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The Names Of Christ: “Our Passover”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus’s Shed Blood Delivers Us From Death   

 1Co 5:7 – Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 29:25-27

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

 

The Effects Of Foolishness: An Attitude of Self Reliance (2): Proverbs 29:25-27

25) The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

26) Many seek the ruler’s favour; but [every] man’s judgment [cometh] from the LORD.

27) An unjust man [is] an abomination to the just: and [he that is] upright in the way [is] abomination to the wicked.

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will continue to look at one of the great effects of foolishness… an attitude of self-reliance instead of a trusting reliance upon the Lord for all of our needs and desires.  Marks of an attitude of self-reliance….

 

25) The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Fear…

1.  The anxiety of men is accompanied by a trap

2.  But for the person that places their faith in Jehovah will be secure and at peace.

When men rely upon themselves for the supply of all their needs, the natural result will be fear.  This is so because there are many issues of life that are beyond the person’s control.  Because they are not trusting in the Lord that controls all things, they find themselves constantly fearful of unexpected events for which they are not prepared, nor able, to handle on their own.  This fear is much like a trap into which they will fall, and be held captive until they turn from their self-reliance to faith in the Lord to meet their needs.

For the person that is trusting in the Lord to meet their every need, they can rest in peace knowing that their future is in His hands and He will not leave them comfortless.

[It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.  [It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”   (Psalms 118:8-9)

26) Many seek the ruler’s favour; but [every] man’s judgment [cometh] from the LORD.

Taking matters into their own hands…

1.  Those who strive to attain the favor of those who are powerful due to authority, riches, or social standing

2.  but every person’s decisions proceed from the Lord

Those who are trusting in themselves for their welfare, will attempt to please those from whom they can gain the necessities of life.  Those who possess authority due to great wealth, political power, or high social standing are the ones most able to be selfishly used for the personal gain of others.

What they do not realize is that those who are the powerful ones in the society are still under the control of the sovereign hand of the Lord.  The Lord is the one who controls the hearts and minds of all men, as He directs their thoughts and brings about His will in all their decision making.

Instead of using the rulers of the world to meet their needs, the self-reliant should understand their need to trust in the Lord, the One that controls the rulers from whom they seek assistance.

The king’s heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”   (Proverbs 21:1)

27) An unjust man [is] an abomination to the just: and [he that is] upright in the way [is] abomination to the wicked.

Recognized by the righteous as disgusting…

1.  The lawless self-reliant man is disgusting to those who are in a right standing with the Lord.

2.  he that possess a lifestyle is aligned with the law is disgusting to the lawless.

The self-reliant man is abhorred by those who honor and submit to the desires of God.  Those who understand the Lord’s goodness, His mercy and His grace are offended by those who selfishly refuse to honor the Lord by being in submission to Him with both their actions and speech.

Likewise the righteous are abhorred by the lawless due to their lifestyle of submission to the Lord.  This is because the lifestyle of the righteous condemns the lawless, showing them their sinfulness and the true joy and peace that can be had by submitting to Christ.

SAMECH. I hate [vain] thoughts: but thy law do I love.  Thou [art] my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.  Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.”  (Psalms 119:113-115)

SUMMARY:

So far in our study, we have seen that some of the indications of a self-reliant spirit are:

1. Anger

2. Pride

3. Unlawful gain and dishonesty

4. Fear

5. Taking matters into their own hands

6. Disgusting in the eyes of the righteous

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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Self-Reliance Apart From Christ Is Setting Ourselves Up For A Fall…

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22) An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

23) A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

24) Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth [it] not. (Proverbs 29:22-24)

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The Names Of Christ: “Offspring Of David”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Was A Physical Descendant Of King David  

 Rev 22:16 – I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 29:22-24

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

 

The Effects Of Foolishness: An Attitude of Self Reliance (1): Proverbs 29:22-24

22) An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
23) A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
24) Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth [it] not.

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness… an attitude of self-reliance instead of a trusting reliance upon the Lord for all of our needs and desires.  Marks of an attitude of self-reliance….

 

22) An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
Anger…
1.  A man with flaring nostrils provokes threatening confrontations with others
2.  A man who burns with anger overflows with rebellion and hatred

When a person relies upon themselves to meet all of their life needs, they experience a need to control anyone who affects their life.  Anger and wrath are instruments of manipulation that are used in an attempt to control others…
1.  The threat of physical harm can be made very effective when combined with displays of anger.  This leads to submission and control over those who fear harm coming upon them.
2.  Anger produces a spirit of hatred towards others and rebellion against those in higher authority.  Again these result in attempted control of others…
a. The hatred of others can result in active opposition to their well-being.  It can involve opposing good entering into their lives or maliciously bringing harm to their lives.  In either case, it reveals attempted control over their personal lives.
b. The rebellion against higher authorities  is basically saying that a person will control their own life and will not allow others to control it.  Again, we can see the idea of self-reliance clearly in rebellion against authority

Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”   (James 3:13-18)

23) A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Pride…
1.  A person’s arrogance will result in his humiliation
2.  but those who possess a submitted, lowly attitude will be sustained by the respect of others that he receives.

