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The Names Of Christ: “Life”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Is The Source and Sustainer Of Our Physical and Spiritual Life

   

 

Joh 14:6 –  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 Col 3:4 – When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

 1Jn 1:2 – (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 27:3-6

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

 

Earthly Blessings From The Lord: Friendship: Proverbs 27:3-6

3) A stone [is] heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath [is] heavier than them both.
4) Wrath [is] cruel, and anger [is] outrageous; but who [is] able to stand before envy?
5) Open rebuke [is] better than secret love.
6) Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful.

 

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to several different earthly blessings that given to us by our gracious Lord…

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will be looking at the blessing of friendship compared to estrangement caused by anger…

3) A stone [is] heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath [is] heavier than them both.
When the Lord blesses us with the friendship of others, we should avoid uncontrolled anger…
1.  A foundation stone is painfully heavy and sand is a burden
2.  The hot uncontrolled anger of those who do not apply God’s Word to their lives is more of a burden.

A stone used in foundations (massive and strong) is much like wet sand, both are so heavy it produces pain when it is lifted and moved.  However, the hot anger that is carried around by those who reject God’s Word creates much more pain and difficulty for themselves.  Due to their hot anger, they mistreat and harm others constantly which brings upon themselves enmity and recompense from those they have abused.

It is this type of anger that will separate between the closest of friends and place a lasting enmity between them.

For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.”   (Job 5:2)

 

4) Wrath [is] cruel, and anger [is] outrageous; but who [is] able to stand before envy?
When the Lord blesses us with the friendship of others, we should avoid envy…
1.  Hot, uncontrolled anger is fierce and unrelenting
2.  Uncontrolled passionate opposition overwhelms as a flood
3.  Who is able to remain unmovable in the path of jealousy?

Another great destroyer of friendship is jealousy.  Although extremely harmful, in some cases, anger and cruelty can be overcome by resolving whatever issue(s) is causing the enmity.  However, when it comes to jealousy, it is very difficult to satisfy those who are envious of our persons or possessions.

And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,   Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”  (Romans 1:28-32)

5) Open rebuke [is] better than secret love.
When the Lord blesses us with the friendship of others, we should cultivate open, honest, beneficial relationships …
1.  Correction that is done in the sight of all is more desired and beneficial
2.  than a love that is unrevealed

As difficult as it is to accept public correction, when done from a motive of love and concern, it can be a wonderful gift that can work lasting benefits in our life.  This is far better than someone who keeps their concern and love a secret, and in doing so, will not give kind words of correction when needed.

When we think about it, what good is it to love someone when we are not willing to intervene in their life and attempt to help them at every opportunity?  True friendship will “step up” and do what is difficult to help a friend when they need it.

He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.”   (Proverbs 28:23)

6) Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful.
When the Lord blesses us with the friendship of others, we should promote faithfulness…
1.  Beneficial and trusted is the pain given from a friend.
2.  Misleading and ravaging are the gentle touches of one who opposes us.

Although many times, needed counsel and criticism can bring us short term pain, when we know it is coming from someone who is concerned for our welfare, we know it was meant to profit us.  However, when we receive outward displays of affection from those who are motivated by personal gain and antagonism,  we must realize they are only meant to deceive and work eventual harm to us.

One of the ultimate blessings of friendship is knowing that a true friend can be trusted at all times.  We can rely on them to only do what is for our best motivated from a heart of love and concern.

Let the righteous smite me; [it shall be] a kindness: and let him reprove me; [it shall be] an excellent oil, [which] shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also [shall be] in their calamities.”   (Psalms 141:5)

SUMMARY:

One of the greatest, and perhaps overlooked, earthly blessings from the Lord is the blessings of friendship.  When we possess a true friend we can know that they can be counted on to always do what is for our benefit whether help in times of need or correction to get us back on track.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

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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Let’s Turn The Praise Of Man To The Lord’s Glory…

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1) Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2) Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
(Proverbs 27:1-2)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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The Names Of Christ: “Leader”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Is The One We Are To Follow

  

Isa 55:4 –   Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 27:1-2

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

 

Earthly Blessings From The Lord: Human Praise: Proverbs 27:1-2

1) Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2) Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

 

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to several different earthly blessings that given to us by our gracious Lord…

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will be looking at the blessing of praise given to us by other men….

 

1) Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
1.  Do not celebrate or exalt ourselves concerning the day that is coming
2.  We cannot observe what the next day may produce.

We cannot draw attention to ourselves by “bragging” about what we are going to accomplish tomorrow.  This is because we can never be certain what will take place tomorrow.  Our entire life, and our plans involving our life are in the hands of Almighty God… they can, literally, change in an instant.

Stop and think about it, for us to assume that we know what we will do tomorrow is, in and of itself an act of pride.  We are saying that we believe that our future lies in our own hands.   It is so easy for us to forget that our Lord is truly the One who is in absolute control of our future.  If we accomplish anything on the morrow, it is only because He has graciously allowed us to do so. Therefore, we are to possess an attitude that says “For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”  This is showing a humble attitude which recognizes that, ultimately, He is in control of all things and we are to rely upon Him for all aspects of our future….

Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:  Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.   (James 4:13-16)

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”   (Proverbs 16:9)
[There are] many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.”  (Proverbs 19:21)

Man’s goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?”   (Proverbs 20:24)

O LORD, I know that the way of man [is] not in himself: [it is] not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”  (Jeremiah 10:23)

 

2) Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
1.  Let other individuals bring attention to us, this type of praise should not come from our own mouth
2.  It is best when those with no relationship with us bring attention to us and that it does not come from our own mouth

Many times we think that all earthly praise is a wicked thing, but this is not so.  If we are praised due to acts of service to Christ it can be a good thing.  How is it good?  By others pointing out our good works, if we handle the praise properly, it can end up glorifying the Lord and not ourselves….

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:14-16)

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].”    (Romans 13:12-14)

(Please note in the above text: “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ” is describing us living a Godly life for His glory.  Paul is equating that to putting on a suit of clothing that clearly tells others we are a servant of Jesus Christ.  This is like putting on a military uniform that tells others what nation we are serving.  This is our good works being used to bring glory to the Lord and not ourselves.)

The key to turning the praise of man meant for us to the Lord is all in our hands.  When we are praised for our faithful living, it then becomes our responsibility to explain to others why we are living faithful lives for Christ.  It is only because of His love, grace and enabling.  It is giving Him the credit for any good that others may see in us. It is by telling others of how He has worked so greatly in our lives.  This is the key to turning human praise from us to the Lord’s glory…

“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings.  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.  Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.  Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered.”   (Psalms 40:1-5)

(The above text is one of my favorite Bible texts and the theme verse for Settled In Heaven Ministries.)

 

SUMMARY:

Earthly blessings from the Lord include the blessing of human praise.  This is can be a very valuable tool in our service for Him when we are faithful in directing that praise from off of us onto the Lord and all He has done for us.  What a privilege it is to receive the praise of man and then to give honor to the Lord for the enabling grace He has given to us which allows to live Godly lives before others.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

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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What Goes Around…. Comes Around

SIH HALTAL ICON26) [Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the [whole] congregation.
27) Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
28) A lying tongue hateth [those that are] afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. (Proverbs 26:26-28)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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The Names Of Christ: “Lamb Of God”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Is The Innocent Sacrifice Of God.

 

 

Joh 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Joh 1:36  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 26:26-28

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

 

Enemies Of The Lord: The Cruel 4: Proverbs 26:26-28

26) [Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the [whole] congregation.
27) Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
28) A lying tongue hateth [those that are] afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

 

In this chapter, Solomon describes for us three of the greatest enemies of the Lord:
1.  The Fool (vs 1-12), One who does not apply the Word of God to their life.
2.  The Lazy (vs 13-16), One who is not diligent and industrious in their responsibilities
3.  The Cruel (vs 17-28), One who is angry, malicious and out of control

Before we being this final portion of our devotions from Proverbs 26 a short explanation is necessary.  The title of this final section of chapter 26 (vs 17-28) is “the cruel”.  Although this title cannot be found in our verses, it is a very fitting title for the enemy of the Lord that is being portrayed.  Note the different ways in which this individual is described…
1. vs 17 – one that “meddleth with strife”
2. vs 18 – “a mad man”
3. vs 19 – the “man that deceiveth his neighbor”
4. vs 20 – “talebearer”
5. vs 21 – a “contentious man”
6. vs 22 – “talebearer”
7. vs 23 – “burning lips” & “wicked heart”
8. vs 24 – he that “hateth” and “layeth up deceit”
9. vs 25 – there are “seven abominations in his heart”
10 vs 26 – whose “hatred is covered by deceit” & his “wickedness”
11 vs 27 – whoso “diggeth a pit” & “rolleth a stone”
12 vs 28 – a “lying tongue” & “a flattering mouth”

From these descriptions we can see the great harm cruel individuals can do to Christians and the work of the Lord.

We can see from the above descriptions that the basic principle is the harming of others motivated by hatred.   This is why I felt as if the title “cruel” is the best one to use to describe this individual.  As a matter of fact, one of the ideas behind the title “mad man” found in verse 18 is the idea of “cruelty out of control”.

So please keep in mind, as we study these verses over the next several devotionals, we are looking at different traits of one type of enemy of the work of the Lord. It is one who harms others based upon uncontrolled hatred in their heart… in other words it is one that is “cruel”.

 

EXPOSITION:

We now conclude our study on “the cruel”… this entire study extends from vs 17 through vs 28 of this chapter.

 

26) [Whose] hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the [whole] congregation.
1.  Whoever is overtaken by malice but conceals it with deception
2.  his unlawfulness is put on display before the entire assembly

A man who is filled with hatred, although he may try to conceal his true motives, his sinfulness will be put on display before those who are watching him.  This can take place either as they: observe his actions (which reveal his true intents); or, when the Lord intervenes in the situation and, through His control of earthly events, brings his true motives to view; or, when the Lord reveals the truth at the final judgment.  In any case, the principle is that those who have hatred in their heart cannot actually conceal it.  It will be brought out for other people to see eventually.

 

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.”   (Ecclesiastes 12:14)

 

27) Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
1.  Whoever opens a ditch to trap others, will be caught in the trap he has laid.
2.  Whoever desires to harm another by rolling a boulder on them, will have it roll back upon himself.

Whenever an individual lays and executes plans to harm others, they are only preparing harm to fall upon themselves.

