Daily Bible Nugget #653, Psalm 37:12-13

The Nugget:

Psa 37:12  The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
Psa 37:13  The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. (KJV)

Psa 37:12 Merciless people make plots against good people and snarl like animals,
Psa 37:13 but the Lord laughs and knows their time is coming soon. (CEV)

My Comment:

Despite all the negative and downright false news offered every day from our major news sources, don’t be discouraged. More people are waking up every day to recognize the falsehood of what is being promoted.

It is time to recognize that people who know and believe the truth outnumber those promoting and enforcing falsehood by as much as 100 to 1, according to the estimates I have heard and read.

Now if that estimate is too optimistic, just follow the advice found at Proverbs 11:30 in your Bible:

Pro 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (KJV)

Pro 11:30  The fruit of a righteous person is a tree of life, and a winner of souls is wise. (GW)

Pro 11:30 Live right, and you will eat from the life-giving tree. And if you act wisely, others will follow. (CEV)

If each person who believes in Christ would reach just one other person so that they believe in Christ, we would double our numbers!

Reach others with the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Paul wrote in the first chapter of Romans that he was not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, and neither should we be ashamed:

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (KJV)

Rom 1:16  I’m not ashamed of the Good News. It is God’s power to save everyone who believes, Jews first and Greeks as well. (GW)

Rom 1:16 I am proud of the good news! It is God’s powerful way of saving all people who have faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. (CEV)

Jesus Himself spoke plainly about the negative consequences of being ashamed of Him or His words:

Mar 8:38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (KJV)

Mar 8:38  If people are ashamed of me and what I say in this unfaithful and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of those people when he comes with the holy angels in his Father’s glory. (GW)

Mar 8:38 Don’t be ashamed of me and my message among these unfaithful and sinful people! If you are, the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (CEV)

In my experience, I have found that if I live my life in accordance with what the Bible teaches people will come to me and ask about what makes me different from others they see and know. That opens the door for me to share with them about my faith in Christ and the source of that faith as found in the Bible. You can easily to the same. I believe that because few Christians are doing what I have done, many people who could be reached are not being reached and that has led to the mess we are in now.

Follow our Lord Jesus Christ and be part of the solution not the problem.

Though the wicked are busy plotting against the just, remember that the Lord shall laugh at them. It is a very interesting Bible study to see what the Bible teaches about what the Lord laughs at. If you make that study, you will quickly realize that when God laughs it is not funny at all:

Psalms 37:13

The Lord. S# H136. Psa 2:4; Psa 16:2; Psa 22:30; Psa 35:17.

laugh. FS22C8, +Psa 2:4. *Psa 2:4; Psa 59:8, *Pro 1:26, Luk 19:41, 42.

his day. FS121P3, +Deut 4:32. Day put by the Figure Metonymy (of Adjunct) for the judgment then to be executed (CB): day of punishment and retribution (Young). Exo 32:34, Num 16:29, *1Sa 26:10, Job 18:20, Isa 2:12; Isa 9:4; Isa 10:3; Isa 13:9, Jer 50:27, Eze 21:25; Eze 21:29, Dan 5:26, Luk 16:25.

is coming. Heb. will come.

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Daily Bible Nugget #652, Isaiah 10:1-4

The Nugget:

Isa 10:1  How horrible it will be for those who make unjust laws and who make oppressive regulations.
Isa 10:2  They deprive the poor of justice. They take away the rights of the needy among my people. They prey on widows and rob orphans.
Isa 10:3  What will you do on the day you are called to account for these things, when the disaster comes from far away? Where will you run for help? Where will you leave your wealth?
Isa 10:4  Nothing’s left but to crouch among prisoners and to fall with those who are killed. Even after all this, his anger will not disappear, and he is still ready to use his power. (GW, God’s Word translation)

My Comment:

Isaiah warns how horrible it will be for those who make unjust laws and oppressive regulations.

Unfortunately for them, our legislators have not read and taken to heart the warning God has given in His Word, the Bible. The day is coming when they will wish they had taken proper heed to the Word of God.

Notice that Isaiah’s warning is directed equally to those who make oppressive regulations. Those who write such regulations will share equally in the punishment God will subject them to for all of eternity. It is obvious in our day that unjust laws and oppressive regulations are imposed upon the people every day. Here in the United States it appears to me that few in government at any level know how to read well enough to discern what is constitutional and what is unconstitutional.

This has been a long time in coming. I saw it first in my field of education in the 1960s when I was told not to emphasize or spend much time reading or teaching American literature from the Colonial Period. Yet, that was the title of our textbook: The Early Years of American Literature. I continued to emphasize the literature of the early period. Students need to know from the writings of those who first came here why they came and the struggles they endured to found this nation.

In either the late 1960s or early 1970s I was made acutely aware of the efforts to literally “dumb down” the curriculum when we were required to set aside the textbook, Insights into Literature, for a series of small paperbacks which contained material that was no match in terms of literary quality to the set aside textbook. I saw the same thing happen in the Social Studies Department in the 1980s.

In the 1990s I witnessed first hand the removal of any requirement to write a term paper or research paper. Furthermore, teachers were required to teach lock-step according to an official Pacing Chart which dictated exactly what was to be taught each day and from what page in the textbook. Of course, such regulations had lost sight of the notion that not all students are prepared to read the material for the grade they are in. The powers that be also lost sight of the fact that teachers are often expert in some areas of the curriculum they teach and benefit the students when they can teach to their expertise. This represents a great loss to the students who no longer have the benefit of learning to a greater depth of understanding content that otherwise could have been taught to them.

