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If We Possess Godly Wisdom We Are Wealthy In Christ….

SIH HALTAL ICONReceive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.  (Provcrbs 8:10-11) 

 

The SIH Daily Devotional on this subject can be found at :

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 8:10-11

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Wisdom’s Appeal: Her Value: Prov 8:10-11

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.

INTRODUCTION:

Wisdom continues her appeal for others to seek and obtain her by reminding us of her tremendous value…

EXPOSITION:

10) Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
Wisdom compares the value of her teachings to the value of precious metals.  Her conclusion?  Her training’s  value is far greater than that of gold or silver.   That is why she tells us to actively reach out and secure her words.

The law of thy mouth [is] better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.”  (Psalms 119:72)

The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether.  More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: [and] in keeping of them [there is] great reward.”   (Psalms 19:9-11)

 

11) For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
Now, she compares the value of her teaching to rubies and, again, finds the value of her teachings superior.
The basic principle is that we are to expend more effort to gain wisdom than to gain anything else we may desire in this world, for wisdom is more valuable than anything else we can possess.

I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.”   (Psalms 119:162)

I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as [much as] in all riches.”  (Psalms 119:14)

SUMMARY:

Throughout God’s Word we are told of the great value of wisdom.  Why is it such a valuable commodity?  It is because wisdom leads us to God, salvation and an eternity with Him!

The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.”   (Proverbs 9:10)

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”   (Matthew 13:44-46)

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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God’s Wisdom is Always True and Reliable!

SIH HALTAL ICON5) 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.(Proverbs 8:5-9)

The SIH Daily Devotional on this subject can be found at :

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 8:5-9

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wisdom’s Appeal: Her Truthfulness: Prov 8:5-9
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.

INTRODUCTION:
Solomon uses a series of proverbs to show us that wisdom always speaks the truth. Her message can be relied upon as we face the many differing events that life may hold for us…

EXPOSITION:

5) O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
Those who do not understand the importance of wisdom can be classified into two separate groups:
1. simple ones are speaking of those who are immature believers who have recently come to the truth of salvation, or they are those who, although were saved for quite a while, have never been taught the things concerning wisdom in God’s Word.
2. fools are those who are unsaved, never coming to a knowledge of the truth by rejecting the Word when they are presented with it. They are content in their sin, not seeing their need of wisdom nor the Lord Himself.

The remedy to both these situations is “understanding”. Both those who are immature in the faith, and those who have never come to belief, need to see their true character and the true nature of wisdom. They need to see their need of wisdom and the wondrous blessings that the acquisition of wisdom holds for them.

“Understand, ye brutish among the people: and [ye] fools, when will ye be wise?” (Psalms 94:8)

6) Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips [shall be] right things.
How does someone who is lacking wisdom come to receive her teachings? By…
1. receiving them through reading, preaching or any other method of proclamation
2. giving our attention to them, not simply hearing but then meditation upon the message
3. come to accept them as truthful and reliable
4. and then applying them to the life.
All four of these are differing aspects to “hearing” the message of wisdom.

Her message is described as being:
1. honorable and perfect
2. what is needed, proper and beneficial for the situation at hand

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Corinthians 2:6-8)

7) For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness [is] an abomination to my lips.
Wisdom speaks that which is actual to fact, certain and relable
Wisdom’s lips are disgusted and abhorred by anything that is evil. She refuses to speak these things.

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, [yet] my record is true:… (John 8:14)

“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)

8) All the words of my mouth [are] in righteousness; [there is] nothing froward or perverse in them.
Wisdom’s message is aligned with the Lord’s commands and will for our lives.
Wisdom’s message does not contain anything that will cause pain or suffering, nor does it distort or twist that which is true and pleasing to God.

“I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth [in] righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” (Isaiah 45:23)

9) They [are] all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
For those people who have matured in the faith and have come to see the true character of her teachings, wisdom is very straightforward, obvious and transparent.
For those who have retained a knowledge of the Lord and His Word, wisdom’s message is a “good fit”, upholding the principles of God’s Word and His desires for each one of us.

