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  • John T. Polk II 8:25 am on 2016-09-12 Permalink | Reply
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    9-9-2016 Opinion About Salvation 

    “A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16 NKJV).  “A fool” is anyone arguing against this moral distinction between good and evil, and “is self-confident” without God’s approval.  People may say, “I know I’m saved, regardless of what you show me in the Bible!”  Solomon said: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).  When Jesus says to “every creature,” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), how can anyone “know they are saved” if they claimed “salvation” before being baptized?  Salvation is not man’s to claim, but God’s to give, and on His terms!  “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 8:52 pm on 2016-09-09 Permalink | Reply
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    9-9-2016 Opinion About Salvation 

    “A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident” (Proverbs 14:16 NKJV).  “A fool” is anyone arguing against this moral distinction between good and evil, and “is self-confident” without God’s approval.  People may say, “I know I’m saved, regardless of what you show me in the Bible!”  Solomon said: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).  When Jesus says to “every creature,” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV), how can anyone “know they are saved” if they claimed “salvation” before being baptized?  Salvation is not man’s to claim, but God’s to give, and on His terms!  “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 8:17 am on 2014-07-16 Permalink | Reply
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    (#197) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:19-21-Are We Pampered Servants? 

    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 29:19-21: “A servant will not be corrected by mere words; For though he understands, he will not respond. Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. He who pampers his servant from childhood Will have him as a son in the end.”

    The term “servant” indicates someone who works for someone else, and though Moses was “a servant” in God’s House, Jesus took “the form of a bondservant” (Philippians 2:7), He was “a Son over His own house, whose house we are” (Hebrews 3:5-6), that is, the church of Christ (1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 1:22-23). Jesus’ obedience under Moses’ Law (Hebrews 5:8-9) is our example for obeying Jesus’ Law (Matthew 28:18-20).

    It is a disobedient servant who will not follow carefully-worded instructions, so that “though he understands, he will not respond” with obedience. No one has become a servant of Christ by confessing to be saved before being baptized (buried) into the death of Jesus (Romans 6:1-7); no servant of Christ ever added mechanical instrumental music to the singing required in worship (Ephesians 5:19-20); no servants of Christ ever murdered to expand the church (John 18:37; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6); no servants of Christ enjoyed the recreation of fleshly appeals (Romans 13:13-14)!

    There is no hope for “a fool” (one who disobeys God) unless he/she repents and obeys God’s Will. One who is conceited must become humbled in order to learn obedience to God: “Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise” (1 Corinthians 3:18). The person who is “hasty in his words” is trying to justify him- or herself, rather than listening to what must be changed to please God. “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him” (Proverbs 18:13). No one can “testify” their way to salvation without doing what God says!

    A pampered servant will soon “think of himself more highly than he ought to think” (Romans 12:3). This is why all those who have been taught that once they’re saved, they’re always saved, and cannot lose their salvation become spiritually arrogant, thinking they are “bullet-proof!” “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Paul addressed that attitude (and doctrine!) when he wrote: “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4).

    Jesus Christ said to His disciples: “Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:16-17). Truly, as Paul wrote, “if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 7:54 am on 2014-07-09 Permalink | Reply
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    (#194) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:8-10-We Didn’t Start The Fire 

    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 29:8-10: “Scoffers set a city aflame, But wise men turn away wrath. 9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. 10 The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, But the upright seek his well-being.”

    Who burns down the town, keeps things stirred up, and promotes hatred? NOT those who follow God’s Will, the “wise,” and “upright,” but the “scoffers,” “fools,” and “bloodthirsty.” A “scoffer” “acts with arrogant pride” (Proverbs 21:24) and hates those who correct him (Proverbs 9:8). A “fool” “despises his father’s instruction” (Proverbs 15:5); starts quarrels (Proverbs 20:3); “trusts in his own heart (Proverbs 28:26); and “walks in darkness” (Ecclesiastes 2:14). Since “the devil” “was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44), then “The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man” (Psalm 5:6); who “shall not live out half their days” (Psalm 55:23); and “hate the blameless” (Proverbs 29:10).