According to what I have been reading in the professional journals for my teaching fields for the past twenty years since my retirement from teaching, there has been a distracting intrusion of philosophical ideas such as “critical race theory” which occupies the attention of  professional educators which leads our efforts to teach young people far astray from the knowledge they most need to have taught to them.

As I see it, some of these past trends are bearing evil fruit today in the quality and competency of our educational and political leaders who seem unable to solve problems we face. I learned long ago that sometimes there is a motive to not solve problems, because if problems are solved and overcome, the funding stops!

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Daily Bible Nugget #651 Psalm 82:6

The Nugget:

Psa 82:6  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

My Comment:

One of my Facebook friends asked for someone to explain Psalm 82:6. She mentioned that some in the Word of Faith movement have taken this verse and the use Jesus made of it way out of context to suggest that we as believers in Christ can become gods. I, personally, have had very little contact with this movement, so I have no direct knowledge of the sense in which they take these Bible passages. But in any case, here is my answer to her question. Good thing I saved what I had written because when I posted my reply her question and my response disappeared from my screen.

My Response:

This is a very difficult and obscure passage of Scripture. I placed a note in my Bible study resource, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury, which may provide some help in beginning to understand what it means:

Psalms 82:6

I have said. Psa 82:1, Exo 21:6; Exo 22:8, 9; **Exo 22:28, *Joh 10:34, 35, 36.

gods. Heb. elohim. Here there is a special use of elohim (just as at Psa 8:5 there is another and different special use of elohim), where elohim refers to divinely appointed magistrates, kings, or judges, as “gods.” These officials were not considered deity, for it is explicitly stated (Psa 82:7) that they shall die like men, and are rulers of the people, Exo 22:28. As rulers in Israel only, not the nations, they were “the Lord’s anointed,” and were thus types of Christ, the great anointed one. If Christ were not truly God, they could not in type have been called gods. In contrast, when Christ is called God, it is in reference to his true deity, in combination with an attribute or action belonging only to the supreme God. William Kay notes that they are called “gods” because God’s word came to them (Joh 10:35), “investing them with his prerogative of judgment.” Dr. Michael Heiser in his study, The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible, more accurately sets forth the Biblical uses of elohim in six categories:

(1) Yahweh [or Jehovah], the God of Israel, Gen 2:4, 5; Deut 4:35; [Gen 1:1; +Gen 19:29; +Exo 2:24; 1Ki 8:23; Neh 9:6, +Psa 45:6; Psa 95:3; *Psa 97:9];

(2) The members of Yahweh’s council [the Divine Council], Psa 82:1; Psa 82:6;

(3) Gods and goddesses of other nations, Jdg 11:24; 1Ki 11:33;

(4) Demons (Hebrew: shedim, Deut 32:17; Psa 106:37);

(5) The deceased Samuel, 1Sa 28:13;

(6) Angels or the Angel of Yahweh, Gen 35:7 (page 30).

What all the figures on the list have in common is that they are members of the spiritual world (page 31). Thus the elohim in Psa 82:6 are divine beings, not human judges. +Psa 82:1, Psa 86:8; %Psa 96:4; %Psa 96:5; +*Psa 138:1, Gen 3:5; Gen 6:2, Exo 4:16; Exo 7:1; +Exo 12:12; Exo 22:8, 1Sa 28:13, 2Ch 24:23, Isa 36:13, Joh 1:1; +*Joh 10:30; +*Joh 10:33; +*>Joh 10:34, *Rom 9:5, *Tit 2:13, 1Jn 5:20.

children. or, sons (Young). Psa 9:20; Psa 29:1,  2; Psa 58:1, Gen 6:2, Deut 14:1; Deut 32:19, Job 1:6; Job 2:1, +*Mat 5:9, Luk 6:35, +1Jn 3:1.

most High. +Psa 7:17; Psa 18:13; Psa 47:2; Psa 78:17; *Psa 83:18; Psa 92:1, +**Gen 14:18, +Num 24:16, Deut 32:8, +Mar 5:7.

The ESV translates what in the KJV is “congregation” as “in the divine council” at Psalm 82:1. This “divine council” is seen in many other places in the Bible as given in my cross references at Psalm 82:1. Not included among those references but should also be considered is the “let US” make man in “OUR image.” While Genesis 1:26 is usually understood as a reference to the Trinity, it is possible that it is a reference to the “divine council.”

How all this contributes to understanding what Jesus meant when He cited this verse at John 10:34 would take further careful study and comparison of Scripture with Scripture.

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Daily Bible Nugget #650, Proverbs 14:24

The Nugget:

Proverbs 14:24  The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly. (KJV)

Pro 14:24 Their wisdom is a crown to the wise, but their foolish behaviour is round the head of the unwise. (BBE, Bible in Basic English)

Pro 14:24  A prudent man is the crown of the wise: but the occupation of fools is evil. (Brenton, LXX)

Pro 14:24  The crown of wise people is their wealth. The stupidity of fools is just that-stupidity!  (GW, God’s Word translation)

Pro 14:24 Wisdom can make you rich, but foolishness leads to more foolishness. (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

My Comment:

Keil and Delitzch remark that “while wisdom is adorned and raised up by riches, folly on the other hand remains, even when connected with riches, always the same, without being either thereby veiled or removed – on the contrary, the fool, when he is rich, exhibits his follies always more and more.”

