Banquet of the King in the House of Wisdom – 3

Words of a Wise King or Prudent Messenger

Pride leads to disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2 NLT


Listen, you broadcasters of contention and messengers of alternative truth. Integrity and importance no longer occupy the seat of honor in your palaces!

Adrian Sjoberg

Righteous kings and true messengers choose their words well, while evil broadcasts a false balance. Your impudent proclamations and contentious questions weary the ears of the righteous.

When will wisdom return to the feasts of the leaders of nations and conversation of those subjected to your entertainment news? You stoke the fires of hatred and fuel the frenzies of division.


Proverbs 11:

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
    but a just weight is his delight.

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
    but righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
    but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
    but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.

Remember Solomon who wrote these words nearly three thousand years ago? He began as a righteous king with good intentions, yet the king fell into sin. A great kingdom fell after having been chosen by God to represent righteousness.

Great kingdoms of the millennia diminished into discontent and dishonor; for wisdom no longer occupied a seat in their palaces or consideration in the thoughts of their subjects.


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With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
    but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.

12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
    but a man of understanding remains silent.
13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets,
    but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
    but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Hasn’t our focus been drawn to scandal, personalities and unrighteousness? Accusers point to what is evil in their opinion (calling it news) yet never point to righteousness in the eyes of the Lord.

Media has become the message. Truth, importance and wisdom no longer invade media’s monetary message.


23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
    the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.


Hear this, you evil messengers and rich rulers. It is the LORD who will judge both message and messenger. He will weigh injustice and offset lies.

A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a faithful envoy brings healing. – Proverbs 13:7

An evil man seeks only rebellion,
and a cruel messenger will be sent against him. – Proverbs 17:11

Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. – John 13:16

I tell you haughty messengers and arrogant rulers:

The Lord sits at the gate and sends the true message. He will weigh the words or your mouth and silence the shouts of your rebellion.


To be continued…

 

Banquet of the King in the House of Wisdom – 2

“Lord, Lord”

You are about to sit in the presence of the King. Yet with the hearing of the wisdom of the King comes responsibility.

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?’ – Luke 6:46

LUKE 6:49

“But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Can you sit before the King and heed His words of wisdom?


The Way of Wisdom

Proverbs 9:HRH Queen Elizabeth

Wisdom has built her house,
She has hewn out her seven pillars…

She has also furnished her table.

Forsake foolishness and live,
And go in the way of understanding.

“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.


Account for your actions

Do you answer the tweets of a fool? Would you correct this scoffer?

Does the world recognize a wicked one without you answering a fool?

Contentious words provoke angry response,

While silence speaks softly to those who hear.

A fool speaks loudly and carries no stick.

The wise one withholds comment from deaf ears..

What basis have you to judge another? Are you so infallible or have you never transgressed righteousness?

Learn from the Lord and ask forgiveness for your errors. Fear the LORD! Then you will begin to have wisdom.


Wisdom of the King

Earthly kings and leaders have appointed times, yet often they fail. Even Solomon forgot wisdom in his later days. The king’s banquet may become an event of singular honor or delectable cuisine, but wise words nourish the guest of the king’s table.

Hear just a few morsels of wisdom from King Solomon. My reflections follow, as I invite your consideration.

Savor wisdom’s words on the pallet of your understanding.

Feast upon wisdom’s flavor before digesting a proverb as common fast-food.

Proverbs 10:

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

I am a sinful man; therefore I will keep silence before the King.

I recall the actions of so many wicked men and wayward women. We abhor their violence, yet the Lord will judge.


9 He who walks with integrity walks securely,
But he who perverts his ways will become known.

he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity – Proverbs 2:7

Integrity – completeness, fullness, innocence, simplicity.

Acting in the Lord’s will, considering my imminent action as simply evil or good. Choosing good before exercising evil in thought, word or misdeed.

And perversion? We have forgotten it’s meaning in an onslaught of common evil. Perversion twists the truth of righteousness with corruption of the pure and defiance against God. Consider the lives of an evil one:

The way of peace they do not know,
and there is no justice in their paths;
they have made their roads crooked;
no one who treads on them knows peace. – Isaiah 59:8

Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity
than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool. – Proverbs 19:1


12 Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all sins.

How we continually hear the news of the world; taunting words of hatred from the lips of arrogant men and unbound women.

