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3. Proverbs: A Matter of Life and Death

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  • January 1, 2015
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I will write the wise mage actions in the classroom I got to be having any five year by the messaging exploration tree a matter of life and two brothers were left home alone they given a strict warning by their mother not to eat the cake that she had just a make sure that the boys was obeyed she added the threat of punishment when she left it to the boys only a few minutes to decide to duplicate anyway this is not a matter of life and death the recent time I would never kill us so I think it for the teacher and Proverbs though the issue he speaks about is indeed a matter of life and death his language is strong and sometimes graphic of course Jesus used very strong language himself when talking about matters of eternal life and death this into this example in Matthew five verses twenty one to thirty he had heard that it was said of them of old time thou shalt not kill and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment but I say unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment and whosoever shall say to his brother Rocco shall be in danger of the council that whosoever shall say thou fool shall be in the danger of hell fire therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar and there remember is that by brother hath ought against the leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way first be reconciled to thy brother and then come and offer thy gift agree with thine adversary quickly whilst thou art in the way with him was at any time the adversary deliver thee thanks just eliminate the officer and thou be cast into prison very I say unto the national by no means come out and tell thou hast paid the uttermost farthing you have heard that it was said by them of old time shall not commit adultery but I say unto you that whosoever look at on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart and if thy right eye offend thee it out and cast it from the for it is profitable for thee that one of my members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell and if thy right hand offend thee cut it off and cast it from the parade is profitable for thee that one of my members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell Jesus used strong language and I wonder in the end our ultimate destiny our eternal destiny and what could be more important than that rests upon the choices that we make here now so we should take the urgency of the strong language at face value or her or her a lot enough to latch you choose versus for you how did six first twenty one hundred seven verse three buying them continually upon my heart and tie them about thy neck verse three says buying them upon my fingers write them upon the table of thine heart how do you understand the bodily images used in these texts regarding how we should relate to God 's law binding or tying God 's law to our hearts are neck and fingers it's part of us wherever we go as we have already learned in Proverbs I represent a defeat of emotions and thought by telling us to find the law upon our hearts hundreds six first twenty one the teacher means that we should always be in close connection with the law there is no moment we may lose contact with the law because the law is what defines sin according to Romans seven verse seven the teacher in the book of Proverbs also insists that this law should be even written on the tablets of the heart Proverbs seven verse three justice of the clause was written by God understands tablet exit is twenty four first twelve to speak about a lot written on the heart means that the law is not just an external set of rules imposed on the law should penetrate our motivations are secret intentions and Soviet part of our intimate self it's another expression of having the Pauline promise found in Colossians one first twenty seven of Christ in you the hope of glory your reality in our lives to tire law around the neck also means that we should keep it close to ourselves ancient people used to tie their precious belongings around the next the neck is a place through which air travels to the lungs allowing breath and life an association of thoughts that is attested in the Hebrew word Memphis which means soul which refers to life and is derived from a word meaning throat and breathing to find the law on one's fingers means to bring the lines the domain of actions the teacher focuses on the fingers to suggest the most delicate and intimate actions the law should affect not only the grand choices we make the smaller ones as well as Luke sixteen verse ten tells us that Jesus said he and his faithful in that which is least is faithful him she and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much of the biblical intention of these images was purely symbolical it is noteworthy that the symbols have been taken literally in Jewish Christian and Muslim traditions it is seen through the use of the Jewish Temple lien around the head and the fingers the Christian crosses around the neck and the Muslim as well as some Christians high rosaries around the fingers symbols can be helpful but let's be careful not to mistake the symbol for the reality it represents her as her and I like it or projects six first twenty three says the commandment is a lamp and the law is light and reprieves and instructions on the way of life according to that first how is the law related to light could we say that the commandment law and we produce revealed the way to live in the Bible the word of God or his law has been compared to light Psalms one hundred and nineteen verse one oh five says your word is a letter to my feet and a light to my path in the Hebrew mind there is a connection between the idea of law and of light just as a lamp eliminates the path we walk the law will help you stay on track that is to say when we face moral choices it will help us to know what the right choice is even if at times the reason or personal and expedient would tempt us to disregard the law is a challenge for you what examples can you find in the Bible of those who chose to follow God 's law despite powerful T now that you have those examples in mind let's go one step further what