Read Psalm 8:10-21
Read Psalm 8:10-21
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? Job 12:12
*Many years ago, on a Christmas Day, a very Rich Man who had no wife, no children, no other family members, decided to invite all the employees of his Mansion to dinner.*
*He called the staff and asked them to sit at the table.*
*In front of everyone there was a BIBLE and a small sum of MONEY.*
*After everyone was installed, the Rich Man asked:*
*”What would you prefer to receive as a gift: this BIBLE or this MONEY?*
*Do not be shy, you can choose what you want. “*
*THE GUARDIAN WAS THE FIRST TO REACT:*
*”Sir, I would love to receive the Bible, but since I have not learned to read, the money will be more useful to me.”*
*THE GARDENER WAS THE SECOND TO SPEAK:*
*”Sir, my wife is very sick and that’s why I need more money, otherwise I would choose the Bible for sure!”*
*THE THIRD WAS THE COOK:*
*”Sir, I like reading to tell the truth, it’s one of the things I like to do, but I work so hard that I never find time to flip through a magazine, let alone the Bible. I will take the money. “*
*IN THE END, IT WAS THE turn OF THE BOY WHO TAKES CARE OF THE ANIMALS OF THE MANSION.*
*And as the Rich Gentleman of the villa knew that the boy’s family was very poor, he stepped forward and said:*
*”Surely you too want the money, do you not?” So that you can buy food to have a good dinner at home and buy new shoes? “*
BUT THE BOY,
as for him, surprised everybody with his answer:
*”It would not hurt to buy a turkey and other tasty food to share with my Parents and Siblings. I also need a pair of new shoes because mine are very old. Even so, I will choose the Bible because I have always wanted one.My mother taught me that the Word of God is worth more than gold and that it is more tasty than a honeycomb.”*
*After receiving the Bible, the boy immediately puffed it out and found TWO ENVELOPES inside.*
*In the first, there was a CHEQUE that was 10 TIMES higher than the money on the table.*
*In the second, there was a DOCUMENT (Will) that made (whoever would choose the Bible), the heir to the wealth of the Rich Man!*
*Faced with the Boy’s emotion and the astonishment of the other servants, the Rich Gentleman opened one of the Bibles and read aloud so that everyone could hear:*
*The law of the LORD is perfect, it restores the soul;*
*The testimony of the Lord is true, he makes wise the ignorant.*
*The ordinances of the LORD are righteous, they rejoice the heart;*
*The commandments of the Lord are pure, they light up the eyes.*
*The fear of the Lord is pure, it subsists forever;*
*The judgments of the Lord are true, they are all just.*
*They are more precious than gold, than a lot of fine gold; They are sweeter than honey, than the one that pours rays.*
*May God give us Wisdom and help us always make the Right Choice.*
*So what do you Choose? To share this story or Ignore it? Do FORWARD.
What a great story. A story to cause us to reconsider the choices we make. It was received through WhatsApp. The Bible has more riches than cash.
Blessed is the man that walks NOT in the counsel of the ungodly…
+++The counsel of the ungodly comes from the devil and the world. It is always earthly, corrupted, sensual and demonic.
+++This counsel is also called the wisdom of the world. It is enticing and promising, but only to trap you, corrupt you and destroy you.
God’s wisdom and counsel is pure, holy, righteous, peaceful, gentle, easy to be implored, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and hypocrisy, and it is always liberating.
Prov 21:31 & 24:26
In the wisdom and counsel of God there is safety and your safety is of the Lord.
+++ Blessed you are and blessed you will always be.
-Bro. A. Rose
My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
8 He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
10 When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 *Discretion will *preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks *perverse things,
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice in doing evil,
And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked,
And who are devious in their paths;
16 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,
17 Who *forsakes the companion of her youth,
And forgets the *covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death,
And her paths to the dead;
19 None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life—
20 So you may walk in the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it;
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,
And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it. Proverbs 2 NKJ
Verse 17 speaks of the immoral woman “who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God.”
The covenant of her God is the marriage covenant. When married, a couple makes an agreement in the presence of God. In the new living translation this verse says, “she has abandoned her husband.” which means she has broken the covenant.
*Perverse: wayward or cantankerous. (2nd definition) turned away from what is right, right good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.
*Covenant: an agreement usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not to do something specified. (2nd definition)a formal agreement or legal validity, especially one under seal.
*Forsake: to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert. (2nd definition) to give up or renounce.
Abandon: to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert. (2nd definition) to give up; discontinue; withdraw from.
*Proverbs 2 explains the way of evil in verses 12 through 15. It explains or tells of the way of the immoral woman and what yielding or submitting to her will lead to in verses 16-19.
Are verses 1 through 11 showing those who read it that understanding, discernment, wisdom, and knowledge delivers an individual from the way of evil and from the immoral woman?
Consider, again, verses 3 and 4; “Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures…” quired, obtained or found.
Proverbs 2 speaks of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge…I am reminded of how much perseverance a man puts in pursing a woman that he is sincerely attracted to. Should that be? Is it natural?
The comment “he just wants to get in your pants” (which is told by most mothers and/or fathers to their daughters) throws out the reason of true persuasion…does it throw out the meaningfulness of it also? Sure the comment may be true with some, but with all? It cannot be. And fear can stop something good or bad from happening. ie: the woman for fear of being used will most definitely push away the man pursuing her (resulting in rejection) and the man for fear of being viewed as one of those types of men (or being stereotyped) will not pursue the woman that he is interested in at all. So, how would or could someone avoid this or any other misunderstanding? Other than doing what Matthew 6:33 says, Proverbs 2:10-11 says
“When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you”
*Discretion: the power to decide or act according to one’s own judgement. (2nd definition) the quality of being discreet; prudence or decorum; tactfulness.
*Preserve: to keep alive or in existence; make lasting. (2nd definition) to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare.
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