When a person relies upon himself to his life needs, to the exclusion of the Lord, he is clearly displaying an attitude of arrogance.  This attitude is proclaiming he believes he possesses all that is needed to find total care and satisfaction in and of himself.

As we all know the Bible stands in direct attitude to this attitude, as it clearly declares to us that it is only in Christ that we can find true satisfaction and the meeting of our most important need, salvation from our sins and genuine peace and joy.  But our need of Him goes much further.  It is only through His temporal blessings upon us that we have the health, strength and talents that are needed to labor and meet our physical needs of life.  That is why NONE of us should believe that we can “take care of ourselves”.   Apart from the Lord’s constant blessings on our behalf, we would all become destitute and hopelessly unable to care for our smallest needs.

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.”   (Isaiah 2:11)

24) Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth [it] not.
Unlawful gain and dishonesty…
1.  When a person shares in the spoil of a thief, he brings harm to himself which is display of self-hatred.
2.  This person hears the threats of retaliation from the victims of the robbery will not respond to them.  Because of his selfishness he would rather enjoy the unlawful gain that he received than to be willing to give it back and reveal the one who stole from them.

Many times, when a person is relying upon himself for the meeting of his needs, when in desperate situations, he will stop at nothing to meet his needs.  This includes choosing unlawful means of gain, as well as choosing his own benefit over relieving the injustice that has come upon others.

“Thy princes [are] rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.”  (Isaiah 1:23)

SUMMARY:

So far in our study, we have seen that some of the indications of a self-reliant spirit are:
1. Anger
2. Pride
3. Unlawful gain and dishonesty

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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At Times, Chastening Is Necessary….

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19) A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

20) Seest thou a man [that is] hasty in his words? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.

21) He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become [his] son at the length. (Proverbs 29:19-21)

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The Names Of Christ: “Nazarene”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Was An Inhabitant Of Nazareth

 

Mat 2:23 – And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 29:19-21

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

 

The Effects Of Foolishness: The Need For Chastening (2): Proverbs 29:19-21

19) A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
20) Seest thou a man [that is] hasty in his words? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.
21) He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become [his] son at the length.

 

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness… the need for chastening…

 

19) A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
1.  One who serves out of obligation will not be reformed through speech alone.
2.  Even though he discerns the need for change, he will not respond.

When a person serves out of obligation, not willfully, he will not give his best.  He will do the minimum necessary to fulfill his obligation.  When given words of correction, he will not follow them.  He will only respond to an heightened level of correction (discipline/punishment) when he is motivated by the threat of pain or suffering.

This applies to the Christian in his service to the Lord as well.  If we serve the Lord only because we believe we are obligated to do so, we will never give our best.  However, when we serve Him motivated by a loving appreciation of all He has done for us, we will give our best to please Him and do as He desires.   How do we develop this love and appreciation for the Lord?  By learning all He has done for us from His Word and asking the HS to apply these truths to our hearts and minds.

 

20) Seest thou a man [that is] hasty in his words? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.
1.  We are to recognize the man that quickly speaks (without consideration of the effects of his words)
2.  A fool has more expectation of a good end than him.

To speak without consideration of the results of our words shows several things about us:
1.  selfishness
2.  pride
3.  lack of love for others
4.  no discernment of the power of words

The list goes on and on.  This type of individual is very difficult to reach with the truths of the Lord due to his excessive pride and selfishness.  He does not care what anyone says or thinks, nor is he willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ.   From a human standpoint this type of people are next to impossible to reach for Christ.  However, it must be kept in mind that the Lord is able to break the hardest of hearts through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, we are to by faith, take the Word to everyone, even those who are the most selfish and stubborn knowing that the Lord can intervene and bring them to salvation.

It is actually easier to reach one who does not apply the Word to their life (a fool) but they have a “softer spirit” willing to listen to our testimony and consider our words.

 

21) He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become [his] son at the length.
1.  A person that raises a servant with leniency allowing them to escape deserved correction and punishment and allow him to share in their possessions and lifestyle will be raising a servant who will later
2.  Expect to be treated as a son instead of a servant.

When we allow others to escape punishment from wrongdoing, it will lead them to expect to be “let off the hook” whenever they disobey.  They will come to expect lenient behavior and to be placed in an honored position that they do not deserve.  This is a very important principle that needs to be emphasized.  When we allow wrongdoing to go unpunished, it will lead to an expectation of leniency and entitlement.

Not only will this ruin the attitude of the lawless one, but it also ruins those who observe what is taking place.  They will now feel that, out of fairness to them, they are owed this leniency when they commit lawless acts as well.  How often this happens in families and workplaces.  When a sibling goes unpunished every child in the family feels entitled to commit the same lawless act without retribution.  Likewise, co-workers who see the laxness shown toward undisciplined workers will assume that same laxness will be shown to them also.

