Wisdom of Solomon B#16

March 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.

 

The word pleasant comes from a Hebrew word meaning, splendour, grace, delight and beauty.

This word (pleasant) has its origen in another (Hebrew) word which is also used to positively describe the land of Canaan (Gen 49:15), spoken words (Ps 141:6), knowledge and wisdom (Prov 2:10), a bride (Song 7:6) and a nation (Ezek 32:16).

 

 

The person in the Bible that spoke with words as pleasant as honey, which brought enlightenment, healing and life to those around him, was the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

With a word(s) he brought,

 

Jesus said, “…the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life”. John 6:63

This He proved through the numerous miracles performed during His earthly ministry – only speaking a word.

 

Dr. Masaru Emoto from Japan made an amazing discovery regarding the molecular structure of water.

 

Dr. Emoto and his team of researchers examined how thoughts and words affected the formation of untreated, distilled water crystals.

Depending of the type of word spoken over water (e.g. love, friendship, thank you, you fool, dirty) the water crystals showed a variation in the formation of each and every crystal.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

If words of blessings or curses, life or death, sweet or bitter can change the molecular structure of water, then surely it has an effect on your and my mind, emotions and general well-being.

 

 

“Dr. Emoto’s work provides tangible evidence that thoughts, words, ideas and sound affect the molecular structure of water. Because we are composed of 75 to 90 percent water, his research shows that our bodies are extremely sensitive to emotions, thoughts, the music we listen to, and the food we eat. It has tremendous implications for understanding the emotional, structural, biochemical, and spiritual well-being of the human body.”[1]

 

May the words we speak be like sweet waters to those around us.

 

May the love-filled words we speak, bring nourishment to the souls of others.


May our words be full of Life and Spirit, leaving healing, freedom, and restoration behind.

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[1] Weissmann, D.R. (Dr.). 2007. The power of infinite love and gratitude. P17

Wisdom of Solomon B#15

March 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 15:24 (AMP)

The path of the wise leads upward to life, that he may avoid [the gloom] in the depths of Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead).

 

The three phrases that stand out in this verse are the wise, an upward life and the place of the dead.

 

Who are the wise according to Scripture?

 

In summary: the wise according to the Bible are those who fear the Lord and are partakers of His Spirit, giving themselves to instructions and words of Christ.

 

The upward life

  • Jesus lived the higher life – the upward life.
  • The word upward comes from the Hebrew word which means, high, above, indicating a higher level or room.
  • Jesus said, “You are from beneath; I am from aboveJohn 8:23
  • Paul instructs us, “Seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.”  Col 3:1
  • In fact, when we are God’s children, our citizenship has changed from the earthly (lower) realm to the higher realm of the heavens. Phil 3:20

 

Therefore, if we continue in the Way, living according to the Truth we have learnt. Our lives will gradually ascend to the higher realms of the Spirit, leading us to the Throne room of the Most high God. John 14:6; Ps 91:1; Acts 7:48

 

  • Yes, all God’s children have access to the Throne of God through the blood of Jesus. Heb 4:16; 1 John 3:21;
  • But not all live from that place! John 3:13; Rev 3:21, 4:2
  • They still occupy their minds and fill their lives with cares, riches and pleasures of this life. Luke 8:14

 

The place of the dead

  • Paul says that all God’s children were at some time (spiritually) dead in their sins and trespasses. Eph 2:1
  • We lived the worldly way and followed after the thoughts and deeds of the sinful nature. Eph 2:3
  • But because of God’s love and grace, we have been saved. Eph 2:4-5
  • We have been raised to the Throne room but that does not mean we understand the Throne room lifestyle. Eph 2:6
  • We need to be educated and trained and instructed in this new Way, and the Truth, of this higher Life. Luke 1:4; Acts 18:25; 2 Tim 3:16; Heb 5:14;
  • This is the reason the Spirit of God has been poured in and upon us. John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:13-14

 

In closing. Let us not occupy ourselves with things and practices of the (spiritually) dead – that were so part of our old lives but rather “press toward the high (upward) calling of God in Christ Jesus”. Phil 3:14

 

Let us walk worthy of the Way.

