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  • John T. Polk II 5:00 am on 2014-06-13 Permalink | Reply
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    (#188) The Proverbs of Solomon 28:2-For Which Leader Do You Vote? 

    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 28:2: “Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.”

    A country, nation, and people who become corrupted by “transgression,” has frequent, often violent, turnovers in leaders. Solomon later said: “When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves” (Proverbs 28:12). God spoke through Jeremiah and said, “‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?’ says the LORD. ‘Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it’” (Jeremiah 18:6-10). God’s case against Israel was because they followed their wicked king, instead of obeying God: “When I would have healed Israel, Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, And the wickedness of Samaria. For they have committed fraud; A thief comes in; A band of robbers takes spoil outside. They do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness; Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They are before My face. They make a king glad with their wickedness, And princes with their lies” (Hosea 7:1-3). A nation that chooses corrupt leaders has chosen its own destruction!

    The only remedy is to turn to God and choose “a man of understanding and knowledge” so that “right will be prolonged.” Not all government leaders are to be followed if they abandon God: “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: ‘Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion’” (Psalm 2:1-6). No concerted effort of “the kings of the earth” can overthrow God’s “King,” Jesus Christ, who now is on the throne of David in Heaven (Acts 2:25-32). Only a President and Congressional leaders who understand and know God’s Will can and should lead a country in the right way! It is by God’s Wisdom that “kings reign, And rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth” (Proverbs 8:15-16).

    It is a wicked people who elect (and re-elect!) wicked leaders who justify their wickedness!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-21 Permalink | Reply
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    (#90) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:35-Who Is Responsible For Good Government? 

    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 14:35: “The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, But his wrath is against him who causes shame.”

    Any government leader is wise to desire the wisdom of God, even if it is through “a wise servant.” “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles” (Proverbs 1:5-6). Daniel was a “wise” choice: “Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm” (Daniel 6:3). Even counsel for war should be based upon wisdom: “Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war (Proverbs 20:18); “For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 24:6). Jesus reflected this in His teaching: “Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:31-33).

    A “king” shows what kind of heart he has by his speech(es). “He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend” (Proverbs 22:11). It is up to the government leader to determine his direction: “A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes” (Proverbs 20:8); “It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right” (Proverbs 16:12-13); “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2). A “king” who is not diligently filtering the purity of those around him cannot be helping his people.

    Many, however, seem to surround themselves with fools and liars! “Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness” (Proverbs 25:5); “If a ruler pays attention to lies, All his servants become wicked” (Proverbs 29:12). It is impossible for government to be staffed with “the wicked” and rule rightly! Government is no better, or worse, than those who run it! Haman incurred the wrath of his king because he had abused the king’s influence: “And Esther said, ‘The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!’ So Haman was terrified before the king and queen. Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king” (Esther 7:6-7). If a government is unjust, ungodly, willfully ignorant of God’s Wisdom, then the leader(s) should be replaced!

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

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-10-18 Permalink | Reply
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    (#89) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:34-God’s Burden Against America 

    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 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.”

    “Righteousness” is the state or condition of being “right,” as defined by God: “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7); by His commandments: “My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172); by His example: “And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).

    Governments exist to protect the “righteous” within their citizenry: “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake” (Romans 13:3-5). Every law; court-ruling; verbally-abusive, bullying, headlined propaganda piece; Harlotwood perversely slanted movie or TV program will be considered in God’s Judgment of this, or any other, nation! Speaking to Christians about the Jewish persecution of them, Paul wrote: “For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost” (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16).