SUMMARY:

In this text, we find some principles to be applied by those in authority (parents, governments, employers etc) to discipline the lawless who are under their authority:
1.  When a person serves out of obligation, not willfully, he will not give his best. He will only respond to an heightened level of correction (discipline/punishment) when he is motivated by the threat of pain or other type of loss.
2. We are to recognize the man that quickly speaks (without consideration of the effects of his words) has little reasons for hope.  It is easier to reach one who has a “softer spirit” willing to listen to our words of correction.
3. When we allow wrongdoing to go unpunished, it will lead to an expectation of leniency and entitlement.  Not only will this ruin the attitude of the lawless one, but it also ruins those who observe what is taking place.  They will now feel that, out of fairness to them, they are owed this leniency when they commit lawless acts as well.

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 Names Of Christ: “Bright and Morning Star”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Enlightens the World Like The Sun Rising In The Morning

 

Rev 22:16 –  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.-

 

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Thanksgiving Day Devotional: “Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So”

SIH STSTA ICON“Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So”

(A Thanksgiving Day Devotional 2013)

 

 

1) O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
2) Let the redeemed of the LORD say [so], whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3) And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4) They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5) Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6) Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he delivered them out of their distresses.
7) And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8) Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!
9) For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
 (Psalms 107:1-9 KJV)

 

1) Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
2) Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble
3) and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
4) Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;
5) hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
6) Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
7) He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.
8) ​Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
9) For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
 (Psalms 107:1-9  ESV)

 

Psalm 107 is a Psalm encouraging the saved to show their thanks to the Lord for the great work of redemption He has wrought on their behalf. Basically, this Psalm reviews the Lord’s great spiritual redemptive work through the use of earthly illustrations.

A brief outline of this Psalm helps us to sees the main teaching of this Psalm:
Vs 1 – The need for the Redeemed to praise and honor their Redeemer

6 Illustrations of God’s Spiritual Redemption…
Vs 2 – 3 – captives of war being liberated
Vs 4 – 9 – desert wanderers led to civilization
Vs 10 -16 – prisoners released from their cell
Vs 17 – 22 – diseased delivered from their sickness
Vs 23 – 32 – sailers delivered from a stormy sea
Vs 33 – 42 – sinners delivered from God’s judgement

Vs 43 – Godly wisdom leads those who are redeemed to live lives of praise and honor to their Redeemer

For this Thanksgiving devotional we will only look at verses 1-9…

 

THE DEVOTIONAL:

As we enter into this season of Thanksgiving, there are many different blessings of the Lord for which we can be thankful.  These include our families and friends, our health, our physical needs and the many sources of happiness and joy He has chosen to graciously bestow upon us.

But, of course, the greatest blessing of all is His work of spiritual redemption that He has accomplished on behalf of His people.  For this greatest of all blessings we owe Him our unending thankfulness.  In Psalm 107, we are given many different earthy pictures of His wonderful spiritual redemption.  All of these are given to us as a source of remembrance of His wondrous works on our behalf.

In our text today, as we look at two of these pictures of His redemption, let us receive encouragement and strength to serve Him in greater ways.  For those who have never received His work of redemption on your behalf, my prayer is that your heart might be touched and you would come to the Redeemer today…

To begin our study, we find an encouragement for us to give thanks to our Wondrous Lord…

1) O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
2a) Let the redeemed of the LORD say [so],
Let us all declare our thankfulness unto the Lord!

1.  What do we have to thank Him for?
a.  Who He is….  He is a “good” Lord… He is the Just Lord over all that is loving, kind and gracious.
b.  What He has done for us…. He has shown us His “mercy”… He has bent down to us and rescued us from the clutches of sin and death, not because we deserved it, but because He loved us and gave Himself on the cross for us.

His great mercy is illustrated for us in Vs 2-3…
2b) whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3) And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.

Here, we see His redemption is likened to a captive of war being liberated from His bondage…
1.  Why are they in bondage? 
Because their enemy has overtaken them.
This is much like our enemies sin and death which has overcome each one of us and has brought us into their bondage

2.  Who has brought us out of that bondage? 
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has liberated us from sin’s bondage, adopted us into His family and given us liberty as His children.
When we think about the spiritual bondage that encased us, and the liberty we now possess as the children of God, should we not be thankful to Him and share His greatness with others?

 

Another illustration of His great mercy is found in the next set of verses, Vs 4-7…
4) They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5) Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6) Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he delivered them out of their distresses.
7) And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

In this text, we can see that the redemption is pictured by a desert traveler…

1.  What was their situation? 
They could not find their way to safety and security.  They are lost, hungry, thirsty and growing weaker by the minute.  If they do not find safety soon, they will die.
This helps us to understand the situation of fallen sinful mankind.  They are spiritually separated from Christ, hungering and thirsting for eternal love and a relationship with God.  They are spiritually dead and on the verge of entering into eternal death.

