Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Great Light

Proverbs 13:9
The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

What jumped out at me this morning was this phrase “The light of the righteous rejoiceth:”

The first time we see the word LIGHT in the New Testament is in
Matthew 4:16
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Webster says this about LIGHT
“That ethereal agent or matter which makes objects perceptible to the sense of seeing, but the particles of which are separately invisible.”
Also “Illumination of mind; instruction; knowledge.”

What is this LIGHT mention in Matthew? Was this great LIGHT the sun? I don’t think so because of what is stated afterward. Notice they were sitting in darkness, it’s hard to sit in darkness after the light of the sun lighten up the world after a nigh of darkness. They were also sitting in the shadow of death when light sprung up. Here what I think. We were born in darkness a dead spirit which could not know God neither worship God.

John 4:23
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:24
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The people which sat in darkness (no light lost without hope) saw great light; (the gospel , the death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God) and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. (The light of Jesus)

John 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 9:5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 12:46
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Jesus is the Light and if we never know Jesus we will be seated in darkness and the shadow of death will ever be present. But the child of God walks through the shadow of death.

Psalms 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me

Therefore “The light of the righteous rejoiceth:”

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Get Smart

In proverbs 9:10 we find this phase “THE FEAR OF THE LORD”  that phrase is used only 26 times in the O.T. Once in the N.T. Now what I found interesting is that that phrase is used 14 times in the book of Proverbs that’s more than half. Webster says this about FEAR “To feel a painful apprehension of some impending evil; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotions of alarm or uneasiness of mind. We fear the approach of an enemy or of a storm. We have reason to fear the punishment of our sins.” 
The word AFRAID “Impressed with fear or apprehension;” Adam and Eve placed in a perfect world with only one rule but they were tempted and failed and the first two things that came into their lives was Shame “Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God” and Fear “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid,” 
Sin does two things it make us shameful for our action and causes fear to come into our lives.

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Maybe that’s it, we are just not fearful enough? Somewhere we may have gotten an attitude there nothing to be afraid of. Maybe from a video game or horror movie. In a video game you don’t stay dead in a horror movie there’s no one after you. If the rolls were reversed one would feel fear. Do your thing now while you are young and healthy but leave the doctors office with the news that what you have is inoperable your tune might change. Have someone after you that’s going to do you real harm and see how fearful you become.  Get smart “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:”

Friday, November 3, 2017

Don’t Forget

Proverbs 3:1
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

Don’t forget; Judy tells me that all the time, don’t For get to get.....before you come home. She reminds me of something we need at the House, she has already told me she want to make sure I don’t  forget. In verse one we are reminded not to forget God’s law. 
We were told back in chapter 2 to hide God’s commandments.

Proverbs 2:1
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

Why are these commandments so important? First to keep God’s commandments one must first receive them (God’s Word) then we’re are told not to forget them. Why? Because they will be very beneficial to us; length of days, long life, peace, shall God’s law add to us. Wow Receive, Hide, Keep now I understand why they want them removed. Remove them we can’t receive them because we are not seeing them therefore no peace in our lives. 

In Pittsburgh there’s a mother who doesn’t believe in God and has taught the same to her child, now she wants the 10 Commandments removed from School grounds. The marker was placed there in 1957, sixty years that marker has stood and now one mother and her child wants it removed. The sad thing is they are going to remove it. Who cares how the multitude feels we have two that’s upset; someone should have just said “really lady if you don’t like it go somewhere else.” But no, let’s don’t upset this poor fool.
Psalms 14:1
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

 The New Kensington-Arnold School District says it’s removing the six-foot granite marker as part of a settlement with the group that went to court challenging the religious display on school property.

The challenge was filed by a student and her atheist mother in 2012.

Who wants to go to a school where there’s a red flag that says everyday DON’T COMMIT FORNICATION, DON’T STEAL, DON’T LYE?? Why would anyone want to go to school where there’s peace?

That’s why God said “Don’t Forget.”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Who RU Learning From?

Proverbs 12:1
Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge:......
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness:.....

Knowledge is learned by instruction from those who know and I can never be knowledgeable of right things by wicked people. Wicked people can only teach me wicked and wrongful deeds. Just as Good, Righteous and Godly people can teach me right, wicked people can only teach things I don't need to learn. Be careful who you listen to and who you learn from.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Just Ask

For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

For the Lord "GIVES" Webster says this about GIVE "The sense of give is generally to pass, or to transfer, that is, to send or throw.]"

