|Proverbs 1 |
1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, King of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom in righteousness, and justice, and integrity;
4 To give prudence to the ignorant; and to the young man, knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain sound counsels;
6 To understand a proverb and its hidden meaning; and the words of the wise with their obscure riddles. [These proverbs have hidden meanings; and to understand, you must hear, (verse 5 above)! Hear what?—hear the the wisdom and power of God, the Lord Jesus Christ speak to us. From the word of the Lord within: "He speaks to each of us mind-to-mind with words tailored to our exact understanding. Listen to and obey my voice; listen to my sweet words of wisdom." Not read his words, not hear someone else read his words or talk about Him, but hear for yourself the Lord speaking to you; Christ speaks. In humble silence, sit, wait, watch, and listen for Him to teach you and command you; but not to get specific teachings that you desire. Let wisdom instruct you according to His plan and agenda. In the end, you will know all things; but each man's journey with the Teacher is different because every man's life has been different.]
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not abandon the teachings of your mother,
9 For they shall be an wreath of grace for your head, and chains of gold about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not agree with them.
11 If they say, "Come with us, let us lay in wait to shed blood, let ambush the innocent without cause.
12 Let us swallow them up alive, as like Sheol; and whole, as those that who down in the pit.
13 We will find all their precious wealth, and we will fill our houses by seizing their goods.
14 Cast in your lot among us; we will all share one purse."
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them; keep your foot away from their path.
16 For their feet run to evil, and they are quick to shed blood.
17 The net is surely is spread in vain in the sight of any bird [spiritual watcher].
18 So that they lay wait for their own blood; in effect they ambush their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain, which takes away their own [spiritual] life [in God].
20 Wisdom cries out; she utters her voice in the streets.
21 She cries in the busy streets, and in the cities' gates she utters her words, saying,
22 "How long you ignorant people will you love being ignorant? How long will the scoffers delight in their scoffing, and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you will repent at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
24 But because I have called, and you refused; because I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded it.
25 Because you have all treated my counsel as nothing and have ignored my reproofs;
26 I will also laugh at your calamity, and I will mock when your fear comes.1
27 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes upon you.
28 Then they shall call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early and diligently, but they shall not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD.
30 They would have none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be satiated with their own desires.2
32 For the turning away [from my counsel] of the ignorant shall slay them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them.
33 But whoever listens to me and heeds what I say, shall dwell safely; and he shall be at peace from the fear of evil."3
1 If you will repent at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you... but if you don't repent at my reproof, I will also laugh at your calamity, and I will mock when your fear comes. Every man and woman has their day of visitation from the Lord, when he anonymously reasons with us to turn from evil and do right. He clearly reasons with irrefutable logic, but we typically ignore his counsel, reproof, and reasonings because we are stubborn and insistent on our own selfish ends. If we ignore him, he then ignores us until we sincerely and humbly turn to him, (if we ever do), seeking His guidance in life. He stands with open arms to love and guide us, but we pass by him without even noticing. If you ignore and fail to obey the words you hear Christ speak to you, those words will be your judge when you die. John 12:47-48.
If we fail to be purified in this life and experience the power of God to deliver us from sin, when we die, we will experience the Day of the Lord; as the Lord appears to us, and we see ourselves in comparison to him. If we die still sinning, it will be a frightening, terrible day because we will know how evil we really are; when looking at holiness and purity, we will suddenly see the truth of our own selfish, beastly self. Although at the time of his visitation, we quickly forget the Lord's reproofs, we will remember them at judgment and be deeply ashamed that we ignored the pleadings of our loving creator. We will want to run, but be unable. We will have to undergo the pain of seeing all of our life's deeds, words, and thoughts exposed in the bright light of God. This light is a consuming fire, and it will burn away all the evil in us, destroying our body and soul, leaving only our spirit. We had our chance on earth to make our peace with God and be delivered from all sin, but we chose to live our life the way we wanted instead; he will not be sympathetic to our plight.
When reading about this visitation, I could not remember my day of visitation at all; later I remembered. I was about eighteen, and I was planning to complete some sexual escapade; I suddenly had a vision with very clear and convincing understanding as to why I should not proceed with my plans. When it finished, I remember thinking: "boy, that was certainly a perfectly stated case for why I should abandon my plan — I wonder where that came from?" (Clueless). But, I continued with my plans, to my regret today. I now understand that this was Christ, the light within me, reproving me. Had I been taught in my youth to expect the Light Christ within me to reprove me periodically, I would have probably recognized the source and would have been far more attentive. This leads me to question what kind of world we would live in, if we were taught at an early age to expect the convincing reproofs of God. The world might be a much better place.