    God would not destroy the homosexually-corrupted cities of Sodom & Gomorrah (Genesis 18:20; 19:1-11) if there were as few as 10 righteous among them (Genesis 18:23-33), but there weren’t. God had a “burden” of judgment against nations, countries, and cities where sin had prevailed: Babylon (Isaiah 13:1) and Nineveh (Nahum 1:1); Moab (Isaiah 15:1); Damascus in Syria (Isaiah 17:1); Egypt (Isaiah 19:1); and Arabia (Isaiah 21:13). Assyria (not covenant-keepers of Moses’ Law!) was told by the prophet: “The LORD has given a command concerning you: ‘Your name shall be perpetuated no longer. Out of the house of your gods I will cut off the carved image and the molded image. I will dig your grave, For you are vile’” (Nahum 1:14). Since then, none of these have ever arisen again to their former prominence and power! Since Jesus Christ, no country is God’s chosen People except the spiritual kingdom known as the churches of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 16:16).

    All God requires of every nation is to uphold and encourage right-thinking and right-doing: “Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,’ says the Lord GOD. ‘Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin’” (Ezekiel 18:29-30). God is “fair,” for He accepts anyone who obeys Him: “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him’” (Acts 10:34-35).

    Jesus Christ pronounced the principle that saves: “And He said to them, ‘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). This Gospel obeyed, exalts any nation.

    “The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.’” — George Orwell

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

     
    • James Randal 4:27 am on 2013-10-18 Permalink | Reply

      John, if only people understand that first sentence, how different they would conduct themselves! Instead of running to human explanations of mankind, they would scour and comb Scripture for God’s revelation of who we are and what we were destined for.

    • Eugene Adkins 6:25 am on 2013-10-18 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s some more scripture where the principle may apply to The Land of Liberty one day when it comes to righteousness, or the lack-thereof, and judgment:

      “13 “Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. 14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God.

      15 “If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they empty it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through because of the beasts, 16 even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters; only they would be delivered, and the land would be desolate.

      17 “Or if I bring a sword on that land, and say, ‘Sword, go through the land,’ and I cut off man and beast from it, 18 even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but only they themselves would be delivered.

      19 “Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out My fury on it in blood, and cut off from it man and beast, 20 even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither son nor daughter; they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.” (Ezekiel 14:13-20 – NKJV)

  • Ron Thomas 9:54 am on 2013-01-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Leaders and Frustration 

     

    If you are a leader in any occupation or activity you surely understand what it is like to be frustrated with people you work alongside. Those that work alongside may actually work for you, and sometimes the frustration is made worse.

    Moses was a man who had no one work for him, though there were many who worked alongside him. Though no one worked for him, his position in the nation of Israel was without parallel; not even Aaron, the High Priest, was of the status of Moses. The position of these two men within the nation was significant to the people and certainly to the Lord.

    As the nation of Israel was approaching the cusp of the land of promise, there was a complaint. Some within that nation complained by blaming Moses and Aaron for not taking them into the promised land in order for them to die in the wilderness (Numbers 20:4-5). Moses had been through this before, but his frustration level reached a peak on this occasion (20:8-11).

    The Lord was disappointed in the actions of his two servants, and His response to His two servants was that they did not believe Him in order to sanctify Him before the eyes of the nation. Did not believe Him? I can hardly imagine!

    It brings us to a point of application. There is not a single one of us who has not been frustrated greatly by one of the brethren. If Moses was, then who are we to not be? Moses’ response is one with which we can relate very well, but the Lord said we had better not. That’s our application.

     
  • TFRStaff 9:41 am on 2012-09-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Leading back to slavery 

    Subject: Weekly Devotional for 9/16/12

    “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery” Nehemiah 9:17.

    In their restoration to God and rebuilding of Jerusalem, the Israelites confess their sins and those of their fathers – among them being this incident from their nation’s forty years of wandering in the wilderness. So many want to lead without really knowing the way. Through the plagues and the Red Sea, God had rescued His people from slavery. In their rebellion God’s people appointed a leader to return to that slavery. Jesus said that if the blind lead the blind, they both will fall into a pit. But in our case we often idolize celebrities, sports or political figures who influence us right back into the slavery of sin. Sometimes the leaders we appoint in our rebellion are fleshly desires, time-wasters, and selfishness we yield to.

    Who or what is leading you?

    Doug Kashorek (More …)

     
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