can you learn from their obedience in what cases if any did their choice to be faithful seem to be the wrong one at least from a human perspective we talked about Proverbs six first twenty three which again tells of the values of the law in your life for the commandment is a lamp and the law is light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life let's add to that Proverbs seven verse two which says keep my commandments and live in my long as the apple of thine eye now let us the same question why is a lot related to life would you agree that God 's law helps us to really live since the fall of humankind our hope for eternal life cannot be found in the law that only through faith in Christ however having acknowledged that we must also knowledge that obedience to the law and the principles and represents continues to play a central part in the life of faith Matthew chapter nineteen verse seventeen and he said unto him what color there is none good but one that is God but if thou wilt enter into life keep the commandment revelation fourteen verse twelve here is the patience of the saint here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus we obeyed because of the Lord said to Israel thousands of years ago I am the Lord your God the love of God is related to life simply because of who God is this for life this principle represents truth spirituality in other words we trust God and his promises for our present life just as we trust his promises for eternal life Jesus said I am the light of the world he follows me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life John chapter eight verse twelve need King James version friend how have you experienced the reality of this promise in your daily walk with the Lord is your secret or heavy share your experience world will her her as a as we have heard the author of Proverbs six first twenty three under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit directly links light and life to God 's law in the next verse he gives a solid example of how the law as light and life can offer us powerful spiritual protection visit to Proverbs chapter six verse twenty four to keep me from the evil woman from the flattery of the time of a strange woman what are we being warned about besides that what is another subtle warning given when a religious person is tempted the greatest temptation is to find a religious reason to justify the iniquity using God to rationalize bad behavior is not only a terrible form of blasphemy it's powerfully deceptive after all if someone thinks that God is with me and what can we say in reply this can happen even in cases of adultery they might say this this man or woman is the one I should be with if that's what they believe who or what can trump what God has shown them noticed to is not just her physical beauty that lowers him she uses language flattering words to draw the victim into her trap how often have men and women been led into compromising situations by subtle and seductive words sometimes even couched in religious language the author of the book of Proverbs seeks to warn us against this deception alive the perfect anecdote against the flattering tongue of the seductress only the imperative of the law and the duty of obedience will help us resist her alluring words which consent so true and beautiful indeed the seductress will find you not only handsome but also white and bright she may even even Oakhurst spiritual needs and ironically dangerously the love of God might become the justification for sin just think how easily we can be led even under the guise of faith to justify wrong actions of any kind not just adultery why then is an absolute commitment to the law of God our only real protection against even our own minds and the tricks that they can plan a or in a you shall not steal right after his warning about adultery in proverbs six versus twenty four through twenty nine in verses thirty and thirty one the author starts talking about another seven steel you do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry but if he be found he shall restore sevenfold he shall give all the substance of his house when she heard what Proverbs six versus thirty and thirty one Saint what is versus saying about what even a desperate person done at first doesn't sound like that hungry thief gets away with this act of thievery it does seem to sound that way but in verse thirty one instructs the thief to return seven times the amount of what he stole so that basic pay back doesn't sound optional nonnegotiable the relationship between the two Commandments stealing and adultery shows how disobedience to one commandment can affect our obedience to the others the attitude of compromise to pick and choose in regard to God 's law could be even more dangerous than complete disobedience to the law Ellen G White in her book entitled education on page one hundred and fifty rights the strongest bulwark advice in our world is nothing iniquitous life of the abandoned sinner or the degrading outcast is that life which otherwise appears virtuous honorable and noble but in which one famous foster one nice indulged he who endowed with high conceptions of life and truth and honor does yet willfully transgress one precept of God 's holy law has perverted his noble guests into a n poverty and needs do not justify stealing the thief is guilty even if he is starving verse thirty new King James version although the starving thief is not to be despised he must still restore seven times what he has stolen this him even desperate mess of his situation does not justify sin on the other hand the Bible in fact that it is our duty to meet the needs of the poor so that they don't feel compelled to steal in order to survive for example Deuteronomy fifteen versus seven and eight say if there be among you a poor man of one of my brother and within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth the national not hardened my heart nor shut thine hand from my poor brother Natasha hand wide unto him and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need in which you want to how interesting that after going from adultery to stealing the text now returns to adultery in proverbs six versus thirty two two thirty five then whoso committed adultery with a woman like his understanding he then do it it destroyed his own soul England