    Wars of retaliation in the Middle East, violence approved and conducted by a religion, or fighting by forces of interference in other countries’ affairs, are all under the direction of the Devil! Only those who are in rebellion against God and His righteousness would “set a city aflame,” that is, hurt and destroy someone’s homeland. Arguing with “scoffers” and “fools” never settles the matter, which is why “Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools” (Proverbs 19:29).

    The answer to all the violence in the world is NOT United States “police action,” but the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Jesus left His disciples with these assurances: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27); “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 6:33); and this was offered to the Gentiles “The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ–He is Lord of all– that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:36-38).

    Jesus Christ said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16). “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity” (Ephesians 2:14-16). So we boldly say to the scoffers, fools, and bloodthirsty people in this world: “Tear down this wall” by obeying Jesus Christ as Lord.

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 8:35 am on 2014-06-02 Permalink | Reply
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    (#179) The Proverbs of Solomon 26:4-5-The Contradiction of Fools 

    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 26:4-5: Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him.  Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.”

    “Do not answer a fool” and “answer a fool” seem to be a contradiction of terms, but they are not! These commands are detached from each other by separate and different purposes. A “fool” is everyone who: rejects God’s Wisdom and lives wickedly (Psalm 53:1); “spreads slander” (Proverbs 10:18); does evil for fun (Proverbs 10:23); “troubles his own house” (Proverbs 11:29); thinks he is right, regardless of the Bible (Proverbs 12:15); never listens to his father (Proverbs 15:5); can’t have wisdom beaten into him (Proverbs 17:10)!

    “Do not answer a fool according to his folly” put in other terms would be “don’t get down on his level.” We must not accept a fool’s method of reasoning in a lame attempt to reply “lest you also be like him,” that is, we also become foolish! Jesus Christ is, of course, our example, “who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23), and therefore so should Christians do (1 Peter 3:8-9). Moses answered rebels rebelliously: “it went ill with Moses on account of them; Because they rebelled against His Spirit, So that he spoke rashly with his lips” (Psalm 106:32-33; read Numbers 20:1-13). (a) It does no good to argue the “age of the earth” to Evolutionists who continually make up “millions and billions” of years with absolutely NO proof, whatsoever! The issue is whether God Created, not when! (And He did! Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3) (b) It is useless to argue the pain and suffering of women to those who cold-bloodedly murder babies by abortion. The weeping prophet, Elisha, predicted that the Syrians would “dash their children, and rip open their women with child” (2 Kings 8:12), which came true (2 Kings 15:16). The issue is respect for each human life because God made us (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 139:13-18). (c) It is senseless to argue the bad effects of political policies to power-mad politicians who are determined to control every aspect of individual life! God delivered Israelites from slavery in Egypt (Leviticus 26:13), delivered them from oppression repeatedly (Psalm 62:8-11; 2 Kings 13:1-9), and Christians should “not become slaves of men” (1 Corinthians 7:21-23).

    “Answer a fool according to his folly” when silence would be mistaken for proof that he is right! Zophar thought Job was wrong and asked: “Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be vindicated?” (Job 11:2). Truly there is “A time to keep silence, And a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). When a possessed “slave girl” proclaimed the truthfulness of Paul, he “greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And he came out that very hour” (Acts 16:16-18). When truth can be shown to be contradictory to error, Christians must speak! Jesus said that the world hates Him “because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7). Compromising with false teachers of the Bible lets them think they also are true (1 Timothy 4:1-7); bargaining with kidnappers lets them think they have some leverage; making a deal with terrorists lets them think they have won!

    Jesus sent His disciples “out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). No fool has a truthful answer against the Gospel of Jesus Christ which says: “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.

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-04-02 Permalink | Reply
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    (#165) The Proverbs of Solomon 24:7-If It’s Over Your Head, Think Again 

    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 24:7: “Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; He does not open his mouth in the gate.”

    Wisdom is available to all throughout the Bible: “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:32-36); “Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction” (Proverbs 10:14); “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:14-15).

    “A fool” will not take advantage of wisdom’s availability, but instead makes the excuse that is “too lofty” (over his/her head) to learn. Rather than exert effort to learn more of wisdom and become a stronger person, “a fool” would rather condemn the truth and those who teach the truth by saying it (and they) are: racist, smart aleck, self-righteous, hypocritical, judgmental, or know-it-alls. Those who use such lame and false labels to avoid learning God’s Wisdom show who is “a fool.”

    “The gate” is a term used to describe the place of governing (Deuteronomy 21:18-21) and tribunal judgments (Genesis 23:17-18; Hebrews 13:12). “A fool” has nothing wise to say “in the gate,” and his silence shows his uselessness in applying wisdom! If you think wisdom is over your head, think again! Jesus Christ said: “If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority” (John 7:17).

    Thought: Injustices are the product of fools and few wise men!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-02-17 Permalink | Reply
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    (#156) The Proverbs of Solomon 21:20-Where To Discover Oil 

    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 21:20: “There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it.”

    “Desirable treasure” and “oil” are signs of God’s blessings, but are for “the dwelling of the wise.” God blesses the “wise,” or those who obey Him, as Solomon wrote: “Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor-this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19). “Oil” (pressed olives but not petroleum!) was among the plentiful bounties of the Promised Land for the Israelites (Deuteronomy 8:7-10), and was used for burning in lamps (Exodus 27:20-21), dedication of sacred items (Exodus 40:9-11), dedication of kings (1 Samuel 16:11-13), and was included in many sacrifices in Moses’ Law (Leviticus, Numbers). God blesses those who are dedicated to Him.

    It takes a “foolish man” to “squander it.” Those who refuse to live by God’s code of conduct will “waste” (literally, scatter, throw away) whatever possessions and life he or she owns (Luke 15:13)! Jesus Christ used “foolish virgins” to show what happens to those who make no provision to keep their lamps burning with oil (Matthew 25:1-13): they are unprepared to go in to the wedding, and once the door is closed, they are left outside. What good does it do for God to bless a fool, who will not learn from those blessings to love and worship the God who gave them?

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-02-05 Permalink | Reply
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    (#148) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:25-Don’t Break Out In A Rash! 

    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 20:25: “It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, And afterward to reconsider his vows.”

    The mouth can promise things that the mind later regrets. Sexual passion is a powerful accelerator for senseless promises. “For Herod had laid hold of John and bound him, and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife. Because John had said to him, ‘It is not lawful for you to have her.’ And although he wanted to put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. But when Herod’s birthday was celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod. Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, ‘Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.’ And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her. So he sent and had John beheaded in prison. And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother” (Matthew 14:3-11). Even Herod, however, felt compelled to keep his oath. Many people in the hormonal heat of a moment promise marriage and fidelity, only to forget after they “cool down,” but God doesn’t forget!

    Jephthah rashly vowed that if God would give him victory over the Ammonites, he would devote “whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me” to the LORD. His daughter, his only child, was that person, and “he carried out his vow with her which he had vowed. She knew no man” (Judges 11:29-40). Many people “bargain with God” in time of stress, only to forget their vow, but God doesn’t forget it!

    King Saul had forbidden his army to eat during the fighting against the Philistines, under the penalty of death. His son, Jonathan ate some honey, and that death penalty was suddenly forgotten by Saul (1 Samuel 14:24-31). Saul forgot his other obligations to God, too.

    Solomon later will state that rash vows before God that are not kept make one a fool, and God has “no pleasure in fools.” The time to avoid this sin is by thinking through the responsibility involved, before such vows are made. “Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool’s voice is known by his many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed- Better not to vow than to vow and not pay” (Ecclesiastes 5:2-7).

    Repenting, and being “baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38) is a commitment. Don’t break out in a rash, but obey this Gospel “from the heart” (Romans 6:17).

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-01-22 Permalink | Reply
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    (#140) The Proverbs of Solomon 19:10-Robbing Hoods 

    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 19:10: “Luxury is not fitting for a fool, Much less for a servant to rule over princes.”