Should it ever happen that you receive a large sum of money, don’t squander what you have received. Money goes way faster than it comes!

To dig deeper, study the cross references I share below for Proverbs 14:24 which I just now expanded even beyond what I placed in The New Treasury or The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.

Proverbs 14:24

crown of the wise. Pro 12:4. See on +Pro 14:18, Pro 17:6. 1Ki 3:13, Psa 112:9, Ecc 7:11, 12, Isa 33:6, Luk 16:9.

is their riches. Pro 3:16.

foolishness. Pro 16:22. Pro 27:22, *Psa 49:10, 11, 12, 13, Luk 12:19, 20; Luk 16:19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.

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The Sabbath and Lawlessness

 

My good friend Pastor Robert Anderson posted a video on Facebook on September 3, 2021 at 6:00 pm. Before the video actually “aired,” there were some individuals posting comments about it. So, I entered the discussion. Pastor Anderson titled his video presentation “Israel is not the Church.”

Comment by WFIII:

The bible disagrees with you. Along with your false lawless doctrine

38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

Acts 7:38 KJV

 

I commented:

WFIII, It may help to read your Bible better. I trust Pastor Robert Anderson will have some helpful things to say. We must always have a teachable spirit and the openness to learn something new or receive correction.

WFIII responded:

Jerome Smith, This man doesn’t have any understanding. He doesn’t keep the commandments of God

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Psalm 111:10 KJV

104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:104-105 KJV

23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

Proverbs 6:23 KJV

Any person that doesn’t keep the law are void of Light!!

16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. 20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Isaiah 8:16, 20 KJV

 

I responded:

WFIII, You have presented much good Scripture. Some of the passages you cite are among my favorite verses. I believe, however, that you have misapplied some of the Bible passages you have quoted. To understand the Bible correctly, we must compare Scripture with Scripture. We must carefully consider the context of each Bible passage we quote. We must carefully follow the rules of Bible interpretation. I have discussed these things at my little “blog” since 2010. I invite you to participate there by making a comment on anything I have posted there. There is more room there for careful discussion than on FB. Visit Real Bible Study dot com. I have posted much there for everyone’s edification.

WFIII responded:

Jerome Smith, We also need to make sure that we’re not twisting Paul’s epistles to teach lawlessness. Paul states time and times again he taught and kept the law. That’s why he took a nazarite vow (Numbers 6) proving he kept and taught the law. People lied on Paul back then. The same way they do today

18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present. 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. 20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law: 21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs. 22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come. 23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them; 24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

Acts 21:18-24 KJV

 

I commented in return:

WFIII, Of course, Paul was responding to a specific situation in that given cultural context at that time in history. He was in background a Hebrew of the Hebrews, a Pharisee of the Pharisees, who had advanced much further in his Jewish faith than others of his own age. Paul warned us against the Judaizers who attempted to teach that one must “be circumcised after the manner of Moses” or you cannot be saved (see Acts 15:1 and the whole chapter). See also Galatians 4:9-11.

You can readily determine who is teaching correct Bible doctrine by whether the teaching represents the balance of emphasis found in the New Testament. Emphasis upon law-keeping, such as an insistence that one must assemble for Christian worship on the Seventh Day Sabbath.

 

WFIII responded:

You’re teaching another Jesus and gospel. Anybody teaching against the law is a heretic!!!

4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15 KJV

Sunday Christians today are no different than Pharisees. They both teach traditions of men. Sunday Christians observe pagan holidays, eat unclean foods and etc…

6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Mark 7:6-9 KJV

 

I commented:

WFIII, Once again, I kindly would advise you to be very careful who you accuse of teaching false doctrine. Have you visited my Real Bible Study site yet? You will find that I have discussed this particular issue more extensively than you are likely to find anywhere else.

Let my comment just above about how to determine who is teaching false doctrine sink in. Anyone who overemphasizes a Biblical theme by giving it an importance beyond the emphasis it is given in the New Testament is very likely to be teaching false doctrine.

Please furnish me a verse from the New Testament written in the form of a commandment to Christians that requires Christians to observe the Fourth Commandment.

 

WFIII responded:

Jerome Smith, Right here! This is after the death of Jesus.

55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. 56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Luke 23:55-56 KJV

Jesus’s death ushered in the new covenant. You’re without excuse!!!!

16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

Hebrews 9:16-17 KJV

 

Pharisees were zealous after traditions of their fathers..

13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Galatians 1:13-14 KJV

These are Christians that believe in Jesus and zealous for the law not traditions of men

20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

Acts 21:20 KJV

True Saints believe in Jesus and keep the commandments

12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Revelation 14:12 KJV

 

I responded:

WFIII, The verse you cite is not a commandment directed to Christians. It is a historical reference to what Jewish believers who followed Jesus did or did not do on His behalf upon His death on the cross.

I look forward to your presentation of a verse from the New Testament that is written in the form of a command to Christians directing Christians to observe the Sabbath Commandment. To qualify, the verse must be in the imperative mood, the mood of command, not the indicative mood, the mood of reality or historical reference.

 

WFIII responded:

Jerome Smith, The first Christans were Jews.

