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Wisdom's Seven Pillars

There is much to be said about construction in the Bible. Noah built an ark. The people built the Tower of Babel. The Tabernacle was built with many precious metals and fibers. The Temple was built with wood and stone. Proverbs identifies that "wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars" (Proverbs 9:1) The "seven" pillars may just have been chosen to indicate completeness and perfection. Or, possibly are being used in a construction sense; the four corners of a house needing a pillar and the three supporting pillars running down the middle of the house to hold up the roof. And, what if Solomon was speaking literally and there are just seven pillars that are the basis for all wisdom…what would they be? I am suggesting these are the seven pillars. You may argue and present others but let's consider these first. Pillar 1 – God is the Creator of all things. He must be respected as such, worshipped, praised, looked to as the source of all that is on…

Gold

When the Israelites had crossed through the Red Sea, they traveled to the base of Mt. Sinai where they stayed while Moses went up on the mountain to speak with God and receive from Him the engrave Ten Commandments. (Exodus 31:18) While Moses was about this chore, the people came to Aaron (Moses' older brother by three years) and ask him to give them direction. Aaron took from them gold earrings, melted them down and fashioned a golden calf. We know that the calf was the Egyptian god for knowing the future, so they were worshiping this calf to see what to do next. When Moses finally came down with the Ten Commandments in hand and heard and saw the revelry, he threw down the tablets, destroying them, and proceeded to turn the golden calf into gold dust, sprinkle it on the drinking water and made the people drink it. This brings up two questions: 1) At what temperature does gold melt? 2) What happens when you drink gold dust? The answer to the first is: gold melts at 1,940 degrees, 1,65…

Surrounded

Surrounded  We have heard this word used in military battles where the enemy has surrounded troops and is ready to pounce on them. We have also heard it in the context of a western movie where the "white man" is surrounded by Indians. But let's see it in a different light today. David said in his psalm of confession concerning his relationship to Bathsheba, "Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!" (Psalm 32:10-11) Christ needs to be seen as surrounding us, being our protection, our provision, and our peace. He does not take this activity lightly but is there surrounding what is precious to him. The words of the song, Christ be all around me say it best. Here they are. Search for it on Youtube to sing along with Michael W. Smith. As I rise, Strength of God go before, lift me up As I wake, eyes of God look upon, be…

The Light of Life - Life Series #7

Light is essential to our world. We depend on the sun rising in the east every morning. We need its light for with it comes warmth. This light descends on plants and is part of the photosynthesis process where light energy is captured and converted to sugar energy, in the presence of chlorophyll using carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). This makes food for plants. Light allows us to have a work day and see what we are doing. It provides for a cycle of work and then rest in the darkness. The world is inherently dark and this darkness is vividly recognized in movies. Darkness threatens the existence of Middle Earth. The Lord of the Rings tells this saga and if not for brave and unyielding men and women evil would conquer but light ends up winning. From Middle Earth to the galaxies above our heads, Star Wars also tells the story of an empire gone dark. It seeks to rule all the stars and presses the battle to every planet. See we know, we see that darkness is always willing to rear its…

The Pride of LIfe - Life Series #6

How often do you hear people speak of their accomplishments. We are presently in an election year and there are plenty of candidates that tout their experience and their vast knowledge as reasons why they should be president. Solomon said, "to fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech." (Proverbs 8:13) Evil has its four corners and pride is number one. John spoke of its place in the world system when he said, "Do not love the world or anything in the world…for everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world." (1 John 2:15-16) This is a command not to love the world system and its trinity of personal fulfillment: the strong desires of the flesh and eyes and pride in all you do. Satan faced it and failed when he said, "I will be like the most high." This was the fifth statement he made which started …

Faultless Words

What is the nature of your words? We can sometimes say things so hurtful and this often happens when we speak hastily. Our words are the evidence of our heart; its divided nature. We speak too quickly and in so doing bypass the sensors in our brain to evaluate our words. They become like water poured out on sand; unable to be gathered back. Solomon identified three categories of actions that were good. He said, "Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path." (Proverbs 2:9) Later, he ties these to our words by saying, "Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge." (Proverbs 8:6-8) Our words can flow out of a pure heart; one that detests wickedness. We can be known as a person who speaks …