Feasts: Thanksgiving to God

“These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. – Leviticus 23:4

Feasts, Fasts & Festivals

Americans view Thanksgiving as a defining national holiday, complete with feasts focused on our  Utopian culture of American families. Yet a stark reality lingers as a less than an alternative truth of family feasts of the American family. In fact, as I pointed out in the preface to this Thanksgiving message for 2017, we focus almost entirely on ourselves rather than God.

Festivals, feasts and celebrations have digressed to a holiday from work. Who do we thank, anyway? Certainly not the Lord. Though these feasts may have originated with God and governments, the LORD loses honor in all lands in our contemporary celebrations of self-accomplishment.

Never-the-less, let’s take a brief Biblical look at the origin of feasts and fasts appointed by the LORD.

 Note: Most information shared from other sources. Check out the several links for additional study.

Feast and Holy Days and Dates 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Purim Adar 14 Mar. 12 Mar. 1 Mar. 21 Mar. 10 Feb. 26
Pesach (Passover) Aviv 14 Apr. 11 Mar. 31 Apr. 20 Apr. 9 Mar. 28
Feast of Firstfruits Aviv ___ (varies) Apr. 16 Apr. 1 Apr. 21 Apr. 12 Apr. 11
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) Sivan ___ (varies) June 4 §May 31 May 20 §May 20 June 9 §June 9 May 31 §May 29 May 23 §May 17
Rosh haShanah (Feast of Trumpets) Tishri 1 Sep. 21 Sep. 10 Sep. 30 Sep. 19 Sep. 7
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Tishri 10 Sep. 30 Sep. 19 Oct. 9 Sep. 28 Sep. 16
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Tishri 15-22 Oct. 5 Sep. 24 Oct. 14 Oct. 3 Sep. 21
Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication) Kislev 25 Dec. 13 Dec. 3 Dec. 23 Dec. 11 Nov. 29

Feasts of the Lord

חָגַג – to hold a feast, hold a festival, make pilgrimage, keep a pilgrim-feast, celebrate, dance, stagger

Contemporary Jewish Calendars include a mixture of Hebrew Festivals, some which are considered minor festivals, with others of more importance.

Names of Hebrew festivals in other languages vary widely, without a singular reference such as ‘Thanksgiving’ for each.

All preexilic festivals were “holy convocations”

PRE-EXILIC Annual (Hebrew) Festivals
1. Passover, 15th-22d Nican
2. Pentecost, 6th Ciwan) Pilgrimage
3. Tabernacles, 15th-22d Tishri) Festivals
4. Shemini ‘Atsereth, 23d Tishri
5. New Year, Feast of Trumpets, 1st Tishri
6. Atonement, 10th Tishri

Five festivals, in addition to the all-important weekly Sabbath [שַׁבָּת], monthly (28 days) New Moon, Sabbath Year (every 7) and Jubilee Year ( every 50) ALL honor the LORD! The Day of Atonement was the only ‘pre-exilic’ fast.

Faithful worshipers of God included fasting, prayer and preparation for these feasts honoring the LORD. A feast was much more important than a mere family gathering, a feast followed a prescribed honoring of Almighty God.

Leviticus 23:

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, These are the appointed feasts of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts.

Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur (in Hebrew)

More Feasts, Fasts & Festivals

The Hebrew calendar begins with two thanksgivings (holy convocations, rather than festivals) to the LORD.

Both commemorate events when the Lord saved Israel: Passover or Pesach the Lord saves the Hebrew people through Moses from slavery in Egypt. And  Purim celebrates the Lord using Queen Esther during the exile to save the Hebrews from holocaust at the hands of Haman the Persian.

Post-exilic Festivals

After the fall of Jerusalem more than a dozen new celebrations and fasts were added to the Hebrew calendar. The period of the Babylonian captivity marks a complete change, not only in the kinds of festivals instituted from time to time, but also in the manner of celebrating the old.

