IT IS FINISHED

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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.

ASSURANCE

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GOD RESPONDS TO GOOD AND EVIL

There are behaviors that God honors, and others that he corrects.  Those who ignore correction live on a hard road, while prosperity greets the diligent worker.  God is aware of all of our ways and provides the fruit of life or death accordingly.

Proverbs 27:14-27

14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

Oh I remember my drill sergeant in the Army yelling at us to get out of bed.  The happy “morning person” may turn into a person in mourning if he agitates the wrong “night person”!

15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.  16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

Well here I am on a rainy day, but at least it was a fast summer shower.  When it turns into a week-long cold wet drizzle we really long for a break.  And a never ending list of complaints and strife are equally chilling.  But whoever tries to avoid or stop her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or to hold oil in your open hand.

17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

An iron file can sharpen a hardened knife blade, and so a good man can sharpen the person and character of his friend.

18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

If you care for a food crop or fruit tree you can expect a harvest for your table.  Similarly if you serve your employer well you should expect to live well by your earnings.  What part of this has escaped the capitalist masters of our modern world who cannot pay a wage that will pay the rent?  God will give us an answer when we miss his message here.

19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

There is a reflection in the water that reveals our facial features.  In the same way there is an image of our heart that is reflected in what others see in us.

20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Well that is pretty clear, there is room for a lot of disaster in the unsatisfied desires of an evil heart.  Turn all that loose and you have your ticket, there is plenty of room for you in hell.

21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

The refining of ore is to burn off the non-precious materials, leaving only the valuable metals behind.  A man should burn off the nonsense and sin in his life to give the world only that which is godly and valuable.

22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

If you grind a fool in the millstone you will not be able to grind the ignorance out of him.  Life usually does that, and it doesn’t work.

23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.  24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

Be a hard worker and take care of your business because finances are fleeting and have to be well tended.  Not even kings are assured of eternal reign and their affairs too may turn in a moment.

25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.  26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.  27 And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

We witness this every year here in Wyoming.  Springtime always delivers the grasses and the good crops spring up with the first warm weather.  There are sheep, cattle, goats and pigs being born and feeding well.  There is food and profits for families and for the businesses of the community.  the cities also see prosperity as much as we acknowledge God as our provider.  Give thanks for what you have, and for that which God will yet provide in the future.

IN THE WAY

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THE GOOD ROAD

This wisdom is a paved road over the rocky wilderness of human nature.  Use this map to enjoy an easy journey instead of a slow agonizing stumble through the uneven world of enemies who dress like friends.

Proverbs 27:1-13

1 Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

There is no power in our hands to make the future do what we want.  If God is willing we may have a good life, but there will be bumps in the road.  Promises that you can not deliver will cost you friends.

2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

Do not toot your own horn or declare your greatness because your audience has no reason to believe your words.  When they hear testimony from another they may consider that to be valid and unbiased.

3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.

A landscaper placed some big rocks too close to my driveway.  Moving one was a challenge to my bad back.  But an angry man who cannot hear reason or control himself is too much for the people around him to bear.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

Violence and harsh words are horrible but envy breeds contempt and selfish desires that divide friends.

5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

It is better to have a friend who will tell you off honestly than to have a friend that you never know about.  One will give correction that can keep you from harm while the other can never be known as a possible ally in troubles.  Be real.

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Well here we know that a friend will save you from yourself, but a secret enemy will encourage you to walk right into a deadly trap.  One hurts for a while, the other leaves you dead forever.

7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

A spoiled brat has no pleasure in the best delicacies while a truly hungry person can eat anything and appreciate all of it.

8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

How can I know my place if I don’ know my Lord?  He aligns our desires with our destiny so I need to know him to know myself.  If I never know my place I am like a bird that forgets to tend its nest, its mate, and its offspring.  We are born to a purpose.

9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

Don’t we need a bath and cologne at times though!  When we have a real friend who gives us advice that brings prosperity we have the best refreshing.

10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

Friends have days when they need help, and we are not to turn our back on their need.  This builds a relationship of faith that your own blood family may not possess.  A neighbor who is near to your own faith is like our Lord Jesus, who is closer than a brother.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

When you have a father or a friend who cares about you then shield him from the challenge of those who see you as a reflection of him.  Live your life as a reflection of the good you receive from him.  Even so we are to be a reflection of the good that our Lord has done by redeeming us from the curse we once lived under.  We are his ambassadors to the world.

12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

We who can turn to the Lord for knowledge and understanding do have warning of the evil around us.  The bible contains the prophesy of the times we live in and the warning of where the world is going.  Those who deny the old faith are unaware and bold to walk into their own destruction.  The world in the headlines confirms all of these old warnings.

13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

When a man has offered to co-sign or assure a loan to a stranger he is not showing wisdom.  Similarly if he offers support to a strange or possibly immoral woman he may be a risk for you to support.  In this case you may take some form physical security deposit ( a garment here) if you are asked to support his finances.

Relationships are elusive, and often put us at risk to foolish emotions from friends and neighbors.  We can protect ourselves and our friends by hearing this wisdom.  All wisdom is optional but foolish choices are expensive.  Go enjoy the freedom of wisdom.