He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made.  His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.”   (Psalms 7:15-16)

 

28) A lying tongue hateth [those that are] afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
1.  A tongue that speaks deception are an enemy to those who are injured by it.
2.  A mouth that speaks smooth, pleasing, deceptive words brings harm to those who listen.

Not only does deception and hatred bring evil upon the wicked, but they can also harm those who are innocent and naive.  No one gains through deception performed from a heart of hatred…. but everyone involved can suffer loss.

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: [with] flattering lips [and] with a double heart do they speak.  The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, [and] the tongue that speaketh proud things:  Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips [are] our own: who [is] lord over us?”   (Psalms 12:2-4)

 

SUMMARY:

In our study of the cruel, we have seen that he is:
1.  a person who desires to “stir up trouble” between two warring individuals.
2.  a person who with uncontrolled hatred that floods others with acts and words meant to destroy.
3.  a person who make the harming of others through deceit a contest that entertains and pleases them.
4.  In the absence of the cruel gossip there is peace and harmony.
5.  Quarreling and arguing continue when those who love to fight are present
6.  The lies of gossipers can be devastating, cause great pain and permanent wounds.
7.  a person who is full of hatred
8.  a person that uses deceptive speech to take his enemy off guard
9.  a person who is abhorrent in the eyes of the Lord.
10. a person lays plans and works to harm others will have evil come upon them.
11. when hateful deceitful speech is present harm falls upon both the speaker and the listener

If we were standing accused of cruelty in a court of law would there be enough evidence to convict us?

Or put another way, would there be others, who have watched our lifestyle, stand and testify that our life exhibited the attributes of those that are cruel?

By God’s grace NONE of these attributes would be found in our lives.  As a matter of fact, the existence of this type of hateful spirit within us calls into question our very salvation.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

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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What Is In Our Heart?

SIH HALTAL ICON23) Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross.
24) He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
25) When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for [there are] seven abominations in his heart.

(Proverbs 26:23-25)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-2Sp

The Names Of Christ: “Lamb Slain From The Foundation Of The Word”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Is The Innocent Sacrifice That Was Slain According To The Eternal Plan Of God.

 

 Rev 13:8 – And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 26:23-25

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

 

Enemies Of The Lord: The Cruel 3: Proverbs 26:23-25

23) Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross.
24) He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
25) When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for [there are] seven abominations in his heart.

 

In this chapter, Solomon describes for us three of the greatest enemies of the Lord:
1.  The Fool (vs 1-12), One who does not apply the Word of God to their life.
2.  The Lazy (vs 13-16), One who is not diligent and industrious in their responsibilities
3.  The Cruel (vs 17-28), One who is angry, malicious and out of control

Before we being this final portion of our devotions from Proverbs 26 a short explanation is necessary.  The title of this final section of chapter 26 (vs 17-28) is “the cruel”.  Although this title cannot be found in our verses, it is a very fitting title for the enemy of the Lord that is being portrayed.  Note the different ways in which this individual is described…
1. vs 17 – one that “meddleth with strife”
2. vs 18 – “a mad man”
3. vs 19 – the “man that deceiveth his neighbor”
4. vs 20 – “talebearer”
5. vs 21 – a “contentious man”
6. vs 22 – “talebearer”
7. vs 23 – “burning lips” & “wicked heart”
8. vs 24 – he that “hateth” and “layeth up deceit”
9. vs 25 – there are “seven abominations in his heart”
10 vs 26 – whose “hatred is covered by deceit” & his “wickedness”
11 vs 27 – whoso “diggeth a pit” & “rolleth a stone”
12 vs 28 – a “lying tongue” & “a flattering mouth”

From these descriptions we can see the great harm cruel individuals can do to Christians and the work of the Lord.

We can see from the above descriptions that the basic principle is the harming of others motivated by hatred.   This is why I felt as if the title “cruel” is the best one to use to describe this individual.  As a matter of fact, one of the ideas behind the title “mad man” found in verse 18 is the idea of “cruelty out of control”.

So please keep in mind, as we study these verses over the next several devotionals, we are looking at different traits of one type of enemy of the work of the Lord. It is one who harms others based upon uncontrolled hatred in their heart… in other words it is one that is “cruel”.

 

 

EXPOSITION:

We now continue in our study on “the cruel”… this entire study extends from vs 17 through vs 28 of this chapter.

 

23) Burning lips and a wicked heart [are like] a potsherd covered with silver dross.
1.  Kindling lips and an immoral, harmful heart are like
2.  a piece of broken pottery covered with the impurities that are driven from silver

Desiring personal gain by abusing others through fiery, harmful language brings no lasting value.  It is much like a broken piece of pottery covered with the silver remnants … it appears to be of great worth, but in reality is worthless.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!   And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”   (James 3:5-6)

 

24) He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
1.  A person who is an enemy will “show himself as another man” with his speech.
2.  and stores up fraud within him.

An enemy will use speech to make himself appear friendly, hoping to catch the one he hates off guard and defenseless.  By doing this, he is only storing up guilt, responsibility, and coming judgment for his deceptive acts.

And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, [but] their heart goeth after their covetousness.”   (Ezekiel 33:31)

 

 

25) When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for [there are] seven abominations in his heart.
1.  When he utters words that are pleasing and beautiful, do not trust them because
2.  within his desires are filled with things abhorred by the Lord.