19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Acts 11:19, 26 KJV

 

You have all Roman Christianity education. Yet! The book  sealed to you. You have zero understanding of the scriptures…smh. YOU’RE DRUNK OFF FALSE DOCTRINE

9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. 10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

Isaiah 29:9-11 KJV

 

I responded to WFIII:

Without question you are correct that the first Christians were Jews. As Jews, they were obedient to the Mosaic Law. Some Gentiles, as “God-fearers,” attended synagogue worship on the Sabbath, obviously because that is the day that Jews met for worship. But none of this establishes that Christians have ever in the New Testament been commanded to observe the Fourth Commandment.

You have yet to furnish me a single verse of command in the New Testament in the imperative mood that directs Christians to worship on the Seventh Day Sabbath in accordance with the Fourth Commandment.

 

WFIII responded:

Gentiles were given 4 commandments. We know people can’t lie, steal, kill, and etc. Those commandments weren’t mentioned. Verse 21 clearly states Gentiles would learn the rest of the law on the sabbath not Sunday

19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

Acts 15:19-21 KJV

This is prove Gentiles and Jews met up in the synagogues on the sabbath not Sunday.

4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

Acts 18:4 KJV

 

I responded to WFIII:

You are very good at supplying Bible references pertaining to Sabbath observance. But as of yet, not ONE verse in the New Testament have you produced that constitutes a direct statement of command in the imperative mood addressed to Christians commanding them to observe the Seventh Day as their specific day for Christian worship.

Until you DO produce such a verse, it is obvious that the doctrine you are promulgating is not in agreement with the doctrine carefully proclaimed in the New Testament.

 

WFIII responded to me:

You’re a [wolf]  in [sheep’s]  clothing. I see right through you. You couldn’t refute any of those passages..smh

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Matthew 7:15 KJV

You’re teaching against the commandments. Even if you believe the sabbath is a least commandment. You won’t get into the kingdom. You’re a modern day Pharisee teaching traditions of men

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:19-20 KJV

Since you’re teaching lawlessness, condemnation awaits you. I’ve already proven using Luke 23: 56 the sabbath is a commandment in the new covenant

1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

James 3:1 KJV

 

I responded to WFIII comment (now missing!) about the Council of Laodicea:

I am not appealing to the Council of Laodicea which took place long after the New Testament was completed.

I have asked you to do a very simple thing: Produce even a single verse stated as a command in the imperative mood in the New Testament that directs all Christian believers to worship on the Seventh Day Sabbath in accordance with the Fourth Commandment.

If this issue is as important as you seem to think, then there surely ought to be at least one verse in the New Testament that says so.

I believe that it is extremely important that we are strictly Biblical in our formulation of Bible and Christian doctrine.

As you have so far not produced the requisite text from the New Testament that commands all Christians to strictly observe the Seventh Day Sabbath Commandment, I must conclude that it is you, not me, who has been promulgating false doctrine.

 

WFIII responded:

You’ve been warned! REPENT!! Before its too late. My job here is finished!!!!

6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Matthew 7:6 KJV

 

In response, I commented to WFIII:

If that is the best you can do in answer to my simple and straightforward challenge, your position is sadly lacking in terms of Biblical warrant.

Your repeated use of ad hominem remarks is very telling.

I trust you will continue to study your Bible so that you may become better grounded in its truth.

 

WFIII’s (concluding) reply to me:

Truth is when a believer in Christ keeps the law. Unlike you!!

142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. 150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.

Psalm 119:142, 150 KJV

The bible calls you a liar because you’re lawless. Take it up with God not me. You have a reprobate mind. Read Romans 1…

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1 John 2:3-4 KJV

My Comment:

That is where our discussion ended.

There is another question which may be asked: Can you find one instance of specifically Christian worship (involving taking the Lord’s Supper) on the Seventh Day Sabbath recorded in the New Testament?

Yet another question may be asked: If keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath is so very crucially important, can you find any statement of warning that this is the case within the New Testament?

I have been reading and studying the Bible for a good long time, and I have not found any such statements in the New Testament. But I am still reading, and always willing to learn something new.

Perhaps some reader here can help me out on these for me as yet unanswered questions.

I believe that it is important that we focus our attention and emphasize the truths that the New Testament does and with the same balance of attention and emphasis. It appears to me that the New Testament is strikingly silent on this matter of requiring Christian believers to observe the Fourth Commandment regarding the Seventh Day Sabbath.

 

 

 

 

 

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SELECT COMMENTS FROM THIS FB POST:

 Jerome Smith remains the most brilliant educator of my lifetime. From the time I first met him tutoring in his classroom in Detroit Denby High School with his file cabinet filled with more and better instructional materials than my district committee had just created, I became his number one fan. Anything he does from Biblical scholarship to instructional guides is so sound that when he says it works—it works! He is one of the reasons I know the Father loves us. (Dr. Ronald Kar)

 

Jerome Smith replied:

Thank you, Ronald Kar, for such a kind and for me encouraging comment!

Coming from the (former) Assistant Director of the Detroit Public Schools Office of Communication Arts, your comment ought to carry some weight and authority behind it!

I deeply appreciate our long friendship and your obvious care for the students and teachers in the Detroit Public Schools. Most of all, I count it a joy to know that you are a solid, Bible believing Christian.

 Ronald Kar replied:

I retired first time as Curriculum Director having spent 25 years in teacher evaluation and second retirement as dept chair of curriculum and instruction for Argosy University and then volunteering. I have observed hundreds of teachers (w/o hyperbole) you remain the best. Your New Testament friend.