God, America & Thankfulness

What do Hebrew holidays and a uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving have to do with you?

(After all, most of the world is neither Hebrew or American.)

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations. – Psalm 57:9

Yes, giving thanks is our most appropriate witness to the Lord.

O, give thanks! you sons and daughters of Jacob. Yadah, yadah יָדָה the unrighteous will hear nothing of your blessings; yet we give thanks, laud and praise to your glorious Name, O Lord of Hosts!

1 Chronicles 16:8  הֹודוּ לַֽיהוָה קִרְאוּ בִשְׁמֹו הֹודִיעוּ בָעַמִּים עֲלִילֹתָֽיו׃

As the Lord has chosen but a remnant of Jacob for eternal redemption. God chooses no nation, but only a faithful remnant of those who believe.

Israel fell. Rome fell. The U.S. spirals down toward destruction as has every earthly nation before us. The Lord will judge each man and woman for our own sin. He has prepared a remnant for His witness, praise and thanksgiving.

εὐχαριστία – thankfulness, the giving of thanks

Our witness is that the Messiah Jesus was, is and is to come – He is God in the flesh, the Spirit and Creator of all things.

He will judge and condemn the evil which surrounds us.

He will redeem those who call upon His Name; therefore give Him thanks for the covering of our sins.

Praise to our Lord Jesus Christ

John 1:

16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

John 3:

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

See how evil unmasks evil. It cannot remain covered and neither will our sin, unless we are in Christ by his love and mercy and grace.

20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”


Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy
health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
Now to His temple draw near;
Sing now in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that
is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come
now with praises before Him!

Let the Amen
Sound from His people again;
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

Psalm 103

 

Thanksgiving: We’re a little late and Christmas a little early

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

– 1 Corinthians 15:57

What’s wrong with this picture?

Or this one?

 

We may chuckle at these common images of two typically American holidays, but much more is at stake here than changing traditions.

Looking for thanks.

Watch for the coming ‘blitzchris’ of ads and marketing this week leading with holiday headlines of Thanksgiving and Christmas. From television to social media, mega-marketing messages will be unavoidable and ruthlessly relentless.

Therefore note how seemingly positive good news of these holidays ahead will bombard buyers with joyful messages of celebratory consumerism complete with obligatory ‘thanks’ or ‘giving.’ 

Yet the questions we could ask about Thanksgiving & Christmas should be:

  1. Is anyone thanking God or
  2. Is Christ mentioned in anything about Christmas?

Pyimoth Plantation – First Thanksgiving History

People across the world have been celebrating and giving thanks for thousands of years. In this country, long before English colonists arrived, Native People celebrated many different days of thanksgiving.

The English also had a long tradition of thanksgiving. They declared days of prayer to thank God when something good happened. For example, the English declared a day of thanksgiving in the summer of 1623 when a gentle rain ended a long drought.

Likewise, in the fall of 1621, when their labors were rewarded with a bountiful harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity, the Pilgrims gave thanks to God. They also celebrated their bounty with a tradition called the Harvest Home. In a letter to a friend in England,


“E.W.” (Pilgrim Edward Winslow) wrote the only record of the celebration that survives:

We set the last spring some twenty acres of Indian corn, and sowed some six acres of barley and peas, and according to the manner of the Indians, we manured our ground with herrings or rather shads, which we have in great abundance, and take with great ease at our doors. Our corn did prove well, and God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our peas not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown, they came up very well, and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom; our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors…

Source

Thanksgiving to God

“God be praised,” thanksgiving expressed in a letter to a friend back in England by the Governor of this new world.