“He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.” (Matthew 13:11-12)

SUMMARY:

The truthfulness and reliability of wisdom’s message sets it apart from all the other messages that originate in the sinful world around us. By God’s grace, let us all pursue the acquisition of wisdom, knowing it is a dependable, consistent message that originates from our Lord.

“Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:20-21)

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Wisdom Is Inviting Us To Come And Learn From Her…

SIH HALTAL ICON1) 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.  (Proverbs 8:1-4)

The SIH Daily Devotional on this subject can be found at :

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 8:1-4

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wisdom’s Appeal: Her Public Declaration: Prov 8:1-4

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.

 

INTRODUCTION:

In chapter 8, Solomon gives us Proverbs concerning the appeal that wisdom makes to us all, to hear, believe, and apply her truths to our lives….  Please keep in mind, wisdom is the application of God’s Word to the life.  What a blessing it is to learn of the importance of God’s Word and be taught how to apply the truths of the Word to our lives in a practical way.

EXPOSITION:

1) Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
Solomon describes wisdom’s appeal by using the picture of a woman declaring publically her desire for others to come unto her and follow her teachings….
Wisdom’s appeal is pictured as being:
1. a cry – wisdom issues a personal invitation for others to come unto her and follow her teachings.  The “cry” being described especially implies a calling out to one who is known, implying a concern, love and personal relationship with the one who is invited.
2. a voice “put forth” – this voice is a gift that is given to those invited.  The invitation to approach and follow wisdom should be seen as a blessing and privilege, not a drudgery and heavy burden.

Wisdom’s invitation is given out of love, meant to benefit the invited.  It should be received with great pleasure and joy knowing it will lead to blessings.

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Wherefore do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? and your labour for [that which] satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] the sure mercies of David.”   (Isaiah 55:1-3)

 

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.
She positions herself where she can be easily heard by the invited:
1.  she stands above the crowds inviting them much like an orator taught from an elevated platform.
2.  she stands beside the well-traveled paths where the invited are known to travel.

She is making it as easy as possible for those who desire to come to her.
3.  she stands at the gates where the courts of judgment were held, inviting all the parties of the court (the judges, the wise men of the city, the accused and the accusers.)
4.  she stands at the entryway of the city seeking to appeal to those who have just entered seeking rest from a far journey and labors in the fields.
5.  She stands at the doorways of the homes, going from door to door making certain her invitation has reached out to everyone.

The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.  Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.”   (John 18:19-20)

 

4) Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice [is] to the sons of man.

Wisdom calls out to:
1.  those who are male in gender (in those days the exclusive authority holders of the family and government and places of worship)
2.  mankind in general, both male and female.
She is inviting all to come unto her to attain and apply the wisdom of God.

To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. Hear this, all [ye] people; give ear, all [ye] inhabitants of the world:  Both low and high, rich and poor, together.  My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart [shall be] of understanding.  I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.´  (Psalms 49:1-4)

SUMMARY:

Wisdom is a much needed commodity in every segment of every society on earth, both past and present.  If all mankind turned to wisdom, living their lives according to her teachings, this world would be a far better place.  Let us all seek to accept her invitation, learn of her teachings and live lifestyles of obedience to the Word.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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As We Seek To Be Closer To Him….

SIH HALTAL ICON

He Comes Unto Us and Blesses Us!

Exod 20:22-24 (KJV)

And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.  Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.  An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

I Will Come Unto Thee And Bless Thee

SIH STSTA ICONMuch like a married couple whose love and communion grows over the length of their marriage, so too, those who are saved can enter into an ever increasing level of intimacy with the Lord.   In our text for this blog posting, we will be looking at some basic principles that describe how those who have trusted in Christ can secure a closer walk with Him.

Let’s begin our study of the Lord’s promise: “I will come unto thee and bless thee.”