2.  What was their condition?   
They came to a realization they cannot find their own way, they are helpless and lost with no human hope in sight.  They have exhausted all their human efforts.
All mankind are blinded to the truths of God.  They cannot find their own way to eternal peace and security.  All of their good works cannot gain the salvation that they so desperately need.  Without Christ, they are absolutely hopeless.

3.  What did they do to remedy their situation?  
They called out to the Lord, knowing He was their only hope.
It is only when the sinner comes to an end in himself and turns to Christ that his rescue can be had.

4.  What was the Lord‘s response?  
He delivered them out of the desolation that surrounded them.  He accompanied them as they followed Him to a place of safety and security.  He did unto them what they could not do for themselves.
This is exactly how salvation takes place.  Christ seeks out the lost person, brings the lost to Himself and leads the newly saved man through this life.  His leadership will continue throughout the saint’s life on earth and will culminate on their arrival at their eternal home, the new earth in the presence of the Lord forever.      

 

Folks, as we think back at our condition as a lost individual, and remember His gracious works on our behalf: coming to us and granting us salvation when we could not gain it ourselves;  accompanying us through all the storms and trials of this fallen world; and leading us to our eternal home; … with overflowing thankfulness in our hearts, should we not bring glory and honor to His name?

And now to summarize this text…
8) Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!
9) For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Dear One in Christ, if we have been saved by the gracious intervention of the Lord in our life, should not praise and bring honor to His name?

Think of the blessings we have received: he gives to us our families and loved ones; He graces us with our physical health; He supplies to us our daily needs; and most importantly. He came to the earth and died on the cross, intervened in our life, brought us to His wondrous salvation although we did not deserve it, forever accompanies us on earth, and will lead us to a wondrous eternity with Him!

How can we not take part in the great opportunity He has given to us to share Him with all we come into contact with.  How do we do this?  We do this by, possessing constant lifestyle of displaying Him to others through our words and actions.

Dear friend, I now speak to those who are yet the bondage of sin and yet wondering aimlessly in the desert of this life.  If you have seen your grave condition as we looked at this portion of the Word of God, please come to understand there is NOTHING you can do to receive deliverance from your desperate condition apart from the Lord Jesus.  There is no good work that can be performed, no great plan of action that can accomplish your goal, no other man who can supply what you need the most… forgiveness of your sins.

It is only through the Lord Jesus Christ that you can find deliverance, peace and eternal security as you walk through the desert of life.  Turn from your sins to the Lord Jesus Christ, place your faith in Him as the only source of absolute forgiveness, perfect leadership, never failing friendship, and eternal rest for your soul.  Look and live, my brother, live.

Let me close by sharing with you this final passage….

12) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13) But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14) For he is our peace,
 (Ephesians 2:12-14)

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Do You Have The “Vision” Given To Us In God’s Word?”

SIH HALTAL ICON15) The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.
16) When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
17) Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
18) Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.

(Proverbs 29:15-18)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 29:15-18

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

 

The Effects Of Foolishness: The Need For Chastening (1): Proverbs 29:15-18

15) The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.
16) When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
17) Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
18) Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.

 

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness… the need for chastening…

15) The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.
1.  the stick and verbal correction will cause the Word to be applied to the life
2.  but a child (from infancy to adolescence) that is unattended delivers to his mother disappointment and embarrassment

When a child is disobedient verbal correction is to be used with those who are uninformed of the rules.  A combination of verbal correction along with corporal punishment are to be used with those who rebelliously break the laws they are given.  If the child is left to themselves without the needed correction it will result  in both disappointment and shame to fall upon those who have authority over them.

 

16) When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
1.  When the lawless increase, rebellion increases also.
2.  The lawful one will observe their ruin.

When those who are wicked increase in numbers so too will the sins that they commit.  This is one of many reasons why wickedness should be properly dealt with instead of allowing it to grow and spread to others.  If wickedness is not punished correctly, it sends a message that there are no harmful results to wicked actions which encourage others to follow in the footsteps of the wicked.

This helps us to understand 2 important reasons for parents, and governments, to promptly punish sins that are committed:
1. sin works eventual ruin when left unpunished
2. sin can spread to others when left unpunished

Wickedness eventually works ruin, but the lives of the righteous will escape sins effects.  This will allow the righteous to see the end results of sin in the lives of others.

 

17) Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
1.  If a son is corrected (through words or punishment), he will give us peace and contentment
2.  A corrected son will give pleasure to our earthly life.

When a parent is diligent in training a child through speech and discipline, the parent will reap the fruits of peace, contentment, and pleasure.

 

18) Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.
1.  When a throng of people do not receive or understand the Word of God, they will be brought to shame
2.  but the person that receives and clings to their Godly responsibilities are happy due to the blessings of God.

It is important to understand that the word “vision” is a Hebrew word that means “a revelation” or an “uncovering”.  It does not mean to have a dream or goal to pursue as is popularly taught in today’s time.