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

More than everything, soft words of love and the mirror of time will turn harsh words of hatred into regret.

More wisdom from Proverbs 10:

14 Wise people store up knowledge,

But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.


17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life,
But he who refuses correction goes astray.

18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
And whoever spreads slander is a fool.

19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
But fools die for lack of wisdom.


The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,
and humility comes before honor. – Proverbs 15:33

Don’t think of Proverbs as only a few pithy sayings by Solomon and other ancient Kings.

Think of Proverbs as personal advice from the King of kings; then consider your own words and actions.

Will you be invited to the banquet of the King?


To be continued…

Banquet of the King in the House of Wisdom

The House of Wisdom

Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?

Proverbs 8: NKJV

6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things,
And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
7 For my mouth will speak truth;
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness;
Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.
9 They are all plain to him who understands,
And right to those who find knowledge.


Ah, wisdom, such a rare jewel among riches, a hidden treasure in the palaces of kings.

Does a son of man in this 21st century even consider her value before proclaiming foolishness?

O, that a humble King could be found, a son of man with whom wisdom occupies a seat of honor at his banquet.

15 By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles,
All the judges of the earth.
17 I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.

Wisdom. A wise ruler surveys the land, chooses the high ground and builds upon a foundation of the Lord’s righteousness. Though cunning may sweep an evil one into a palace on shifting sand, no monument outlasts the wisdom of the Lord.

In the Beginning

 

22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23 I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.
27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
29 When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.


John 1:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.


Proverbs 8:

33 Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it…

35 For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”


Do you seek the house of wisdom and will you hear her voice?

What word of wisdom would you with ears to hear obey?


To be continued…

 

About Roger, a 21st c. Christian Author

Roger Harned

I first wrote for myself

Roger Harned, born in Ohio in the USA. I grew up in a small village listening to many stories of family and others every day. I grew up listening to good preaching as well.

I’m a storyteller, some may say an author. I read and write out of my love for understanding the hearts of others, more specifically the Lord. My writing career had been a private pastime which included lyrics, poems and scribbled ramblings on the youthful musings or love.

Did I mention my first love was music? As a teacher listening to music entering the hearts of others, I arranged what I hoped would be heard. Yet mostly, it was not. A conductor dreams of becoming a maestro and leader of the genius of others. A woman once called me ‘maestro’ after hearing me conduct the Cortland Community Band in a 30th anniversary concert. One fan, for whom I am thankful. Even so I did compose many songs which never had an audience. Great music, silent for all time.

Now I orchestrate words for others lead by the Creator of all readers. I pray that the Lord brings hearers of the word to my exposition of scripture.

We listen to a lyrical love of a Savior who loves us sacrificially. Once born again in the Spirit of the Living God, my writing flowed from the Word, Christ Jesus.

Since that time twenty some years ago, the Bible speaks volumes to a silenced soul with prophetic conviction I sometimes tremble to share.

The written of the LORD humbles my flesh and refines my soul.

A Perfect Author draws new readers to His Love

Any preacher could tell you (in private) that expository preaching is nothing less than revealing an unfolding story of a Perfect Author. No man in the pulpit or arena is up to it. The Author of Scripture IS the LORD, who reveals to mortals by the Spirit what must be written and proclaimed.

Only One Son of Man, God Incarnate, taught perfect Law and unerring prophesy to the elect and adopted of the LORD.

John 1:1-4

I’m not the Author, only a messenger

Readers here will not be particularly interested in what I have to say, but what the Lord has to say. I try not to say too much, as is the reaction of Prophets before Almighty God. Isaiah 6:5 

Links provided here from my personal research direct the reader to scripture or trusted scriptural authority from more studied teachers of the faith. Again, any faithful writer about God will direct you to the Lord’s story and not our own imperfect application. I pray that the Lord draws you to explore further the great richness of scripture behind these links.

Let the Spirit speak to the depths of your soul from scripture.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2Timothy 3:16-17

My author blog

Roger Harned - Author blogThe Lord led me to this place because a publisher convinced me that authors need followers. To that end I also promote my posts on other social media such as FaceBook, Pinterest and Twitter. Therefore your follows are most appreciated.

In addition to excerpts from my book and writings, may posts explore scripture in brief posts directed to our 21st c. attention spans. Therefore many posts from my series will conclude with the well-known cliff-hanger: “To be continued…”

I’ve never relished the challenge of painting a fancy resume. Let the Lord and others witness my contributions in exposition, prophesy and witness.  And may Christ Jesus speak through me and my writing always glorify the Lord.