When the hateful enemy speaks deceiving words that makes him appear kind and friendly, do not trust in what he has to say.  This is because he is motivated to speak those words out of desires that are filled with sinfulness, rebellion and selfishness against the Lord.

For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.”   (Jeremiah 12:6)

 

 

SUMMARY:

In our study of the cruel, we have seen that he is:
1.  a person who desires to “stir up trouble” between two warring individuals.
2.  a person who with uncontrolled hatred that floods others with acts and words meant to destroy.
3.  a person who make the harming of others through deceit a contest that entertains and pleases them.
4.  In the absence of the cruel gossip there is peace and harmony.
5.  Quarreling and arguing continue when those who love to fight are present
6.  The lies of gossipers can be devastating, cause great pain and permanent wounds.
7.  a person who is full of hatred
8.  a person that uses deceptive speech to take his enemy off guard
9.  a person who is abhorrent in the eyes of the Lord.

 

If we were standing accused of cruelty in a court of law would there be enough evidence to convict us?

Or put another way, would there be others, who have watched our lifestyle, stand and testify that our life exhibited the attributes of those that are cruel?

 

By God’s grace NONE of these attributes would be found in our lives.  As a matter of fact, the existence of this type of hateful spirit within us calls into question our very salvation.

 

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

 

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”.

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

 

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper… The Two Ordinances Of The Local Church

SIH HALTAL ICONFor Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;  Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:  Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.   (1 Peter 3:18-22)

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the [same] night in which he was betrayed took bread:  And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me.  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.   (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

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The Importance Of The Local Church -7: “The Mission Of The Church: The Ordinances of Baptism and Lord’s Supper

SIH TOA ICON“…The house of God, which is the church of the living God,

the pillar and ground of the truth.”   (1 Timothy 3:15)

In this seventh lesson of our study on the Lord’s church, we will be looking at the second responsibility given to the church in the Great Commission.  This is the responsibility to baptize those who profess faith in Christ into the membership of the assembly….

THE STUDY:

The Second Responsibility Found In The Great Commission: Baptize Into the Assembly.

1. What Is Baptism?: A public profession of faith in Christ and His Work

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;  Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:  Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”   (1 Peter 3:18-22)

Peter now speaks of an OT event which is a picture of the ordinance of baptism.  Christ spoke to the wicked men of Noah’s day through the ministry of Noah as he built the ark.  It was a public testimony of Noah’s faith in Christ and his belief in the message that his Lord had given to him through the inspiration and illumination of the Holy Spirit.

Just as the salvation of the individuals in the ark during the flood was a living symbolic picture of salvation found in Christ.  The ark pictured Christ, those in the ark pictures the believers and the judgment of sin pictured by the flood. Baptism symbolically pictures the same truth… salvation through the work of Christ from sin and its results.

Baptism as a picture of salvation from sins:

Baptism is immersion in water…

The word “baptize” is used several times in the New Testament and is translated from a Greek word that means “to be immersed, submerged, or soaked”.   Biblical baptism is when an individual is actually immersed (picturing a burial) in water.

The steps of an individuals baptism are as follows…
1. The individual stands in the body of water.
2. The individual is lowered (until totally covered) into the water
3. The individual is raised from the water into a standing position.

These steps proclaim what Christ has done on his behalf:
1. When, first standing in the water, it is a picture of Christ standing on the earth working on behalf of his people.  His teaching, His healing, and most importantly, his arrest, abuse and crucifixion are all symbolized by this standing.
2.  When lowered under the water, it is a picture of the death and burial of Christ, done on behalf of those who are saved.
3.  When brought up out of the water, it is a picture of the resurrection of Christ, the proof that He paid the price necessary to secure salvation for His people and He is now victorious over death.

These steps of baptism also proclaim what God has done in the life of the new believer:
1. When, first standing in the water, it is a picture of the believer’s walk on earth prior to his salvation experience.  It is a sinful walk based upon selfish desires and the lusts of his flesh.
2.  When lowered under the water, it is a picture of the believer who is spiritually dead and under the bondage of sin.
3.  When brought up out of the water, it is a picture of the believers release from sins bondage, spiritual life being given to him and a new life of service to Christ beginning.

Baptism is to proclaim to all that an individual, through salvation, has a good conscience towards God:

baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,)” 

Peter makes it plain that baptism is not observed to gain salvation for an individual.. “not putting away the filth of the flesh”.  On the contrary, Peter tells us that it is “the answer of a good conscience towards God”, it is observed once the recipient recognizes his sins have been forgiven and he is now right with God.  This is why he no longer has a guilty conscience before God and makes him the ideal candidate for baptism.

2. Baptism Is A Part Of The Great Commission Given To The Lord’s Churches:

To Baptize Into The Assembly Those Who Have Made Professions Of Faith:

Matthew:  baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

The “them” referred to are those who have been made followers of Christ through receipt of the gospel message.

Mark:  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Here Christ confirms that baptism is one PROOF of a genuine salvation experience.  If someone claims belief in Christ, but is not willing to publically confess Christ is their Savior, the authenticity of their experience must be questioned.

