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  • John T. Polk II 8:52 am on 2017-01-12 Permalink | Reply
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    1-12-2017 Cruelty With Words 

    King Saul’s army faced the Philistines, “And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span” (1 Samuel 17:4 NKJV). Goliath’s height was 9 ½ feet, and his armor weighed over 125 pounds! For over a month, he said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together” (1 Samuel 17:10 NKJV).  David’s faith was bigger than his body, so Goliath “disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. So the Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods”      (1 Samuel 17:42-43 NKJV).  Words that either boast of one’s own self, or belittle someone else, are cruel. Like David, our faith can defeat any cruel Goliath, even on-line!

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • John T. Polk II 10:43 pm on 2015-08-01 Permalink | Reply
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    7-24-2015 Use The Right Instrument 

    Why do people listen to what God says at first, but not last? “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2 NKJV). We may approach God through the voice music of “singing.” But David added to this: “Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets” (1 Chronicles 13:8 NKJV). God said “Woe” to those: “Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments, And invent for yourselves musical instruments like David” (Amos 6:5 NKJV). Today, Christians should be “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19 NKJV). The churches of Christ don’t use David’s instruments, but our God-given hearts for singing.

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
    • RichardS 1:04 am on 2015-08-02 Permalink | Reply

      I had always heard that David introduced instruments in worship to GOD but I see that in Exodus 15:20-21 Miriam and the other women went out with timbrels and dances to sing praises to GOD.

  • John T. Polk II 4:31 am on 2013-05-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Psalm 150 Praise the LORD, not men! 

    These last 5 Psalms (146-150) are called “Hallelujah Psalms” because they begin and end with that expression: “Praise – Jehovah,” or “Hallelujah.” The author, date, and setting of each Psalm are undetermined, but their acceptance is unquestioned.

    Verse 1: Where to “praise God;”

    Verse 2: Why “praise God;”

    Verse 3-5: How to “praise God;”

    Verse 6: Who is to “praise God;”

    Verse 1: “Praise the LORD” is “Hallelujah,” or praise Jehovah, The Self-existent Deity; the next is “Praise God,” or “Halleluel,” or praise Elohim, “The Power.” God’s “sanctuary” is the designated, set aside place as “holy” where God should be worshiped. The first in the tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 25:8; Hebrews 9:1-5) had a “sanctuary” where worship occurred, then “the Holiest of All” where God was represented as forgiving sins. Next, in the temple in Jerusalem (1 Kings 6:1-17), there was the “sanctuary” and the “inner sanctuary.” Now the church of Christ (Hebrews 8:1-2; 9:6-12; 2 Corinthians 1:1; 6:16) is the “sanctuary,” but Heaven, itself, is “the Most Holy Place.”

    Verse 2: Praise Him because of “His mighty acts,” or all those miraculous or providential deeds far beyond “all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20-21). Praise Him for “His excellent greatness,” realizing nothing is great without God, but that all God does is greater than men (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).

    Verses 3-5: David added musical instruments to God’s worship (1 Chronicles 23:5), called “instruments of David” authorized by his own authority and not God’s (1 Chronicles 15:16; 2 Chronicles 7:6), and condemned by God’s prophet, Amos (Amos 6:1, 5). The only musical instrument specified by God for the church of Christ is “your heart” (Ephesians 5:19), and there is no authorization in the New Testament for the bringing over and use of “instruments of music, like David.”  None of the instruments listed in Psalm 150 were ever used in the church of Christ by the authority of God.

    Verse 6: “Everything that has breath” means every living creature: those that are not human “praise God” because they demonstrate His Wisdom and Creative Power; those that are human praise with words and deeds from their heart: “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:15-16).

    “Praise the LORD!”

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

     
    • Robert McCurdy 9:54 pm on 2013-05-13 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you John for devoting your time and effort to produce a commentary on the Psalms. You did a great
      service for many disciples. May God continue to bless your writing efforts. Your knowledge and skill is evident.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:39 am on 2013-04-03 Permalink | Reply
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    A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About Friendship 

    There are a variety of friends out there. There are friends we know at work, there are friends that we went to school with, there are friends that we see in our daily routine such as the person who works behind the counter at the gas station, there are friends that we give the title “best” to, there are friends who take away our need for an enemy, and there are friends who are closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). The young man David had such a friend in the person of Jonathan:

    Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.” (1 Samuel 18:1-4)

    If David ever needed a friend, a true friend, it was at this point in his life. He was young. He was removed from his home. He was about to become a man of war. He was about to become the talk of all the singing ladies of Israel. He was about to become an enemy of Saul, the king of Israel, the father of Jonathan. He was about to lose “everything” in Israel, save the loyalty of a few hundred souls, Jonathan being chief among them.