I love scripture, first and each time I study a passage of the Bible the Lord reveals more of His story. I credit many favorite authors and some dedicated instructors of writing and theology for my love of words and writing skills. Anything you may glean from the more than five hundred posts on talkofJesus.com is a gift from the Lord. Yet many more-gifted authors before me greatly influence my appetite for context and application.

I rely on the Lord and the Holy Spirit for direction of my ‘talk’ of Christ Jesus in this place. I pray you will share the Lord, that by your social witness talkofJesus.com will impact the heart of another in some way.

Roger’s Personal Post Script

P.S. On a personal note, I was married for more than twenty-two years to a beautiful soul who was raised Catholic. She suffered cancer and died in her fiftieth year. As a result, our only daughter and I grew into a deeper faith in Christ.

I was raised in the Methodist church and have been active in lay ministry and teaching in several denominations. The Holy Spirit brought me to my knees before the cross, a story told also on my searchable website.

I’m a sinner, redeemed in Christ, an unwelcome ambassador in this decaying world. Therefore I live here as one longing for God’s love in an eternal world of light and joy. Here I have also suffered divorce, survived cancer and found a place and purpose in my work and in the heart of my wife.


The goal of Christian Social Witness is to SHARE the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


And as for my book and my work, I leave you only with today’s hope for tomorrow’s joy. Please remember me in your prayers and pray that the Lord will continue that good work of this 21st c. Christian.

I pray, if it is the Lord’s will, your eternal soul and mine, through the love and grace of Christ Jesus are:

To be continued…

 

 

Times of Difficulty – 5

21 August, 2017

Godlessness in the Last Days

2 Timothy 3:

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.


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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos richest man in the world with a net worth of $90.6 billion

Many lovers of money worldwide, with the richest residing in the US, France, Spain, Mexico, China and Hong Kong.

Proud and arrogant men and women rule companies and financial interests more powerful than countries.

We sense the extreme poverty of so many without knowing the truth of many billionaires like Carlos Slim Helú who dominates more than a country just devastated by yet another earthquake.

Borderless prisons of poverty abuse the starving and obliterate opposition.

Difficulty in these last days

How many rulers of this temporary darkness are without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit and more?

Evil rulers of countries and military forces threaten apocalypse, condone persecution and order elimination of those who oppose them. Is the Lord God their God?

Hardly a mention of evil in these trying times. Yet one word describes all – godlessness. 

Meanwhile international headline news conglomerates skew our focus toward consumption, power and fleeting fame. 

Signs of the End of the Age

Enlightened ones speculate with futily about global warming and disasters of ‘mother nature.’ 

Earth did not create us, aliens did not plant us and apes did not conceive our ancestors. Yet idolatry abounds in these times of difficulty.

When hurricane approaches or disaster strikes do any dare mention ‘acts of God?’

Matthew 24:

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2 But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.

6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.

11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.

12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.


No One Knows That Day and Hour

In two millennia since the beginning of these last days, in recent centuries of these last hours, in passing minutes of threatening signs:

Has your love grown cold? Will you endure to the end?

Is your gospel of the kingdom of Christ Jesus a testimony of truth, an anchor of belief and hope of love?

37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man…

Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida, wreaking destruction

44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.


2 Peter 3:

… scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say,

“Where is the promise of his coming? …”

5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.

7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.


Remember 9/11
2,996 deaths

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.


For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man…

 

 

Times of Difficulty – 4

21 August, 2017

Who will you believe?

“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.

The Lord commissions the prophet Jeremiah, who must warn nations of their sins against God. Like any true prophet, Jeremiah has nothing to gain by the Lord’s choice to make him a messenger. Who will believe the Lord’s message and messenger?

Jeremiah 1:

And the Lord said to me,

“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Generations Earlier

The Lord saved Noah and his family from a great flood.

Ark Encounter

Do you suppose Noah’s neighbors had questions of why this crazy old man was building a huge ark? Yet did any return to the Lord rather than embrace their sins?

Even today man refuses to believe God would condemn the whole earth, saving only a righteous man. We deny judgment, refuse the warnings of the Lord’s true messengers and dismiss scripture.