Not only is baptism a public declaration of our faith in Christ, but it is also the prerequisite to church membership…

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”   (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

Although a local church is made up of many members, the local church is still one, unified body. Under the leadership of the indwelling Spirit, the new believer is led of God to partake of water baptism and join into the membership of the local assembly.

The only prerequisite of water baptism is faith in Christ.  Jew or Gentile, slave or free may receive this ordinance and become members of His local assembly, as long as they have trusted in Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Along with Baptism, although not a part of the great commission, the local assembly is given the responsibility to observe the Lord’s Supper.

1. What Is The Lord’s Supper?: It is a public profession and remembrance of Christ, His work and His second coming.

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the [same] night in which he was betrayed took bread:  And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me.  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”   (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

The Apostle Paul, as he instructs the local church at Corinth, explains to them the purpose of the Lord’s Supper observance, as taught by Christ Himself.  It is to commemorate the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Eating the bread reminds us of Christ’s body that was bruised and abused on our behalf.  Drinking the fruit of the vine reminds us of His shed blood on our behalf.  The Lord also commanded the church to observe this ordinance until He comes again.

2. How do we know that the responsibilities for the Lord’s Supper observance was given to the local church?

Paul, as he writes to the Corinth church says that For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto youPaul clearly said that he was delivering the instructions for this ordinance to the local assembly, the addressee of his letter.

Also, when Christ observed the supper it was with the local church at Jerusalem made up of His Apostles.  There were eleven of His Apostles present for the observance of the supper (Judas left prior to the observance following his accusation) …

Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve…  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed [it], and brake [it], and gave [it] to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave [it] to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”   (Matthew 26:20-28)

And in the evening he cometh with the twelve…  And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake [it], and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.  And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave [it] to them: and they all drank of it.

And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.  Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”   (Mark 14:17-25)

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.  And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:  For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide [it] among yourselves:  For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

 (Luke 22:14-20)

 

THE SUMMARY:

As we studied the local churches commission we have seen:
1.    That great commission was always given to the assembled Apostles that made up the first local church (church at Jerusalem).  (Please note the exception: In John, we saw that Thomas was missing but the rest of the eleven were present.)
2.  There are three basic responsibilities involved with the Great Commission:

To evangelize the lost; to baptize into the assembly those who profess faith in Christ; to indoctrinate church members to equip them for the service of Christ.

As we studied the first part of the Great Commission that is given to His assemblies we have seen:
1.  The content of the gospel message: Christ’s Death; Christ’s Burial; Christ’s Resurrection; The Witnesses To The Resurrection
2. The Responsibility to take the gospel to the lost is given to the Lord’s local assemblies is described as: To make students Of Christ; To declare the good news of Christ; To reveal man’s responsibility to receive the gospel message; To be sent as Jesus was sent; To share our experience of Christ with others
3.  The priority of taking the Gospel into the world

Jerusalem, the CITY where the church is located; Judaea, equivalent to the state in which the church is located; Samaria, the other states that make up the nation where the church is located; uttermost parts of the world, the other nations of the world.

As we studied the second part of the Great Commission we have seen that the Lord has given to His assemblies the responsibility to observe both Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
1. Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ and His Work
2. Baptism pictures the work of Christ on our behalf
3. Baptism is a picture of our salvation from sins
4. Baptism Is A Part Of The Great Commission Given To The Lord’s Churches:
5. Baptism is a prerequisite to church membership
6. The Lord’s Supper observance is also the responsibility of a local assembly.
7. The Lord’s Supper is to commemorate the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

Why should we should attend, join and support the ministries of a local church?  It is the ONLY organization that has been given the responsibility to observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  To properly partake of these, they must be regulated, supplied and observed by a local assembly of the Lord.

May the Lord bless us as we seek His truth.

 

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Our Lord Is Absolutely Seperated From Sin…

SIH HALTAL ICON“[Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:” (Habakkuk 1:13) 

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Remember The Power Of The Tongue… It Can Do Great Harm To Ourselves and Others

SIH TOTT ICON20) Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

21) [As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife.

22) The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. (Proverbs 26:20-22)

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Why Does Evil Exist? (Part #3)

SIH STSTA ICON“Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, The Earth Is Filled With Thy Glory”

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these [things].(Isaiah 45:7)

[Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:…” (Habakkuk 1:13) 

 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  (James 1:13)

In above set of Scriptures, we find one of the supposedly contradictory texts of the Scriptures.  On one hand, from the lips of the Lord Himself, He clearly states that “I create evil”.  Then later in the Scriptures we find Habakkuk, as he speaks concerning the Lord, says [Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:  then, to add confusion to our subject, James states clearly that God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

In this series of lessons, we will be looking into two basic questions, first, “What Is God’s Role In The Existence of Evil ?” and, secondly, “What Is The Purpose Behind The Existence Of Evil ?”

 

THE STUDY:

Before we begin this portion of our study, let’s pick up with the summary from our studies so far …
1.  “Evil” describes something that causes harm or injury
2.  “Evil” can be referring to harm that is so severe, that it causes total destruction or uselessness
3.  “Evil” can, but not necessarily, involves moral wickedness
4.  “Evil” can describe sin or it can describe the results of sin
5.  “Evil” can describe the direct results of sin
6.  “Evil” can describe the indirect results of sin
7.  “Evil” can describe an act that is morally wicked
8.  “Evil” can describe, not the act, but the result of moral wickedness
9.  Evil is “the condition/act of sin, OR the direct or indirect results of sin, that are harmful, and potentially ruinous, to any part of God’s creation.”  
10.  Our Lord is in absolute control of all things, this principle is clearly presented throughout the Bible
11.  It is only because the Lord is in control of all things that we can place our unwavering faith in Him
12.  The Sovereignty Of God affects: His ability to aid us, His answering our prayers, His ability to save, His prophecies to use
13. The Lord is in control of Satan himself, who can do nothing apart from the Lord’s allowance

We will now attempt to come to an understanding about the holiness of God and the origin of evil in this world….

Our Lord Is Perfectly Holy (Separated From Sin) 

When we speak of the holiness of God, we are simply saying that God is completely separated from sin.  He is absolutely pure in character, motives, thoughts and deeds.   His holiness was made manifest to the prophet Isaiah in Isa 6:…
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory.  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.  Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”   (Isaiah 6:1-5)

Notice the effects of Isaiah’s recognition of the holiness of God… “Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” 

The holiness of God is one of His attributes that clearly sets Him above all of creation.  Sin has affected every area of creation, however when Isaiah saw this vision of God he was humbled.  Why? It wasn’t God’s great power or His great majesty that brought Isaiah to his knees… it was the recognition of his absolute sinfulness in the face of the holiness of God.

The attributes of God that Isaiah recognized in his vision were also recognized by the Israelites when they were delivered from bondage in the land of Egypt…
Who [is] like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who [is] like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful [in] praises, doing wonders?”   (Exodus 15:11)

Again, we find the holiness of God being one of the main attributes that were recognized by the humbled nation of Israel.  Please note His holiness is so extraordinary, He is described as being “glorious in holiness.”  In other words, His holiness makes Him deserving of our worship, honor, reverence and submission.  It sets Him apart from all of the idolatrous gods of man and makes Him “shine” in comparison to them.

As a matter of fact, His holiness is so extraordinary that we find He cannot accept sin in His presence…
[Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:(Habakkuk 1:13) 

In the New Testament we have testimony of the Lord’s holiness as well…
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  (1 John 1:5)

Note how John emphasized the complete, absolute holiness of God… “in him is no darkness at all”.  The illustration that John uses is an interesting one indeed.  He uses the picture of light to describe the holiness of God, in comparison to darkness that represents sin (Acts 26:18).  Just as darkness CANNOT dwell in the presence of light, so too, sin CANNOT dwell in the person of God (2 Cor 6:14).

The holiness of God is not limited to the Father but is also exhibited in the person of Christ….
For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;”   (Hebrews 7:26)

What a blessing it is to know that the Lord that we serve is absolutely separated from sin.  He cannot do wrong, He cannot make “mistakes”, He cannot lie, nor can He treat anyone justly.

But also, getting back to our study, sin can in no way come from our God.  He cannot create it, nor can He be held responsible for its existence among man…
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  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.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”   (James 1:13-17)

James makes it crystal clear to us that, although the Lord is absolutely sovereign, He cannot be held accountable for the sinful actions of man. This is expressed in the first part of our above text…
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  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.

But James goes farther and teaches us that the Lord cannot be held accountable for the origination of sin when he says …
Do not err, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

James helps us to understand that the ONLY type of gifts that proceed from God are “good” and “perfect” gifts.  These descriptions totally eliminate for us the possibility of sin proceeding from God.  To cover all the bases, James then reminds us that this holy God will continue to be absolutely holy throughout eternity…. Therefore, sin will never proceed from Him, nor will He ever be the author of it.

Folks, it is our great responsibility to recognize that, although the Lord included sin in His sovereign plan, and allows the occurrence of sin on a daily basis, He cannot be held accountable for that sin.  The responsibility for the existence of sin must be placed at the doorstep of Satan…
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”   (1 John 3:8)

 “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)

Not only do we know that Satan is the originator of sin and a causative force for it in this world, we also find that the Bible teaches us that the responsibility for sin’s entrance into this world must be shared with Adam….
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  And not as [it was] by one that sinned, [so is] the gift: for the judgment [was] by one to condemnation, but the free gift [is] of many offences unto justification.  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”   (Romans 5:12-19)

 

In our study so far, we have now seen that the Lord is in control of all things.  Because we know He is sovereign we must come to an understanding that the sins He has included in His sovereign plan He allows to take place, all other sins He restrains.

We have also come to understand that, due to His absolute holiness, sin cannot proceed from God in any way.  Therefore, He cannot be the author, nor the originator of sin.  Although He has included sin in His plan for mankind, Satan and Adam are the ones responsible for the entrance of sin into God’s creation.

In our next lesson we will be answering the question… “If God, due to His holiness, cannot be the author of sin then what did He mean when He said “I create evil”?”

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

What we have seen in our study so far….

