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Trip 463:  Proverbs of Solomon—Part 2

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Proverbs 12 through Proverbs 13

Focal verse(s):  Proverbs 13:7:  “There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.”

The 12th chapter of Proverbs continues the contrast between the wise man who loves knowledge and instruction and the fool who hates correction and wisdom.  The wicked man falls into a trap because of his lies, and the fool thinks that his ways are always right.  In chapter 13, further warnings about lying and gossip are given.  The evils and perils of materialism are discussed, stating that often the poor are much happier that those who have many riches.  The man who hates God’s word will be destroyed and those who refuse instruction will end up as paupers and be shamed.  Speaking of gossip, the story is told that the outstanding Christian businessman R.G. LeTourneau headed a company which manufactured large earthmoving equipment.  He once remarked, “We used to make a scraper known as ‘Model G’.  One day somebody asked our salesman what the ‘G’ stood for.  The man, who was pretty quick witted, instantly replied, ‘I’ll tell you.  The ‘G’ stands for gossip because like a talebearer this machine moves a lot of dirt and moves it fast!” *   A good way to understand the Proverbs is to rewrite them in your own words. Take a chapter today and put it into your own language and notice how much more meaning it has for you!

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 524-525, #2073.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 462:  Proverbs of Solomon

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Proverbs 10 through Proverbs 11

Focal verse(s):  Proverbs 11:30:  “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.”

Most of the verses in Proverbs chapter 10 through 15 are two lines each with the 2nd verse beginning with the word, “but”.  These verses contrast each other by comparing the godly with the ungodly.  Some scholars look upon chapters 10 through 22 as the original core of the entire group of proverbs, because chapter 10 begins with ”The proverbs of Solomon”.  Chapter 10 gives some beautiful pictorial contrasts between good and evil, such as comparing the evergreen tree as righteousness and the decaying nature as wickedness.  Further contrasts are between integrity and taking the wrong path, hatred and love, and telling the truth and lying.  The 11th chapter contains contrasts between just weight and false balance, pride and humility, integrity and perverseness, and being real compared with hypocrisy.  Other similar contrasts covered in chapter 10 are repeated in different wordings.  Our focal verse is a favorite of all evangelists because it emphasizes the importance of winning people to the Lord.  Seeing people saved from hell should be the main goal of every born again Christian.  Friend, how long has it been since you personally led someone to Christ?  If you have not been witnessing, see your pastor this week about getting some training in evangelism!  Andrew brought Simon…just one.  But that one was many, for under God, Simon brought 3000 in one day.  Joel Stratton, a waiter, brought John Gough to Christ…just one, and Gough brought many to Christ.  Ezra Kimball, a Sunday school teacher, brought Moody to Christ…just one.  But that one person was many, for Moody rocked 2 continents for God. But why say more?  Just as one digit is valuable in the multiplication table, and one letter in the alphabet, more valuable is just one soul in god’s sight! *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 1316, #5858.

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 461:  Solomon’s Praise of Wisdom—Part 5

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Proverbs 8 through Proverbs 9

Focal verse(s):  Proverbs 9:8-9:  “Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.   Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.”

Knowing the consequences of adultery because of his own father’s disastrous affair with Bathsheba, Solomon “camped out” on the subject of adultery with his son, continuing in the 8th chapter to expand on the perils of such an affair.  The last half of the chapter relates how wisdom participated with God in creating the world.  In the 9th chapter, Solomon pictured wisdom to his son as a builder of homes preparing a great feast for all those who do not have wisdom.  This shows the hard work and discipline that is required to obtain true wisdom.  Who is invited to this great feast of wisdom?  The ignorant and those who lacked good sense are invited.  A valuable lesson in the 9th chapter is the comparison of a person who will not listen to advice with a wise man who appreciates the goodness of correction and reproof.  The person who will listen to and heed the advice of one who is a wise Christian will always grow in wisdom.  Seek someone out today whom you respect and know is a growing Christian and “pick their brain” for some wisdom that you can apply to your own life.  Here are a few additional thoughts about wisdom: It doesn’t matter how much money you have; everyone has to buy wisdom on the installment plan.  The wise carry their knowledge as they do their watches, not for display, but for their own use.  H.L. Mencke said, “The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.” *

* “Brainy Quote” (Copyright 2099 by Brainy Media) <www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/hlmencke116705.html>

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 460:  Solomon’s Praise of Wisdom—Part 4

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Proverbs 6 through Proverbs 7

Focal verse(s):  Proverbs 6:7-9:  “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest”

The subject of how to stay out of poverty arises in Proverbs 6.  Solomon wisely counsels his son in avoiding foolish financial decisions (the leading cause of divorce in modern times is financial problems).   Satan knows this principle well and has lured our modem day society into abusing credit cards and getting into a hopeless financial situation.   The 2nd area of concern in chapter 6 is the subject of laziness.  Incidentally, this also ties directly into developing financial problems, because credit cards are the lazy man’s way:  not having to wait until you have the cash to pay for the goods!   The father further develops the subject of the perils of adultery in chapter 7 by graphically drawing a picture of how an innocent young man can be trapped by a seductive woman.  Today we have many such traps waiting to prey on our young men, such as internet pornography available almost everywhere, movies and television containing graphic nudity and sexual situations, and sexually oriented advertising.  Parents, like the father in proverbs, must constantly guard their children from such abuses.  Here are a few closing thoughts about child rearing:  Everything else in the modem home is now controlled by the flick of a switch.  Why not children?  The time to start correcting the children is before they start correcting you.  The Duke of Wellington said, “The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.”  You cannot change your ancestors, but you can do something about your descendants. *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 233, #635.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 459:  Solomon’s Praise of Wisdom—Part 3

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Proverbs 4 through Proverbs 5

Focal verse(s):  Proverbs 4:14-15:  “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, do not travel on it, turn from it and go on your way.

