Friday, September 21, 2018

Proverbs 11:10-15
Community Values

10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: And when the wicked perish, there is shouting. 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. 12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: But a man of understanding holdeth his peace. 13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: But he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. 14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: But in the multitude of counsellers there is safety. 15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: And he that hateth suretiship is sure. Prov 11:10–15 (KJV)

Verses 10-14

The New Testament counterpart teachings call us to love our neighbors. Community is a place of people who need Good News.

A Christian doing his civic duty is become an agent of salt in the decadence, and light in the darkness. Ask the Lord to show you ways you can serve your community. Then do so for His glory.

Verse 15

Co-signing for another’s debt is a risky business, especially when we do so for people we hardly know! But there is another side to this issue:

We were all debtors and strangers to Heaven. But in the fulness of time God sent His only begotten Son to pay our debt. Jesus paid it all when He went to the cross.

I am reminded that
Baptist On Mission does not co-sign for the money, so a storm victim can get a new roof. We just fix it.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Proverbs 11:5–9 (KJV)

5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: But the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Christ is our righteousness He does direct our way, He is the way, the truth, and the life.

  • 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1 Cor 1:30–31

6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: But transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

Christ is our deliverer.
  • 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, Luke 4:18

7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: And the hope of unjust men perisheth.

Christ shall judge and deliver the wicked to hell.
  • 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: Matt 25:41

8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, And the wicked cometh in his stead. 9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: But through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

Christ not only delivers His people from sin, but to Heaven.
  • 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2–3

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Prov 11:1-4

1 A false balance is abomination to the Lord: But a just weight is his delight.

Cheating is always wrong. Others may not see it but we can be sure tha our sins will find us out soon or later.
God keep us from cheating in business, in family, in workplaces, and in matters of faith. Amen.

2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: But with the lowly is wisdom.

Blessed are the lowly heart. Humility is a mark of a disciple. A man should not think of himself more highly than he ought to think. The proud person prays, “Lord I’m glad I’m not like other people,” the humble pray, Lord, forgive me of my sin.”

3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: But the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Integrity is all about honesty. Truth sets true paths and leads to right decisions.

4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: But righteousness delivereth from death. Prov 11:1–4 (KJV)

Nobody has ever paid his way into God’s Heaven. Nobody earns his way We won’t be taking our material possessions in Heaven. It is only in trusting Jesus Christ the righteous that we will find the doors wide open into Eternity.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Tongue

18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, And he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. 19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: But he that refraineth his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: The heart of the wicked is little worth. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many: But fools die for want of wisdom.

22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, And he addeth no sorrow with it. 23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: But a man of understanding hath wisdom. 24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: But the desire of the righteous shall be granted. 25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: But the righteous is an everlasting foundation. 26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, So is the sluggard to them that send him.

27 The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: But the years of the wicked shall be shortened. 28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: But the expectation of the wicked shall perish. 29 The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: But destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. 30 The righteous shall never be removed: But the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: But the froward tongue shall be cut out. 32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: But the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness. Prov 10:18–32 (KJV)

This portion of Proverbs 10 continues to contrast between the righteous and the wicked. It begins and ends with instruction on guarding the tongue.

8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. James 3:8–10

Monday, September 17, 2018

Contrasting Values $$$

13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: But a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding. 14 Wise men lay up knowledge: But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. 15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: The destruction of the poor is their poverty. 16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: The fruit of the wicked to sin. 17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: But he that refuseth reproof erreth. Prov 10:13–17 (KJV)

Verses 13-14 speak of the tongue of the wise and the mouth of the foolish. The contrast is clear. The former layup knowledge, the later is near destruction.

Verses 15 speaks of the strength of wealth verses the vulnerability of poverty. But verse 16-17 points out that both the wealthy and the poor can be either righteous or wicked. The labor of the righteous is life, of the wicked is death.

Wealth can provide help in many ways, but it cannot buy health, Heaven, peace, love, happiness. The headlines often speak of very successful wealthy movie stars, who have it all but have died tragically through suicide, drugs, alcohol, etc.