    “Luxury” describes the pampered life one would expect in someone who has the power of office, but may have little regard for God. Jesus contrasted the Prophet John the Baptist who preached God’s Word to “those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury [but] are in kings’ courts” (Luke 7:25). “A fool” disregards God’s Word and Way, for “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26), thus “a fool” living in “luxury” is unexpected or unintended.

    The same can be said for “a servant” to have “rule over princes,” it upsets the natural order. Of the four things that are disturbing on earth, one is “a servant when he reigns” (Proverbs 30:21-23). Solomon later will say such a condition is “folly” (ridiculous): “I have seen servants on horses, While princes walk on the ground like servants” (Ecclesiastes 10:7). Revolution can overturn the order in society, and there are consequences that must be faced. “Class Warfare” seems to always have existed, and is based upon false arguments: (1) zero sum philosophy=the amount of natural resources and wealth are fixed, so no one may become rich without taking away that wealth from someone else. This motivates the “poor” to resent the “rich” and feel they are being left out of a “fair and equal” distribution of wealth. Solomon said there is wealth for everyone blessed by God: “As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor-this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 5:19). There is no limit as to whom or how much God will bless. (2) envy and covetousness=lusting for what the “haves” have without doing their work to achieve it. When those who “have not” train their eyes on what others “have,” desiring to obtain it by evil means, we have an example of what God calls “covetousness,” which is idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Jesus said, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15). Satisfaction with what we “have” comes from trusting God to be in charge: “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

    When the “poor” are encouraged to covet what the “rich” have, they become “robbing hoods,” whether or not they are members of a political party, labor union, man-made religion, or underworld brotherhood!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-01-08 Permalink | Reply
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    (#132) The Proverbs of Solomon 18:6-7-I Dare You 

    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 18:6-7: “A fool’s lips enter into contention, And his mouth calls for blows. 7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.”

    Reckless challenges are foolish enough (“I dare you to…”), but to dare someone to increase punishment is also senseless! A “fool’s” words: [1] start with “contention;” [2] escalate to “blows;” [3] brings self-“destruction;” [4] jeopardizes his/her own “soul.”

    [1] Whether overcome by drugs or liquor, the heat of the moment, arrogance or ignorance, it is a “fool” who starts “contention.” Contentions are the aggravations that light the fires of fury, NOT honest investigations resulting in understanding truth. Christians must “avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife” (2 Timothy 2:23). Scoffers deny truth and cause meaningless contentions. “Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease” (Proverbs 22:3). “It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel” (Proverbs 20:3).

    [2] The challenge to fight is usually accepted, and to what purpose? Violence never proved the truth of an argument! It is true that “the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). Elders in the churches of Christ must not “be quarrelsome,” i.e. not quick to fight (1 Timothy 3:2-3)! Wisdom should rule in such situations: “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

    [3] The “fool” is just asking for more pain, heartache, and deprivation, and will probably get it!

    [4] Eternal damnation hangs in the balance, for Jesus Christ taught: “that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37).

    The rest of us need to back away from every fool whose mouth is asking to be stopped!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-01-07 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Communist Manifesto, fool, individualism, , rebel, ,   

    (#131) The Proverbs of Solomon 18:1-2-For Generation Drop-outs 

    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 18:1-2: “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.”

    Every generation seems to have a percentage who rebel against previous traditions, customs, and conventions. This proverb points out the weakness of those who think they don’t need to listen to the preceding generation who has learned life’s lessons. The irony of it all is that these who struggle for individualism lose it just as fast as they obtain it by becoming just another of their “movement!” Beginning in the 20th Century, this attitude has been exploited with gurus, college professors, priests, church leaders, and, especially, the media and entertainment professionals. With each generation, from public schools to personal friendships, children are being taught to reject: parents’ morals, society’s restrictions, religious faith, and personal integrity. There has been created a “generation gap” vacuum which the godless, indecent, immoral, perverse, and dictatorial have gladly filled with their damning ideas! Karl Marx wrote:

    “There are, besides, eternal truths, such as Freedom, Justice, etc., that are common to all states of society. But communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.

    What does this accusation reduce itself to? The history of all past society has consisted in the development of class antagonisms, antagonisms that assumed different forms at different epochs.