In Times Long Ago

Egyptians worshiped Pharaoh as a god. The Lord worked mighty miracles by the hand of Moses allowing an enslaved Hebrew people to migrate to Canaan. Powerful middle east princes practiced ritual evil worshiping idols which are no god. 

Why would such self-serving men as Pharaoh or a middle east prince believe that Moses spoke for the Lord? For that matter, why would this self-serving generation believe that the Lord has spoken to any?

9th c. B.C.

1 Kings 18:

21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.

We prefer to worship gods of our making rather than Almighty God. Mortal man revolts against any authority other than our own.


7th-6th c. B.C.

Jeremiah 2:

5 Thus says the Lord:

“What wrong did your fathers find in me
that they went far from me,
and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?

6 They did not say,

‘Where is the Lord who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that none passes through, where no man dwells?’

7 And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things.

But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.

8 The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’

Those who handle the law did not know me; the shepherds transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after things that do not profit.


The rule of righteousness set by the Lord means nothing to men who define their own sin. False prophets and war-like men lead multitudes to lives of destruction and evil. Is anything new under the sun?

People will believe or disbelieve whatever they want.


Jesus Messiah

1st c. A.D.

Into an era dominated by Rome, a nominal jewish leadership asks their Messiah Jesus to perform more miracles.

Show us a sign.

Did first century jews want to bow down to a king any more than we do? Even if Almighty God appears to us in the flesh, will we believe and obey?

Instead, the Son of Man warns believers to be on guard.

Jesus is not a King who would conquer land. Neither is He a conquering mortal prince whose claim of the sword comes from God’s angels.

Jesus IS! He is a King above all kings, Creator of men from dust. And to dust we will return!

The Lord commands the sea, sun and stars. He IS Creator of men and women who will return to dust, Creator of these souls which live in the bounds of flesh and will be judged in the court of the Almighty King of all creation.

God is a righteous judge,
and a God who feels indignation every day. – Psalm 7:11

Grace for Sinful Man

The Lord came to man in the flesh and became a willing sacrifice for our sins. In light of the love of God our heavenly Father, in light of the sacrifice of Christ Jesus and in light of the eternal life breathed into the dust of your soul by the Holy Spirit; what is your response to these times of difficulty?

Who do you believe?

And what must you do in these last days, hastening times which began on a Cross?


To be continued…

 

Times of Difficulty – 3

21 August, 2017

Watch Yourselves

Luke 21:

34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”


Watch yourselves! A warning of apocalypse.

Be on guard,” states the King James, with the same Greek word where Jesus warns to ‘beware of false prophets.’ And in case you missed it, Jesus reiterates the warning. “Stay awake;” “keep on alert,” the King James Version warns. Matthew records Jesus using these warnings together as one.

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Who does Jesus warn?

21st century readers could easily dismiss this. Jesus is just preaching to the people of His day. The Temple will be destroyed and Israel will be destroyed. And that’s the end of it.

Not quite. Although these events of which Jesus warned did take place, as is so often the case, prophecy also applies to other times. Just because you and I live in a different place and a later time does not exclude us from the truth.

Jesus warns of impending disaster: ” and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.” How often over time does this apply to so many.

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Not just Jerusalem. A disaster of the scope of Sodom and Gomorrah comes more to mind. (Lot was on watch. Only Lot sought to obey the Lord by fleeing sin.)

Jesus does not speak of only ancient Judea, Samaria and Galilee which Rome would destroy later. The Lord warns, “all who dwell on the face of the whole earth.”

Do those who ignored the warnings of Noah also come to your mind?

Judgment!

We don’t like it, the thought of being judged by another. Yet a sovereign God surely rules in righteousness and will judge the living and the dead! We prefer to see Jesus as our humble example of living to love God. Jesus invites us to think of God as Father. Jesus challenges us to love others.

Yet He often warned of a judgment to come, a judgment with eternal consequence. Here is just one more example of the Almighty authority of Christ Jesus (which could be easily dismissed).


The Son of Man

Allow me to isolate what Jesus warns.

“… But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength… to stand before the Son of Man.

Judgment! Jesus clearly warns the He will be our judge. And you will not stand in your own strength, but in His.

Jesus IS the Son of Man! Jesus also clearly states for all with ears to hear:

“I and the Father are one.” –John 10:30


Revelation 14:14-16

Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand.

And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud,

“Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.”

So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.


To be continued…