Proverbs 10:28 Happy and Sad

Proverbs 10:28 (KJV)
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

There would be, I am sure, some practical applications of this passage today. But the key words, hope and perish, lead me to believe that this passage is meant to put eternity in mind.

The Bible says that the Christian has hope but the one who is without Christ is also without hope.

Jesus promised that those who believe in him have everlasting life but that those who do not believe are condemned to perish.

Now consider the expectation of the wicked concerning eternity. It might take one of three forms:

  • It does not matter
  • We just die and turn to dust
  • God will not send anyone to hell

I want to say it does matter.
Death and hell are serious matters. Eternity lasts forever. This brief life is over in a breath. What happens beyond that grace is forever.

I want to say that there is something after death
The Bible assures it to be so. The resurrection of Christ proves it to be so. Every fiber of human being demands it to be so.

I want to say that soul will be and are now in hell.
Jesus’ account of the rich man and Lazarus informs us that souls do go to eternal hell.

The wicked man’s expectations about his future will perish. They will be dashed to pieces in the rocks of eternal reality. But that same wicked man can be made righteous by coming to Jesus. What gladness awaits him at the foot of the cross of Jesus!

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Proverbs 10:28 Happy and Sad

2 Chronicles 28:1 So, What Happened?

2 Chronicles 28:1 (KJV)
Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:

Ahaz was arguably the most wicked of the kings of Judah, certainly among the most sinful. Interestingly his father, Jotham, was a good king, and so was his son, Hezekiah. 

So, what happened?

I understand this is speculation, but it is supported in scripture. Jotham did what was right in the sight of the Lord except that he would not go to the Temple of the Lord. 

Uzziah, his father, had been judged at the Temple. He assumed to burn incense, a duty belonging only to the priests. The priests withstood him. When he became angry at the priests, God smote him with leprosy. Jotham didn’t hold it against God (at least not publicly), but he did hold it against the house of God. As much as he did right otherwise, he did not get this right. 

I think it showed up in his son. 

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Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 Going Home

Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 (KJV)
Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

The older I get the more at peace I am with going to my “long home.” Today’s reflection is on the phrases describing death.

The silver cord be loosed
Life is a thread on which we hold. As the years go on our strength to hang on grows weaker. The cord of life is not weaker. It continues on for generations unknown. We simply lose our hold.

The golden bowl be broken
How precious we view our life. The body which contains it is treasured as godlike to some. Youth often see their vessel as invincible. Eventually that bowl loses its luster and finally succumbs. 

The pitcher broken at the fountain 
In youth, we serve as a channel. We not only contain life but reproduce life, enable life, train equip, and feed life. At some point we lose the ability to reproduce and not much after we are no longer those who serve as vessels to sustain life. 

The wheel broken at the cistern
The wheel denotes work, production. In youth our hands and feet produce goods and services deemed valuable to others. One day that wheel will break. 

God gave us life. One day we who are saved, enter into the presence of God. 

Are you ready to go to your long home?

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1 Corinthians 8:2 Knowledge = Liberty

1 Corinthians 8:2 (KJV)
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

There is a sermon here for sure. Just some thoughts. 

Knowledge =liberty
Lack of knowledge = weak

Knowledge can become pride
Liberty can create stumblingblocks 

Reality = as much as we might know, we know very little. 

Solution = charity, seek to edify rather than use liberty. 

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1 Corinthians 8:2 Knowledge = Liberty 

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1 Samuel 2:27 A Man of God

1 Samuel 2:27 (KJV)
And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house?

Exactly who this man of God was, we must be content not to know until we reach eternity. What is apparent is the difference between religion and a relationship with God. 

I take it that men of God were rare but not unheard of in those days. There was one mentioned in the account of Deborah. 

The priesthood – religion – was not wrong. It had its place and still does. 

James 1:27 (KJV) 
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. 

If religion is the action of a Christian, then our relationship with the Lord is the life that moves the action. Religion without life is death. Life without action is meaningless. 

There always seems to be few who are men of God, who possess the life of God in them and thus are moved to action on behalf of God. 