In the days of the OT writings, one of the ways the Word was revealed to men was through the use of dreams, visions and other supernatural revelations from the Lord. Once the Word was revealed to the OT characters, the Spirit of the Lord would then need to apply it to their hearts and minds.  This application by the Spirit would result in them coming to faith in the coming Messiah and submitting to His service.

In today’s time, we have the completed Word (the Bible), because of this the Lord no longer reveals His Word to us through dreams, visions, and other supernatural means of inspiration. However, we still need to have the Word “revealed” to us by the Holy Spirit, through the opening of our hearts and minds to the completed Word.  This is the principle we are to use in applying this verse to us in today’s time.

What is being taught to us in this verse is the need to come to an understanding of God’s Word…
1.  Without an understanding and application of the Word to the life the people will perish due to their sins.  They will not see their need of salvation, nor will they come to an understanding of the Lord’s desires for their lives this leads to their eventual ruin.  Just as stated in our previous verses.
2.  for those who can understand and apply the responsibilities (laws) found in God’s Word, they will be blessed and happy as they serve the Lord on earth and enter into eternity with Him.  From a human standpoint, the proper application of instruction and discipline can be a major factor in an individual coming to an understanding and application of the Word.

This interpretation of this verse is very much in alignment with its context.  To make this verse mean we must have goals to work towards or else we will perish seems to be taking it out of its prior context.  It also is taken out of the context of the last segment of this same verse that says “but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.”  It does not say “but he that has goals to live for, happy is he”.

SUMMARY:

In this text, we find some reasons for those in authority (parents, governments, employers etc) to discipline the lawless who are under their authority:
1.  a lack of proper discipline brings disappointment and embarrassment upon those in authority
2.  lawlessness spreads when it is not punished
3.  proper discipline brings peace, contentment and pleasure to the life of the authority holder.
4.  without the application of the Word to the life of the lawless, the entire group of people who are under authority will be brought to shame
5.  the proper discipline of those under our authority will bring blessings and happiness from the Lord.

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 Forsake The Assembly?

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“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”  (Hebrews 10:25)

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The Importance Of The Local Church -11 “The Membership and Attendance Of The Assembly”

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 eleventh lesson of our study on the Lord’s church, we will be looking at the teachings of the Bible concerning the importance of church attendance.

We will be looking at this subject from three different standpoints:
1.  The command to attend the assembly
2.  The examples to attend the assembly
3.  Our responsibility to others to attend the assembly

THE STUDY:

The command to attend the assembly

Perhaps Hebrews 10:25 is a command for every believer to join, and faithfully attend the Lord’s local assembly… “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” 

Here, the Christian is exhorted to not “abandon” or “permanently walk away” from the assembly of believers.  This can hold one of two meanings:

1.  This is speaking of the assembly of believers in the Lord’s church.

In this case, this text explains the need for Christians to not abandon the attendance of a local assembly where God’s people meet.  It seems to go further and explain that as the second coming of Christ draws nearer, the need for faithful attendance to the assembly will increase.

This interpretation is the historical interpretation that is held by most Godly men of the past.  Also, it seems to apply in today’s time that we see more and more Christians forsaking the assembly. This could be why we are told to attend so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Could this be said because, in the latter days, there would be a forsaking of His assembly?

If someone does walk away with no intention of every returning to the place of worship, prayer, praise and fellowship there is a real question as to whether his faith is a persevering, genuine faith.  This is the point John made in 1 John 2:19 – They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

However, there is another possible interpretation of this text as well…

2.  This could be telling the followers of Christ to not forsake belief, nor concentration, on His second coming when He will “assemble” His people to Himself. 

A true genuine faith will not lose hope in the second coming of Christ and the entrance of His saints to glory.  Col 1:27-29 makes it plain that the indwelling Spirit and His second coming are inseparably linked and a source of great encouragement for the people of God… To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”

 

Why do many believe this is the interpretation of this text?

The phrase “assembling together” comes from one Greek word “episunagoge” it carries with it the idea of “a gathering from all areas” or “a complete gathering”.  This same word is only used one other time in the Scriptures in 2 Thess 2:1 where it is speaking of the assembling of God’s people at the second coming of Christ.  This word for assembly NEVER spoke of God’s people assembling in a church meeting. There is another Greek word “ecclesia” that is normally used to describe that type of assembly.

Lastly, Peter related a denial of His second coming to lost mankind in the days before His coming in 2 Pet 3:3-4…. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”

 

This can explain the phrase so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

These are the basic reasons why some believe this text is speaking of not forsaking a belief in His second coming and the deliverance of His people from a sinful world.  But to further explain the confusion on this text….