    But whatever form they may have taken, one fact is common to all past ages, viz., the exploitation of one part of society by the other. No wonder, then, that the social consciousness of past ages, despite all the multiplicity and variety it displays, moves within certain common forms, or general ideas, which cannot completely vanish except with the total disappearance of class antagonisms.

    The communist revolution is the most radical rupture with traditional relations; no wonder that its development involved the most radical rupture with traditional ideas.” —–The Communist Manifesto, 1848

    Long before Karl Marx, the Devil has filled young souls with promises of liberation from their parent’s generation. The Kingdom of Israel was torn in two when Rehoboam refused the advice of his father, Solomon’s, advisors (1 Kings 12:1-15).

    Proverbs 18:1 speaks to these misguided souls, whether Hipsters, Beatniks, Hippies, or New Agers. “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good” (Proverbs 19:8). Proverbs 18:2 calls the person “a fool” who speaks only what he/she thinks he/she knows without any counsel or advice from those who came before. In other words, much study of accurate history, not a re-interpreted “shortened form,” is essential for any generation to make proper progress!

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

     
    • scatterwisdom 5:48 am on 2014-01-07 Permalink | Reply

      The Reason Why God Created Us

      Someone once said the reason God created us was because He loves to hear a good story. Will your story be pleasing to Him?
      Regards and good will blogging.
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      As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka
      http://amazon.com/gp/search?field-author=rudy+martinka&index=books

  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2013-12-17 Permalink | Reply
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    (#126) The Proverbs of Solomon 17:16-More Money Than Brains 

    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 17:16: “Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, Since he has no heart for it?”

    Wisdom is affordable for anyone. “Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23). When there are so many who have either the experience or the knowledge of Scripture to pass along “wisdom,” “the purchase price of wisdom” is not too high for anyone to gain! There are plenty of wise: parents, family members, teachers, preachers, or concerned neighbors who stand ready to impart lessons they have learned, some learned the hard way. God’s Wisdom in the Bible may be found almost anywhere and in any language around the world! A “fool” may be blessed with a job, pay, dwelling place, food, and clothes, but not have the desire to use any of it to gain “wisdom.” The availability of wisdom highlights the absence of desire in a “fool” to obtain it! The “fool” doesn’t ask the questions, study the Scriptures, or meditate on the examples it would take to learn from outside sources! The “fool” chooses to rely upon: neighborhood, family reputation, talents, chances, or religious traditions instead of the pursuit of real “wisdom.” Sadly, the adage applies: “You can lead a horse to water, but cannot make it drink.” Jesus spoke it first: “The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:41-42). When the Jews in Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 13:14, 44-45) cast the Gospel of Jesus Christ from them, “Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, ‘It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles’” (Acts 13:46).

    The memory of lost opportunities are a part of the eternal torment of a rich man, as Jesus described, who was told, “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented’” (Luke 16:25).

    Please heed the admonition: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (Hebrews 3:15). “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.

     
    • scatterwisdom 5:57 am on 2013-12-17 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps there are still so many foolish actions taking place every day because we teach our children just about every subject under the sun in our schools except wisdom. “Nothing is new under the sun” in this regard has not changed over the past 3000 years since King Solomon wrote his saying..

      What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.

      Regards and good will blogging.

  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2013-12-13 Permalink | Reply
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    (#124) The Proverbs of Solomon 17:12-Which is Worse: A Savage Bear or A Stupid Fool? 

    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 17:12: “Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.”

    Never, ever, come between a mama bear and her cubs! Instant outrage, savage aggression, and violent attack is sure to be the swift, certain, and deadly outcome. The explosion of fury could not be more clearly illustrated than by this image. King David’s friend, Hushai, described David’s fierceness in war to David’s son with this parallel: “you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are enraged in their minds, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field” (2 Samuel 17:8). When Israel forgot God, He promised, “I will meet them like a bear deprived of her cubs” (Hosea 13:8). With this simple depiction, there is no doubt about the ferocity being described.