And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty. We have found the Indians very faithful in their covenant of peace with us; very loving and ready to pleasure us: we often go to them, and they come to us; some of us have been fifty miles by land in the country with them; the occasions and relations whereof you shall understand by our general and more full declaration of such things as are worth the noting, yea, it hath pleased God so to possess the Indians with a fear of us, and love unto us…

… They are a people without any religion, or knowledge of any God, yet very trusty, quick of apprehension, ripe-witted, just, the men and women go naked, only a skin about their middles…

… there are grapes, white and red, and very sweet and strong also. Strawberries, gooseberries, raspas, etc. Plums of three sorts, with black and red, being almost as good as a damson: abundance of roses, white, red, and damask: single, but very sweet indeed; the country wanteth only industrious men to employ, for it would grieve your hearts (if as I) you had seen so many miles together by goodly rivers uninhabited, and withal to consider those parts of the world wherein you live, to be even greatly burdened with abundance of people. These things I thought good to let you understand, being the truth of things as near as I could experimentally take knowledge of, and that you might on our behalf give God thanks who hath dealt so favorably with us.

Our supply of men from you came the ninth of November 1621, putting in at Cape Cod, some eight or ten leagues from us, the Indians that dwell thereabout were they who were owners of the corn which we found in caves, for which we have given them full content, and are in great league with them, they sent us word there was a ship near unto them, but thought it to be a Frenchman, and indeed for ourselves, we expected not a friend so soon. But when we perceived that she made for our bay, the governor commanded a great piece to be shot off, to call home such as were abroad at work; whereupon every man, yea, boy that could handle a gun were ready, with full resolution, that if she were an enemy, we would stand in our just defense, not fearing them, but God provided better for us than we supposed; these came all in health unto us, not any being sick by the way (otherwise than seasickness) and so continue at this time, by the blessing of God, the goodwife Ford was delivered of a son the first night she landed, and both of them are very well. When it pleaseth God, we are settled and fitted for the fishing business, and other trading, I doubt not but by the blessing of God, the gain will give content to all; in the mean time, that we have gotten we have sent by this ship, and though it be not much, yet it will witness for us, that we have not been idle, considering the smallness of our number all this summer.


What date?

This solitary letter recording the first Thanksgiving in America, written by the Governor of this Massachusetts colony truly reflects thanksgiving to God. They might have died at sea or could have been killed by their befriended American native neighbors. No, reports Winslow, we thank God.

And when did this now legendary first Thanksgiving take place?

We don’t know for sure why the Wampanoag joined the gathering or exactly what activities went on during those three days. We do know, however, that the celebration occurred sometime between September 21 and November 9, 1621.

Source

So it seems that now in the year of our Lord, 2017, Thanksgiving may be a little late, much overlooked and once more crowded by ‘christmas’ feasting and frenzy.

Next, we will continue with a look a Biblical feasts and fasts with an original intent to praise and thank God.

 

Banquet of the King in the House of Wisdom – 7

A casual quest for wisdom’s banquet

We have explored wisdom in this series for the most part from the Bible’s book of Proverbs.  Solomon’s fame, fortune and riches brought leaders to his court seeking ‘words of wisdom.’ 

I suppose they would ask: What can I learn about the success of this wise King? Perhaps if I could be wise like Solomon I could replicate his riches.

Powerful leaders point uninformed others to places which will keep them in their place. The masses of humanity for the most part have remained uneducated and therefore cared little about wisdom.  Even the faithful have not been told God’s truth. So few have have read the truth recorded in scripture.

A thousand years after David and Solomon the Messiah Jesus came into this world and proclaimed:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ – John 14:6

Just like those who had come to Solomon for wisdom, people often asked Jesus about the Kingdom of Heaven, His Kingdom.

An uncomfortable truth

One day I saw a friend preparing for a great banquet for a wedding of important guests. As guests began to arrive in their tuxedos and gowns I asked a well-dressed guard at the door if I could enter briefly to greet my friend. The attendant guard of the door graciously agreed.

became increasingly uncomfortable as guests arrived, knowing that I had not dressed in the formal attire of arriving guests. We didn’t belong at this celebration for the bride and groom, which was about to begin.

At the time I couldn’t help recalling  the uncomfortable ending of Jesus’ parable about the wedding feast.