 

Seeking for more of the Truth.

 

Until we live the higher Life.

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Wisdom of Solomon B#14

March 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

 

The Prophet Ezekiel and the Apostle John saw the same heavenly creatures in the books of Ezekiel and Revelation. Ezek 1:10; Rev 4:7

These creatures had four faces:

The face of a man,

The face of a lion,

The face of an ox,

And the face of an eagle.

 

These four faces correspond to the four Gospels in the NT.

  • In the book of Matthew, Jesus is portrayed as the King – the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Rev 5:5

He is the heir of the kingdom and his genealogy is traced through the line of Israel’s kings (coming from the tribe of Judah). Matt 1:2-16

 

  • The Gospel of St. Mark portrays Jesus as a servant – the ox, always bearing the load of serving others.

We find no genealogy, no miraculous birth, no reference to Bethlehem, or adoration of the wise men. No reference to childhood, increase in wisdom and stature or to His pre-existence and Divine glory.

This is so befitting of a servant. For who wants to know the origin and historical detail of the labourer?

In this Gospel He is not once called Lord except after His resurrection.

Three words that are repeated in this book are, forthwith, straightway and immediately. Mark 1:10, 20-21, 29, 43; 2:8; 5:2, 13, 30, 6:45, 50; 8:10.

Whenever a servant is on duty, these three words would aptly describe the willingness and attitude of such a servant’s heart.

 

  • The Son of Man is vividly portrayed in the book of Luke. Here His genealogy goes back to Adam. Luke 3:23-38

We read of the Child’s birth, how the Child grew. How He was twelve years old and how “He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man”. Luke 2:1-52

 

  • In the Apostle John’s Gospel, Christ is the Eagle, the one who roams the heavens. John 3:13

John omits the birth of Jesus as the Son of Man, but rather begins His existence before all the worlds were framed! “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. … And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.” John 1:1, 2, 14

 

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

 

Jesus’ focus was servanthood. He never spoke a word on leadership!

Matt 10:24; 20:27; 23:1; 24:45-46; 25:21-23; Mark 9:35; 10:44; 12:1-4; John 13:5-14 etc.

God sends out servants – for servants know how to labour!

Leaders know how to delegate, organize, mobilize (and unfortunately also to manipulate, dominate, exploit, control and monopolize).

The well known words of Jesus in Matt 9:37-39 reads, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

We need labourers that know how to work.  Servants who has a heart for the kingdom and the King.

Maybe it is time for the church of Christ to stop praying for the harvest and start praying for more servants.

Have less Leadership Conferences and more Servant-hood Training.

The greatest Servant of all time was also the

“the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature”. Heb 1:3

May we change our perception about servant-hood. 

May our hearts be changed towards serving others. 

May we reap the abundant harvest of souls through the simple act of serving.

Wisdom of Solomon B#13

February 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

 

In his book Life beyond 100, Dr. C. Norman Shealy wrote about the effect of hopelessness on a person’s health.[1]

75% of people dying of cancer (according to a study of Dr. H. J.  Eysenck, called Personality, Stress and Cancer[2]) have a lifelong pattern of hopelessness. “These individuals seem to have had a feeling of abandonment in childhood, and they always want love and nurturing from someone…[3]”

 

Just like triplets, we often find the words faith, hope and love nestled together in the NT.

 

  • And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 1 Cor 13:13
  • But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. Gal 5:5 NIV
  • What is important is faith expressing itself in love. Gal 5:6 NLT
  • Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Eph 6:23
  • Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ… 1 Thess 1:3
  • And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 1 Tim 1:4
  • Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints. Phil 1:5
  • By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Rom 5:2
  • Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1

 

We cannot separate the one from the other.

