The heart is full of evil, the source of emotional foolishness.  Wisdom is here, in the word of God, and he enables us to hear if we will obey.  Walking in obedient wisdom will guide you to safety.

27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Giving to the poor is the key to receiving from God.  In the opposite direction is hoarding wealth that you cannot keep from the poor, a recipe for disaster.

28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.

When we witness the evil gaining wealth and power honest people want an escape.  This is the curse of the world that has turned away from God.  He has delivered his people from evil before, and will again as we turn back to him.  In Christ we witness the destruction of evil and the prosperity of righteousness.

We do see the evil in the world, in our nation, and in our leaders today.  Remember how both Joseph and Daniel saw the evil in their world, and rose to leadership and power.  Remember how Jesus was delivered to the crucifixion under the heel of the most oppressive Roman empire.  Remember that he rose from the dead, and will be back to complete the deliverance of his people.  Will we be his witnesses?

 

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THE LORD IS PATIENT AND FAITHFUL

God has time and lets us use it as we please.  If we use our time to please him we will also have eternity in which he will please us.  But man is given to self esteem and delusions of self importance, and is impatient for rewards.  If we forget the Lord we may be tempted to act as if he has forgotten us.  He will remember us for who we really are and for where our treasure is.  No one is above his judgment.

Proverbs 28:1-14

1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Guilt leaves one always looking over their shoulder for the judgment.  But those who live in and for righteousness, not even death will deter them from victory.  How is a president of the United States so ensnared that he needs so many lawyers and a stream of obvious lies if he is not being hunted?

2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

When a nation is guilty of failures or crimes nature makes short work of their leaders.  There may be assassinations, purges, or election defeats when the news is bad.  A great leader can expect a long and prosperous career of good government.

3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

How can someone who understands the pain of poverty force that on others who have the same pain?  This is compared to a storm that flattens the crops and leaves the land with no harvest.  He should not expect a kindly reception.

4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

Yielding to the temptation to cheat makes you an advocate of all other lawbreakers, great and small.  By staying on the straight path of the law you are part of the defense of the land against the outlaws.

5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.

The mind possessed by evil cannot comprehend that God is aware and waiting to bring judgment.  Those who are aware of their need for God seek his guidance and he gives them that understanding.

6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

We have a world of corruption among the wealthy today, and they are unaware of their pending demise.  God is aware and planning to settle the accounts on their transgressions.  Having a clear conscience with a light bank account is not a source of anxiety.  Having the assurance that God is our provider removes fear and brings peace.

7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

A quiet peaceful life without crime gives peace to parents.  But there is a burden of grief for the parents of one who hangs out with gangsters.

8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

One who by natural cheating gains his own wealth will in time sacrifice that to another who will return that money to the poor.  God will balance all accounts in his time and way.  No one can buy enough lawyers to escape from God.

9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

If a man still has hope for his prayers he should not ignore the law of the God he is praying to.  A man who is called a Christian cannot live without the actions of obedience.  Faith without works is an abomination to God.

10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.

Making a pit to trap a victim in is an evil that God can see.  He is the one who determines your path, and it will lead you right into your own trap.  The godly man shall be judged and rewarded for his righteousness.  Even the world can witness the open threats and plans of the evil man.

11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

We have seen the rich men of America assume power over every government office with evidence of conceit, deceit, and greed manifesting over everything they touch.  But even as God holds them in derision, the poor people are aware of the whole deception.  They will not be mislead by fake news or propaganda.  Evil will not stand.  This is a promise of God.

12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

There is prosperity and contentment when wise men can rule in peace.  But in an evil administration even members of his own party want to retreat from the policies of the evil leader.  They resign, they testify against him in court, and they vote against his policies to preserve their own careers.

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy

It is so hard to write this as I watch my nation and its leaders ignoring all the wisdom of this book.  But so did the man who wrote this book, thus leading Israel to the judgment and captivity in Babylon.  David had given his son the lesson of confessing his sins and had already been forgiven, proving God’s mercy.  How can we miss this so often?

14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

Well the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and we do well to remember that and be aware of all the danger around us.  Once confidence replaces caution the door is open to the invaders.  When we are sure that we can weave deception we are deceived and destroyed.  God is over us, as real as the mountain that overshadows the valley.

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