WAIT ON THE LORD

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IN HIS TIME; RIGHTEOUSNESS RESTORED

Here is the wisdom of Solomon as he received it from God.  What is in our world today is not that wisdom though.  These words offer a safe path through these times, and warnings of what to avoid.  these are only the weather conditions that suggest where we are going.  As we move on into the lives of the prophets later we will see the results.

Proverbs 22: 16-29

16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

Now it seems that this is the rule of the world today.  Oh the rich will run things for now.  But this is like shooting yourself in the foot.  The poor become aware of the condition and they are not inspired to work like slaves.  The children of Abraham found this in Egypt, but their cries were heard by the Lord.  Be sure that our God still hears their prayers.  This proverb will be fulfilled again.

17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.  18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.  19 That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.  20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,  21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?

Yes, lower yourself from pride and listen to the wise.  Then complete the lesson by putting that wisdom into action with all your heart.  You will find it rewarding to commit wisdom to memory so they come out in your conversation.  So you will remember that I taught you to trust the Lord today.  The Lord has written great wisdom through his servant Solomon.  This was done so you have the assurance of God that you may give real wisdom to others who come to you to find it.

22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:  23 For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. 

Hear the warning that the modern world cannot hear:  Do not harm or rob the poor sick people around us.  God himself will keep his promises to avenge them and to punish their oppressors.

24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:  25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

Do not become an ally of the angry man and do not move with the warlike or you will become his student and share his punishment.  We can wait to witness the vengeance of God on those who attempt to reject his warning.

26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.  27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Do not give your handshake in agreement to cover or cosign for another person’s loan debt.  If that person or you become unable to pay, why should you give up your survival for them?  Here it is as the wisdom of God; you don’t need to feel bad or make excuses.  You have the warning, there is a red flag on this.  Expect grief if you ignore the gates at the railroad crossing.

28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

Oh we still have the surveyors place landmarks to establish property lines.  If you mess with these the law may be paying you a visit.  This is simply stealing from your neighbor.

29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

If you know an honest businessman he will be honored by good leaders.  He will not be in the company of criminals.  Be patient, the dishonest businessmen and leaders of today will be burned away by the judgment of the King of Kings.  The righteous will be raised up in honor by him when he comes.

YOUR CHOICE

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FREE WILL

God allows us freedom to make our own choices, but he includes a warning about making the wrong choices.  Does god punish us?  He warns us not to touch the top of the stove.  We aren’t tall enough to see the danger, but it is waiting for us.  Hell wasn’t mad for man, but it is the top of the things we should consider unwise.  Here are the warnings that steer us away from that pit.

Proverbs 22:1-15 

1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

A rich man with a reputation for cheating and stealing will have an enemy waiting for him when he meets the Lord in judgment.  How many of our great leaders will be found among the transgressors?  May we be found in our poverty among those who have no stain on their name.

2 The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

As god is the father of all of us, may the rich also be found among the righteous.  No one will be greater or lesser because of our lifetime earnings.

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

We can’t always foresee the weather, but there are some things that give obvious warnings.  If you recognize the signs of an evil man it is wise to relocate or take a defensive position.  But foolishness may even ignore a rabid pit bull, and suffer the mauling of the mad dog.

4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.

The fear of the Lord is wisdom, and humility wins his favor.  Riches that come with honor and a long life are only found in the Lord.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

Sinners have a hard life ahead of them.  But those who keep their relationship well with God are far from those dangers.

6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

This is an assurance to those who have taken time to teach their children about God.  There may be a season of sorrow if children try a road that leads to pain.  But we should keep them in prayer knowing that God often calls them late in life.  Israel may seem to be far from their messiah, but God has promised them a reunion.  They will find their brother, who everyone thought was dead, and they will know joy.

7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Oh don’t we know it today.  America is completely sold over to the rule of the rich today.  The poor majority are totally enslaved to the banks, and there is no justice against usery.

8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Now we see this happening in the news all the time now.  We witness stories about the minions of evil feeling free to openly attack the weak and helpless with their wealth and power.  So why am I at all distressed if I believe God to make this right?  I must be the one who needs to read this and start living by faith instead of by sight!

