No one can compare to me! Isaiah 47.10

“You were complacent in your evil deeds; you thought, ‘No one sees me.’ Your self-professed wisdom and knowledge lead you astray, when you say, ‘I am unique! No one can compare to me!’”

Isaiah 47.10

The prophet denounced the arrogance of Babylon. The Lord used Babylon to punish Israel, v. 6, but they showed them no mercy. Now, destruction would fall on them, v. 11.

Do I remember that God sees all? Do I believe that I am so special that I can sin without being punished? Is my wisdom leading me astray?

#votd #Isaiah #self-deceit

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4-24-2017 Self-Praise Is No Praise

“Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread” (Proverbs 12:9 NKJV). A loyal “servant” knows his master, and serves, regardless of circumstance or outside opinion. Being “slighted” by others should not discourage a person from being honorable and respected at home. However, acting like things are better than they actually are is an exercise in hypocrisy and self-deceit! Putting up a front of self-honor when the facts are he “lacks bread” makes life look like a stage setting, all image and no substance. Self-praise is NO praise! Proverbs 27:2 (NKJV): “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” We expect our parents and grandparents to “praise us,” so the emphasis here is “a stranger,” someone who is outside our family.

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

#hypocrisy, #praise, #self-deceit

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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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(#54) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:9-Who Has Bragging Rights?

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 12:9: “Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.”

A loyal “servant” knows his master, and serves, regardless of circumstance or outside opinion. Being “slighted” by others should not discourage a person from being honorable and respected at home. However, acting like things are better than they actually are is an exercise in hypocrisy and self-deceit! Being proud when there is nothing of which to be proud is despicable. Putting up a front of self-honor when the facts are he “lacks bread” makes life look like a stage setting, all image and no substance. Self-praise is NO praise! “Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit” (Proverbs 25:16). “It is not good to eat much honey; So to seek one’s own glory is not glory” (Proverbs 25:27). Too much of a sweet thing is sickening, and so is it to be around those who praise themselves! It is one thing to receive the accolades of one’s peers, but quite another to be acknowledged by those outside of our personal sphere. Another proverb teaches this: Proverbs 27:2: “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” We expect our parents and grandparents to “praise us,” so the emphasis here is “a stranger,” someone who is outside our family. It is even more pathetic to be around someone who cannot get recognition without self-promotion! An untreatable medical condition is caused by the sprained elbow of people patting themselves on their own backs! How pitiful is it for the best opinion about someone to be from that person! Even Jesus Christ had others who bore witness of Him (John 5:31-47) to show that “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.”

Jesus Christ said to His disciples concerning people in the world: “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). “The world would love its own” is Jesus’ way of saying the worldly-minded will always support each other by propping up everyone who thinks like they do, and verbally or physically attack all righteous people who will not conform to their standards! Christians should not expect former “friends” to be encouraging: “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles–when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead” (1 Peter 4:3-5).

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

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