In Proverbs chapter 4 the father tells his son the importance of paying attention to God’s commands.  As most fathers do, he speaks of his childhood when his own parents taught him these principles.  He tells his son that nothing can compare to wisdom.  A Christian might begin to argue this point, saying that receiving Christ is more important, but that act stems from a wise decision!  The son is told of the comparison between one who takes the path of wisdom and another who follows wickedness, showing the end results of both ways.  He is also told that wisdom is the way to a healthy life.  Chapter 5 deals with the “birds and the bees” and the son is told about the dangers of committing adultery, including the end results of having an extra-marital affair.  The father is helping the son take the long-range look at what sin can do, trying to avoid the temptation of the “quick pleasure” that sin offers.  A parent isn’t necessarily any smarter than their child, but the fact that they have been “further down the road” of life qualifies them to help their child avoid the pitfalls they have made.  Years ago a famous children’s specialist said to J. Adam Clark, “When it comes to a serious illness, the child who has been taught to obey stands four times the chance of recovery than the spoiled and undisciplined child does.”  Those words made a lasting impression on Clark.  Up to that time he had been taught that one of the Ten Commandments was for children to obey their parents. (Exodus 20: 12)  Never had it entered his mind that a question of obedience might mean the saving or losing of a child’s life! *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 1058, #4614.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 458:  Solomon’s Praise of Wisdom—Part 2

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Proverbs 2 through Proverbs 3

Focal verse(s):  Proverbs 2:6:  “For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Concerning the book of Proverbs, C. H. Irwin comments, “As the Psalms are the great devotional book of humanity, so the Proverbs may be called its great practical book for daily life.  It is a book for youth…for middle life of both men and women…for family and the home…for parents and children.” *   In chapter two of Proverbs, a son is instructed by his father on the things necessary for receiving wisdom, the blessings that come from having wisdom and the protection that wisdom provides a righteous person from evil people.  Chapter three shows the father giving his son 4 different lessons about the perils of abusing God’s blessings.  The 1st lesson for the son is to learn to trust God and not lean on his own wisdom.  The 2nd lesson is to fear God and not be wise in his own estimation.  Honoring the Lord and being generous in stewardship is the 3rd lesson, and the 4th deals with following the discipline of God and appreciating its worth in living a Godly life.  There are rewards for following these lessons, which include long life, prosperity, good health, and favor with God and people.  If the Christian would live his life from the teachings of Proverbs, all these rewards would be his!  God has a storehouse of blessings waiting for us if we’ll just turn the key, and that key is the fear of God and obedience to Him!  Here is an excellent “recipe” for child raising: 1 cup of Proverbs 22:6; 2 tablespoons of Proverbs 19:13; 1 dash of Proverbs 23:13; 1 teaspoon of Proverbs 3:5; 1/2 cup of Titus 2:3-7; Mix all the ingredients, add a pound of persistence, one cup of love, and whip until right consistency.  This recipe is recommended by the Creator of Mankind.  Please add a pinch of Ephesians 6:4. **

* Irwin, C.H. (ed.), “Irwin’s Bible Commentary” (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Universal Book and Bible House, 1967) pp. 208-209.

** Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 233, #634.

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 457:  the Reward of Love; Book of Proverbs:  Solomon’s Praise of Wisdom

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Song of Solomon 8:5-14     __Proverbs 1

Focal verse(s):  Proverbs 1:7:  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

The last part of the 8th chapter of Song of Solomon is a summation of the power and beauty of a love relationship.  The lovers overcame the many trials which threatened their marriage, the same trials all couples face.  The image of the apple tree used in this chapter was a symbol of love and romance in those days.  The last few verses of the chapter take you back to the bride’s past and her first meeting with Solomon.  The book of proverbs contains the teachings of morality and instructions on ethics and many other aspects of living.  If you could sum up the entire book in one verse, it would be our focal verse found in the first chapter, because truly the beginning of knowledge is when you begin fear God!  People have to be total fools to hate God’s instruction.  Someone has suggested that since the atheists are always complaining that the Christians have all the holidays, that we give them April 1st, the day for fools!  Here are a few thoughts about wisdom: Knowledge can be memorized, but wisdom thinks it through.  Wisdom is the something that enables us to use knowledge rightly.  Wisdom resists group pressures, thinks for itself, and is reconciled to the use of its own judgment.  There are two kinds of cleverness, and both are priceless; one consists of thinking of a bright remark in time to say it, the other consists of thinking of it in time not to say it! (Source unknown)

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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