3. Could this text be referring to the assembling of believers in BOTH ways we have previously described?

We need to study the root word from which we get “episunagoge” which comes from the Greek word “Episunago”  this root word is used as follows:
1. Christ gathering Jerusalem like a mother hen to protect them – Matt 23:37, Luke 13:34
2. Christ gathering His people at His second coming – Matt 24:31, Mark 13:27
3. Citizens of a city gathered to see miracles of Christ – Mark 1:33
4. Multitudes following Christ to hear His teachings – Luke 12:1

In EVERY case the Greek word “episunago” and it’s derivative “episunagoge” is used to described people gathered TO CHRIST.  There is no exception to this.   This is a very important point.

In Hebrews 10:25, a way to transliterate this verse would be “Not abandoning the assembling ourselves to Christ, as the manner of some is…”

If this is the case, then either event could apply to this text…
1.  You see, when God’s people meet to worship Him, He promises to be in their “midst” in the person of the Holy Spirit.  (Matt 18:18-20, 1 Cor 5:4).
2.  And as we have seen previously, we will all be gathered together to be with Him at His second coming. (1 Thess 4:13-18).
Could it be, that this verse is written on purpose to be vague, and both ways of understanding it are in alignment with God’s Word?  We have seen in this short section, Scriptural foundation laid that support both views.  In my own personal studies, I believe this dual-view of the text is the closest interpretation to its intended meaning.

4. Basic Principle Summarized…
To summarize this verse… Whatever was meant by the phrase “assembly” the principle is basically the same.  To encourage (exhort) other believers, and ourselves, we need to be sure we are living out our beliefs.  This can be done by not forsaking church membership and by not forsaking our hope in the second coming of Christ.  This is the last great sign of a living faith that will affect the lives of others.

 

The examples of attendance of the assembly

 
Here are a few, of many texts, that set a clear example for believers to join and attend the local assembly…

1.And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.”   (Luke 4:16)

Jesus set the example for us by consistently (“as his custom was”) attending the place of worship chosen by God. (Which was during the first stages of His ministry, the synagogue).

 

2.  “Now the first [day] of the [feast of] unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?  And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.  And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.  Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.  And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.  And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?  And he answered and said, He that dippeth [his] hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.  The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.  Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.  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.  But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.   And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.”   (Matthew 26:17-30)

Here Jesus met with the first church members (His apostles) as they met to observe the Lord’s Supper PRIOR TO His death.  This is one of many examples showing us that Jesus continued to set the example for us of attendance to the new place of worship, the local assembly.

 

3.  “Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.  And when he had so said, he shewed unto them [his] hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; [and] whose soever [sins] ye retain, they are retained.  (John 20:19-23)

Following Christ’s death we find the church continues to meet on the first day of the week.  Again, this is setting the example for us.

 

4.  “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”   (Acts 2:41-43)

Following Christ’s ascension, the Lord’s church continued to meet on a regular basis.  This can be seen throughout the book of Acts and the Pauline epistles.

These verses, and others, clearly establish that the followers of Christ joined together forming an assembly and then continued to meet together for instruction, encouragement, and fellowship.

Our responsibility to others to attend the assembly

There are many texts that help us to understand that all of us have a responsibility to join a local assembly, and by doing so, show our love to our brethren (John 13:34-35).  This is done by giving them support, encouragement and strength.

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:  So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.   (Romans 12:3-5)

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.  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?   And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body [were] an eye, where [were] the hearing? If the whole [were] hearing, where [were] the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  And if they were all one member, where [were] the body?  But now [are they] many members, yet but one body.   And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:  And those [members] of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely [parts] have more abundant comeliness.  For our comely [parts] have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that [part] which lacked:  That there should be no schism in the body; but [that] the members should have the same care one for another.  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”   (1 Peter 4:10)

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”   (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”   (James 5:14-18)

When we come to understand the role that we can play in the lives of our brethren within the context of local assembly, we can see it is our duty to join the assembly for the sake of our love to them.

 

THE SUMMARY:

Through these verses we are given an understanding of the importance of membership and attendance in the Lord’s local assembly.  May we all remember the Lord’s command, His example, the example of other New Testament believers, and the great opportunities that await us to show our love for others, to motivate us to find a local assembly of the Lord, enter into its membership, and serve Him among our brethren.

Why should we should attend, join and support the ministries of a local church?  It is an act of obedience to the Lord, and it is an act of love towards the other spiritual brethren in your area.

Just a quick note…  Please keep in mind, this study as all the rest of the studies, is only speaking about our responsibility to the Lord’s local churches that exist throughout the earth.  These principles do not apply to other houses of worship that hold to false doctrine and are not sanctioned by Christ.  The idea that “it is better to attend a false church than no church at all” is unscriptural and can actually harm a child of God’s testimony, growth and communion with the Lord.

What happens if there is no church of the Lord in my area?  The best way to handle this situation is to find the closest church of the Lord and explain your situation and your desire for an assembly in your area.  They will then examine your particular situation and find the best remedy for you.  Normally, most church will accept your membership under these conditions, minister to you through the mail or internet and also seek to establish a sound body that you are able to attend.

