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6-19-2015 Missing Fathers Days

Father’s Day” began with memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907. According to the website timeanddate.com, “Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life.” “Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” (Hebrews 12:9 NKJV). One of the major problems in our society are all the children who don’t know their “human father” and have not learned to respect someone who loves them and cares about their behavior. Respect and obedience are learned from a father—unless he’s not there!

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

#honor, #human-father, #respect, #subjection

There are some things you can’t buy on…

There are some things you can’t buy on eBay! Some things even Amazon doesn’t stock. One of the proverbs says, A good name is more desirable than great riches and respect is better than silver or gold. When is the last time you thought about your honor? There was a time when people valued their honor and consistently chose honorable behavior to ensure their reputation. But today honor is forgotten and character devalued. Integrity is sold for a fistful of dollars and a good name is auctioned to the highest bidder. Words like discipline and ideas such as sacrifice have gone the way of the horse and buggy. Most of us have heard of them, but we don’t quite know how they operate. So instead of taking the time to learn, we just buy another lottery ticket and hope for the lucky numbers. If you want to hit it big time, try doing the honorable thing. This is Just-A-Minute.

#good-name, #honor, #just-a-minute, #reputation

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(#191) The Proverbs of Solomon 28:24-Robbing “The Greatest Generation”

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 28:24: “Whoever robs his father or his mother, And says, ‘It is no transgression,’ The same is companion to a destroyer.”

Respect for parents keeps civilization alive. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12) is repeated in the Law of Jesus Christ: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth’” (Ephesians 6:1-3). It is this endearing quality in humanity that is the backbone of an enduring society. In addition to our fathers passing along to us “life,” they should have “corrected us,” and we should have “paid them respect” (Hebrews 12:9). But the commandment honors both father “and mother!” A mother’s womb is a person’s first safe house where God develops it (Psalm 139:13-16), and while unborn, the baby has not done “any good or evil” (Romans 9:11). The “fruit of the womb” is our inheritance from God (Psalm 127:3), and only godless, vicious people would “have no pity on the fruit of the womb” (Isaiah 13:17-18).

It’s too bad in our society, often it is honoring one or the other parent, or neither at all! Whether we break into their houses and rob their possessions, or stealing our time away from them, or letting greedy government take their earnings, when      and how do we honor our parents? Because they have lived through deprivation and destruction, they have been termed “the greatest generation.” But do they deserve our dereliction of duty to “honor” them? Not just that generation, but each generation that includes our parents deserves our “honor” and “respect.”

The Israelite Nation rejected God’s Son (John 1:11-12), and their destruction also included what they had done at home: “Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death” (Mark 13:12). What have we done to either protect or rob our parents? No child should dishonor its parent(s) and pass it off by saying “it is no transgression”—because it is! No society can last that disrespects its parents!

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

#bible-study, #christian-living, #father, #honor, #mother, #parents, #proverbs, #respect, #unborn, #wisdom, #womb

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(#177) The Proverbs of Solomon 26:1-Wasted R-E-S-P-E-C-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 26:1: “As snow in summer and rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.”

Some things don’t even belong together in real life, for God “gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest” (Jeremiah 5:24); and “snow” cannot fall in the hottest part of the year! Another proverb says “Like one who binds a stone in a sling Is he who gives honor to a fool” (Proverbs 26:8), for if a stone doesn’t leave the sling, it is a completely wasted effort.

“Honor” is “respect, esteem, admiration, reverence,” and God’s rule throughout the Bible is “those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed” (1 Samuel 2:30); “glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:10-11); “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:24-25).

It is to be given selectively to people who show it toward God and His Word: “And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen” (Exodus 14:17-18; Psalm 66:1-7); “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down” (Daniel 4:37); “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).

“Honor” should be given to: “father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2-3), “the presence of an old man” (Leviticus 19:32), church “elders” (1 Timothy 5:17), “all” people (1 Peter 2:17), and “the king” (1 Peter 2:17).

“Honor” should not go to people just because they are: “mighty” (Leviticus 19:15), “receive honor from one another” (John 5:44), or a “fool” (Proverbs 26:1). It profanes our honor of God when we waste it upon people who “do not seek the honor that comes from the only God” (John 5:44). We should give “honor to whom honor” (Romans 13:7). Be careful whom you honor.