THE SCRIPTURES:

Exod 20:22-24 (KJV)

22) And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

23) Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

24) An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

THE STUDY:

The background of our text is the Lord speaking to the nation of Israel as they begin their travels to the Promised Land following their release from Egyptian enslavement.  In this text, the Lord is going to explain to the Israelites what was necessary for them to receive His presence and blessings during their travels.  Although His instructions were given to the Israelites of old, there are many basic principles in these verses that can be applied to our lives today as we seek for His presence and blessings among us.

Exod 20:22-24 (KJV)

22) And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

To begin our study the Lord reaffirms to us that the instructions the Israelites were about to receive have come from Him.  As we read this passage and study it, let’s remember that this is not a man’s opinion or thoughts… it is the actual word of the Lord handed down to us.

23) Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

The first basic principle for spiritual growth and intimacy with the Lord is consistently putting the Lord first in our lives.  Here, the Lord is explaining to the Israelites the importance of recognizing Him as the only God, and then by implication, putting Him first in the Israelite nation and their families.

How do we as Christians allow false gods into our lives?  ANYTHING that takes priority over the Lord in our lives is a false god.  For what do we find ourselves living?  What dictates the course of our lives and our decision making?  This is our God/god.   (Deut 10:12, Mark 12:29-30, 1 John 5:2-5)

24) An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me,

Here, the Lord is emphasizing to the Israelites and, by implication, given to us (as followers of Him):

1. the need to worship Him – “the altar”

For a close association with Him, the need for Godly worship in our lives cannot be overemphasized.  Many times we think of worship as simply attending the teaching/preaching services of a church.  This is only a very small part of true, Godly worship.

True worship is the recognition of His Creatorship, and Redemption on our behalf.  As Creator, He has authority over us…. He can rightfully use us any way He pleases, after all He is the One to whom we owe our physical existence (Roms 9:20-23).

As our Redeemer, He has given to us our new life in Him… we become a “new creature in Christ” As such, we owe Him our spiritual life… He has purchased us with His shed blood on the cross. (2 Cor 5:14-17)

This is what Biblical worship actually is… it is submission to His Lordship based upon our knowledge of His authority as Creator, our recognition that we are His purchased possession, and our appreciation for both of these wonderful blessings (physical and spiritual life) that He has given to us.

2. the need to worship Him with the works of our hands – “thou shalt make unto me”

Biblical worship involves an outward and inward aspect. The outward aspect of true worship is placing our actions and words in submission to His will. In this case, the altar was to be “made” of earth.  The outward action of building the altar was a part of this worship.  Anytime, our actions are in alignment with His desires we are fulfilling this aspect of worship. (1 Sam 15:20-22)

3. the need to worship Him modestly, humbly (without pride)  – “altar of earth”

Please note, the Lord could have commanded His altar to be made of brass, silver, or even gold.  In this case, the altar was simply made of earth.  If it were of some fine metal, they might have become prideful at the beautiful work of their hands.  Also, they may have fallen into idolatry exalting the altar to the status of a false god. (Isa 2:8, Psa 115:1-8)   An earthen altar was a reminder to the Israelites of their sinfulness and humility. This is the inward aspect of true worship.  Outward actions of obedience without a humble, submissive attitude are an abomination to the Lord. (Matt 6:1-8)

and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen:

Here the Lord, is teaching the Israelites the need for two different sacrifices to be made:

  1. The burnt offering was an offering that pointed the Israelites to the SACRIFICE of the coming Messiah for the sin of His people.
  2. The peace offering was the offering that directs the Israelites attention to the RESULT of the Messiah’s sacrifice… peace and fellowship with God.

These are the basis of our worship.  Without the work of Christ on the cross and without the results of that work applied to our account, we cannot experience intimate fellowship with Him. (Rom 4:24-5:1)

As those who have experienced His grace in salvation, our constant attention on what He has done for us cultivates a closer walk with Him.

in all places where I record my name

Where can we experience His closeness and warmth?  Any place where He has recorded His name is a possible place of fellowship with Him.  The word for “record” is a Hebrew word meaning “to mark, to burn, or to mention”.  By the phrase “recording His name” the Lord is expressing any place where He is remembered and honored.  By His grace, He intervenes in the lives of His people allowing them to honor and remember His workings.  (Isa 64:6-8, Psa 5:7-8, Psa 143:10, Psa 43:3-4)

I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

During these times when we are remembering His works on our behalf, being motivated out of  appreciation for all He has done for us, and then submitting ourselves to His will and ways… it is at these times that He is the closest to us.  It is at these times, we can be used of Him in the greatest of ways.  (see Psalm 107 for one example of the Psalmist enjoying a time such as this)

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who have trusted in Christ.

