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#172 The Proverbs of Solomon What To Do…

(#172) The Proverbs of Solomon What To Do When It’s “Reigning”
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.

This group of proverbs are good for understanding more about God-ordained government (Romans 13:1-7). The timelessness of these rules is seen in Christians who: “having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men– as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God” (1 Peter 2:12-16).

Proverbs 25:3: “As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable.” Citizens outside of government circles may never fully comprehend its decisions, as “the heavens” and “the earth” may not completely be understood.

Proverbs 25:6-7: “Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great; 7 For it is better that he say to you, ‘Come up here,’ Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.” This is a good social rule to apply to almost any situation, as Jesus applied it spiritually in Luke 14:7-11.

Proverbs 25:15: “By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.” It may take many appeals to be heard, but a ruler’s quick response may come from irritation and anger. Patience is a virtue (2 Peter 1:5-8).

Proverbs 29:26: “Many seek the ruler’s favor, But justice for man comes from the LORD.” Whatever government may decide, whether Supreme Court decision, Presidential Executive Order, or Congressional Legislation, the ultimate judgment of human behavior is in the hand of God only: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).  

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 135 Which God Should We Worship?

There is no assigned author, time, or place for this Psalm, but it certainly brings together elements from a few other Psalms to show God is above all “gods!”

Verses 1-4 call for God’s People to praise Him;

Verses 5-18 mention why God is Supreme;

Verses 19-21 make a second call for God’s People to praise Him.

Verses 1-4: Look at what the LORD has done to distinguish His Name: (1 His “Servants” in “the house of the LORD” know He is “good” (Jesus said, “No one is good but One, that is, God,” Matthew 19:17); (2 “Praises to His Name” are to be sung, “for it is pleasant” (that is, it is a joyful response to His Name); (3 God chose “Jacob” (whose name was changed to) “Israel” (not Ishmael!) “for His special treasure,” through whom will come Jesus Christ (Luke 1:26-33).

Verses 5-18: The LORD is “great,” and “above all gods,” because: (Verses 5-7) He is All-Powerful (does as He pleases); Creator and Ruler of Earth (including heaven, earth, seas, deep places, water cycle, lightning in rain, wind from His “treasuries”). One God over all Creation, unlike idolaters who need many “gods” for one Creation! (Verses 8-12) He created and blessed the Israelite Nation by “signs and wonders” ending in the death of “the firstborn of Egypt” (man and beast! Exodus 9-12); defeated all the Canaanite nations for Israel to have the “Promised Land” (Book of Joshua); gave Canaan to Israelites as long as they obeyed Him (Deuteronomy 29). (Verses 13-18) NO idol has begun to accomplish as much for their people as God has for His! Idols are the product of human planning and carving, made in the image of a human (mouths, eyes, ears, none of which work because there is no breath of life!). God made humans in His own image (Genesis 1:26). Humans may become godly, but idolaters, those who trust idols, become cold, unfeeling, and blind, deaf, and dumb (or speechless).

Verses 19-21: Because God is Creator, All-Powerful, Ruler over human history, He deserves the praise and blessing from the “house of Israel,” “house of Aaron,” “house of Levi,” and all “who fear the Lord” should “bless the LORD.” The living God deserves, and should receive, all praise and blessing from those whom He has helped.

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

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