9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Being assured of my own prosperity by faith in God, I am not afraid of running out of the provisions of life.  As such I can give to the poor regularly with confidence.  My eye is bountiful because my faith sees what is not yet there as being real and substantial already.

10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

One individual can cause division among many others.  He can bring a lot of anger against any group he is associated with.  But there is a solution if his group is willing to recognize the problem and its source.  They have to remove the problem person to preserve their unity and good reputation.

11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Honesty and righteousness are merits that are rare and appreciated.  This will be an asset that is welcomed by wise leaders.  We still have a few honest people and wise leaders.  This word indicates that we have hope, and righteousness has rewards.

12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

The disgrace of the words of evil men are the opposite of the grace of righteous words.  This is an offense to God and here he promises to unmask evil.  His will be done.

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

Wow…that is one wild excuse for being lazy.  Being lazy has a great list of excuses and this should provoke some kind of changes.  Anyone who is that lazy should be able to read a message that is coming directly from God.

14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.

Oh the women in question here is more than just strange.  That is a woman who is not your wife, not familiar, and not chaste.  If you consider sex to be a casual entertainment then you are slipping on the edge of a very dangerous fall.  One who lives in sin is not to expect protection from God.  Expect some of the joys of modern free love, such as unwanted pregnancies, STDs, and death.

15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

We are born in sin, and childhood is the season for trying out every idea, good and bad alike.  If we know that god chastens us, we owe our children the same correction.  We can’t be soft hearted if it would lead to them having a hard life, or even death.

The world is caught a conflict between philosophies of oppressive legalism and total permissiveness.  There is a ditch on both sides of the road so we should let God be the driver.  Human nature wants to jerk the wheel towards the nearest destruction.

 

 

 

WAR HORSES

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WARNING SIGNS

Wisdom is delivered to those who are willing to learn.  These proverbs come from a loving father to a generation that is strong in their own understanding.  Deviation from wisdom will bring a few pains that should help the learning process.  Adherence to them should help one grow grey hair and comfort to age well.  Forgetting or abandoning wisdom will cost you the inheritance of life.  There will be many valuable warnings in the word of God; learn to recognize the signs of danger.

Proverbs 21:16-31

16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Here are the words of understanding, the wisdom of the Proverbs.  But continue in faith because God has given his son to buy us a pardon for falling short.  When we turn to the messiah of God we are empowered to overcome our failings.  But to reject redemption is to embrace the second death.

17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

A party is not an everlasting joy.  Living only for entertainment and lust is a field that never gives life.  Wine and drugs are tools to turn off pain, motivation, and service to others.  In a self serving pleasure there is no value to others, and no paycheck.

18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

When the righteous are threatened, who will we throw out to the enemy?  The closest evil thief that we can find.  If the boat of pilgrims is sinking, who gets thrown overboard?  Oh the one that everyone knows as a troublemaker.

19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

Well many men enjoy living in the wilderness, so a bitter relationship would motivate giving it a try.  With a really nasty woman, the man is rewarded by having all the work of living in the wilderness.  Alaska will seem like a tropical paradise!

20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

Olive oil is part of many wonderful meals, and oil was to fuel lamps in the past.  Oil can relieve dry skin and soothe wounds.  A home that has this and many other treasures is the product of wisdom.  Foolishness will waste assets and lacks the planning to protect investments.  The future is barren without wisdom.

21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Righteousness is made up of many things that are unpopular today.  The bible demands sexual purity, honesty, and peaceful ways.  One must be different to stay on course to reach righteousness in this society.  Being a Republican or a Democrat will not take you there.  The people of God are citizens of his kingdom before the nations of this world.  They are a peculiar people but they achieve the real rewards of life and honor.

22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

Many have education, degrees, and credentials but lack common sense.  And even more lack the uncommon sense to obey God.  Those who are wise souls can overcome the defenses of the proud, the powerful, and the self-important.

23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Oh does our new president have a world of fun awaiting him as he tweets his daily insults!  Being loudly opinionated marks one as having a target on his back.  Every president ages faster in this job, but this will be a season of great strain.

24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

Anger and pride are barriers to listening and understanding.  To have only scorn for others deprives you of a warning when the opponent is in the right.  Marching resolutely into battle where only defeat awaits is the heritage of the haughty.  This belongs to both sides of most arguments.  Everyone is wrong some of the time.