    There were no doubt many times over in David’s life that go beyond what we read when the counsel of Jonathan was vital in God’s plan for David. Encouragement, warnings, trust, love – these formed the essence of the bond between David and Jonathan, and their friendship still stands strong as an example of what it means to be a friend today. When times were good and joyful, David and Jonathan were there for each other. When times were bad and painful, David and Jonathan were there for each other. A friend in need is a friend in deed, and in deed Jonathan was to David what we should be to others. This is why 1 Samuel 18:1-4 is a wonderful passage about friendship!

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:25 am on 2013-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Guest Article: “I Have Sinned” 

    “I Have Sinned” by Joshua Gulley

    Recently a student at a public high school was sent into the hallway to correct some questions on a test he failed in order to recover some credit. Taking advantage of the opportunity, the student stepped into the restroom with a cigarette lighter and a marijuana pipe. With unfortunate timing (for the student) another teacher stepped out of class to use the restroom and noticed an odd smell as he opened his door. He walked into the bathroom and saw the student, who, interestingly, did not even take the precaution of going into the stall. Instead, he was lighting up in the middle of the bathroom, disdaining the probabilities of being seen. As the student followed the teacher out of the bathroom, he threw the incriminating evidence into the hallway trash can (which the teacher quickly retrieved), and with an air of false pride and anger at what he perceived to be injustice, said, “That wasn’t even mine!” He evidently thought he should be counted innocent because the materials did not belong to him.

    This occurrence revealed a couple of things to me about the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden. First, Eve either refused to believe that she would be held accountable for eating the forbidden fruit, or she was so tempted by the possibility of pleasure that she chose not to think about it. We too forget on occasion that “all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). Were we to think matters through thoroughly, we would make wiser choices. Secondly, much the way a defense lawyer tries to direct the jury’s attention away from the evidence and towards circumstances that cast doubt on the defendant’s guilt, we too attempt to justify our sin by comparing it to others who commit “greater sins” or shift the blame to someone else who may have been involved in our crime. The sooner we learn to follow in the footsteps of those who were man enough to say, “I have sinned” (Achan, Joshua 7:20; Saul, 1 Samuel 26:21; David, 2 Samuel 12:13; Solomon, 1 Kings 8:47-48; Daniel, Daniel 9:4-5), the sooner we will find the strength to resist the temptations to which we most often succumb.

    A few of the examples listed in the parentheses do not have happy endings and therefore may seem like poor examples to emulate. It must be remembered that sin always has consequences, and that we are not here discussing the proper response to the temptation, but rather the proper course of action to pursue after the wrong choice has already been made. The least (and perhaps the most) that can be said for men like Achan, Saul and David is that they accepted 100% of the responsibility for their sins. They didn’t pass the buck to someone else or try to justify their actions. They just plain admitted they were wrong. They “faced the music” as is often said. Might we learn to do the same, especially in view of the promise made in 1 John 1:9—“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Praise God!

    Josh is a teacher of music at the High School level and a teacher of the Bible for the church at his home congregation in Smithville, TN. 

     
  • Ed Boggess 9:11 am on 2011-04-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Try it, you’ll like it! – JAM 

    “Just try it, it’s not bad!  Go on, try it, you’ll like it!” I remember those words. There were things I just couldn’t stomach: green peas, asparagus, liver and onions! And those things made me gun-shy on others. I hated when I had to eat something new!  But there were no options. It was mom and dad’s way or the no-supper-go-to-bed-hungry highway! We might not have to clean our plates but we had to try everything. But it was even worse when I stayed over at Dick Kost’s house. He was my best friend for awhile. I remember one breakfast, they had brains and eggs! I was a Post Toasties kid; a “snap, crackle and pop” boy. Brains and eggs was no breakfast of champions! I remember Mrs. Cost saying, “Just try it, you’ll like it!’ and Mr. Cost frowning at me when I balked. He pitched in, “Try it, it tastes just like chicken!” If that is what chicken tastes like, then no more chicken for me!

    In Psalm 34:8 David wrote, “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” According to the notation at the beginning of this psalm, David wrote this after being hounded out of Israel by King Saul, who was trying to terminate him, and after being discovered and recognized in Gath by the enemy Philistines. He escaped by feigning madness! Yet what did David say? The psalm is one filled with trust in God and encouraging others to do the same. Moreover, David says, “Try it, you’ll like it.” “Taste and see that the Lord is good!”