We have attempted to come to a very basic understanding of the term “evil” as used in the Bible.  We have come to see that:
1.  “Evil” describes something that causes harm or injury
2.  “Evil” can be referring to harm that is so severe, that it causes total destruction or uselessness
3.  “Evil” can, but not necessarily, involves moral wickedness
4.  “Evil” can describe sin or it can describe the results of sin
5.  “Evil” can describe the direct results of sin
6.  “Evil” can describe the indirect results of sin
7.  “Evil” can describe an act that is morally wicked
8.  “Evil” can describe, not the act, but the result of moral wickedness
9.  Evil is “the condition/act of sin, OR the direct or indirect results of sin, that are harmful, and potentially ruinous, to any part of God’s creation.”  
10.  Our Lord is in absolute control of all things, this principle is clearly presented throughout the Bible
11.  It is only because the Lord is in control of all things that we can place our unwavering faith in Him
12.  The Sovereignty Of God affects: His ability to aid us, His answering our prayers, His ability to save, His prophecies to use
13. The Lord is in control of Satan himself, who can do nothing apart from the Lord’s allowance
14. The Lord is perfectly holy and separate from sin.
15. Satan and Adam are the ones who are responsible for sin’s existence and entrance into this world

May the Lord bless you as you continue to seek His truth.

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The Names Of Christ: “The Lamb”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Is The Innocent Sacrifice That Reigns And Deserves All Our Praise

Rev 5:6 – And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Rev 5:12 – Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Rev 17:14 – These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Rev 21:22 – And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

Rev 22:3 – And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 26:20-22

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

 

Enemies Of The Lord: The Cruel 2: Proverbs 26:20-22

20) Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
21) [As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife.
22) The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

 

In this chapter, Solomon describes for us three of the greatest enemies of the Lord:
1.  The Fool (vs 1-12), One who does not apply the Word of God to their life.
2.  The Lazy (vs 13-16), One who is not diligent and industrious in their responsibilities
3.  The Cruel (vs 17-28), One who is angry, malicious and out of control

Before we being this final portion of our devotions from Proverbs 26 a short explanation is necessary.  The title of this final section of chapter 26 (vs 17-28) is “the cruel”.  Although this title cannot be found in our verses, it is a very fitting title for the enemy of the Lord that is being portrayed.  Note the different ways in which this individual is described…
1. vs 17 – one that “meddleth with strife”
2. vs 18 – “a mad man”
3. vs 19 – the “man that deceiveth his neighbor”
4. vs 20 – “talebearer”
5. vs 21 – a “contentious man”
6. vs 22 – “talebearer”
7. vs 23 – “burning lips” & “wicked heart”
8. vs 24 – he that “hateth” and “layeth up deceit”
9. vs 25 – there are “seven abominations in his heart”
10 vs 26 – whose “hatred is covered by deceit” & his “wickedness”
11 vs 27 – whoso “diggeth a pit” & “rolleth a stone”
12 vs 28 – a “lying tongue” & “a flattering mouth”

From these descriptions we can see the great harm cruel individuals can do to Christians and the work of the Lord.

We can see from the above descriptions that the basic principle is the harming of others motivated by hatred.   This is why I felt as if the title “cruel” is the best one to use to describe this individual.  As a matter of fact, one of the ideas behind the title “mad man” found in verse 18 is the idea of “cruelty out of control”.

So please keep in mind, as we study these verses over the next several devotionals, we are looking at different traits of one type of enemy of the work of the Lord. It is one who harms others based upon uncontrolled hatred in their heart… in other words it is one that is “cruel”.

 

 

EXPOSITION:

We now continue in our study on “the cruel”… this entire study extends from vs 17 through vs 28 of this chapter.

20) Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
1.  Where there is no wood to burn the flame is extinguished
2.  This is like quarreling being made calm when there is no whisperer

In the absence of the cruel gossip there is peace and harmony.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”   (James 3:5-8)

21) [As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife.
1.  As black coals to fiery embers
2.  As wood to flame
3.  so is a quarrelsome brawler to ignite warring spirits and contests.

Just like a flame needs fuel to burn, so to quarreling, arguing, and contests will continue only when those who love to fight are present in the conflict.  It is those who enjoy fighting that will keep the fires of quarreling continue on.

In my experiences over the years as Pastor, I have seen the truthfulness of this principle on display over and over again.  No matter what the disagreement may be, when those involved desire to be at peace, peace can ALWAYS be made.

But when there are contentious individuals at war, there can be no LASTING peace.  Many times, through the intervention of the Godly counselors and bystanders, there can be a “truce” in the conflict….but, eventually, the conflict is brought back to life when the participants want to be at war.

In my experience, there has never been an exception to these principles.

A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.  Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, [and] from a deceitful tongue.  What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?  Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper. (Psalms 120:1-4)

 

22) The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
1.  The spoken words of malicious gossipers are like burning wounds from branding irons
2.  They are wounds that penetrate deeply in the very core of a person’s being.

Wounds that are caused by the heat of flame or red hot objects are characterized by great lasting pain, great tissue damage and difficulty in healing.  These are just like the great injury inflicted by those who maliciously and deceitfully lie about others.  Their lies can be devastating to others, causing not only great pain but permanent wounds that can never totally heal.

This is one of the most sobering issues behind gossiping.  The words that are spoken can never be totally taken back.  Even when the speaker “fesses up” to the lies he has told, the innocent victim (to a certain extent) will still be affected by what was said about them.  This is the nature of fallen, sinful man.

Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.  Thou lovest evil more than good; [and] lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.  Thou lovest all devouring words, O [thou] deceitful tongue.  God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of [thy] dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.”   (Psalms 52:2-5)

 

SUMMARY:

In our study of the cruel, we have seen that he is:
1.  a person who desires to “stir up trouble” between two warring individuals.
2.  a person who with uncontrolled hatred that floods others with acts and words meant to destroy.
3.  a person who make the harming of others through deceit a contest that entertains and pleases them.
4.  In the absence of the cruel gossip there is peace and harmony.
5.  Quarreling and arguing continue when those who love to fight are present
6.  The lies of gossipers can be devastating, cause great pain and permanent wounds.

If we were standing accused of cruelty in a court of law would there be enough evidence to convict us?

Or put another way, would there be others, who have watched our lifestyle, stand and testify that our life exhibited the attributes of those that are cruel?

By God’s grace NONE of these attributes would be found in our lives.  As a matter of fact, the existence of this type of hateful spirit within us calls into question our very salvation.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

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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Do We Enjoy Making Trouble For Others?

SIH HALTAL ICON17) He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife [belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.
18) As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
 19) So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? (Proverbs 26:17-19)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 26:17-19

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

 

Enemies Of The Lord: The Cruel 1: Proverbs 26:17-19

17) He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife [belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.
18) As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
19) So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

In this chapter, Solomon describes for us three of the greatest enemies of the Lord:
1.  The Fool (vs 1-12), One who does not apply the Word of God to their life.
2.  The Lazy (vs 13-16), One who is not diligent and industrious in their responsibilities
3.  The Cruel (vs 17-28), One who is angry, malicious and out of control

Before we being this final portion of our devotions from Proverbs 26 a short explanation is necessary.  The title of this final section of chapter 26 (vs 17-28) is “the cruel”.  Although this title cannot be found in our verses, it is a very fitting title for the enemy of the Lord that is being portrayed.  Note the different ways in which this individual is described…
1. vs 17 – one that “meddleth with strife”
2. vs 18 – “a mad man”
3. vs 19 – the “man that deceiveth his neighbor”
4. vs 20 – “talebearer”
5. vs 21 – a “contentious man”
6. vs 22 – “talebearer”
7. vs 23 – “burning lips” & “wicked heart”
8. vs 24 – he that “hateth” and “layeth up deceit”
9. vs 25 – there are “seven abominations in his heart”
10 vs 26 – whose “hatred is covered by deceit” & his “wickedness”
11 vs 27 – whoso “diggeth a pit” & “rolleth a stone”
12 vs 28 – a “lying tongue” & “a flattering mouth”

From these descriptions we can see the great harm cruel individuals can do to Christians and the work of the Lord.

We can see from the above descriptions that the basic principle is the harming of others motivated by hatred.   This is why I felt as if the title “cruel” is the best one to use to describe this individual.  As a matter of fact, one of the ideas behind the title “mad man” found in verse 18 is the idea of “cruelty out of control”.

So please keep in mind, as we study these verses over the next several devotionals, we are looking at different traits of one type of enemy of the work of the Lord. It is one who harms others based upon uncontrolled hatred in their heart… in other words it is one that is “cruel”.

 

EXPOSITION:

As we begin our study of one that is cruel keep in mind vs 17-19 are only the beginning of this section, this entire study extends through vs 28 of this chapter.

17) He that passeth by, [and] meddleth with strife [belonging] not to him, [is like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.
1.  A person who is going on his way, intentionally leaves his path and crosses over to a conflict that is taking place between two individuals is like
2.  one that grabs the ears of a dog.

Here, we see a person who desires to interfere with a dispute taking place between others.  Note his desire is so great to “stir up trouble” he risks the delay of his journey just to be involved in a dispute.  This type of individual   is much like a person who intentionally grabs a dog’s ears just to make the dog angry and attack him.

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”  (2 Timothy 2:22-26)

 

18) As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
1.  As a mad man (out of control hatred, to be rabid, to be insane)
2.  who has fiery arrows, piercing arrows or spears, and death flow from them like a raging river.

Those who possess uncontrolled hatred within themselves will lash out at anyone in their path, flooding them with hate-filled acts and words meant to harm and destroy them.

Joseph [is] a fruitful bough, [even] a fruitful bough by a well; [whose] branches run over the wall:  The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and hated him:  But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; (from thence [is] the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)”   (Genesis 49:22-24)

 

19) So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
One common way that hatred is spewed upon others is through
1.  cruel workings meant to mislead acquaintances.
2.  This is done for the entertainment and the pleasure of the deceiver.

Those who are cruel make the harming of others through deceit an entertaining contest

But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, [as] they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots [they are] and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;”   (2 Peter 2:12-13)

 

SUMMARY:

In our study of the cruel, we have seen that he is:
1.  a person who desires to “stir up trouble” between two warring individuals.
2.  a person who, with uncontrolled hatred, floods others with acts and words meant to destroy.
3.  a person who make the harming of others through deceit a contest that entertains and pleases them.

If we were standing accused of cruelty in a court of law would there be enough evidence to convict us?

Or put another way, would there be others, who have watched our lifestyle, stand and testify that our life exhibited the attributes of those that are cruel?

By God’s grace NONE of these attributes would be found in our lives.  As a matter of fact, the existence of this type of hateful spirit within us calls into question our very salvation.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

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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