 

 

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #649, Proverbs 14:23

The Nugget:

Proverbs 14:23  In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury. (KJV)

Pro 14:23 In all hard work there is profit,
but merely talking about it only brings poverty. (NET Bible)

Pro 14:23 In all hard work there is profit, but talk only makes a man poor. (BBE, Bible in Basic English)

Pro 14:23  With every one who is careful there is abundance: but the pleasure-taking and indolent shall be in want. (Brenton, LXX)

Pro 14:23  In hard work there is always something gained, but idle talk leads only to poverty. (GW, God’s Word translation)

Pro 14:23 Hard work is worthwhile, but empty talk will make you poor. (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

My Comment:

On this labor day we have much to be thankful for. Many of us enjoy the blessings of liberty. Under our original system of government, the Founders devised a Constitution for “We the People” which greatly limited the central government. When government is limited we experience more freedom. Our freedoms have been compromised because our supposed leadership is largely ignorant of the founding principles which underlie the provisions and stipulations of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as our Declaration of Independence.

This gradual shift has taken place over time. This shift is very likely  not random nor accidental. It surely is not inevitable. Our nation’s public and most private schools have failed to teach the truth about the founding of this country. Students are not taught enough about Colonial American History, Colonial and Early American Literature, Civics, and the principles of economics. Students are not taught enough about the blessings of capitalism and the curse of socialism, Marxism, and Communism. Liberty can be largely lost in a single generation or so when accurate knowledge of these things is not thoroughly taught to every student.

The solution is simple and straightforward. Parents must educate their children thoroughly at home in these subjects. Take time to actually read good books on these subjects. Turn off the television to make time for reading. Don’t be distracted by sports. There are much more important things to actually learn so that our children will be productive citizens who stand up for what is right and who will insist that our political leaders are informed individuals who cannot be tempted by illicit financial gain.

Our students need to be home educated about the true history of labor. It was the labor movement that through enormous effort obtained the 40-hour week. It was the labor movement that brought improved working conditions and insisted on due process in labor relations. Much of this has also been lost. The concept of paying workers a living wage has largely been lost. It used to be that one person (often the husband) earned enough to pay for all the family needs.

We have watched our industries move overseas where companies can take advantage of far cheaper labor costs by using what we in this country would consider slave labor. Part of this has been brought about by the notion of getting something for less money. We all like to save money, but it would be a better idea to pay a little more so that work could be done in our country with workers able to make a living wage. Jesus Himself talked about the fact that the laborer is worthy of his hire (Luke 10:7). Instead, our politicians have frittered away these advances by getting “Right to Work” laws passed in a number of states. What “right to work” really means in practice is the “right to work for less,” the right to work without due process protection against unfair management practices and with fewer labor contract protections.

We have also largely strayed from the Biblical principles this nation was founded on. The United States was founded as a Christian nation. The so-called principle of “separation of church and state” is not a principle of our founding documents at all. Nor was it the practice of our original founders even after the signing of the Constitution. But that is a part of American history that is not often taught in our schools and colleges today. Look around you and you will see the dire results of this departure from our founding principles displayed in the headlines and the relentless propaganda parading as news every single day.

The wealth of a nation comes from the labor of its people. That labor can be manual or physical. It can be intellectual. But it comes from hard work. A nation’s wealth can also come from its natural resources, resources dug out of the ground or grown on the land. But the power to tax is the power to destroy. That may be a principle which has not been faithfully taught in schools for many years. I remember being taught about that when I was in the fourth grade. Yet in the first letter received from a local newly elected state representative, we were asked to suggest any new laws we thought should be passed.

It is my belief that the fewer laws we have the better off we will be. I believe that needful laws must apply to everyone equally and have a penalty for breaking them. Schools have not taught the important principle that “Where there is no penalty, there is no law.” Among the laws our country has passed which are not being uniformly enforced are those prohibiting monopolies. Fix this one problem and the country will be back on a sound fiscal policy which would benefit everyone.

To study the direct teaching of the Bible on the subject of labor study the cross references I have just newly assembled today in preparation for this post for Proverbs 14:23,

Proverbs 14:23

Pro 14:23  In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

In all labour. Pro 12:24; Pro 16:26. +*Pro 22:29; Pro 28:19, *Gen 3:19, Jdg 19:16. 1Ki 11:28 mg. Psa 90:17, Ecc 2:24, Isa 19:15. Mat 11:12, +*Luk 10:7, *Joh 6:27, +*1Co 15:58, **Eph 4:28. *Col 3:22, 23, 24, 2Th 3:10; 2Th 3:12, +*Heb 6:10; +*Heb 6:11.

there is profit. Pro 24:4. Pro 28:19. Ecc 3:9. **1Co 15:58. *Col 3:23, 24. *Heb 6:10.

but the talk. Pro 10:10, Ecc 5:3, Jer 12:2, +*Luk 6:46, 2Th 3:10, 11, 12, 1Ti 5:13.

tendeth only to penury. Pro 10:8. Pro 12:11. Pro 28:19.

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Daily Bible Nugget #648, Colossians 2:7

The Nugget:

Col 2:7  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

My Comment:

One must be thoroughly grounded in the Scriptures (Colossians 2:7) in order to discern truth from error.

If you have not done that thorough homework, you don’t have that gift (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

It is recorded in the Gospels about 10 times that Jesus asked the question, “Have ye never read” or the equivalent (Matthew 21:16; Mark 2:25).

Mar 2:25  And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?

Have ye never read. FS21, Jdg 14:18, This is the Figure Anteisagoge or Counter Question. Mar 12:10; Mar 12:26, +Mat 12:3 note. Mat 19:4; +Mat 21:16; +Mat 21:42; Mat 22:31, Luk 6:3; Luk 10:26.

Mat 12:3  But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;

Have ye not read. Mat 12:5, Mat 19:4; +Mat 21:16; +Mat 21:42; Mat 22:31, Mar 2:25; Mar 12:10; Mar 12:26, Luk 6:3; Luk 10:26, Jesus appealed repeatedly to the Bible alone as the source of spiritual authority. Notice the preceding cross references which document Christ’s repeated question, “Have ye not read?”

Jesus expected his hearers to have read the Bible. He expects them to understand what they read (Mat 24:15 note). His question, “Have ye not read?” is recorded ten times! Jesus referred to seven distinct passages (Gen 1:27 at Mat 19:4; Exo 3:6 at Mat 22:31-32; Lev 24:6-9 at Mat 12:3; Num 28:9-10 at Mat 12:5; 1Sa 21:6 at Mat 12:3; Psa 8:2 at Mat 21:16; Psa 118:22 at Mat 21:42). Jesus appealed to the Bible as His authority many times, but never once did he appeal to the authority of the religious leaders in Israel (Pharisees or Sadducees), or to religious tradition. He commanded to “Search the Scriptures” (Joh 5:39).

Two dozen times Jesus cites the Old Testament Prophets as recorded in the New Testament (Luk 24:27 note). Even during His temptation in the wilderness, Jesus cited the Scripture, not tradition, when he resisted the Devil successfully. It seems we could learn something from that (Mat 4:4; Mat 4:6, 7; Mat 4:10).

That the New Testament was written by the authority of Christ may be legitimately inferred from the fact that: (1) John explicitly records that Jesus Christ commanded him to write (Rev 1:19). (2) Jesus directly promised that the Holy Spirit would guide his apostles into all truth and bring all things to their remembrance (Joh 16:12, 13). Thus, as they wrote the writings we now have in the New Testament we are assured of their accuracy for they were written under divine inspiration (2Ti 3:16, 2Pe 1:21). Peter called the letters written by Paul “Scripture” (2Pe 3:16), and clearly possessed them as a well-known collection.

Paul cites the words of Jesus, quoting them exactly, from Luk 10:7 in 1Ti 5:17, 18, The book of Revelation makes at least four direct quotations from the Gospels.

By John’s death, the entire New Testament as we have it today was available and being read by or to all genuine Christians. Thus the claim by some Roman Catholics that Jesus gave us the Church, not the Bible, as our teaching authority and source of spiritual truth, the “pillar and ground of the truth” (1Ti 3:15 note), is untrue, for Jesus himself appealed to the authority of Scripture, not tradition or the religious institution of his day. Mat 9:13; +*Mat 22:29, Lev 10:16-20, +Deut 17:19, +*Psa 119:139, Act 13:27.

He also stated “whoso readeth, let him understand” (Matthew 24:15), thus asserting that it IS possible to understand many of the most difficult things in Scripture.

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

let him understand. or, observe attentively. Jesus assumes, asserts, and expects that his hearers, as readers of Scripture, can understand even a difficult passage in Daniel’s prophecy, a firm and strong assertion of and testimony to the perspicuity or understandability of Scripture. +Mat 12:3 note. Mat 13:51; Mat 15:10, **Psa 119:105, **Pro 8:8; **Pro 8:9, Jer 30:24, **Dan 12:4; **Dan 12:9; **Dan 12:10, **Joh 20:31, *Act 8:30 note. Rev 1:3; Rev 17:9.

But if you are not reading God’s Word, studying God’s Word, by searching the Scriptures (John 5:39; Acts 17:11), you’re not there yet.

Joh 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Act 17:11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

We never get to the point where we know it all. We are to keep on growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (see 2 Peter 3:17, 18).

2Pe 3:17  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
2Pe 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

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More Nonsense in Current News–Propaganda at Work

Here are some headlines from my “News Feed” that I saw just now with links and my comment on the headline in some cases:

TITLE: Kabul airport explosions hit crowds amid evacuations, The Wall Street Journal

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/kabul-airport-explosions-hit-crowds-amid-evacuations/ar-AANLzDs?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: While not strictly propaganda, this situation reflects the incompetent political and moral leadership of the present administration in Washington.

 

TITLE: 100,000 more COVID deaths seen unless US changes its ways, Associated Press

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/100-000-more-covid-deaths-seen-unless-us-changes-its-ways/ar-AANMq2m?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: I have serious reservations about any news in the mainstream media about COVID and related matters. The news is agenda driven, not fact-based science-driven. It was announced not long ago in the mainstream news that the PCR test now being used to detect cases of COVID is utterly unreliable and invalid. It was reported that the use of the PCR test would be discontinued as of December 31, 2021. Therefore, all reports of PCR-related test results are invalid. No new substitute test has been announced as far as I have yet read. It is even possible that the news we see and hear is one-sided, designed to instill fear, for the benefit of companies that make vaccines and the medical industry at large. But being one-sided is the very definition of it being propaganda, not science.