Let us strive for a continual close walk with the Lord through the application of these very basic principles of Godly worship.  If we find ourselves failing in these areas, remember, the Lord is a kind patient Lord who is always waiting to forgive us and renew our close walk with Him.  Simply forsake the sin that has crept into our life, ask forgiveness and submit that area of our life to Him. (1 Jon 1:5-10, Psa 51:6-15)

For those who have never trusted in Christ.

Throughout history, the desire for a relationship with God has existed in all mankind.  Beginning after the fall of man (when Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden), mankind lost their perfect communion with God. (Gen 3:22-24, Ezek 39:24)  With this void also came the intense desire for this void to be fulfilled.  Sadly, in many cases, mankind has looked to counterfeit deities to satisfy their longing for a relationship with the true God of the universe. (Deut 31:18)  In most cases, these false gods find their identity in the various aspects of nature (sun, moon, river, wind, fire etc). (Rom 1:21-25)

Throughout history the world has seen many false deities have come and go, the false deities of the Egyptians (Ra, Horus, Osiris, Isis, etc.); the Babylonians (Anu, Asher, Utu, etc.); the Greeks (Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, etc.); the Romans (Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, etc.); and even the Native Americans (Tirawa-atius, Nokomis, Atira, etc.); give us proof of man’s craving for a personal relationship with the True Creator of the world.  To this day, devotion to some of these ancient Gods exists in the sacred practices of Pagans, the Wiccans and several other false religions.

So how does a sinful, fallen man enter into a permanent relationship with Holy, Almighty God? (Psa 5:4-5).  To answer this question we need to find out His teachings on this most important matter.  Where do we find the very Words of God?  In the Bible, God’s revealed will which has been handed down to mankind. (2 Tim 3:13-17, Heb 4:12-13, 2 Pet 1:19-21)  In His Word He makes it plain that the first step to having a close walk with Him is through the salvation He has supplied to us through the work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  To learn more about the salvation from sin and its results please see my blog page entitled “How To Have A Relationship With God”.

If you have any questions concerning the way of salvation please feel free to visit or call a Bible teaching church in your area.  They will be happy to speak to you about the Lord Jesus and the salvation He graciously gives.

Or, if you would rather, feel welcome to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.  I’ll be more than happy to answer any question you may have.

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Making It Plain: “Eschatology” = The Study of Last Things

SIH TOTT ICONEschatology comes from two Greek words:
1. “eschatos” means “last”
2. “logos” which means “word concerning”, “to discuss”, “to study”.

This term is not used in the Scriptures.

After this I looked, and, behold, a door [was] opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard [was] as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.  (Revelation 4:1)

Saturday Scripture

SIH HALTAL ICONThe Great Example of Love Given To Us By Christ…. We Are To Follow His Steps

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  (John 15:12-14)

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Without the Lord Even The Strong Are Overcome By Temptation

SIH HALTAL ICONHearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.  For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong [men] have been slain by her.  Her house [is] the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. (Proverbs 7:24-27)

The SIH Daily Devotional on this subject can be found at :

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 7:24-27

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Seduction Of Wickedness: The Lesson Of This Case Study: Prov 7:24-27

 

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.
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.

INTRODUCTION:

After the presentation of his case study, Solomon proceeds to give us the “moral” of his story…

EXPOSITION:

24) Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
Solomon calls his students to turn their ears to his teachings and listen with all their attention.   This is a very important message that needs to be heard, understood and applied by all.  Solomon now gives his students six lessons they are to learn from this case study….