For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son (transfer His Son from Heaven to Earth) that whosoever believes in Him (put trust and confidence in) should not perish (be destroyed) but have everlasting life. (Never die, never be destroyed)

He "GIVES" WISDOM "The right use or exercise of knowledge;"

Here we are being taught that the Lord gives the right to exercise knowledge. How? James says if you want WISDOM ask God for it.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

We become knowledgeable as we study God's Word. But understanding comes by knowing God and doing what He says. There was a saying going around in 90's "What Would Jesus Do!" The only way someone would know what someone else would do would be to know that person really well. If I were asked what my wife would do in a certain matter I would be able to say "she would do this or that." I could do that because I know her and spend time with her in other words I spend time building a relationship with her. If I wasn't sure I could just ask her. Same with the Lord if I don't know just ask Him "out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gone Astray

Matthew 18:11
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

The Son of man; who is this Son of man?
Matthew 8:20
And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Matthew 9:6
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

Without doubt the Son of man is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. His purpose for coming to this earth is the save sinners from an awful place called hell. It's wonderful that He does so much more but the main reason for His coming is to save sinners or the lost.

The apostle Paul said it this way.
1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Not only did Jesus come to save sinners but also to keep the saved.

John 18:9
That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

Jesus is not just in the saving sinners business He is also in the keeping saints business.

Matthew 18:12
How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

ASTRAY "Out of the right way or proper place,  it signifies wandering from the path."
Here we see a picture of a sheep going astray . The Shepherd leaves the rest of his sheep and goes back and finds the one that went astray. For God so loved that He gave but God so loves that He goes. If a parent looks around and their child is missing they immediately go in search for their child.

Luke 2:43
And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

If your child is missing you stop what you are doing and nothing is more important than finding that child. The Lord is no different He goes seeking to bring that sheep back to the fold.

Matthew 18:13
And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

Why does He do this?

Matthew 18:14
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Monday, August 7, 2017


7 August 2017

Matthew 18:1
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Chapter 17 closes with the tax collectors in Capernaum wanting Jesus to pay taxes which Jesus does. Now in chapter 18 we read "At the same time came" His disciples come to Jesus with a question. "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"  Why did they asked that question? I'm not sure unless they thought it would be one of them. Can you image the disarray that would have brought on if Jesus would have named one of them? Jesus does something much different and I should learn from His example. Jesus turns and calls a child and places them for His disciples to see.

Matthew 18:2
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

Them Jesus teaches an object lesson; why did He do that? Because Jesus knows we will remember more of what we see than what we hear. Jesus brings this child into the center, now all the disciples are looking and watching as well as hearing. Jesus begins.

Matthew 18:3
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus tells His disciples "Except ye be converted" Strong say
CONVERTED "to twist, that is, turn quite around or reverse (literally or figuratively): - convert, turn (again, back again, self, self about)."

Jesus bring this child and says "Except he turn around and reverse your way of thinking.  These disciples thinking was wrong it was worldly thinking who's the greatest, the best, the most important. Jesus says no boys you have the wrong thinking going on. You see this child? It doesn't matter to them who's the best, greatest, fastest, richest none of these things  matter to them, they could care less, change the way you think.

Matthew 18:4
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Listen "WHOSOEVER" humbles themselves as this little child. Jesus called a little child to come to Him and without question that child came straight to Jesus. That child humbled themselves and came. Jesus said but you disciples are standing around here wanting to know who's the greatest but this child could care less. But there something else I want you see and learn. This child humbled themselves and came and I received them, now you boys do the same.

Matthew 18:5
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Matthew 18:6
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

There's that word "WHOSO" again Webster has this to say about that word"Any  person whatever."
It does not matter any person that shall be OFFEND ("To attack; to assail.") one these that have humbled themselves that believe in me, it would be better that a millstone were to be placed around their neck and that they were drowned.

Would you think that would refer to our talking bad against one another? Maybe even taken side? "Who is the greatest" when we take sides listen to gossip and even gossip ourselves we may be hurting one of God's little children as Aretha Franklin said in her song "Think" which was released May 2,1968 “You better think about what you're trying to do"  I'm afraid to many times we speak before we think. If God so loved the world and that is more than just me. God loves us all and when I run someone down I'm saying God who's the greatest in your eyes me or them? It's far better to keep your mouth shut. Lord help me to do just that.