  • Our faith will not work without a heart of love.
  • Hope keeps our faith alive.
  • Faith cries, “I believe”, while hope says, “Is it going to happen today, or this week, or during this year?”

 

The Apostle Peter wrote,

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

 

Hopelessness afflicts the heart (and body). It can lead to disastrous and even terminal sicknesses.

What do you trust the Lord for?

What is the desire of your heart that you are hoping for?

 

Keep the thoughts of hope alive within your mind. Lam 3:21, 24, 26

It will not disappoint you. Rom 5:5

 

Protect your heart from bitterness and let the flame of love (towards man and God) burn within you. Heb 12:15; Song 8:6

 

May we always be prepared to give an answer, with gentleness and respect, to everyone who asks us the reason for the hope we have.

1 Pet 3:15

 


[1] Shealy, C. N., M.D., Ph.D. 2006. Life beyond 100. New York: Penguin Group

[2] Eysenck, H. J. 1988. Personality, Stress and Cancer. British Journal of Medical Psychology 61

[3] Shealy, C. N., M.D., Ph.D. 2006. Life beyond 100. New York: Penguin Group

Wisdom of Solomon B#12

February 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 12:3
A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the
root of the righteous shall not be moved.

 I have found some facts on the roots of trees from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root

 

  • The two major functions of roots are:
    •  
      • 1) absorption of water and inorganic nutrients and
      • 2) anchoring of the plant body to the ground.
  • Roots will generally grow in any direction where the correct environment of air, mineral nutrients and water exists to meet the plant’s needs.
  • Over time, given the right conditions, roots can crack foundations, snap water lines, and lift sidewalks. 
  • A true root system consists of a primary root and secondary roots (or lateral roots).
  • Some roots can grow as deep as the tree is high. 
  • The deepest roots are generally found in deserts and temperate coniferous forests; the shallowest in tundra, boreal forest and temperate grasslands. 
  • Tree roots normally grow outward to about three times the branch spread.

 

Jesus and the Apostle Paul had both something to say about the roots of people.

Jesus said, “Those … are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.” (Luke 8:13)

  •  Every person is rooted in either a particular faith, belief(s), culture, and way of life, mindsets or relationship(s).
  • It is from that (rooted) place where we receive nurturing, love, care, acceptance, and from where we grow into who we are.
  • If there was/is a lack of the essential “nutrients, air and water”, our  much needed support and anchorage system (roots) is weakened.

The Apostle Paul described it in this way, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Col 2:6-7 NIV)

 

He continued with this warning, “See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ.” (Col 2:8 AMP)

May we be rooted in Christ. (Col 2:6)

May we be strengthened with might by His Spirit. (Eph 3:16)

 May Christ dwell in our hearts by faith so that we will be grounded and established in His unconditional love. (Eph 3:17)

Proverbs 12:3
A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the
root of the righteous shall not be moved.

Wisdom of Solomon B#11

February 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 11:9 (KJV)

A hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

The three words that stand out are hypocrite, destroy and neighbour.

According to the Webster’s Dictionary a hypocrite is one who acts a false part or makes false professions.

Jesus had a lot to say about and to the hypocrites of His day.

  • Hypocrites were found in the synagogues (churches). Matt 6:2, 5
  • Hypocrites made sure everybody saw what they were doing. Matt 6:2, 5; Matt 6:16
  • Hypocrites focused on other’s sins but could not see their own. Matt 7:5
  • Hypocrites were more concerned about their traditions than the Word of God. Matt 15:6
  • Hypocrites prayed the right prayers and sang the appropriate songs but their hearts were not towards God. Matt 15:8
  • Hypocrites could not discern the signs of the times. Matt 16:3
  • Hypocrites suppressed those who wanted to grow spiritually and preyed on the vulnerable. Matt 23:13-14
  • Hypocrites occupied themselves with outward actions and neglected the inward state of the heart. Matt 23:23-27
  • Hypocrites told the people what to do but did not do it themselves. Matt 23:3-5

The word destroyeth in this piece of scripture has the meaning of to spoil, to ruin, to pervert, to corrupt, to become corrupt and to wipe out.