25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

We cannot produce food, shelter, and survival without making the effort.  Even the wealthy will face the violence of thieves without diligence.  Having a day of lazy pleasure will lead to the day of death.

26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

The slothful again, the lazy one has wants but never moves to make it happen.  A righteous working man has the means for himself and for others as well.  He makes that available to people in need because it is God’s will to help.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

One who is generous with ill gotten gains is an offense to God.  How much more if the sacrifice is a show to impress others or it is a cover for secret crimes.

28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

One who brings a false accusation against the innocent has signed his own death warrant.   God is the judge and always sees and hears only the truth.  HE is the ultimate witness and judge.  But a witness who hears both sides of events, who accepts wisdom, who tells the truth, is assured of eternal life and an audience for the ages.

29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

One who is evil at heart will not turn from the error of his present bad direction.  He will not hear any other point of view, or consider his own errors.  But a man of honor can compare the arguments with true wisdom and he can change his direction as needed.

30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.

What the world considers wisdom or “politically correct” often falls short of the scriptural commandments of God.  When science is in error but used to discredit the bible it will eventually be discredited.  We do not understand all of science, nor all of the will of God yet.  We can understand the mind of Christ when we are willing to surrender to his word.  No other human wisdom will stand against that in the end.

31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

Horses are magnificent servants of man.  They can be trained for war, and remain faithful to their rider even after tasting the horrors of it.  For all their courage and strength they are not always able to deliver their man of war from death.  God is the ruler of the fate of men and nations.  We should heed his word, which is this bible, and it is also his son Yeshua.  The word of God in Revelation describes four horses that herald the judgment of God.  We need to understand the word, the messiah of God as we enter these days of judgment.  These horses bring riders who will not fail in their warfare.

CORRUPTION

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COMING SOON

This killed the Roman empire, so can we expect to last longer than they did?   Corruption is the reality of America as we now it this year.  It permeates every level of our government and its contracting.  Elected officials must spend most of their hours calling for donations.  Those donations must be so huge as to include the attached strings of a bribe.  God has a higher standard, and we are expected to live as citizens of HIS Kingdom, not this fading nation.

Proverbs 21:1-15

1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Kings resisted Israel, but they could be turned even the days of Daniel.  Nebuchadnezzar became as a wild ass, and the leaders of today also show this ability.  Solomon got wisdom, then abandoned it until God called him back to the light.  David was close to God’s heart but god had to bring him home from a vile sin.  No one can be great without serving the King of Kings.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

Aren’t we good people though?  I am really a good person, right?  At least until I find the Holy Spirit searching my motives, passions, greed, and lusts.  Why am I really going in this direction?  At the end of the day I need to repent of the impulses to follow my own black heart.  God is always there to welcome this prodigal son to back repentance.

3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

A rich man can make great donations to medical research, art, and churches.  That is especially easy if he gets his wealth from oppressing the poor or stealing.  Honesty is expensive, and real compassion reaches real people.  Our reality is more often having to sacrifice what little we have to help those who have less.

4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

It is destroying both big political parties in America and we continue to follow such leaders.  No one is always right, and no one is always wrong until they turn from God.  We should always hear both sides but only follow God.  The lesser of two evils is still evil and these have no conscience.  Their works remain embedded in either open or covert greed and sin.

5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

Parents who lived through the depression years bought the cheap cars and saved all they could.  They left goods and good lessons to their children.  Today we want to be given “credit” for what we have not yet earned.  This will lead to a harvest of bad debt collections and poverty.  Bad credit belongs to those who cannot wait to earn.

6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

We are learning more about the wealthy men of our modern world.  All too often the “leaders” of today have inherited wealth from illegal, immoral, and criminal empire building.  They may not inherit the death penalty in this life but God has reserved a second death for the guilty.

7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

Drug lords seem to be the ultimate promotion of evil that destroys their customers.  Their time is limited but they are not the only ones who deal violence to our world.  the criminals who we have elected are only hiding under a veneer of legality.  When they do not submit to the word of God, they miss the self judgment that could save them.  God has reserved destruction for the evil ones who leave this world for his spiritual realm.