May the Lord bless us as we seek His truth.
 

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The Lord’s Use Of The Harmful Things Of Life For Our Good And His Glory…

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He hath done all things well (Mark 7:37)

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For those in authority remember…. You are under the Lord’s authority.

SIH HALTAL ICONIf a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants [are] wicked.  The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.  The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.  (Proverbs 29:12-14)

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“Why Does Evil Exist? (Part #7)”

SIH STSTA ICONAnd were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.”   (Mark 7:37)

“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:

As we come to a conclusion of our studies, I would like us to look at a few additional verses that can greatly benefit our understanding of this very difficult and controversial subject… “Why Does Evil Exist?”

In Romans 9:17-24, we find the Apostle Paul addressing the subject of our studies…

In the context of this text, we find Paul discussing the sovereign control over the salvation of His people and the events that He uses to bring that salvation to them.   For this discussion, he refers back to the Ten Plagues of Egypt as an example of God’s usage of the evil things of this world to reveal Himself to all mankind and the need of salvation to the lost…

For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will [have mercy], and whom he will he hardeneth.  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 

“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus?  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?  [What] if God, willing to shew [his] wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”   (Romans 9:17-24)

(Please refer back to lesson #5, for an in depth look at the Lord’s allowance of Pharaoh’s rebellion and His bringing of the ten plagues to display His glory and position as Only God over All)

The Lord chose to allow Pharaoh’s heart to be hardened, due to Pharaoh’s own sinful condition, which allowed His glory to be displayed through His workings of the ten plagues.  Solomon understood this principle as well when he makes the statement…. The LORD hath made all [things] for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.  (Proverbs 16:4).   The Lord, many times, allows wicked men to rise up, so that they can be used for His glory, when He metes out the harmful results of their actions upon them (on the day of evil).

Paul is pointing out that the Lord’s choice to use the hardened Pharaoh as the cause for the performance of the plagues was an act that was fitting and proper based upon God’s attributes of love, grace, and mercy; as well as His attributes of justice, wrath and holiness.

The usage of Pharaoh was an act of love, grace and mercy towards both the nations of Israel and Egypt as well as all the nations that would hear of this great event.  For those who observed or heard of this event, the True God was being revealed to them as they were given the opportunity to exercise faith in Him, as He patiently waited for them.  He would use this event to call out His elect from both Israel and the Gentile nations.  One example of this is the Gentile prostitute Rahab which attributes her faith in God to hearing about the great display of His glory in the Jews deliverance from Egypt. (Josh 2:10)

In a very special way, the elect within these nations received maximum benefit from this loving, merciful, gracious event, as it brought many to salvation and for those already saved, it helped them to grow in grace and knowledge of Christ.

On the other hand, the Lord’s usage of Pharaoh, whose hardening was based upon his own sinful acts of rebellion and the working of Satan in his heart, was an act of holiness, wrath and justice.   Pharaoh, due to his lost condition and repeated sinful rebellion against the Lord, had made himself a public display of those who are habitually rebellious and hardhearted against God.  The wrath that fell upon Pharaoh was deserved by him based upon his wicked condition and deeds.  It was a display of a Holy, Just, God meting punishment upon the guilty and deserving.  Pharaoh, just like all mankind, deserved the wrath of God falling upon him.  This should be a warning to all of us of the fruits that are born from rebellion against the Holy, Just God of the Universe.

In Paul’s text, he points out that God’s usage of Pharaoh, and the performance of the plagues, dare not be questioned by mortal, fallen, sinful man.  Based upon our studies, we have seen that what appears to be acts of cruelty and hatred on the part of the Lord, are in actuality acts of kindness, grace and mercy toward sinful mankind.

Because we cannot see “the end from the beginning” we cannot expect to come to a full understanding of God’s workings among man. Although we cannot understand all things, it is imperative that the Christian, by faith, accept the teachings of His Word on this subject.  For us to deny He was and is in control of the harmful results of sin, or to question His holiness or justice is totally out of the question for the Christian.   It is like Paul saysNay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus?

This principle is much like the truths of the Word that teach to us that we will be receiving glorified bodies and spending eternity with Him.  NONE of us totally understand what glorified bodies will be like, nor do we understand all of the facets of eternity with Him.  But we still must believe what the Bible teaches us about these things and trust Him with the details.  So too, with His allowance and usage of evil in this world…. we need to believe what the Scriptures clearly tell us and trust Him with the details that are yet unknown to us.

To close our study, I would like us to stop for just a moment and think about the greatest lesson we can learn from the existence of sin in the world….

 

(Ephesians 1:3-14)  –Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.” 

In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Folks, if these was no such thing as sin in this world, we would not be able to being to understand our Lord’s love and grace to us.  In the above verses, here are all the displays of God’s great love for us that we would knowing nothing about if sin was not in this world….