    Never, ever, expect normal attitude from “a fool in his folly,” for all rules are off! First, “a fool” is anyone who doesn’t follow God’s Word; and, secondly, “folly” is any behavior that doesn’t conform to God’s Wisdom! “Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly” (Proverbs 13:16). Folly is “the foolishness of fools” (Proverbs 14:24); and so “he who is impulsive exalts folly” (Proverbs 14:29). And a fool never learns better from his “folly,” for “As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly” (Proverbs 26:11).  Expect a “fool” to erupt in “folly” with passion associated with outbursts of anger! Because one man raped their sister, Simeon and Levi murdered and plundered a whole city (Genesis 34:24-29,30); because the wise men did not return and tell him where the young child Jesus was, King Herod was “exceedingly angry” and murdered all boys in Bethlehem under the age of two (Matthew 2:16); while he was ignorant of Jesus Christ, Saul of Tarsus was “still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord” (Acts 9:1). Every mother who rips apart her son or daughter; every father who abruptly punishes his children; every husband or wife who verbally, or otherwise, abuses his/her spouse; every intoxicated user of drugs or alcohol; and every short-fused person is, or will be, acting the “fool.” “An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression” (Proverbs 29:22).

    Never, ever, stand between “a fool” and his/her “folly,” lest we are torn apart by sin!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2013-12-06 Permalink | Reply
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    (#121) The Proverbs of Solomon 17:7-When the Wrong Speak Right 

    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 17:7: “Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, Much less lying lips to a prince.”

    Since “fools” can be anyone who don’t obey God’s Word, and are, therefore, wicked, then “excellent speech” (wise words, intelligent language, truthful talk) is out of place coming from them. “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom” (James 3:8-13). Though “a fool” may say good things, perhaps even the truth, it is only by good works those words are confirmed.

    God challenges the right of wicked people to even speak God’s Word: “But to the wicked God says: ‘What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you?’” (Psalm 50:16-17) Jesus Christ spoke to the Jews of His day in the same way when He said: “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Jesus challenged “demons” in the same way: “Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him” (Mark 1:34). No one who is unwilling to obey God is qualified to teach, preach, or otherwise represent God’s Word to anyone!

    This proverb (17:7) more harshly judges a “prince” (ruler, government leader, or dominant figure), from whom everyone expects equity, fairness, and truth, who uses deceitfulness and lies! Politicians who cannot remember what they have promised (or don’t care!) are worse than “fools” who at least try to say the right things! People look to their government for good guidance, hence, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). Certainly, the less said, the easier it is to remember what has been said! “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23). Trickle-down corruption certainly takes its toll: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed” (Isaiah 9:16). As long as people vote in liars, there can never be good government!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-09-24 Permalink | Reply
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    (#76) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:3-You Said Wh-a-a-t? 

    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 14:3: “In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.”

    A fool’s mouth speaks with the empty authority of “pride,” but Wisdom had already declared   fool’s rejection with: “Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate” (Proverbs 8:13); so it should surprise no one that when pride speaks, God replies! “And Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go’” (Exodus 5:2), to which God responded: “And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained” (Exodus 14:27-28). It may have been because of Pharaoh’s example that David depicted what a fool would say: “May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things, Who have said, ‘With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?’” (Psalm 12:3-4). Other proverbs deal with a fool’s mouth: “A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart” (Proverbs 18:2); “A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul” (Proverbs 18:7); “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words” (Proverbs 23:9). The reason a fool’s mouth “is a rod of pride” is because he/she has no understanding in the heart (and out of it the mouth speaks, Matthew 12:34), despises words of wisdom, and it becomes his/her own destruction with no one else to blame! God offers His Wisdom to make life better now, and best in the time to come, but all who reject this better way are fools! All who think they are smarter than God are fools, and should be avoided like a skunk on the highway!

    The “wise” are preserved by their speech, for they are showing by their language that they have accepted God’s Wisdom into their hearts. This is repeated in Proverbs 15:7: “The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool does not do so.” The lips of the wise are also good for others to hear: “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge; For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, So that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you” (Proverbs 22:17-19).

    To whom are we listening?

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

     
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