8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

If I live as a natural man I will continue boldly in secret sins that will shock the world around me.  Only by living in supernatural gifts from God can I be pure enough to produce good works.

9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

A man will have more peace living in an attic closet if he can escape from a nagging wife.  A woman who cannot show the peace of God will take the joy out of a house of wealth and prosperity.  We who hope to be the “Bride of Christ” should remember to show peace in the house of worship as well.  The bridegroom is not yet married to us and he has many places to live other than a contentious house of worship.

10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

Evil men do not know what goodness is, and they covet the rewards of sin.  They make plans to snare others, and neighbors are never shown any mercy.  No one can be safe from them, even their partners in crime are targets for betrayal.  There is no “brotherhood of thieves” when they are cornered.

11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Life often punishes us until we begin to consider what we are doing wrong.  How much we can endure before we begin to keep wisdom!  But as that wisdom grows, we get more skilled at recognizing good advice.  In time we welcome godly counsel, and hear instruction like these proverbs as a map to peace and security.

12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

While living an honest life we can observe the frequent destruction of the lives of the sinners around us.  We can see how the wicked prosper and still recognize that these always end in destruction.

13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

A small town in Wyoming doesn’t have a lot of poverty.  Perhaps godly people are content with less and whine less when they are grateful for a little.  Perhaps they can get by with wild game and gardening.  But am I just hiding from the troubles of the world around us?  Can we afford to ignore the job losses and oppression of the urban unions?  Without industry our nation will fail to lead with the technology that makes us strong.  There is a time limit on the wealth of those who cannot hear the needs of our workers.  Banks and corporations with no conscience may one day utter inaudible cries for help.

14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

NO!  I check other bible studies if they can help my understanding before I write about an obscure passage.  But here too many suggest that offering a bribe is a good thing.  No, other scripture warns us not to take bribes and an honest man would be offended by this.

He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.  Proverbs 15:27

So I will suggest that bringing roses home when your wife is mad at you is a better comparison.  This is to defer anger, not to procure a contract by unfair competition.  A gift that will be close to the heart of an offended friend is a peacemaker.  So a wise congressman may be advised to reject the money of a lobbyist in favor of giving his voters honest stewardship of their taxes.  This might save them from the righteous anger of voters who have been awakened to the corruption of this latest election.  We will welcome as a heartfelt treasure this real service, as opposed to the current pattern of greedy self serving “public servants”.

15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

Honest men take pleasure in doing the right thing, it requires no reward beyond that.  It is the greatest mistake to think there is no God to punish the wicked.  But take heart in the opportunity to accept the gift of forgiveness from Jesus Christ.  God did not leave us to our own weak nature.  It was the gift of his son that gives us supernatural help to turn from our weakness.  God has opened the door to life that we could not break down by our small strength.

 

CURES

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SOUL MEDICINE

Wisdom is delivered to those who are willing to learn.  These proverbs come from a loving father to a generation that is strong in their own understanding.  Deviation from wisdom will bring a few pains that should help the learning process.  Adherence to them should help one grow grey hair and comfort to age well.  Forgetting or abandoning wisdom will cost you the inheritance of life.

Proverbs 20:15-30

15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Real wisdom; when and where have you seen it?  Does it reside with a rich man, a government official, a parent, or a pastor?  We seem to be moving away from a rich man even though the writer of Proverbs was Solomon, a rich king.  Even he fell away from the words of wisdom in the face of so many opportunities for temptation.  He recovered at the end of his life but isn’t it better to find and follow wisdom early?  There is your treasure of immeasurable value.

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

Surety is a security deposit or collateral on a loan.  The law requires that a garment given as a security deposit be returned before the end of the day so the poor are not abused in borrowing.  But one who is foolish enough to lend to a stranger deserves to have his garment taken from him.  And one who is both foolish and rebellious to hire a prostitute should be required to pay a fine as well.

17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

When a lie is born it leaves the mouth as sweetly as candy going in.  It seems to defer the anger of people who are robbed or offended by covering a crime.  Of course when the lies unravel they may have the offender’s mouth literally filled with gravel if he gets himself killed and buried.

18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

Good advice is needed in every decision, especially in war.  If you think you are not at war, are sickness and poverty your friends?  You will know who your enemies are when they take away your Medicare and social security.  Everyone is a soldier in the army of the Lord.

19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Gossips live to reveal your failures, and they are investigators of everybody’s business except their own.  Identify those who are sweet talking you as enemy agents serving the prince of darkness.  Cover you secrets and cover your friends secrets by being quiet and distant from these dark warrior spies.

20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Parents are you greatest supporters, desiring to see your success.  You are in error if you see them as enemies, and disrespecting them is to hate yourself, and you will harvest your own destruction.

21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Better to get a trust fund that comes in regular installments than a lump sum inheritance.  Confidence in a large treasure is the delusion of wealth that vanishes quickly.  The needs of our senior years will sorely miss the treasure that was spent on the vanity of our youth.

22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.

I feel pain from shoddy merchandise, greedy employers, and corrupt government.  At times inanimate objects cause injury and I may even curse those blameless and lifeless things.  If my faith grows I should have peace in all circumstances, even as my joints feel the pain of my trials.  I should never have an enemy in my sights for revenge if I believe that God is our judge.  I disrespect God if I think I can do his job for him when he has told me not to do so.

23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.

God repeats himself when he knows that we really aren’t paying attention.  He previously said that bad measurement is stealing and he hates to catch us doing that.  Be sure that he always catches us doing bad things.  We are bad by nature, he is good my nature, and aware of everything that is done.  He reminds us again because we will forget again.  Cheating is wrong, and we will pay for it.  So will the rulers who ignore it instead of delivering justice.

24 Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

HE CAN’T.  God has stuff going on that we cannot understand.  How can we know that losing my job is part of my life that will bring me something better?  How could I find a wife who had the faith to live with a contract worker?  How can I know how her death might help me complete a mission for God?  This is the time to ask him for our path, because we do not know how it should go; only he does.

25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

It’s a trap!  That is a warning to keep you from destruction.  To take food dedicated to the priesthood in the Old Testament was one example.  Now taking the authority of doing something for holy reasons is still not to be taken lightly.  If you make any vow; to avoid caffeine, or to be a missionary, it is serious.  To enquire of God about such a decision is not to be a hindsight:  ask him first.  And if he leads you to make a promise, give him all of what he wants, not just part of it.

26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

A wise king does not gather the evil people to be his partners in crime.  A wise king seeks out evil men with power and destroys them.  A wise king leaves no room for evil and violent men to keep harming his people.  His authority is a wheel that crushes them.

27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

I am no brilliant light, but in this dark world even my little candle can expose the darkness that still lingers in my heart.  God gave me this spirit to expose the corruption that I need to let him cure.  But I have to see and surrender the things he hates.

28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

Mercy and truth are assets a king needs because he has enemies.  Enemies will use failure as weapons to turn the people against their king.  If he is not truthful he will have no people.  If he is merciful his enemies will remember that he has saved them too.  The King must reflect the mercy and grace of God.

29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.

Yes, they need that to overcome the problems they earn by not hearing their parents! That is the strength that takes them through the early labor jobs.  That strength covers the gaps when there isn’t enough to keep family and home working.  But it slowly grows into the wisdom that will advise THEIR children when they try to lift the burdens by themselves.  If the grey head has the real glory they will have learned to trust God to carry the heaviest burdens.

30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Being black and blue is blood working to heal the hidden damage of bruises.  An open wound that turns blue may be a sign of gangrene though, so more medical care may come from your doctors.  The healing needed for behavior problems is the marks of a good whipping.  But again, if behavior problems do not respond to correction more severe results may follow.  For gangrene it may mean amputation.  For rebellion against God even Christians may be cut off.

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.  Romans 11:22

SNEAK ATTACK

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INCOMING THREAT

In 1941 America had radar, and still missed the warning of an incoming Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor.  In Vietnam in 1968 my First Sergeant discovered that all of our defending Vietnamese infantry were asleep at their guard posts.  He climbed the roof of their bunker and began firing the 50 caliber machine gun to awaken them in a panic.  In 2016 America ignored many warnings and settled for the “lesser” of two evil candidates.  Now this nation may be following Israel into the judgment they got in Babylon.  You can still develop your confidence in citizenship in the Kingdom of God.  Godly men prospered in Egypt, Babylon, and Persia.  But if you cannot see or hear the warnings of these words of God you may die in your sins.

Enlisted men, like Pvt. Joe Lockard and Pvt. George Elliott, provided the Pursuit Officer with data from a new system called radar. Working the radar station at Opana Point with Lockard on the morning of December 7th, Elliott was getting some more experience. Most days, they turned the radar off by 7 a.m. Waiting for their ride back to base, the men decided to keep the radar on.

Suddenly Lockard saw something he had never seen before.

It was the largest group I had ever seen on the oscilloscope. It looked, as I said, like a main pulse and that is why I was confused, at first, as to whether it was a flight or not. I had never seen one…it produced the largest echo on the scope that I had ever seen.

Pearl Harbor – RADAR STATION at OPANA POINT

Proverbs 20:1-14

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Wine has an invitation that seems to offer comfort and fellowship.  A strong liquor offers a quick escape into carefree times.  What seems like a social behavior is a lubricant into foolishness.  Comfort quickly goes south into shame and disgrace.  We should tremble at the threat of drink long before it degenerates into death.  I have known good souls who have left us forever for being unable to turn away from substance abuse.

2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

Kings, judges, and leaders must protect their people so they are given authority to destroy transgressors.  To rebel or speak evil of an authority may lead to your judgment and punishment.  God places rules, and he may require a cost against your soul as well as the punishment of the world.

3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Anyone who can walk away from an argument or even agree is a man of honor indeed.  How wonderful if he can actually listen, understand, and change his mind.  But it is just as honorable to allow others to have a different opinion and be understanding.  Can we who have a relationship with a God others can’t see understand that they cannot hear him?  Can we be patient to identify those who may come to hear our God at a later time?  Or do we drive away some who are actually God’s people because we will not hear them out?  Oh but a fool can be religious and still be offensive to everyone.  A fool who worships false Gods may yet be redeemed, but one who knows our God and blasphemes by rebellion will be a fool to the end.

4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

Wow; Wyoming springtime is always frosted by the late snow storm.  If our farmers do not get the plowing done early it will never get done.  I am no farmer, but I have seen a local farmer re-plant in the fall, and he got a crop of green before the snow set in.  There is a season of prosperity for the hardy worker but only poverty for fair weather workers.

In industry we have to find work during hard times too.  Bad bosses and annoying co-workers cannot put us off.  Even if we get laid off we have to go after the next job by faith.  I was laid off over five years ago, but I bought software and launched my own patents and a new company.  If you can’t join them, lick them!

5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

A man who has wisdom has the evidence of God in his life, and he may not volunteer what he knows to everyone.  He knows that some do not take well to raw truth.  He will have the kind of advice that may save your life, but he cannot know if your will take his life for offering it.  If you have understanding you will recognize who has wisdom and you will humbly seek it.  Two wise people will know each other and plan a garden that gives the fruit of life.

6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

Usually both sides of any argument claim to be the true light of righteousness.  Every prisoner is innocent too, right?  Well god can find a faithful man, and he sent us one in his son Yeshua.  That son of God can make you righteous too, but only by faith in him.  Don’t tell us how right you are, tell him how wrong you are.  He will fix you.

7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

A good man doesn’t talk right, he walks right.  He has no need to proclaim what he demonstrates, and his family is enveloped in the blessings that God sends him.

8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

How many leaders today really pass judgment, let alone sit on its throne?  But one who can do so is under the power of God and disperses the resistance of evil from his realm.  There is power in the ruler who is anointed by God.

9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Jerimiah 17:9 says:  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  No man can claim to have a clean heart.  Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  Can any of us claim to have earned our righteousness by our goodness when God would call us liars?  No one can.

10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.

Sure, we know that a package of beef should weigh what it says it weighs.  A bad scale is a form of theft.  But all forms of unequal measurement fall under this as well.  Is a man more guilty if his skin is not white?  Is a godless communist more guilty than a godless capitalist?  God wants us to bring everyone to him because he alone can measure truth and deliver it to us.

