Pay attention to the example of Israel

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Proverbs 15

25    The Lord will destroy the house of the proud,

But He will establish the boundary of the widow.

26    The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,

But the words of the pure are pleasant.

27    He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,

But he who hates bribes will live.

Having just read through 1 and 2 Kings, this section really comes to light. The nation of Israel, whose history was written for our example (1 Corinthians 10:10-11), went from great and mighty and filled with wisdom to complete rebellion against God, idolatry, foolishness and destruction. When they were humble before God, He established them over and over. Bu when they were proud and rejecting God, they felt His destructive hand.

When the nation of Israel read the words of the Lord and put them into practice, they enjoyed pleasant peace of that purity. But when the nation filled their minds with wicked thoughts they became an abomination to the Lord filling themselves with idolatry, sacrifice of children to heathen Gods, and all types of temple prostitution both male and female. I have asked myself how they could go from the kingdom of David to the kingdoms of Jeroboam, Rehoboam, Ahab and Manassah, in so few years. I have to conclude that mankind does the same thing. A father might serve the Lord while the son rejects the Lord and the example of his father and becomes an abomination before God.

When the nation of Israel was not content with what God gave them but went to battle without the Lord’s guidance, they troubled their own house. Men died who should not have died. David became greedy and took Bathsheba to the troubling of his own house. We must never think that we are better than David or anyone else who in their greediness troubled themselves and those around them.

My friends, we must pay attention to the wisdom of God. We must flee from idolatry. We must live humbly and obediently before our God. When we do, we honor the Lord who in turn gives honor to us. We might be poor, we might be rich, but we must live in humility and in wisdom.


Welcome to Friday. Be sure to take time to pray for Sunday. I will begin a series on the church this Sunday. Read Ephesians 4:9-16 for a preview of the message. Pray for all of us who are serving the Lord in church this coming Sunday.


Have a great day in the Lord,


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