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”   (1 John 2:1)

25) Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
Solomon shares two keys to victory in times of temptation…
1. Do not all your desires to move downward and crave to follow her course of living.
If we guard our desires and always keep our minds on Christ and His will for us we will not chose to follow unrighteousness.  Sin can only take place when desire and opportunity cross paths.
2.  Do not wander from the Lord’s path and wander into the path of sin.
If we diligently follow the path of the Lord we will, automatically, not enter the path of the corrupt.  It is only when we let our guard down, and allow ourselves to drift from the Lord’s will, that we become susceptible to temptation’s onslaught.

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”   (Matthew 7:12-14)

26) For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong [men] have been slain by her.

Solomon shares two facts about the power of temptation…
3.  Temptation is able to put down those who are weaker in the faith and who have been wounded by her in times past.
In other words, those who are babes in Christ and those who have been previously overcome by temptation need to take special care and have others help them as they face their current enticement to sin.
4.  Temptation can be so powerful it can even bring to ruin those who are strong in the faith and previously victorious over her allurements.
No one is impervious to the appeal of temptation.  Everyone, when not guarded, can be overcome.  No one can take temptation lightly.

Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”   (1 Peter 2:11)

27) Her house [is] the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Solomon teaches us two truths about the results of following temptations path.
5.  Submitting to her authority and following her lead (as children submit and follow their parents) is a sure pathway to destruction (ineffectiveness and judgment).
6.  Not only does her way lead to ruin but also to death, both physical and eternal death.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

SUMMARY:

By examining these six basic lessons that can be learned from our case study we can see the need to always be on guard against the workings of sin in our lives…
1. Do not all your desires to move downward and crave to follow her course of living.
2.  Do not wander from the Lord’s path and wander into the path of sin.
3.  Temptation is able to put down those who are weaker in the faith and who have been wounded by her in times past.
4.  Temptation can be so powerful it can even bring to ruin those who are strong in the faith and previously victorious over her allurements.
5.  Submitting to her authority and following her lead (as children submit and follow their parents) is a sure pathway to destruction (ineffectiveness and judgment).
6.  Not only does her way lead to ruin but also to death, both physical and eternal death.

It is only through temptation that sin can gain control of our lives and bring us to ruin.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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The End of Temptation’s Path…

SIH HALTAL ICONWith her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.  He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;  Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it [is] for his life.  (Proverbs 7:21-23)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 7:21-23

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 The Seduction Of Wickedness: It’s Conquest: Prov 7:21-23

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.

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon now finishes his case study by showing us the ultimate end of those who are overcome in the war against temptation…

EXPOSITION:

21) With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
How he is overcome by temptation:
1.  With her multiple words of that sounded so beautiful and desirous she causes him to bend to her desires.
2.  With her smooth, appealing words she compelled him to follow her lead.

To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.  They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: [with] flattering lips [and] with a double heart do they speak.”   (Psalms 12:1-2)

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.”   (Revelation 2:20)

 

22) He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
Her speech causes him to:
1. follow her lead without hesitation
2. unknowingly go to his demise
3. walk ignorantly into punishment

To deliver thee from the strange woman, [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words;  Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.  For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.”   (Proverbs 2:16-18)

 

23) Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it [is] for his life.
His actions end in:
1.  a deadly wound
2.  flowing quickly to a fatal trap
3.  ignorant that, from the beginning of her enticement, it was intended to take his life

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.   Do not err, my beloved brethren.”   (James 1:14-16)

SUMMARY:

The end of this young man’s willful choice to follow temptation’s path is ultimate harm and death.

For the lost it is eternal death in the Lake of Fire.  For those who are saved it is death of their testimony for Christ, death of their eternal rewards, and death of their peace and joy.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Temptation says…. You won’t get caught…. you are safe to take what I am offering…

SIH HALTAL ICONFor the goodman [is] not at home, he is gone a long journey:  He hath taken a bag of money with him, [and] will come home at the day appointed. 

