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(#151) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:28-How To Lose An Election

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 20:28: “Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.”

“Mercy” is “kindness, forgiveness, protection offered,” and kingdoms, countries, or empires that incorporate “mercy” in its laws and leaders can survive. Jesus used such a king to make a powerful point about “forgiveness” (Matthew 18:21-35), for a servant is forgiven his debt but he will not forgive one who owes him. The king wanted his “compassion” to be passed along, and when it wasn’t, the unforgiving servant was condemned, and Jesus said, “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses” (Matthew 18:35). Mercy shows a king’s heart for his people. When people realize that “the king” (or leader of government, whether an individual or congress) doesn’t care what pain, anguish, penalty, or price government policies impose upon them, they will seek a change of leadership.

“Truth” is “fact, reality, veracity, honesty,” and laws of the land must have this at their core, or else there is no standard for conduct. The Israelites settled in their Promised Land, but failed to follow God’s Law. “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6; 21:25). Governments without Biblical, Constitutional, or Legislative truth for a moral compass are destined to fail. “Truth” is the backbone of good law. All law that is based upon half-truths, lies, or deceit should be uncovered and removed.

Without “mercy and truth” for limits, no government will survive, and without personal “lovingkindness,” elections are lost! “My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:1-6).

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

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(#88) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:28-A Kingdom Divided Against Itself (Matthew 12:25)

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 14:28: “In a multitude of people is a king’s honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.”

While the Israelites were united under Solomon’s God-blessed rule in their Promised Land, the queen of Sheba said: “Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for the LORD your God! Because your God has loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness” (2 Chronicles 9:8). After Solomon died, their kingdom divided when Rehoboam “did not listen to the people” (1 Kings 12:15), then “all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them” (1 Kings 12:16), and they killed his tax collector (1 Kings 12:17-18). When people see their leaders do not listen to them, they try a different government leader, as Israel did with Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:25-33), often with worse consequences! Government leaders should follow the Word of God (Deuteronomy 17:18-20), because “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12). All rulers who believe in their own sovereignty and power have succumbed to their self-deceit, because, as Paul said, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1). Without acknowledging God’s authority the government is corrupt. “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear Is a wicked ruler over poor people. A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, But he who hates covetousness will prolong his days” (Proverbs 28:15-16). Certainly, one should not accept nor be taken in by the rich delicacies offered by the king (Proverbs 23:1-3).

A few ways leaders keep their people in line include: (1) murdering their opponents, (2) constant propaganda of lies, (3) forced labor or (4) limiting the population. Examples of each include: (1) Tyrannies and dictatorships always fear the masses, and often seek to annihilate their opposition within their own land: Egyptian Pharaoh and Israelites (Exodus 1:7-12); Mohammedans/Moslems against Jews, Catholics, and Bible-believers; Roman Catholic Inquisition for hundreds of years; Joseph Stalin in Russia; Benito Mussolini in Italy; Adolph Hitler in Europe; Mao Tse-tung in China; Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; their names are legion, and their victims number in the hundreds of millions. (2) This was done by (1); and today includes the constant mantras of “Global Warming,”  “Evolution,” “World Economy,” “Carbon Footprints,” “Bigger Government Necessity,” “Broken Medical System,” “Radical Right-wingers,” “Crazy Bible-believers,” ad nauseum. (3) Egyptian Pharaoh (Exodus 1:13-15); those mentioned in (1); economic slaves (Proverbs 22:7). (4) Egyptian Pharaoh (Exodus 1:16-22-the God-fearing midwives refused to murder innocent born babies!); the genocide of abortion (including partial abortion); government-backed “euthanasia;” government-controlled medical care; et al.

Countries ruled by a minority, who do not listen to their majority population, will suffer “downfall.”

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

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Psalm 101

Vs. 1-4 declare David’s personal resolutions;

Vs. 5-8 declare David’s royal resolutions against others’ evil.

This Psalm was written by David as he became king (by Samuel, 1 Samuel 16:13; at Hebron, 2 Samuel 2:4). David truly understood a king’s responsibility, as Solomon later wrote: “A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes” (Proverbs 20:8); “A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them” (Proverbs 20:26); “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1). There was no “separation of church and state,” for the head of “state” determined his “church” would influence him to lead well. And so it should be!

Verses 1-4: The King would praise the God who was over him (verse 1) and follow the principles based upon God’s characteristics of “mercy and justice.” To “behave wisely in a perfect way” (verse 2) refers not to sinlessness, but to “completely, or consistently,” even at home! The difference between public and private behavior should not be drastically different, as YouTube and Facebook could show. If “what you see is what you get,” then David didn’t want to see it (verse 3)! A man, with the best of intentions, may still fall to his temptations (2 Samuel 11:1-5; 12:9). It is loyalty to God to hate those who “turn aside” (Proverbs 8:13). “A perverse heart” (or “twisted”) kept him simple, honest (verse 4) to accept rebuke for his sins (2 Samuel 12:1-14). To “know wickedness” is to give it your time and attention. David was determined “not to know wickedness,” that is, keep all who carried this dreaded spiritual condition far from him (to have a child’s heart, Deuteronomy 1:39; Jonah 4:11).

Verses 5-8: “Secret slander” (verse 5) cannot be mistaken for good (Proverbs 10:18), nor can it be passed off as “being a sound preacher!” The fact that it is “secret” shows the disgusting underhandedness of the one spreading it, and it is an obvious manifestation of a perverse heart without love. “Whisperers, backbiters” are listed with “haters of God” and given up by God (Romans 1:28-32)! Such people are also guilty of a “haughty look” and “proud heart” and seldom repent of their “secret” wickedness. Since Jesus Christ now sits on David’s throne in heaven (Acts 2:29-32), these sins are an abomination to Him and banned from His kingdom (2 Corinthians 12:19-21). David’s attention will be to “the faithful of the land” (verse 6), for only they would help him in the right way (Proverbs 11:20). David seemed to know: “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12). Since verse 7 is the negative of verse 6, applied today, no faithful Christian “works deceit” and no one who “tells lies” “walks in a perfect way.” David would waste no time in ridding the land of “all the wicked,” (verse 8) as defined in Moses’ Law (Exodus 34:10-17). Jesus Christ now reigns over his kingdom (the church of Christ, Colossians 1:9-14) and Psalm 101 could be His banner over His throne.

Thought: From our hearts to God’s ear: Give us government leaders like David, and help us know how to select them. May we teach all who would lead to follow Psalm 101 and Jesus Christ.

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

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