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Thursday, August 10, 2017

PROVERBS 1:3

"To receive instruction in wise behavior,
righteousness, justice and equity..."
(NASV)

"To receive the instruction of wisdom..."
(KJV)


To receive something means one has to be receptive.  Have you ever talked to a brick wall or a cold shoulder.  Hmm.  Might as well save your breath.  How often has God desired to speak to us, but knows He might as well save His breath, the breath that breathed life into man, the breath of the Holy Spirit.  The Old Testament calls it being a stiff-necked people.  You've seen them, right? 


Oh my, can you imagine anyone thinking they know it all, that they are smarter than God?  Just look at society around you.  I've been thinking about this a lot, how we have become so topsy-turvy and divided in this country.  In my humble opinion, I believe it accelerated as soon as we no longer believed in the inerrancy of Scripture.  As soon as man was allowed to pick and choose what is and isn't the spoken word of God, we were in trouble. choosing what is and isn't right or wrong.  Man sits in judgment of God.  It's time to get off the big chair and let God back on the throne.  That's the best way to receive instruction, to know who we are and who He is.   There is no wisdom, righteousness, justice and equity apart from Him.  As the last post quoted I Corinthians 3:14,

"But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them."



"WHAT WIN I IF I GAIN?

"What win I if I gain the thing I seek?
A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy.
Who buys a minute's mirth, to wail a week?
Or seeks eternity to get a toy?" 


To receive also denotes that one's hands and heart have to be emptied of other things to receive something of infinitely greater value.  It's time to put your toys down.   It's time to un-fist those hands and let things go.  I'll be the first one to say that I don't like to be told what to do.  That my friend is in our DNA I'm afraid, and it takes full surrender.  However, as much as I don't like a critique or correction, there is only one way to do it right and that is to receive wise instruction.  



Wise behavior: that's not Christians behaving badly.  Rather, as the dictionary describes, "having wisdom; sage; having or showing good sense or good judgment; aware of what is going on; knowing; shrewd; possessing inside information."  Yep, that should be us, since we have the inside scoop if we talk with God, that is.  Somehow out there is a world run riot.  It is creeping into the church where it is becoming more and more difficult to see the difference in the world and the Christian.  Worldly Christians are walking a dangerous path.  It is a narrow way we are called to since the broad way leads to destruction. The further they get out there, the harder it is to hear from God.

To receive instruction in righteousness.  That's being right in God's eyes as opposed to self-righteous, as ugly as that can get.  We've been washed and raised up to new things as baptism signifies.  God's Word can instruct us in becoming righteous, becoming more and more like Him, having a family resemblance.  Unrighteousness brings condemnation.  Don't go there.



To receive instruction in justice.  Oh my!  This is a hot topic.  Cameras are needed on uniforms and around every corner.  I think we forget we have a Judge who sees all and knows all.  Justice is a fair decree as determined by a just judge.  Unfortunately, we are imperfect humans down here: judges can be swayed according to their belief system or by those who would pervert justice.  Even our Supreme Court is crucial to determining the course of our country, whose appointed judges come to a majority of opinion based on their understanding of the constitution as unbending or as evolving, as if Truth evolves.  However there truly is just one judge we have to worry about, be concerned ultimately with, the One who holds life and death in His hand, heaven or hell.  We will all stand before His judgment seat and answer for the choices we have made.  He desires to only offer forgiveness, but most have refused to receive instruction in justice and have rejected His plea deal.



To receive instruction in equity.  That's not a word commonly used except as the value of an investment in a home.  It actually means "justness, impartiality, fairness.  Adam Clarke says it means "rectitude (moral integrity; correctness of procedure; virtue, goodness, probity-uprightness, honesty).  The pupil is to receive wisdom and instruction, the words of wisdom and understanding, justice and judgment, so perfectly as to excel in all.  Wisdom itself personified is his teacher; and when God's wisdom teaches, there is no delay in learning."

So what's keeping us back?  Being willing to receive.









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