(Proverbs 7:19-20)

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 7:19-20

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 The Seduction Of Wickedness: It’s Deception: No Consequences: Prov 7:19-20

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.
INTRODUCTION:

“There are no lasting consequences to your actions”… this is one of the greatest deceptions that a Christian faces during times of temptation.  The last thing that Satan wants a Christian to consider is the long term effects of their sinful actions.  Turning the Christian’s attention from the results of their sin is revealed to us in the following set of proverbs…

EXPOSITION:

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.
The seductress now explains to this young man that he has nothing to fear. She explains that he will not be caught in the act, because her husband is not home and he will not return quickly, because he is a long distance away.  By implication, she is saying “No one will know but us”.  By doing this, she is assuring him of facing no retribution if he submits to her desires.
She goes further and says that she has proof that he will not return quickly for two reasons.  First, of all he has taken money with him (proving that he planned on a long period of absence) also, he has told her of his plans (in which he said when he would return home at a much later date.)
How wrong is this way of thinking!  The Lord has made it plain that there are results to EVERY sin that is committed…

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?  Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?  So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.”   (Proverbs 6:27-29)

Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.”  (Job 4:8)

Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  (Galatians 6:6-9)

In a very interesting way, the Lord does away with her reasoning that if the “goodman of the house” is gone there will be no future retribution….
In the following parable, he reminds us that… THE GOODMAN EVENTUALLY RETURNS AND THOSE WHO DO HIM WRONG WILL FACE PUNISHMENT; IT MAY BE DELAYED BUT, IT WILL CERTAINLY TAKE PLACE.…

But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?  Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.  But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;  And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;  The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of,  And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:43-51)

Please note: Although this is spoken by Christ hundreds of years later, and the subject matter of this parable is different from that of the proverb (parable – 2nd coming of Christ;   proverb – temptation’s deception); this very important principle can be applied in both texts.

SUMMARY:

The temptation to sin is normally accompanied by assurances of no lasting harm to be received, we know based upon God’s Word, that there are results to every sin that is committed.  These results can be physical or spiritual, received while yet on earth or felt throughout eternity.  In any case, these results bring far greater harm than the short lived pleasure that may come with the commission of sin.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Temptations Are Filled With Hollow Promises….

SIH HALTAL ICONSo she caught him, and kissed him, [and] with an impudent face said unto him,  [I have] peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.  Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.  I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved [works], with fine linen of Egypt.  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.  Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. (Proverbs 7:13-18)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 7:13-18

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Seduction Of Wickedness: It’s Deception: Hollow Promises: Prov 7:13-18

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.

INTRODUCTION:

Temptation makes every sin look so good and pleasing to each one of us.  How does it able to turn that which is so harmful into something that looks so pleasing and delightful?  It is through the use of hollow promises.  It is this subject that Solomon addresses in our next section of Proverbs….

EXPOSITION:

13) So she caught him, and kissed him, [and] with an impudent face said unto him,
After actively pursuing her victim, we are then told that temptation….
1. seizes and binds her victim forcing herself upon him.  Although no Christian desires her presence in their life, she manages to enter each and every life, forcing confrontation after confrontation.
2. she shows hypocritical concern and love for her victim, hoping for him to let down his guard, believing she is working for his benefit.
3. she looks at him authoritatively, reminding him of her strength, control and previous victories in his life.  How often does the Christian shrink at her presence due to past victories she has gained over them?  How often, based on our knowledge of prior defeats, do we believe there is no use in opposing her and her workings?

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”   (1 Corinthians 15:58)

14) [I have] peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
He had nothing to worry about her intentions are good and she is honest…
1.  this is shown by her observance of religious ceremonies
2.  this is shown by her willingness to keep all her promises, including the payment of vows in religious rites.
To summarize these two…. She pretends to have Godly motives and goals in mind…. HYPOCRASY at it’s finest!

For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”   (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

15) Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
She speaks truth, but uses it to deceive him…. She did seek him and find him but it is not out of concern and love, it was much like a robber seeking their next victim.