Just as the truth of wisdom makes us a little uncomfortable, so do the truths of death, judgment and eternal life.

Until the days of Luther (and Gutenberg) most men could not read the Bible. Women rarely could read at all. Yet even now men and women who claim to seek wisdom fail to read the wisdom of the Bible.

Perhaps a few will make brief inquiry about God in an uncomfortable place, a church. Doesn’t it make us feel like the uninvited wedding guest?

 Matthew 22

2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast…

As pointed out previously in this series:

  • “they would not come.”
  • Other servants invited them again, but the invited guests refused.
    • Some ignored the invitation and went back to work.
    • Others of the chosen killed the messengers!

7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

  • He sent messengers to invite as many as they could find.
  • Other guests filled the wedding hall.

    Now the King enters the festivities. As he looks about the room with joy the King notices a man like me (not appropriately prepared for the great feast).


11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants,

‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness.

The outer darkness of the fool

Are you fearful? Here is the wise and all-powerful King and He judges you unfit for the feast. The King’s servants cast you into eternal darkness.

Solomon and the Bible have had much to say about darkness, which is always contrasted with light and good.

The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know over what they stumble. – Proverbs 4:19

Surely the deep darkness of which Jesus speaks is Hell!

In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Are you invited?

Such a staggering thought that the King of Kings would judge your sin!  (And mine, as well.) Therefore we fear Hell, the place of eternal punishment so much deserved by all.

In fact no reprieve can be bought, which was a catalyst of the Reformation.

Are you an ‘outsider’ who is invited, OR do you just tiptoe in the door of the King to hear His wisdom?

Because no family ties, riches or religious displays will get you into the banquet of the Lord, an invitation is required.

Other wisdom of the Son

Jesus IS the Son of Man and Son of God! Christ came to sinners as a sacrifice for our innumerable sins. Jesus frequently speaks wisdom to the crowds and Apostles, even explaining the meaning of parables.

Have you read the Gospel? Find your invitation to the banquet of the King and embrace His righteous wisdom in this Good News for all.

 

 

 

Banquet of the King in the House of Wisdom – 6

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

Matthew 22:

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,

“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.


If you have been following our series on wisdom you will already recognize that the banquet prepared for us by the king anticipates words of wisdom from our host. Recall also that many proverbs of wisdom from scripture were given to us by Solomon, King of Israel, son of David.

Before we continue let’s reflect on the King and Son mentioned.

Matthew 1:

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

It is highly significant that the crowds of Jerusalem recognized this worker of miracles and teacher of parables as ‘the son of David. Jesus further frequently as the ‘son of man,’ meaning ‘a son of adam’ or human born in the flesh like you and me.

For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. – Matthew 16:27

Let’s be clear: Jesus’ claim to His place in this parable is Son of the King, Almighty God. He has both prepared the table and invited the guests.

You have read the Law of Moses, witnessed the faith of Abraham and sung the Psalms of David. Though you read the wisdom and Proverbs of Solomon, you deny that the Lord tore away his kingdom, then restored Israel for a time.

Servants of the Son of Man proclaim His message and the King now invites you to His banquet.

Will you accept the invitation of the LORD?


The King ‘sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast’, honored guests who claimed Abraham, followed Moses and were among the chosen; ‘but they would not come.’

A Second Chance

MATTHEW 22:

4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went off…

God has prepared the feast of feasts for the Son of glory. Therefore Prophets like Ezekiel, God’s messenger frequently called ‘son of man,’ invited family to repent and come to the feast.

2:3  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי בֶּן־אָדָם שֹׁולֵחַ אֲנִי אֹֽותְךָ אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל־גֹּויִם הַמֹּורְדִים אֲשֶׁר מָרְדוּ־בִי הֵמָּה וַאֲבֹותָם פָּשְׁעוּ בִי עַד־עֶצֶם הַיֹּום הַזֶּֽה׃

Ezekiel and other repentant men begged God’s chosen to also repent of their sins and humbly return to the King of creation. Most refused, yet he LORD shows mercy and compassion for those whom He loves.