     
  • Ron Thomas 6:47 am on 2010-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Perception – Judgment 

    It is really easy to judge a situation when we do not have all the facts – just ask the king, David! Perhaps it might be easier to say, and more charitably so, I think, that David did not find the circumstance that brought about the judgments he made easy at all.

    In 2 Samuel 16, David had one experience that caused him much grief, but in that one experience, running away from his conspiratorial son Absalom, he had two experiences that caused him additional grief; these two experiences required – so he interpreted – his judgment (since, in the nature of the case, a king was also a judge).

    The first occasion was the situation of his gracious accommodating of Mephibosheth (9:1-13; 16:2-4), but the belief (lie) of Mephibosheth’s servant Ziba. David was in a stressful circumstance and Ziba came to him in this situation and lied to him (presumably) about what Mephibosheth actually did. Now David had to judge the matter, and he did not have all the facts of the matter to make a proper judgment (19:24-30).
    Another judgment circumstance thrust upon David, in the same context, was the account of what another thought of David as king (16:5-14). God’s chosen king was rejected by another man (Shimei) because the other man thought David usurped the throne. It was clearly known that David was to be the next king over Israel (cf. 1 Samuel 25:28-31), but Shimei did not want to accept this (evidently) because he had more loyalty to a king than to God.

    The first circumstance was what David thought of a situation thrust upon him in a stressful environment and the second was an occasion where another had an opinion of David and it was made very clear what that opinion of the king was!

    Perception in these situations is all that he had to go on, and he felt the need to make a judgment to expedite the matter in such a way to alleviate any additional stress. Is that not what we do on occasion? Surely it is, and is it not the case that when we make judgments in similar circumstances that we often regret some of the judgments we made?

    Jesus said, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (john 7:24, ESV). In other words, we must use the proper standard and, as best we can, be sure we have the facts of the matter before us when we do decide.

     
  • jimnewy 1:36 pm on 2010-02-13 Permalink | Reply
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    My Favorite Non-Divine Bible Charactor Is…. 

    After giving this some considerable thought, as there are many to choose from, I have to say David is my favorite non-divine Bible character. I was raised reading and reciting several of the Psalms as a small child. There is Psalms 51, 138, and the long one, 119, that I am drawn to. David loved to praise God. He loved to offer his thanksgiving to God. David also offers us a model for prayer, beginning his prayers with praise and thanksgiving, before asking for any thing. David also relates to us God’s wonderful love, having created and loved us from the womb. An amazing man in my estimation. Yes, he did other things that were disobedient and sinful, but he paid the price and sought forgiveness. There was no arrogance found in him.

     
  • Don Ruhl 2:39 pm on 2010-02-12 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: David, genius, Leonardo da Vinci   

    Who is your favorite non-divine Bible character? 

    My favorite non-divine Bible character is David! I do not want to bore you with the many reasons why he is my choice, but let me shorten it to this. Several years ago I read the book, “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.” In it, the author, with whom I have been in contact, stated that the greatness of Leonardo da Vinci was the fact that he was a genius in seven areas of life. Then I thought of David and I believe he was also a genius in seven areas of life, although different from Leonardo. I passed on the list to Michael Gelb, the author of the book, and he liked what I presented. However, I do not have that list with me now, and shortly I am leaving for Portland, Oregon for a Creation Conference and will not be able to get to my list until next week. Hopefully, I can remember to look for it and submit to “The Fellowship Room.”

     
  • Ron Thomas 10:10 am on 2010-01-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Reflection 

    When one reflects upon the works of the Lord (in history), strength is found and the lonely heart finds a home. Repeatedly, we are exhorted to pay attention to our individual histories and learn from the mistakes we have made. If we learn from the past, we can live a more peaceful life.

    King David tried to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem only to have a disastrous situation come upon him; he learned a dreadful lesson. Two emotions swept through him, anger and then fear. No doubt, after reflection, he learned that the Lord is to be praised, and not lightly treated (1 Chronicles 15:13). David had the Lord foremost in his mind, and even though he was sincerely moved to relocate the ark, the Lord’s expressed will was not to be compromised – even by such a great man like David, king over Israel. In this, there is a lesson for us. The year 2009 is closed, have we learned by the past year’s experience anything to make the new year better? RT

     
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