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

#bible-study, #fools, #god, #honor, #proverbs, #rain, #respect, #snow, #summer

Honor Obama, Your Mama, and Lady Gaga

If the title to this article got your attention, then it did exactly what it was supposed to do. In this article, we are going to examine the word honor and objectively determine from God’s word what it means to honor someone (2 Timothy 2:15). The word honor itself carries the idea of placing proper value or worth towards something or someone (Strong’s NT 5091). Everyone has a soul that will spend eternity in either heaven or hell (Matthew 26:31-46; Revelation 21:1-8). Because of this, we must understand the great value that every soul has! For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26). In light of this, it is no wonder that the Bible teaches in a limited sense that we are to honor all (as in the case of Lady Gaga, etc.) because all humans have valuable souls (1 Peter 2:17). Furthermore, the Bible teaches that the Lord is to be honored (Revelation 4:11); wives are to be honored (1 Peter 3:7); kings/presidents are to be honored (1 Peter 2:17); scriptural marriages are to be honored (Hebrews 13:4); elders in the church are to be honored (1 Timothy 5:17); widows are to be honored (1 Timothy 5:3); parents are to be honored (even if they are drunkards, homosexuals, gossips, etc., Ephesians 6:2) – everyone is to be honored (1 Peter 2:17; Romans 12:10)! Having defined the word honor, how do we put this into practice and application?

Honoring someone does not mean that you must agree with, comply with, or have a close relationship with the person, his teachings, or his behavior. In fact, to truly honor someone sometimes means you have to do something they do not want you to do. Let me illustrate this by using several different biblical examples and principles. First, while the Bible commands us to honor the king, that does not mean that we follow the king in violation of God’s word (Acts 4:13-22). We ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29; at the same time, Paul understood the value of those in leadership positions: Acts 23:1-5). Second, just because we are to honor our parents/family does not mean that we never correct them or discipline them when they are wrong (such as in the case of protecting one’s family by keeping them away from the evil influences of one’s drunken parents, etc.; Matthew 10:34-39; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Ephesians 5:11). Consider the Old Testament story of King Asa in 1 Kings 15:9-14. Asa removed and banished Maachah, his grandmother, from being queen because she had made an obscene image. Asa was not guilty of dishonoring his family; on the contrary, God’s word says that he was loyal to the Lord all his days (1 Kings 15:14). Even when it comes to an erring brother in Christ, we must still honor him (Romans 12:10; which may include withdrawing from him if he does not repent, 1 Corinthians 5:11). Interestingly enough, the word dishonor carries the idea of “not giving proper value or worth to someone” (James 2:6; etc.). If we know someone is in sin and we choose to do nothing about it, in reality we are dishonoring him (Proverbs 27:5).

While we are to honor all, we must evaluate the situation accordingly. We can honor someone in multiple ways, remembering to provide what is necessary for each situation, whatever it may be (Acts 28:10)! The way we honor each individual will depend upon each situation. Someone in sin needs to be honored by being corrected, including family and close friends (Psalm 141:5; Hebrews 12:11; Revelation 3:19; etc.). Elders in the Lord’s church who rule well and preach the word are to be counted worthy of double honor (1 Timothy 5:17). Most importantly, when we honor God, we are honored by God (John 5:23, 44, 12:26). Let us make sure that we properly understand what it means to honor someone so that we can place the proper value upon each situation, providing what is necessary in order to exercise true biblical honor!

Kevin Pendergrass – The Gospel of Christ Newsletter #13.25 – December 3, 2013

#biblical-language, #honor, #relationships, #respect, #the-gospel-of-christ, #word-study

Father, may we laud and magnify Your nam…

Father, may we laud and magnify Your name today, as we worship You, the only true and living God. As we observe the Lord’s Supper, may we do so in honor and remembrance of Your Son’s sacrifice on our behalf. As we listen to Your powerful Word proclaimed, may we have open and receptive minds, allowing the message of the hour to mold us into humble and obedient servants, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

#god, #honor, #humble, #laud, #living, #magnify, #name, #obedient, #observe, #powerful, #remember, #sacrifice, #true, #worship

Voting in the Country

I had the great honor to vote today. As a citizen, I find my greatest joy when I have the right and privilege to participate in selecting the leaders of our government. I think of the billions of people who dream of the same privilege.

The image of the Iraqis, when they had their first free election, lifting their ink stained fingers in the air, brought tears to my eyes. For many, that was probably the most powerful moment of their entire lives. They were jabbing their fingers in defiance at the forces that denied them and in victory for those who had liberated them.

So, why would we, who have the freedom to vote, refuse to accept the offer? Why would we take for granted what so many have died to accomplish?

Voting allows me as a Christian to have some impact on the culture in which I live. I can play a minute part in the moral climate of our nation. I take that very seriously. I cannot be the type Christian who votes for those who stand for immoral policies and then complain when the candidates helps them become public policy. For example, how can I vote for a pro-choice candidate and then complain about the number of aborted babies?

I live in the country and that brings a unique flavor to voting. The polling place, like the one above, is in a cramped, rundown area. The poll workers are familiar faces and they ask about your family and share a joke and a smile. The lines are non-existent and in a few moments, the task is complete.

Thankfully, we do not have to vote for our heavenly leaders. Christ is our Savior once, for all time (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). He never changes and exudes perfection every day (Hebrews 13:8). Therefore, there will never be a need to vote Him out of office!

#honor, #privilege, #voting