Monday, October 18, 2010

Vacation!

This blog will be taking a vacation for at least two weeks!

In the meantime, read this post from a Protestant blogger regarding the idea of Sola Scriptura.  This is a Protestant belief that everything we need to know is in the Bible and the Bible alone.  No church necessary, or called for by Jesus. This is what I've always thought, though it is WAY more articulate.
So, our assurance of Scripture’s infallibility rests upon an inward work of the Holy Spirit’s witness that takes place within our hearts that testifies to the proper and true books of Scripture, the true canon. I know I am treading upon nervous ground here, but given the principle of Sola Scriptura, how is a Spiritual inward working in our hearts an any more appropriate foundation on which to place canonical certainty than a Spiritual inward working in the Church? If you have Catholics on one side that argue that our certainty of Scripture is based on the inward working and guidance of the Holy Spirit in the magisterium that organized the canon and Protestants on the other that argue that our assurance is based on the Holy Spirit’s inward working in the hearts of believers, the difference does not seem to be Sola Scriptura. Rather, the difference is only in regards to the object on which assurance rests which in both cases is extra-biblical and therefore fails as an adequate foundation of certainty within Sola Scriptura. In fact, it seems that all one has to do to distinguish the Catholic position from the Protestant is to take that phrase from the Confession and replace “our hearts” with “the Church.”

Friday, October 15, 2010

End of 10

Pro 10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
Pro 10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
Pro 10:29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
Pro 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
Pro 10:31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
Pro 10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

This is just great stuff.  I love Proverbs!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Well, that was a somewhat longer break between posts than I was planning!  I got hit with a nasty cold.  Posts will be a bit slower over the next few weeks as well, as I'm going on vacation.  I'll try for one every other day though!

Pro 10:22  The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. 
The blessing of the Lord makes us rich indeed!  And nothing bad comes with it.

Pro 10:23  It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

The word sport here also means laughter.  They have have what they consider to be a good time in their sin.  When I think of things I've done wrong, when I wasn't paying attention to what God wanted, I think I thought I was having a good time too.  The path of sin is so dark we can't even see we are on it if we're not careful.  Fools mock sin:
Pro 14:9  Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Pro 10:24  The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
Pro 10:25  As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
Pro 10:26  As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pro 10:15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

The rich man thinks he is secure in his city of wealth, and has no need of God, if he's not careful.  The poor man loses hope and faith in God, perhaps turning to other sins, if he is not careful.

Pro 30:8  Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
Pro 30:9  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

Pro 10:16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. 
The works of the good are aimed at life, while the fruits of the wicked tend toward sin.  If we care about our families and the poor and society, then we will labor toward those ends.  If we care about riches and lusts and other sins, then we will labor toward those ends.

Luk 16:13  No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Pro 10:17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth. 
People with wisdom want more wisdom, and will accept correction and keep instruction and moreover be thankful for them.  The more knowledge of how to best serve God, the better job we can do at that task.  And what other task is as important!  Refusing correction is an error that leads in the opposite direction of wisdom.

Pro 10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. 
It isn't right to be angry and pretend that we are not in some effort to get ahead, nor is it acceptable to lie about others to attain the same ends.

Pro 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. 
The more words we speak the more likely we are to fall into sin with our lips, through slander or gossip or injuring another's character or stirring up anger.  Therefore, the person who talks when it is needed and is mindful of what is said is more wise than one who talks a lot.  Like me...

Pro 10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth. 
The words of the just and what they have to say are of great value.  In comparison, the inner heart of the wicked is of little value.

Pro 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
The words of the righteous are of great value, and fools die because they don't listen to the wisdom that is freely given to them.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life

Pro 10:8  The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. 

Wisdom is often seen in the heart, and we're told to keep it there.  If we have it, then we can receive the commandments, or divine instructions from God and act upon them. The foolish will not receive commandments, and will not acquire or keep wisdom.

Pro 10:9  He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known. 