11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

If we expect this of our children, can we expect to get away with less?  Will God hide his eyes when we who are his children are not pure?  If you have begun to believe that there is a God do you really expect him to take less than an honest life?

12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.

Gathering light with clarity and being able to discern distance, motion, and color is important.  Hearing the roaring lion is an important warning.  These are the radar of survival, and God intends you to survive.  Why did he bother if we do not bother to see and hear his warnings of danger?

13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

I am old enough to benefit from long hours of sleep.  But now I have opportunities that I never had in my younger years.  I fight to get sleep early so I can rise early and get my work done.  Now I am fighting for my children, so they may have an inheritance.  But most of all I want them to have a heritage of faith in God.

14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

Well we do this; tell the dealer that his merchandise is not worth what he wants for it.  When the debit card reader asks if the amount is correct, I ask if I can make an offer.  It doesn’t work but if I got any sale prices I can be pretty happy with my new material goods.  Can I also so value the forgiveness that could only be won by the self sacrifice of the son of God?  I can’t deny that what I paid was nothing compared to what he paid.

DEJA REVUE

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STIFF NECKED PEOPLE

These words of wisdom can deliver us from disaster.  We can observe men around us doing all the errors we are warned against by these proverbs.  but I am not alarmed by them as much as the religious people who ignore their transgressions and still consider them to be Christians.  Especially when our leaders are opposed to these wise directions and lead our nation to share their destruction.  But don’t feel alone; Solomon defied these same proverbs even after God gave them to him.  Israel was delivered into captivity because of the sins of Solomon.  Like our leaders today he had the opportunity to experience wealth, power, popularity, and temptation.  But Solomon will redeem himself at the end of his life with better advice.  Will our leaders be able to turn in time?  It didn’t save Israel and it probably won’t save this nation.

 Proverbs 19:15-29

15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Being lazy lulls one into the kind of sleep that cuts us off from the world of the living.  Without work life ends in hunger, poverty, and desperation.  No one can keep you from working at some trade, and it does bring prosperity.

16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

This is not a suggestion, this is the way to life, and that is even important after death to avoid the second death: obey God’s commandments.  But if you hate this idea then you will die twice, and being judged for the second death is all pain ad all regret.

17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

You cannot lose by helping the poor as you are supporting the will of God.  There will be a path that rewards you in this as God is faithful.

18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

There is hope when a child is young enough to receive a clear impression of consequences to sin.  If you yield to his tears, they will become your own tears when he fails as an adult.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

Yes, anger does not admit failure, and it goes on the attack again even after failure.  If you pay his bail he will be right back at the same battle that did him in before.

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

If our father should chastise us other good advice will come now, and we should listen.  We are not born with wisdom, but we still have a chance to become wiser if we finally stop and listen.  It worked for Solomon, after a fashion.

21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

How many time do we think about what we would do “if he does that”?  Are the thoughts all coming from God?  Do you hear any good thoughts from God, or do you even want to?

22  The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

Kindness is what you welcome from others, and kindness is what makes you welcome to others.  Honesty is a kindness to yourself and others, so treasure that over treasure.

23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Fearing God keeps you in his favor and brings prosperity in the place of destruction.  Not touching the stove avoids pain and still cooks a good meal.

24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

Was Napolean lazy?  Not like this.  A lazy man keeps his ability out of the sight of those who could use his help.  He won’t even let his abilities out for his own benefit.

25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

For a man who scorns the rules of society harsh punishment is a warning to other fools.  But the wise can improve themselves in response to constructive suggestions or even correction.

26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

If we waste our father’s training, correction, material support, and love we cause him to grieve.  If we snap at our mother and reject her love, we follow the path that causes our community to disrespect us and our whole family.

27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

Stop listening to the popular ideas of the modern world that deny the wisdom of this book.  Popularity is not the validation of truth.  Every contrary behavior is self destructive while wisdom endures all trials.

28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

Those who exalt sinful ways scorn the idea that God will have a real judgment of our lives.  That reality is waiting without their acknowledgement, so they feed on more and more transgressions in their delusion of safety.

29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

The judgment of God is real, ready, and painful for those who deny its reality.  The fear of the Lord of judgment is the first step for those who chose to be found righteous.  Fear God and find life instead of death.

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