In search of Wisdom
Greetings precious people, I do hope that you are doing well today and rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Before we continue our study of “In search of Wisdom” as we are going through the Book of Proverbs, I would like to take a moment and answer a question that was sent to me via e-mail. The question was, “Is Judas real or is he a myth? Of late I've heard that, and that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are also not true persons - this is being taught by religious persons, and I feel very confused.”
The answer is an emphatic YES! Judas was very real as were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. If Judas were not real then Jesus had to have been delusional, for Jesus spoke of and to him on a number of occasions. Of the four Gospel writers, only Matthew and John were two of the twelve Apostles. Mark and Luke were followers of Jesus but not of the twelve. Luke was a medical doctor who accompanied the Apostle Paul on a number of his missionary journeys and also wrote the Book of Acts.
Attacking both the authenticity of the Bible, God’s Word and its writers is nothing new. Satan began attacking and bringing into question God’s Word way back in the garden of Eden in his conversation with Eve. In Genesis 3:1-5 we read, “Now the serpent (the Devil) was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he (the Devil) said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'you shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
There is no other Book in the entire world that is more authentic and true than the Bible. Many attempts have been made over the years to change it and destroy it without success. I have found that the greatest problem people have with the Bible is the issue of sin. People do not want to face up to the fact that we are all sinners and that sin carries the penalty of death, judgment, and hell. So man does everything he can to discredit it without success. Heaven and earth will pass away but God’s Word will last forever.
If you have any questions concerning the Bible or events that are occurring today, just write and I will answer them, using God’s Word. Now lets continue our study through the Book of Proverbs.
In Proverbs 6:20-23 we read, “My son, keep your father's command, and do not forsake the law of your mother. Bind them continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck. When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you. For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life.”
Once again we are reminded of the importance of God’s Word in our life. God’s Word has been called the ‘Road Map to Life’ I think this is a good description. So much of the problems in our society are caused from our departing from the Bible. We are leaning unto our own understanding, doing whatever is right in our own eyes and reaping the tragic results of such foolishness.
Notice how Solomon begins this section, he says, “My son, keep your father's command, and do not forsake the law of your mother.” The lack of fathers and mothers giving sound Biblical counsel to their children is another major cause of many of our problems today. In fact, the lack of even having a father or mother involved in the lives of their children is a major problem today.
I hope that if you are a parent or young person reading this article, you make the decision to have the Word of God as a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. If you are a parent, I hope that you will begin to seek the Lord with all of your heart and begin reading your Bible for yourself as well as to your children. There is no greater foundation to build your life and the lives of your family upon, than the Word of God.
Jesus gave a parable (earthly story with a heavenly or spiritual meaning) to illustrate how great of foundation the Word of God is to build one’s life upon. In Matthew 7:24-29 we read, "Therefore whoever hears these sayings (the Word of God) of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”
Another of the many benefits of choosing to have the Word of God as your guide, is that it will help keep you from sin. Solomon continues to say in the following verses, Proverbs 6:24-29, “To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattering tongue of a seductress. Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyelids. For by means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread; and an adulteress will prey upon his precious life. Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be seared? So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her shall not be innocent.”
We have already seen in the short time of studying the Book of Proverbs, just 6 chapters of a total of 31, that a lot of space has been given to the subject of adultery. In over 25 years of ministry, I have seen countless lives and families suffer greatly because of adultery. I have devoted much time and space in previous articles addressing the sin and effects of adultery, so I will not go into great detail here now.
In Proverbs 6:30-35 Solomon continues to address the issue of adultery. “People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; he may have to give up all the substance of his house.
Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul. Wounds and dishonor he will get, and his reproach will not be wiped away.
For jealousy is a husband's fury; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will accept no recompense, nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.”
Few sins have such a great of impact and sense of betrayal, hurt, and heartache as adultery. The wounds and hurt caused by adultery are deep and painful and usually take a long time to heal. For the husband or wife who has been sinned against by adultery, the recovery time can be quite lengthy with some never fully recovering. When children are involved, the devastation that is caused is only multiplied. Children cannot understand how their father or mother, who they trust, could do such a thing and carry the scars for years to follow. An overwhelming percentage of children that grew up with one or more parents committing adultery will be involved in adultery themselves as they grow up.
The high rate of adultery should be of no surprise to any when it has become popularized and almost fashionable in the entertainment industry and various government officials. To talk of this subject of adultery at work among co-workers and say that you have been faithful to your spouse the entire time of marriage, is usually not received well. Either you are thought to be quite strange or a liar. Unfaithfulness in marriage has become both the norm and expected in our society today.
Is it any wonder why our society is in the condition that it is in today? We are reaping what we have sown over the past 30 years. Listen to what God had to say concerning the people of Israel who had also given themselves to adultery along with many other things. In Hosea 8:7-8, "They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; it shall never produce meal. If it should produce, aliens would swallow it up. Israel is swallowed up; now they are among the Gentiles like a vessel in which is no pleasure.”
Dear precious people, listen carefully, God promises that if we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us. He also promises that if we insist on wanting nothing to do with Him, He will let us have our way. We are in grave danger of this second part becoming a reality. Seek the Lord while He may be found, depart from evil and do good.
Next time we will continue our study through the Book of Proverbs as we make our ‘Search for Wisdom’. Until then, may the Lord bless you beloved of the Lord.
If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail email@example.com
Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine