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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.

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Summer camp – JAM

I remember one of the highlights of every summer growing up was attending church camp. Then when I was a young preacher, I directed church camp each summer. But now according to an August 11 USA Today report only one in four young people participate in any summer camp. Apparently they are saying, “Good-bye church; we are too busy with Facebook!” Many churches have dropped their summer camps. Here at the Winchester Church of Christ we enjoyed one of our best camps ever, but we understand the trend is against us. What does the future hold? That is largely up to parents. If parents grasp the importance of spiritual development and making close ties with others who respect and fallow Christian values, Christian youth camps will thrive. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#camp, #just-a-minute, #summer

Vacation Spots

When I was growing up, my family and I went to Canada one summer. That is one beautiful country, with all of its mountains, greenery, and waterfalls. Once, my music teacher and I took a Continue reading

#country, #summer, #vacation

Who I Miss Most?

This is an easy question to answer – my grandmother. She’s been gone from this life since the summer of 1989, but her godly influence still speaks to me in my mind and spirit today (Hebrews 11:4).

Thank you Lord for godly women, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

#godly, #grandmother, #influence, #life, #live, #mind, #spirit, #summer

Interesting Hair Cut?

When I was about 14 or 15 years of age, I got a flat top haircut for the hot summer months. It wasn’t the most distinguished cut I’ve ever received, but it was certainly the coolest! 🙂

News? Noticed that Ted Koppel’s son died after consuming alcohol with a bar friend all night. – he was only 40 years old: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100601/ap_on_en_tv/us_obit_koppel_s_son

A sad ending to any person’s life.

#cool, #distinguished, #flat-top, #haircut, #summer

If the Lord wills, I will be speaking at…

If the Lord wills, I will be speaking at the Preacher Files Lectureship in July at the Rush Springs Church in Oklahoma. Our gospel meeting at the Grand Blanc Church of Christ begins in mid-September with Bro. John Vaughn, of Columbia, Tenn. speaking. Our VBS begins July 19 and salutes some of the “Unsung Heroes of the New Testament.” We’ll be giving our son in marriage on September 10-11. It’s going to be a busy summer.

#plans, #summer

Summer Work

I have a very busy summer! Lectureships, speaking engagements, manuscripts, trips, wedding to perform, and a lot at Church that must be done. All of the writing and studying will help me grow, as well as adversity. Of course, I have no idea what my health will be like, but responsibilities are still there. I’m moving forward, just slower.

#preaching, #summer, #writing

Daily Nudge: spiritual summer plans — and news

People make big plans for the summer. What are your spiritual plans for this summer? (Assuming you’re in the northern hemisphere.) For Australians, South Americans and other humans south of the equator, what plans do you have for June-August?

And news, who has news, what can you tell of churches and saints?

#nudge, #plans, #summer