TITLE: Capital Police officers sue Trump and allies over election lies and January 6, The New York Times

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/capitol-police-officers-sue-trump-and-allies-over-election-lies-and-jan-6/ar-AANMboA?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: I notice once again that the mainstream media is still working to defame and denigrate former President Trump. It is also working hard to defend the patriotic and peaceful rally of January 6, 2021. It is also denying the evidence of election fraud on the night of November 3, 2020. The mainstream media dutifully and truthfully reported that the FBI admitted in a statement in the past week or so, best I recall as to time, that after careful and thorough investigation it had found no evidence at all of any sinister plot by the patriots who gathered in Washington on January 6 to disrupt the government or engage in any illegal activity. I would suggest, however, that the FBI has apparently not released the over 400 individuals they found who attended the rally that have been jailed without charges or hearings. Now as for “election lies,” I watched the election returns carefully on the night of November 3, 2020 until about 10:30 pm eastern daylight savings time. At that time President Trump was clearly far ahead of candidate Joe Biden. We all know that in the next days the totals changed to favor candidate Biden. But the evidence I have carefully read and watched indicates that there were many coordinated election irregularities across six or seven states–I say coordinated, because counting was  allegedly stopped at the very same time in all seven states, to be resumed the following day. Most of us know the rest of the story, so I won’t repeat it here. I believe the ultimate outcome was fraudulently and nefariously rigged in candidate Biden’s favor.

TITLE: Trump’s ex-national security advisor John Bolton says it’s ‘impossible’ for Mike Pompeo to ‘rewrite history’ on his negotiations with the Taliban, Business Insider

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/trump-s-ex-national-security-advisor-john-bolton-says-it-s-impossible-for-mike-pompeo-to-rewrite-history-on-his-negotiations-with-taliban/ar-AANMdQB?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: This article by its headline seems to be another attempt to make President Trump look bad. I would caution anyone reading political news from the Business Insider that I have frequently noticed its articles are quite biased in favor of the Left. If you check more deeply into John Bolton you will learn that he has quite an axe to grind against President Trump. When news is persistently presented all one way that is a sign that it is propaganda.

TITLE: The 1/6 Committee request for records is ‘going to drive Trump crazy’–NBC NEWS Trump family, senior aides target of demands by Jan 6 committee By Adam Edeman, MSNBC

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-1-6-committee-request-for-records-is-going-to-drive-trump-crazy/vi-AANK1Fs?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT:  This is like trying to “beat a dead horse” in the light of the recent FBI report that it found no evidence that those patriots who gathered at the Capital on January 6 had any coordinated intent to do anything illegal. What I saw reported (and watched in part as it happened) was that the rally was infiltrated by BLM and Antifa disguised as Trump supporters who attempted (and partially succeeded) to act in a manner that would defame the genuine Trump supporters at the rally.

TITLE: Election denier’s contorted legal defense, CNN.

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/election-denier-s-contorted-legal-defense/vi-BB1eTowu?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: The title is over the background of Attorney Sidney Powell. I clicked on the link myself this time and it took me to a “hit piece” against Sidney Powel and Rudy Giuliani. Having followed the work of Sidney Powell (who successfully represented General Flynn) and whose book, Licensed to Lie, I am in the process of reading, I suspect there must be more to this story than what is presented in the three-minute and twelve-second video clip here. Therefore I class this piece as yet one more instance of propaganda.

TITLE: ‘I Have No Idea’: Brother of Devin Nunes Reportedly Stumped as to How Pro-Trump Republican’s Family is Funding Their Lawsuit, Law & Crime, Adam Klasfeld.

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/i-have-no-idea-brother-of-devin-nunes-reportedly-stumped-as-to-how-pro-trump-republican-s-family-is-funding-their-lawsuit/ar-AANMqi2?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: Skimming the article itself, I find that it is sourced in some part to Business Insider. Apparently there is a way to un-redact released court filings, etc. The complaint seems to be that some think the Nunes’s farm family is over-litigious against what I call the mainstream media and that the family has paid little money in legal expenses to the attorneys serving them. Interestingly, Representative Nunes testified: “[A]nd now my policy is, and I have a new policy, that if you defame or slander me, I take you to court,'” the legal brief states. I believe Congressman Nunes has done a marvelous job of exposing the wrongdoing going on in Congress, and that is why he is a target of this negative propaganda.

TITLE: Maddow Blog. Judge sanctions group of pro-Trump attorneys in dramatic fashion, MSNBC

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/maddow-blog-judge-sanctions-group-of-pro-trump-attorneys-in-dramatic-fashion/ar-AANLOMg?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: Once again, Sidney Powell graces the picture behind the headline. Knowing her sterling character, I would reserve judgment when it comes to believing anything the mainstream media have to say about her. I also do not trust the judgment of judges, many of whom are clearly  politically biased, and seem not to fairly evaluate the evidence Sidney Powell and others have attempted to bring before the court.

TITLE: House probe focuses on Trump’s mental health and martial law, The Hill

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/house-probe-focuses-on-trump-s-mental-health-and-martial-law/ar-AANKg0C?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: I do not mean to be disrespectful to our current resident of the White House. But from what I have seen, heard, and read, it may be much more appropriate to focus on his mental health. I suspect he really is not fully capable of fulfilling the office he now holds. I wonder who is really pulling the strings. The title alone falls in line with all the other titles I have cited as propaganda for its obvious one-sidedness.

TITLE: READ: Judge Refers ‘Kraken’ Lawyers For Potential ‘Disbarment’ In Scathing Opinion Over Big Lie, Talking Points Memo.

