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.

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