It is first found in Genesis 6:11-12 and denotes the actions of the world.

According to Solomon, it also represents the actions of a hypocrite.

“A hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth (brings people to ruin, pervert them, and cause others to become corrupt)…”

  • One of the hypocrites asked Jesus the question, “who is my neighbor”, trying to justify himself.
  • Jesus then told the account of the Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37
  • The conclusion to the story was that his neighbor was the one who showed mercy to the person in distress and need. Luke 10:36-37
  • It is this individual – the one who has a heart of love, grace and compassion – that has to guard against the ways and the words of the hypocrites.
  • The verse tells us that “through knowledge (and superior discernment) shall the righteous be delivered”.

  • May God purge our hearts and minds from any hypocrisy.
  • May He give us superior discernment in order to stay clear from such people.
  • May we have a faithful heart, unpolluted mind, pure intentions, sound speech and clean hands in all we do.

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Wisdom of Solomon B#10

January 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 10:5 (NIV)

He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

According to “the Preacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem”, there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven(Ecc 1:1; Ecc 3:1)

“A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck etc…” (Ecc 3:2-8)

God said in Genesis 8:22 that “while the earth remains, seedtime, and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease”.

It is not always the time to sow, neither is the time of harvest all year round.

Not knowing the seasons and times was one of Jesus’ accusations to the Pharisees in Matthew 16:2-3,

“When it is evening you say, It will be fair weather, for the sky is red, And in the morning, It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and has a gloomy and threatening look.  You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” (see also Luke 12:56)

However, when His disciples wanted to know when their age (era) was coming to an end, He detailed every event to them.  (Matt 24:3-28)

In our own lives we experience different “times and seasons”.

It is of paramount importance to know these particular timetables.

It would be foolish trying to harvest if there was not a period of sowing first.  Or, taking time to rest when work is needed.


  • This may be the time of breaking some strongholds in your life.  Be confident in the fact that the time of building up will surely come.  (Ecc 3:3; 2Cor 10:4-5; Mark 14:58; Eph 2:22; 1 Pet 2:5)
  • Or maybe you are in a time grieve and mourning.  According to the Psalmist, joy wil come again.  (Ps 30:5)
  • If now is the time to rest, then let us enjoy it (Mark 6:31), for the time to work will require our focus and energy (John 5:17, 36).

Jesus knew His seasons (John 2:4; 7:6) and specifically that he had to die first before their could be a harvest of souls.  (John 12:20-24)

Consequently, He (mentally) prepared His disciples on the task awaiting them after His death.  (Luke 10:2)

May we be like the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, so that we may know what to do. (1 Chron 12:32)

May we not try to go against the grain of our season but learn to rest in it. (Ps 1:3)

May we enjoy each season to the fullest, for all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose! (Rom 8:28)

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Wisdom of Solomon B#9

January 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 9:1 KJV

Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

In the Hebrew, the word seven comes from the root word, which means to be full, satisfied and to have enough. (see also 6 & 7)

It is the number that signifies perfection and completeness.

  • Through His Spirit we are being regenerated, renewed, and restored.  (Titus 3:5)
  • Like an old empty and dilapidated house, occupied by owls and creatures and wild beasts, we are in need of restoration.  (Is 13:21)

The question is; what are the seven pillars?

  • If seven symbolizes a complete work and a pillar denotes to be established and strengthen (1 Kings 7:21), then these seven pillars must be the complete work of God’s Spirit in each one of us –
  • One thing we can be sure of is that God, through His Wisdom and Spirit, will continue to will and to do His good pleasure in us. (Phil 2:13)
  • Until the image of Christ has been perfected in each one of us.  (Rom 8:29; 1 Cor 15:49; 2 Cor 3:18; Col 3:10)

May each one of us allow Him to restore and renew every area of our lives.