1.  who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: 
2.  he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world 
3. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,
4. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
5.  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,
6.  he might gather together in one all things in Christ,
7.  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance,
8.  being predestinated according to the purpose of him
9.  after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:
10. ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
11. the redemption of the purchased possession,

Every one of these marvelous acts performed by our Lord to reveal His glory to us, and are acts of love and grace that were performed EXCLUSIVELY in response to sin and its effects in our lives.  Without sin in the world we would know nothing of these.

Without the existence of sin, we would know very little about His love for us… nothing of His forgiveness, nor of His grace… nothing of His patience nor His merciful kindness.

But most importantly, nothing of His sacrificial love for us….

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:8-9)

Without sin, He would not have chosen us although we were His sinful creation that rebelled and rejected Him.  Without sin, He would not have given His Son to come to the earth as man.  Without sin, Christ, God Himself, would not have gone to the cross, bore those same sins for us, allowing us to escape the punishment we deserved, and be accepted by His Holy Father.

Without sin, we could not begin to  understand …

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:37-39)

To God be the Glory….

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

In this study we have come to understand:
1.  When the Bible speaks of “evil” is can speak of either of sin, its direct results, or its indirect results upon mankind.
2.  Our God is in absolute control of evil either through allowance or performance.
3.  Our God is perfectly holy and, although He allowed sin to enter the world, cannot be held responsible for it.
4.  Our God either allows, or many times causes the effects of sin to take place in the world, this is done to reveal Himself to mankind, bringing glory and honor to Himself.
5.  Our God either allows, or many times causes the effects of sin to take place in the world, as acts of love, mercy and grace as well as holiness, justice and deserved wrath.
6.   As Christians, who are a part of fallen mankind, we must recognize that none of us can come to a complete, absolute understanding of the above great truths of God’s Word.  We must, by faith, trust that these things are true, understanding what we can and leaving all the rest in the hands of God.

Based upon the above, as Christians what are we to do during the “evil times” of our lives?  We are to recognize He is in control and has allowed this into our life for two great purposes… our good and His glory:

1.  Since it is for our good, we are to seek His face asking Him to bring to our understanding a heart-felt recognition of His person and workings.
2.  Since it is for His glory, we are to be seeking opportunities to show Him to others, through our actions and words as these difficult times come upon us.

As the result of this study, may we all recognize His greatness, praise Him for it and come to the conclusion….

He hath done all things well

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The Names Of Christ: “Mighty One Of Jacob”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Is The All Powerful One That Is A Descendant Of Jacob (Israel)

Isa 60:16 – Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 29:12-14

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

 

The Effects Of Foolishness: Wicked Leadership: Proverbs 29:12-14

12) If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants [are] wicked.
13) The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
14) The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

 

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness… sinful leadership…

12) If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants [are] wicked.
1.  If an authority holder hears and accepts untruths
2.  all of those who wait upon him become wicked

When a leader selfishly follows sinful counsel all of those under his leadership will follow his example as well   This will result in their living selfishly wicked lifestyles.

It is of utmost importance for leaders to understand that, due to their position of authority, they are role models for all of their subjects.  As such they are held accountable by God to set the proper example of wisdom and Godliness.

Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.”   (Psalms 101:5)

13) The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
1.  The destitute and those who abuse others through their lies have something in common…
2.  The Lord gives them both light to their eyes in two ways…

a.  The Lord mercifully gives the light of the physical SUN to warm them both (temporal, earthy blessings)
for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”  (Matthew 5:45)
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil.  Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”   (Luke 6:35-36)

b.  The Lord mercifully gives the light of His only begotten SON through nature to them both… (The revelation of his existence)…
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard.  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world…”   (Psalms 19:1-4)

Both poor subjects and deceitful rulers are physically blessed of the Lord through His use of nature.  It is because of this principle that the poor man should never turn their back on the deceitful ruler.  They should recognize that they share in common their sinfulness and need of Christ and, since the Lord has shown His mercy to the deceitful ruler, the poor are to follow His example.  Although they are abused by the deceitful ruler, they are to show mercy and grace to them by sharing with them the gospel of Christ as the Lord opens the opportunity and prepares their heart for the truth.  They are to keep the deceitful in their prayers and submit to their authority when possible (without breaking the laws of God).

14) The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
1.  The ruler that can be trusted to render a just sentence upon those who weak
2.  The authority of the faithful king will be made sure without an end in sight.

When a ruler is faithful to the Lord, by being a fair and just judge to all his subjects without partiality, will be blessed of the Lord and settled unmovable in his position of authority.

He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.  The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.  He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.”   (Psalms 72:2-4)

SUMMARY:

Wicked leadership results when the foolish receive the authority to rule.  Their rule results in havoc for their nation and their individual subjects.  The wise are to share the gospel with the wicked who are placed over them, as well as praying for them and submitting to their authority.

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 consider our words before we speak?

SIH HALTAL ICON9) [If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.
10) The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
11) A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards. (Proverbs 29:9-11)

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