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Revelation 14:6 One Gospel

Revelation 14:6 (KJV)
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

There are those who like to speak of the various ways of salvation: 

  • That way of the Old Testament 
  • That way of the New Testament 
  • That way of the Tribulation 

There is only one gospel. It is the glorious gospel, Christ’s gospel; the everlasting gospel or else it is another gospel which is not another.[1]

Every soul ever saved has been saved this same way, by believing this gospel and trusting Christ. Every soul that ever will be saved in the future will be saved exactly the same way. 

It is an everlasting gospel. It was ordained before the foundation of the world and it, like its subject, Jesus Christ, changes not. 


[1]Galatians 1:6-7 (KJV)I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

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1 Peter 1:9-12 Should We Not Do The Same?

1 Peter 1:9-12 (KJV) Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. We believe, and here is one proof text for it, that the Old Testament saints looked forward to salvation through the gospel of Christ just as we look back to salvation through the gospel of Christ. Notice they enquired and searched diligently at those things that pertained to the coming gospel. Should we not do the same? Are we too casual and carefree about this great gift just because it is a gift now given? Notice also that they understood they ministered to a generation to come. Should we not do the same? The opportunities for the future for salvation rest, to some degree, upon our faithfulness to guard and then to bring forward the faith once delivered.   To my readers: First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments. For this and more than 4400 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

1 Peter 1:9-12 Should We Not Do The Same?

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James 2:2 Always Assembled

James 2:2 (KJV)
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;

Many Bible students place a very early date on the authorship of this epistle. They cite, as one of their main reason, James’ blatant connection between Judaism and Christianity. The inference, they claim, is that he wrote at such an early date that Christianity had not yet progressed to include the Gentile church. Indeed, one of their arguments is that the word, “assembly” in this verse is the Greek word for synagogue and not church. Perhaps, they opine, the church had not yet developed.

I have no problem giving this book an early date.

First, the church obviously existed even before Christ was crucified
Matthew 16 and 18 both have Christ mentioning the church. It does not begin in Acts chapter 2 but in the Gospel period.

Second, the Greek for word, “church” existed as a secular term prior to the existence of the Christian church
It was originally used to describe what we might call a “town council” today. The Bible has at least three terms that were all used to describe an early church:

  • Eklessia (used in about 115 times)
  • Sunogoge (James 2:2)
  • Episunogoge (Hebrews 19:25) “a complete gathering”

It seems to me that the key point is that the church always means a gathering.

  • It is never universal. It is never Catholic. It is never invisible.
  • It is always local. It is always visible.  It is always assembled.

 

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Ephesians 2:4 Inexhaustible Mercy

Ephesians 2:4 (KJV)
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

It happens that I read today both Ephesians 3 and Psalms 136. The literary style of the Psalm is poetic as it drives home, in 26 verses, that, “His mercy endureth forever.” Now this verse in Ephesians gives us the reason for His mercy; “His great love wherewithal He loves us.

As enduring as is His mercy, His love for us is that great. It is unending, inexhaustible and eternal. God’s love extends to:

  • The Jew and the Gentile
  • The saved and the lost
  • The child and the adult
  • The male and the female
  • The faithful and the unfaithful
  • The obedient and the disobedient

No doubt, the desire of God, and the purpose for the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the saving of souls and the sanctification of the saved. But God’s love is greater than our relationship with Him and therefore His mercy endures our sin to give us, over and again, opportunities to make right our walk with Him.

 

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Psalms 132:11 The Promise of Eternity

Psalms 132:11 (KJV)
The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

That this passage reaches past David’s immediate line: Solomon, Rehoboam and etc., is clear from Acts 2:30 (KJV)
Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

Clearly his family has reference as is obvious from Psalms 132: 12, but the promise is greater than royalty. The promise is eternal.

I want the very best for my children. I want to see them successful and happy. But what I long to see much more than that is to see them, their children, and their children’s children saved, serving the Lord and secure for all of eternity.

This is the promise of Psalms 132:11. It is not a promise of a lengthy monarchy. It is the promise of an eternity based upon One, Jesus Christ.

 

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