Many people do not have money but are living on the riches of the Righteous One; Jesus is His name.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Contrasting Values Between
the Righteous and the Fool

1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: But righteousness delivereth from death. 3 The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: But he casteth away the substance of the wicked. 4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: But the hand of the diligent maketh rich. 5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: But he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. 6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. 7 The memory of the just is blessed: But the name of the wicked shall rot. 8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: But a prating fool shall fall. 9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: But he that perverteth his ways shall be known. 10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: But a prating fool shall fall. 11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. 12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: But love covereth all sins. Prov 10:1–12 (KJV)

Chapter 10 is the beginning of several chapters of short pithy sayings; each verse could stand alone as a “proverb.” Verses 1-12 offer various moral issues and contrasts between the righteous and the fool:

1. Family
2. Materialism
3. Providence and Provision
4. Poor work ethic
5. Laziness
6. Justice (the just shall live by faith)
7. Remembrance
8. Obedience
9. Lifestyles
10. The Joker/Froward One
11. The Mouth
12. Hatred Vs Love

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Have Faith in God, Be Faithful to God

13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. 14  For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, 15  To call passengers who go right on their ways: 16  Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 17  Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. 18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell. Prov 9:13-18 (KJV)

The book of Hosea is the story of a prophet who was instructed by God to marry a harlot. The focus was a prophetic message to Israel about their lack of faithfulness to God.

2The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD. Hosea 1:2

That sentiment is found in Proverbs 9:13-18 and is a recurring biblical theme. God’s people are called to stay away from the promiscuity of the world. And that symbolizes our call to be true to God. God is true to us, and He calls us to be true to Him.

14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; 15 (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth. Deut 6:14–15

The just shall live by faith; without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith is about believing to the point of it affecting the way we live. Those who have faith in God are bound to grow in being faithful to God.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Master Carpenter

1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: 2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. 3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, 4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. 6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it. Prov 9:1-12 (KJV)

Verses 1-6: Jesus is the Master Carpenter of salvation. He is the author and finisher of our faith and all enemies are his footstool. He prepares even now a place for you and will come again and receive you to himself. He is the bread of life. The marriage supper of the lamb will soon be prepared.

Verses 7-12: Jesus speaks offers a new way of life and eternal life for those who will turn to Him. The scorner will not, but the wise will accept His disciplines and find that they are more precious than silver or gold.

Here again this great spiritual axiom: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hearken Unto Me, Come to Me,
Follow Me, Abide in Me

32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: For blessed are they that keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction, and be wise, And refuse it not. 34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, And shall obtain favour of the Lord. 36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: All they that hate me love death. Prov 8:32–36 (KJV)

The “therefore” in verse 32 takes us back to the preceding verses that identify wisdom and the preexistent incarnate Christ. Verses 33-36 call us to come to Him.
This holy invitation is not just in Proverbs, it is found throughout the Bible:

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isa 1:18

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Rev 22:17

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27

26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. John 12:26

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John 15:4

Monday, September 10, 2018

A Glimpse of the Eternal Before

22 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Or ever the earth was. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; When there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills was I brought forth: 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, Nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: When he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 When he established the clouds above: When he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29 When he gave to the sea his decree, That the waters should not pass his commandment: When he appointed the foundations of the earth: 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: And I was daily his delight, Rejoicing always before him; 31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; And my delights were with the sons of men. Prov 8:22–31 (KJV)

This beautiful passage lifts up the corner of the Eternal Before and lets us peak into Pre-Creation. Surely wisdom is the Lord Jesus speaking as the Ancient of Days.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1–3

12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Col 1:12–17

Friday, September 7, 2018

Those that Seek Me

12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge of witty inventions. 13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, And the froward mouth, do I hate. 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. 15 By me kings reign, And princes decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, And nobles, even all the judges of the earth. 17 I love them that love me; And those that seek me early shall find me. 18 Riches and honour are with me; Yea, durable riches and righteousness. 19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; And my revenue than choice silver. 20 I lead in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of judgment: 21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; And I will fill their treasures. Prov 8:12–21 (KJV)

Verse 12: God in omniscience and wisdom knows exactly what is going on.

10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jer 17:10

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal 6:7

Verse 13: We speak of the fear of the Lord as reverence for Him but it also brings us to hate the things God hates. sins used to give me much pleasure but I have learned to hate them.

