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(#182) The Proverbs of Solomon 27:1-Who Knew?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 27:1: “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

Even the calendar is cause for humility! Who knew yesterday what would be today’s final: weather result? Stock Market margins? Family sickness and death? Earthquake or storm damage? Job benefit or loss? Accident tally? Sports results?

Truly God proves to know much more than we do, for “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20). All we can do is “number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12), that is, realize that every day we live brings us closer to death (Hebrews 9:27). “Boasting” is talk that has no substance, in other words, the person doesn’t know what he/she is talking about! “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17). It is not wrong to plan ahead, but it is wrong to think those plans are completely within our power to bring them about! Calendar humility is a reason to “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).

There is nothing in Scripture that gives prior warning to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, for He taught: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:6); “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42); “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44); “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13). ALL who have set the day or times for Jesus to return have been TOTALLY FALSE, completely discredited in their Bible knowledge of this event, and proven to not be a Prophet of God (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)!

Because we are ignorant about “tomorrow,” and the time of Jesus’ Second Coming, why not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ today and then plan “if the Lord wills?” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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(#145) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:6-Don’t Ask Me!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 20:6: “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?”

People who boast of their own good deeds, usually are without the works to back it up! “Who can say, ‘I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?’” (Proverbs 20:9). Even the Apostle Paul, with humility before God, said, “I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:4).

The good way to prevent this creeping arrogance is to: “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips” (Proverbs 27:2). Self-praise is no praise! Beware of those who are in the business of promoting themselves! “A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor” (Proverbs 29:23). Under New Testament Law, Christians must: “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16). The reason is that “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God” (James 4:6-7).

Everyone else can see through such boasting, as other proverbs declare: “Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right” (Proverbs 20:11); “Whoever falsely boasts of giving Is like clouds and wind without rain” (Proverbs 25:14); “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 26:12).

If you were to ask: How good am I? Don’t ask yourself! Ask Jesus Christ: “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21). “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another” (Galatians 6:3-4). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Favorite Fable

The Hare and the Tortoise is one of my favorite fables:

The hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten,” said he, “when I put forth my full speed. I challenge anyone here to race with me.”

The tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.”

“That is a good joke,” said the hare. “I could dance around you all the way.”

“Keep your boasting until you’ve beaten,” answered the tortoise. “Shall we race?”

So a course was fixed and a start was made. The hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the hare awoke from his nap, he saw the tortoise nearing the finish line, and he could not catch up in time to save the race.

The moral of the story: Victory does not always belong to the swiftest runner, but to the runner with the most stamina and self-control: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2010/01/07/running-the-race-of-life-every-day/

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