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/read-judge-refers-kraken-lawyers-for-potential-disbarment-in-scathing-opinion-over-big-lie/ar-AANKpVS?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMMENT: Here we go again! Attorney Sidney Powell is getting more than her share of negative publicity today in my “News Feed”! I wonder if all this negative emphasis is to distract readers and viewers from what is really going on? I wonder if the Arizona Audit will produce definitive forensic proof of tampering with the election of November 3, 2020? Maybe this is an effort to get readers and viewers to look the other way regarding the current fiasco in Afghanistan? The judge may have written a “Scathing Opinion,” but it looks to me that he just might be covering up the real Big Lie. Once again, I class this persistent one-sidedness in the media as propaganda.

TITLE: Arizona Democrats are trying to stop ‘audit’ firm Cyber Ninjas from getting any more taxpayer dollars, Business Insider

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/arizona-democrats-are-trying-to-stop-audit-firm-cyber-ninjas-from-getting-any-more-taxpayer-dollars/ar-AANK3ah?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: “Speak of the Devil!” I had no idea that this next article would have reference to the Arizona Audit and the efforts of Democrats to discredit and even stop the audit process in Arizona. But here it came as the very next article in my News Feed today. I just have this to say to anyone who opposes the auditing process taking place: If you know and claim that the November 3, 2020 election was conducted fairly, you would be most EAGER to promote the forensic audit because it would only prove, once and for all, that you are correct. But when you obfuscate, interfere, and otherwise attempt to misrepresent the process you surely prove that you know that the counting of the election ballots on election night and subsequent days was rigged in favor of Biden. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Once again, evidence here of propaganda.

TITLE: Judge rules that Sidney Powell and Lin Wood engaged in ‘historic and profound abuse’ of legal system, approves punishment, Business Insider

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/judge-rules-that-sidney-powell-and-lin-wood-engaged-in-historic-and-profound-abuse-of-legal-system-approves-punishment/ar-AANKun5?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: Once again, Sidney Powell is prominently in the news in a negative light. I trust that time will prove that she and the other attorneys condemned by this judge will be proved to have been in the right. I suspect that some of our judges are not well taught in Constitutional Law. That is not my field of expertise, but in my reading of the Constitution, Constitutional election law was clearly violated on several fronts. Once again, I have nowhere read in my News Feed today of any dissenting opinion with regard to these items of current news. Therefore, while the events may be factual, the one-sidedness demonstrates this is propaganda.

TITLE: Controversial Texas voting law expected to advance with return of Dems. CBS News.

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/controversial-texas-voting-law-expected-to-advance-with-return-of-democrats/ar-AANLYPW?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: As I recall, we all must show official ID when we open a bank account. In order to drive a car, we must have a driver’s license. There are many occasions that require us to have official ID. Voting should not be an exception! Don’t tell me that anyone who legally has the right to vote finds it too hard to produce valid ID to do so. Nonsense in the News indeed, and more propaganda. There is no reason for the Texas voting law to be controversial unless you are among those who plan to cheat in future elections.

TITLE: Rep. Mike Doyle tests positive for COVID despite being fully vaccinated. Fox News.

LINK: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/rep-mike-doyle-tests-positive-for-covid-despite-being-fully-vaccinated/ar-AANM7hx?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

MY COMMENT: This article may or may not be propaganda, but it highlights a major  problem in the current vaccine narrative. The problem is that the so-called “vaccine” is not a vaccine and it offers no protection against future COVID infections. I cannot imagine how current tests are being conducted. If test results are based upon the PCR test, such results are utterly invalid. It is no longer to be used after December 31, 2021. Don’t fall for the media and government narrative. They seem to admit the error but then go right on and push the propaganda.

These are all articles present in my news feed today. That this is propaganda ought to be obvious to anyone who knows how to recognize propaganda. It ought to be obvious to anyone who has carefully consulted experts on these subjects from alternative, that is, non-mainstream media sources.

Jesus warned us not to be deceived (Matthew 24:4. Luke 21:8). Jesus told us how to do that: take heed what ye hear (Mark 4:24) as well as how ye hear (Luke 8:18).

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #647, Proverbs 29:2

The Nugget:

Pro 29:2  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.  (KJV)

Pro 29:2 When the righteous become great, the people rejoice, but, when a lawless man beareth rule, a people sigh. (EB, Emphasized Bible by Rotherham)

Pro 29:2 When the upright have power, the people are glad; when an evil man is ruler, grief comes on the people. (BBE, Bible in Basic English)

Pro 29:2  When righteous people increase, the people of God rejoice, but when a wicked person rules, everybody groans. (GW, God’s Word transation)

Pro 29:2 When justice rules a nation, everyone is glad; when injustice rules, everyone groans.

My Comment:

The events of recent days surely illustrate the truth and wisdom of Proverbs 29:2.

There seems to be a shortage of righteous people.

Notice the cause/effect relationships presented in this verse:

(a) cause: when righteous people increase; (b) effect: the people of God rejoice.

(c) cause: when an evil man is ruler, (d) grief comes on the people.

What is the solution? There needs to be a vast increase in the number of righteous people. I think that one way to reach that goal is to win souls (Proverbs 11:30). We need to get more people reading, studying, and sharing the Bible with others.

For a list of other cause/effect relationship verses I have found in my own study of the Bible, see the extensive listing at Psalm 9:10 note in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, or Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible, or The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. I need to add Proverbs 29:2 to the list, I see. I had not noticed this cause/effect relationship verse in my studies before. This shows that anyone can learn something new every time they open their Bible and study it carefully.

 

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