Verses 14-21: God and His wisdom are great blessing of those who seek Him.

Verse 17: God loves those who love Him, and those who seek Him early will find him. Children are quicker to come to Christ than adults, but with God all things are possible. I pray these weekday devotionals will give you even more desire to seek the Lord.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Matt 7:7

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Jesus Is His Name

1 Doth not wisdom cry? And understanding put forth her voice? 2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way In the places of the paths. 3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, At the coming in at the doors. 4 Unto you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of man. 5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: And, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. 6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; And the opening of my lips shall be right things. 7 For my mouth shall speak truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing froward or perverse in them. 9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, And right to them that find knowledge. 10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; And knowledge rather than choice gold. 11 For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. Prov 8:1–11 (KJV)

Reading this passage takes me ever to the feet of Jesus. He is the wisdom standing in the top of high places:

25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25

He cries out to us:

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. John 7:37

He is the excellent righteous One:

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Cor 5:21

He speaks truth for He is truth:

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 (KJV)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A Lesson about Sexual Sin (Prov 7)

Protect yourself from immorality
1 My son, keep my words, And lay up my commandments with thee. 2 Keep my commandments, and live; And my law as the apple of thine eye. 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, Write them upon the table of thine heart. 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; And call understanding thy kinswoman: 5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, From the stranger which flattereth with her words.

Stay Away from the path of temptation
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, 7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, A young man void of understanding, 8 Passing through the street near her corner; And he went the way to her house, 9 In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night: 10 And, behold, there met him a woman With the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. 11 (She is loud and stubborn; Her feet abide not in her house: 12 Now is she without, now in the streets, And lieth in wait at every corner.) 13 So she caught him, and kissed him, And with an impudent face said unto him, 14 I have peace offerings with me; This day have I payed my vows. 15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, Diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. 16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, With carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. 17 I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: Let us solace ourselves with loves. 19 For the goodman is not at home, He is gone a long journey: 20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, And will come home at the day appointed. 21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, With the flattering of her lips she forced him. 22 He goeth after her straightway, As an ox goeth to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23 Till a dart strike through his liver; As a bird hasteth to the snare, And knoweth not that it is for his life. 24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, And attend to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, Go not astray in her paths.

Know the Consequences of Immorality
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: Yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 27 Her house is the way to hell, Going down to the chambers of death.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Apple of Thine Eye

1 My son, keep my words, And lay up my commandments with thee. 2 Keep my commandments, and live; And my law as the apple of thine eye. 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, Write them upon the table of thine heart. 4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; And call understanding thy kinswoman: 5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, From the stranger which flattereth with her words. Prov 7:1–5 (KJV)

Wisdom is the ability to know right knowledge and to use it properly. The Hebrew word means skilled.

Are we skilled at living? Do we have real understanding about how God made us and why? Are we living out the purpose and plans of the One Who is the Architect of our DNA?

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jer 29:11–13 (NIV)

The call of the world is to be a self-made man, but wisdom confesses we are all Created by God in His image. Popular thought on living life is to be able to say “I did it my way.” But wisdom calls us to by faith not by sight.

The way of the world is idolatry and adultery. The way of God is life both temporal and eternal.

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (KJV)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wisdom Warns

24 To keep thee from the evil woman, From the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. 25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; Neither let her take thee with her eyelids. 26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: And the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one go upon hot coals, And his feet not be burned? 29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; Whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. 30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal To satisfy his soul when he is hungry; 31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; He shall give all the substance of his house. 32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: He that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. 33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; And his reproach shall not be wiped away. 34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will not regard any ransom; Neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts. Prov 6:24–35 (KJV)

Wisdom warns that promiscuity is an evil desire and will do much harm to any man. A thief can be forgiven but the adulterer destroys his own soul. The point is that the adulterer has committed a sin that will have lasting consequences. It does not mean that he or she can ever be forgiven. God’s grace is available for all who believe. The sin unto death is the sin of unbelief:

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:17–18 (KJV)

Sex is made for pleasure and procreation and is blessed by God within the boundary of a Christian marriage. The marriage covenant is binding for all of life and points to the relationship between the believer and God. God is love, God is a jealous God and pursues His people to be faithful and true