There is nothing to hide or fear when walking on the right path.  If we are walking on the wrong path, we have much to hide and much to fear, as someone could easily "find us out."  If we're doing what we're supposed to be doing, then there is nothing to hide!

Pro 10:10  He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall. 

Deceitful people cause sorrow.  They are walking in darkness and they want others to join them.  The prating fool will still fall, but he may at least fall alone.

Pro 10:11  The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. 

This has really been a treat in this whole process.  So many times do I read a verse like this one and think, "uh huh, yup."  And then upon further reading and reflection, so much more comes from it.  First of all, well of life:

Joh 4:10  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 

Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 

Jesus, who is entirely righteous, is the literal well of life.  For those who are not nearly as righteous, but strive in that direction, their words and comfort and prayers can be so encouraging to those around them.  I found a lovely commentary on this verse by Matthew Henry:
See here, 1. How industrious a good man is, by communicating his goodness, to do good with it: His mouth, the outlet of his mind, is a well of life; it is a constant spring, whence issues good discourse for the edification of others, like streams that water the ground and make it fruitful, and for their consolation, like streams that quench the thirst of the weary traveller. It is like a well of life, that is pure and clean, not only not poisoned, but not muddled, with any corrupt communication. 2. How industrious a bad man is, by concealing his badness, to do hurt with it: The mouth of the wicked covers violence, disguises the designed mischief with professions of friendship, that it may be carried on the more securely and effectually, as Joab kissed and killed, Judas kissed and betrayed; this is his sin, to which the punishment answers (Pro 10:6): Violence covers the mouth of the wicked; what he got by violence shall by violence be taken from him, Job 5:4, Job 5:5.
 Pro 10:12  Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. 

On the other hand, I've always liked this one.  When we hate someone, it stirs up strife and problems, and we find fault and error, with or without cause.  When we love someone, we barely notice their offenses.  1Pe 4:8  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
 
Pro 10:13  In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Wisdom comes from those with understanding.  Those who lack sense face the punishments of their conscience, society, and eventually God.
 
Pro 10:14  Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.


And for some reason, this makes me think of "loose lips sink ships."  People with wisdom are always learning and always storing up information and more wisdom.  They should be careful to say the right thing at the right time.  The foolish have no need for such things and just want to talk without heed of the consequences.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Proverbs 10

Pro 10:1  The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Pro 10:2  Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
Pro 10:3  The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
Pro 10:4  He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Pro 10:5  He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
Pro 10:6  Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
Pro 10:7  The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.


Proverbs 10!  This starts to get into that list of dos and don'ts I always thought of when Proverbs came to mind, but after all the thoughts on wisdom now I think we can see that these are more than just random things to do or not do.  These are the wisdom of God given to us to help thwart the wisdom of the world.  We can see comparisons between what God wants and the opposite, more worldly and selfish, behaviors.

This section is specifically identified as the proverbs of Solomon.  Solomon was a king of Israel, a son of David, and considered to be the wisest ruler as a result of his prayer to God to grant him wisdom above all earthly treasures.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Psalm 13

Today is the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Readings are here.

Psa 13:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
Psa 13:2  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Psa 13:3  Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Psa 13:4  Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
Psa 13:5  But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
Psa 13:6  I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I haven't forgotten the end of Proverbs 9!

Pro 9:13  A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
Pro 9:14  For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
Pro 9:15  To call passengers who go right on their ways:
Pro 9:16  Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
Pro 9:17  Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
Pro 9:18  But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell. 


This concludes Proverbs chapter 9.  When I first started with Proverbs, I just thought it was a list of things to do and things not to do, but it is so much more.  So far, it has been a scathing indictment on worldly wisdom and an explanation on the differences between what the world knows and what God knows.

If we compare this woman with wisdom as portrayed by a woman earlier in the chapter, we can get a sense of what God must think of the wisdom of the world.  This woman is also calling out to people, asking them to join her.  She is loud and simple and doesn't have a clue.  She tells lies to her followers, and they are unaware of the danger she poses.  They walk blindly into the trap of believing a wisdom not from God.