2 Purity on earth is not a pleasant experience for it involves suffering through tribulation and a fiery ordeal, (the Ministry of Condemnation, in which your schoolmaster is the Law of Sin and Death, after which comes the Ministry of Life), but Hell is far worse; it is to be avoided at all costs. It is truly Hell. It will feel like forever in the first 2 minutes. It will go on and on and take on as many different forms as you have addictions. Your addictions are not apparent to you now. Even if you like to read about or watch programs about violence or sex, you are addicted far more than you realize. Those addictions are destroyed, not by reading, but by doing. One could say, you get the desires of your heart, but in an avalanche of mass quantity/repetition. It is truly a burn-out experience. You must arrive at the state where all addictions are repulsive to you and you automatically shun them. So, whatever your pleasures, they will be hyper-driven until repulsive. In Alcoholics Anonymous, they refer to an alcoholic's bottoming-out experience; to wake up one day in the gutter and say to yourself, ENOUGH — I'VE HAD IT, resolving to reform with the higher help available by faith in what Jesus speaks to us. Similar will be the case in Hell; you will be driven to a bottoming-out experience in every lust and affection you have.
Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me early and diligently, but they will not find me.
Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord.
They would have none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof.
Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be satiated with their own desires.
For the turning away of the ignorant will slay them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them. Pro 1:28-32
The heaven of the Vikings, Valhalla, was where they rode out every day to do battle to the death, and then returned to a drunken feast. Perhaps that is exactly what they got, until they got sick to death of it. Become aware of you desires; face them; know you are a slave to your passions, pleasures, habits, pride, and lusts.
And the smoke of their torment ascends up forever and ever; the memory of the suffering and pain in Hell will never be forgotten. There will be weeping; there will be gnashing of teeth; there will be suffering; but not forever, and to a purpose — until they are reconciled by Love to God.
One person wrote me telling me how it was impossible for God to place people in a position to sin to their hearts' desire, stating that I was trying to make God evil. I say God can easily place you into a dream state where you are put into extreme conditions to play to your heart's inclinations, thinking and feeling just like it is reality — but it is not actually happening. Except, in this state, you can't wake up, and the state lasts until you become totally sick of the sin. Our dreams are a preview of what hell can be like. When I was in my junior year in college, I acted very irresponsibly, cutting all my 8AM classes; only going to opening day and then the mid-term and final exam. My grades suffered. After graduation, for thirty years I had a recurring nightmare of being late for my mid-term exams and unable to remember in which rooms the classes were held. This dream and my desperation continued, until finally in this nightmare, I concluded that I was not being fair to my mother by cutting classes; she was paying her hard-earned money to send me to college, and I was wasting it. So, in my dream I resolved to quit college and get a job; I never had the nightmare again. Perhaps you have had a similar experience.
The Spirit of God wrestles with us, trying to get us to discover the error of our ways. Whatever mistakes we have made in this life, unless we resolve them before we leave this planet, we will have to resolve them in Hell — and we will be obsessed to repeat them, until we finally sicken of them so much, we decide to do the right thing, whatever the consequences. This is a hard way to learn; far harder than with the kindness of the Spirit of God to show us in the Light the forgotten and secret sins of our heart, and to then take them away.
3 If we desire peace with God, or if we wish to please our creator, then we will seek His counsel and direction. The way we do this is to go to him and wait on him, and listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — his grace, to purify us.
The Lords' voice is kind, gentle, pure, easily understood, easily accepted, peaceable, complete, morally correct, encouraging — never with even a hint of sarcasm, bitterness, or condemnation — never incomplete leaving you guessing what he wants; instead His words are full of love itself — his spirit of Love — for he is Love. He will tell you things about Himself. He will encourage you. He is kindness. He will tell or show you things about yourself; some will be things that are ugly. But since he is your friend, you know that he is showing them to you for your own good. So you listen and watch. And you don't run; you stand before the Son of Man. And you repent of what he shows you. And sometimes he gives you commands. You are hearing the Word of God, the living Word. And hopefully you will obey his commands and show him you love him by being obedient.
So wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. Here is what the Lord tells us: Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well to you. Jer 7:23.