and his honor so he get an history presents some of you went away for jealousy is the range of a man therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance neither will he rest content though thou givest many guests that you are since I engaged somewhat similar in both cases someone is error simply taking something that belongs to someone else a crucial difference however between stealing and adultery lies in the fact that the former sin concerns only the loss of an object while the latter deals with something much greater in some cases one can make restitution for stealing an object in the cases of adultery especially when children are involved the damage can be much more severe than when viewing involved on page three hundred and eight in her book entitled paychecks and profits Ellen G White writes you shall not commit adultery this commandment forbids not only ask an impurity that essential thoughts and designers or any practice that tends to excite them Christ could talk the far-reaching obligation of the law of God declared the evil thought or look to guest chili sin as is the unlawful diva and he most people don't think of daft when they send they had other things on their minds usually the immediate gratification and pleasure that they derived from their sin it doesn't help either that popular culture often extols adultery and other iniquities in contrast the book of Proverbs places sent in the right perspective a view echoed many years later by Paul in his letter to the Christians in Rome the wages of sin is death Romans six verse twenty three it's a question that our next merciful answer what makes the adulterer are vulnerable to the threat of death let's discover the answer in Proverbs seven versus twenty two and twenty three you King James version verse twenty two he goes after her straightaway as an ox goes to the slaughter or as a full to the correction of the stocks first twenty three Chile dart strike to his liver as a bird hasted to the snare and no it's not that it is for his life the one who goes after her is described as someone who has lost his personality and will he is no longer thinking the word immediately suggest that he does not give himself time for much reflection he is compared to an ox who goes to the slaughter to a full who goes to socks into a bird who hastens to the smear them realize that their life is threatened question what makes the immoral woman legal we find the answer in product seven verse twenty six and twenty seven verse twenty six first she has cast down many wounded gay many strongmen have been slain by her verse twenty seven her house is a way to help going down to the chambers of death is possible that the woman here depicts more than a mere adulterer in fact she represents values opposite to wisdom Solomon uses his metaphor to warn his people against any form of evil the risk is huge for this woman does not just willing she kills her power is such that she has slain even the strongest of men in other words others before you stronger than you have not been able to survive in her hands the universal language of this passage clearly suggests that the biblical author is speaking about humankind in general the Hebrew word she'll in the text has nothing to do a hell as commonly thought it designates the place credit debt now our the grave in the end the point is that sin whether a adultery or something else leads to an violation the opposite of the eternal life that God wants us all to half through Jesus Christ no wonder as a set of the beginning the language is strong we are doing literally with matters of life and death friend let's take a few moments for some honest introspection between you and God think of some strong people who have fallen in a big we should make you tremble for yourself on a free only knowing your heart what is your only protection or her over her and I he a few questions for you the first question will be based on listening to accidents twenty verses one to seventeen Hudson plainly you are hearing and then explain answer to this question how are all the ten Commandments related to each other define God 's ten Commandments in Exodus chapter twenty versus one to seventeen and God spake all these words saying I am the Lord thy God which have brought it out of the land of Egypt out of the house of bondage thou shalt have no other gods before me thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments verse eight says remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy six days about labor and do all my work but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord by God in it thou shalt not do any work thou not you honor by man sending my maidservant nor thy cattle nor thy stranger that is ninety four and six days to Lord made heaven and earth the sea and all that in them is and rested the seventh day wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it on my father and my mother that IDs may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth the now shall not kill thou shalt not commit adultery thou shalt not steal thou shalt not bear false witness against my neighbor were seventeen says thou shalt not covet your neighbor 's house thou shalt not covet thy neighbor 's wife nor his manservant nor his maidservant nor his ox nor his ass not in evening that is why neighbors again the question is how are all the ten Commandments related to each other they all boundaries set by God and here's one more question if a person openly violates one commandment do you think that they are likely to transgress other Commandments as well perhaps it might be the case that if they don't respect what God 's boundaries why would they respect and obey any others so what do you take away from this exploration of Proverbs could we say that our relationship with God is a matter of life and death could we also say our relationships with each other are a matter of life and death let's pray dear Lord by your grace I see the wisdom in your commandments I need to I dreamed please working me thank you God in Jesus 's name or her or ambassador group .org a this media was not as hot as the website dedicated to spreading God 's word to be sent in audio and much more and he would like to know more about the course is more assertive please visit www. .net verse .org

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