To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.  – Daniel 9:9-10

Will your repent and return to your Lord?


Matthew 22:

… the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

Certainly that had been the experience and lament of Daniel when a remnant of Israel survived in Babylon.

A New Invitation

8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.

Would you be a ‘worthy guest’ of the King?

Would the King ask you, a sinful Samaritan of sorts; a gentile, even a non-Christian?

Hear how the Lord has reached out to many to celebrate the wedding of the Son.

9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’

10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

‘Both bad and good’ certainly includes you and me? Look at the definition of the greek word meaning bad, πονηρός ponēros.

  • pressed and harassed by labours
  • bringing toils, annoyances, perils
  • of a time full of peril to Christian faith and steadfastness
  • in a physical sense: diseased or blind
  • in an ethical sense: evil wicked, bad

Do any of these describe your present life?

We are invited.

Will you accept the invitation of the King to the Banquet for the Son?


To be continued…

 

Banquet of the King in the House of Wisdom – 5

Wisdom and King Solomon

2 Chronicles 1:

Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.


In case you came into our series late, Part 1:

We have explored great wisdom shared with us mostly from Proverbs, wisdom of kings and of leaders. The Bible’s wisdom whispers to the wise, yet our experience resounds with shouts of fools.

How did a wise and powerful King Solomon begin his reign over a united Israel at the height of its glory? In prayer.

9 O Lord God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.

2 Chronicles 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?”

Leadership and Wisdom

Would a king or president, prince, premier or prime minister pray now to God for wisdom? Though we might hope for our leader’s wise guidance from God, political leaders and kings lead the people astray, rarely calling on God for direction.

1 Kings 4:

29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, 30 so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 For he was wiser than all other men…

32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005…

34 And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.


Yet an older King Solomon would lament:

Nothing is new under the sun.

What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 1:9

Certainly for kings and presidents: All is vanity. 

No man can accomplish in this brief breath of life even a portion of what God can do.

Ten centuries later (AD 1st c.)

The LORD, therefore, would send to us another son of David. In Person and in power, a Son of Man would speak the words of life in parables. His words show the way, are the truth and will be the life for those who believe. He invites common sinners to the banquet table of of the King. 

This son of David, son of adam invites you to the wisdom of heaven. You with ears to hear hear the living word from the house of eternal wisdom. Hear the good news of the King who invites you to His banquet.


To be continued…

 

Banquet of the King in the House of Wisdom – 4

No one is established by wickedness

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
there is none who does good. – Psalm 53:1

Proverbs 12:

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    but he who hates reproof is stupid.
A good man obtains favor from the Lord,
    but a man of evil devices he condemns.
No one is established by wickedness,
    but the root of the righteous will never be moved.

13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
    but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,
    and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
    but a wise man listens to advice.
16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,
    but the prudent ignores an insult.
17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,
    but a false witness utters deceit.
18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.


All the world’s a stage and the powerful are its actors.

Their scripts are not true however, and their plots are conceived in evil.

One can hardly discern where to stop when reading the wisdom of the Bible. Yet who among leaders on the world’s stage reads Proverbs, let alone heeds God’s advice?

Have you ever considered the relationship between wisdom and leadership, between the fool and the wise? Proverbs addresses it.

God appoints kings and leaders: righteousness confirms their faith, but foolishness troubles their lands.


21 No ill befalls the righteous,
    but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
    but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
    but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Do a people set against God not continue to choose rulers who echo our discontent, then turn against them when theirs lies are established?

Fools will follow a boisterous king

But the wise keep silent until the mighty fall.

Proverbs 13:3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
    he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

So many would have their say with contentious and evil words.

Even in the palaces of the powerful wisdom’s table has no host.


To be continued…

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…