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”   (Genesis 3:1-5)

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.
She promises that she is willing to give her best for him.  She makes it sound like she has only his pleasure and good in mind.  She has done all she can to make things as enjoyable as possible.  All the items listed are expensive, much desired items that were not the normal possessions of the common man.

Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”   (John 8:44)

18) Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
She now invites him to enjoy all that she has supposedly prepared for his benefit and pleasure.  She has prepared the “lamb for the slaughter” through her deceit and is now ready to bring death upon the naive, unprepared victim.

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

SUMMARY:

In our devotion for this morning Solomon has given us an example of how temptation “sets up” her victim using many techniques that were empowered through hollow, fraudulent promises.

Her techniques include:
1. vs 13 – tracks down her victim
2. vs 13 – shows hypocritical concern and love for her victim
3. vs 13 – reminder of past victories over him and the futility of refusing her desires
4. vs 14 – deceives to believe she has good intentions and honesty
5. vs 14 –  deceives to believe she will keep her promises and serves God.
6. vs 15 – twists the truth, using it to deceive and manipulate
7. vs 16,17 – claims she will give her best for her victim
8. vs 16,17 – claims she has done all she can to make things as enjoyable and beneficial as possible.

May we all enter our day realizing the deceitful operations of temptation and the need to rely upon our Lord, His Word and His Spirit to gain the victory over the allurements of this world.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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Beware of the Deception and Allure of Temptation…

SIH HALTAL ICON10) 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.)
(Proverbs 7:10-12)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 7:10-12

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

The Seduction Of Wickedness: It’s Persistent, Determined Pursuit: Prov 7:10-12

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.)

 

INTRODUCTION:

The consistent enticement of temptation is being presented to us in the next proverb.   Once again, the seductive nature of temptation is being pictured as the carnal appeal of the prostitute who promises physical satisfaction while working toward the long term ruin of those who are misled by her deceit.  Because of this, we not only learn a lesson about the deception and harm of prostitution, but also of the sinful temptations in general.

EXPOSITION:

10) And, behold, there met him a woman [with] the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
1.  Here, temptation is pictured not simply as an enticing woman that appeals to the carnal nature of man, but especially as a harlot.   A similar types of sinful acts can be performed with both a woman and a harlot, the great difference is that a price must be paid to the harlot.  Such is the case of temptation to sin… submitting to a temptation may bring a short period of fleshly pleasure, but it is gained at a great price.
2. Temptation is described as a harlot who is “subtil of heart”.   The true aim and goal of the temptation is hidden.  The temptation only shows the pleasurable side of itself, it will not reveal the harmful results of its allurement.

Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:  Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.  In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of [their] tinkling ornaments [about their feet], and [their] cauls, and [their] round tires like the moon,  The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,  The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,  The rings, and nose jewels,  The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,  The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.  And it shall come to pass, [that] instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; [and] burning instead of beauty.  (Isaiah 3:16-24)

 

11) (She [is] loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
The description of temptation continues, she is described as:
1. She is very easily heard, understood and not easily silenced
2. She does not recognize a proper time or place for her to exist.  She will intervene at the most inconvenient times and places, never minding her own business nor keeping a proper distance.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  (Revelation 12:9-11)

12) Now [is she] without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
Finally, we are told that she…
1.  She is out seeking her victims, not waiting for them to come to her home.
2.  She is seeking her victims where they can be found, many times minding their own business going about their daily tasks.
3.  When she spies her victim, she isn’t transparent and open for all to see, but waits behind the corners and walls for her victim to innocently come near.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”  (1 Peter 5:8)

In the above verses, we can easily see the deceitfulness and power of temptation.  From this we can learn of the need for the Christian to learn about way temptation operates and how to gain the victory of it. This can only be done by receiving, learning, believing and applying God’s Word to their life.  Without the guidance of the Word, in conjunction with the intervention of our Sovereign Lord and leadership of the Holy Spirit, none of us can stand in her presence.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”   (Ephesians 6:10-13)

SUMMARY:

May we all enter our day realizing the deceitful operations of temptation and the need to rely upon our Lord, His Word and His Spirit to gain the victory over the allurements of this world.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

 

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