May all the “sevens” of the Bible be worked into us, until we are perfect, establish, and strengthened.


May we be totally regenerated and renewed into the express image of Christ’s person.

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Wisdom of Solomon B#8

January 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Proverbs 8:17 (AMP)

I (Wisdom) love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.

The word love is the Hebrew word Āhav, which means to love, desire, delight, and to be a passionate lover.

It implies an ardent and vehement inclination of the mind and a tenderness of affection at the same time.

Other Scripture verses with the same Hebrew word (love) are:

  • Gen 22:2 “Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah.  Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
  • Ex 20:6 “But showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
  • Song 3:1 “All night long on my bed I looked for the one my heart loves; I looked for him but did not find him”.
  • Mal 1:2 “I have loved you,” says the LORD.”
    • This heartfelt love drives a person to long and seek after his or her lover.
    • This love is not one-sided but is also used to describe the close bond between parents and children.
    • This love is the strong emotional attachment for and a desire to possess or be in the presence of love.
    • This is the type of love God required from His people (Israel) in the OT.  (Deut 6:5)

In order to be a partaker of His Wisdom, there has to be a strong (heart’s and emotional) desire after Wisdom.

So intense the longing of one’s heart must be that you are willing to get up early to ask, seek, and knock until Wisdom’s door opens and the riches of heaven becomes yours.

For…  Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.”

(Prov 8:18)

May we cease from our own wisdom, for He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.

(Prov 23:4; 1 Cor 3:19 NLT)

May we seek and search after His Wisdom with all of our hearts.

(Prov 8:17)

May Wisdom entrust us with the riches of the heavens.

(Prov 8:18)

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Wisdom of Solomon B#7

January 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

THE FINGER OF GOD

Proverbs 7:2 (NKJV)

Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye.

When it comes to the word law in the Bible, there is usually much confusion and misunderstanding amongst the children of God.

We can divide the Bible into three historic periods or ages as the Apostle Paul described it.  (Eph 2:7; 3:5, 21; Col 1:26)

Adam to Abraham.

  • During this age of ±2000 years, there was no law.  And where there is no law, sin cannot be taken into account(Rom 5:13 NIV)

Moses to Pentecost.

  • It began with the Ten Commandments, personally written by God, and expanded to a total of 613 laws for the nation of Israel.
  • When Solomon wrote, keep my commandments and law, he referred to the 613 laws of Moses.

Pentecost to the Present time.

  • Also approx. 2000 years.
  • It is called the dispensation of grace.  (Eph 3:2)

When God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, He wrote with His finger on the stones. (Ex 31:18; Deut 9:10)

  • The Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus, asking Him what should be done.  For, according to the Law of Moses, she must be stoned.  (John 8:1-5)
  • Jesus, in response, stooped down and started to write with His finger on the ground. (v6)
  • When asked again, He replied, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her”.  (People living under the law are quick to throw stones at others.)
  • He again stooped down and wrote on the ground.
  • And for the first time in the NT, the word conscience is used:

“Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last.”

When our hearts are soft like the ground Jesus wrote on, the Holy Spirit writes His laws on our hearts and minds.

  • However, when our hearts become hardened (like stony ground), we are offended at the way God works and are not able to hear the still small voice of the Spirit of God anymore.  (Ex 8:19; 1Kings 19:12; Matt 13:5, 20-21)
  • Or, we can sear our consciences as with a hot iron, and be seduced, departing from the faith(1Tim 4:1-2)

May we enjoy to the fullest the grace of God upon our lives.

And, may we have a broken heart and contrite and humble spirit. (Ps 34:18; 51:17; Is 57:15)

May the finger (Spirit) of God continue to write His laws on the tablets of our hearts and minds.

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