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Proverbs 21

Proverbs  21

To be kings and priests under Jesus Christ [Melchizedek], we must follow all the teachings and commandments of Christ; chief of which is to live by every Word of God the Father.  We must submit our will to God’s will and we must allow God to direct our thoughts and actions.  We must PROVE in this life; that we will diligently teach and enforce GOD’S POLICIES,  before we are entrusted with responsibility in HIS Kingdom!

Would ether God the Father or Jesus Christ EVER teach us to rebel against their own commandments, or compromise with the wisdom of their Word?  Would they EVER tell us to tolerate false doctrines or to stop rebuking sin?

What mighty king would tell his people that they need not obey his laws, and that they should tolerate rebellion and teachings contrary to his instructions; or that his servants can do whatever each one thinks is right, instead of obeying the law of the kingdom?

We are to stand solidly on the sound doctrine and commandments of Holy Scripture, and are NOT to do what each person thinks is right.

This is the issue in today’s spiritual Ekklesia as everyone follows this man or that tradition!  Meanwhile who is truly living by every Word of God? 

God our KING does according to HIS will: He is the decider, not us!

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Let us follow all the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ  [Melchizedek] and live by every Word of God the Father; not doing as each man thinks is right.

21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

God wants us to zealously KEEP all of his Word and Will, rather than having to repent from turning aside into sin.

21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Our attitude and deeds, of doing whatever WE want instead of living by God’s Word, is the same sin that Eve and Adam did in the garden.  The issue in the Garden was not that the tree’s fruit would immediately kill; it was that defying their Creator and doing what they wanted instead of what the Creator commanded would ultimately bring death.

Today we are standing on the words of men and false traditions instead of on the Word of God; just like Eve and Adam did in the Garden; and we shall reap the same reward of being rejected from the Promised Land of God’s Paradise for that sin, unless we repent quickly.

Isaiah  55:6   Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing [the works] of the wicked, is sin.

The diligent in physical things are blessed with physical gain; and so the diligent in spiritual things find much spiritual gain and godliness!  The impatient and easily frustrated who quickly become discouraged and let up, will not overcome or gain the wisdom of God.

21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

To gain advantage by falsehood brings death; even so, those who follow spiritual deceivers and false teachers will fall into the same ditch as they have and will find death and not eternal life.

21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. 21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

The person who follows his own ways is proud, stubborn, self-willed and unrepentant.

Those who delight to learn and keep the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ [Melchizedek] and to live by every Word of God, are pure from the uncleanness of sin; because their deeds are godly!  

21:8 The way of man is froward [self willed] and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

Does Jesus Christ want a contentious wife who resists him and demands her own way?

21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

The person who seeks his own ways, standing on the false traditions of men idolizing men and corporate organizations, and does not accept zealous obedience to every Word of God; is wicked in God’s sight.

All those who teach to tolerate false doctrine, to hold back from rebuking sin, to turn from diligent study to learn and zealously live by every Word of God; and who urge folks to accept the authority of men above the authority of Holy Scripture:  IS A FALSE TEACHER (Mat 7, Deu 13, Deu 18)]!   He leads his neighbors to destruction!

21:10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

Those who stand on false traditions of men and scorn zeal for the commandments of Christ and the sanctity of the Word of God, including the seventh day Sabbath, Biblical Calendar and High Days; will be thrust into great tribulation so that they may turn to a passionate zeal for God and become spiritually wise.

The wise person learns when he is instructed, and quickly turns to godliness.

21:11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise [the humble man is made wise by the correction of the foolish, because he sees that example and saves himself]: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

The godly person observes the actions and the end of the wicked, and learns from their example to avoid their false ways.

21:12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

We will be forgiven only as we forgive others and we shall obtain mercy in proportion to the mercy we extend to others: That does NOT mean that we should tolerate unrepentant sin

Mercy is to cry out the gospel of warning, repentance and the path to salvation through living by every Word of God and calling all people to the sincere repentance which will save them. 

Mercy quickly forgives the sincerely repentant, but she does not tolerate, overlook and fail to rebuke sin against God’s Word; which things bring destruction on all those who do them. 

The merciless shall not obtain mercy

21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

When we offend others and realize that we are guilty; we should quickly go to them and repent, and even offer them some gift to pacify righteous indignation.

When we sin against any part of the Word of God, we MUST quickly repent lest we be corrected.

21:14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

The godly, love justice and they love the Holy Righteous Word of God. The evil person who does not love to learn and to live by every Word of God, will be destroyed.

21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

Here is an explicit warning that those who turn away from enthusiastic zeal to live by every Word of God, and turn towards compromise, toleration of false teachings and a lukewarm complacency and disrespect for the authority and power of Jesus Christ and God the Father will be corrected; and if they remain unrepentant they will inherit eternal death and not life!

21:16The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding [God’s Word] shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

If a person wastes his substance on physical  pleasures he will become poor.  If a person wastes his spiritual opportunities on doing what he wants in place of doing what God teaches they shall be spiritually poor and destitute of eternal life. 

21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

The transgressors of the Word of God will be destroyed [unless they sincerely repent]; while the upright in living by every Word of God (Mat 4:4), shall inherit eternal life.

21:18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

Again, does Jesus Christ want a stubborn self-willed wife who rejects and fights his will?

21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

The spiritually foolish have no respect for the truth and treasures of the wisdom of God; they scorn and spurns zeal to live by every Word of God to keep his own ways whose end is death. 

Make no mistake:  False teachers will say that we should live by every Word of God; and then they will pull a switch, substituting their own ways for God’s ways!  Watch for and beware of the “bait and switch” technique used to deceive people into following men away from God!

21:20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

The person diligent to learn and keep the righteousness of God as defined by the Holy Scriptures shall inherit eternal life and a good reward of ruler-ship and priesthood. 

In the Kingdom of God, the Priests will teach all flesh to live by the wisdom of every Word of God, and the Kings will enforce the Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ the King of kings.  

If we have no zeal for the wisdom of every Word of God now, and instead stand on the false traditions of men; how will we ever be in the resurrection to spirit, teaching the nations to live by every Word of God?

21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Physical problems are overcome by physical wisdom:  Even so, the spiritual wisdom of the Word of God overcomes evil and replaces it with holiness. 

Therefore seek the Word of God to learn and live by it with all your heart, for it delivers us from the deceptions of Satan and the bitterness of the grave.

21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

He/She who blurts out everything that comes to their mind without thinking, often makes a fool out of him/herself.  Therefore study, learn and live by every Word of God in order that we may speak and live in godly wisdom.

21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

The proud and haughty scorner of the truth who stands on the false traditions of men and their own ways; will come to extreme correction and ultimate destruction [unless they learn their lesson and repent].

21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

He who is spiritually lazy and lets others tell him how to live, is not diligently zealous to learn and live by every Word of God; and he will die spiritually, forfeiting the birthright of his calling which is eternal life. 

The spiritually lazy, covets and will not receive; while the zealous and wholehearted seeker after the knowledge of God, will be given the wisdom of God to share liberally with others  

21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. 21:26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

A person who claims that he is godly and under the sacrifice of Christ while doing his own thing and standing on the false traditions of men and organizations, is an abomination to Jesus Christ. 

Repentance means to STOP sinning and to internalize the righteousness of  God the Father, through a diligent learning of and living by every Word of God. 

To ask for the application of a sacrifice for our sins and then to continue in sin, is an abomination to Almighty God

21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

A person who teaches falsely shall be destroyed 

The person, who diligently learns of the true biblical Christ and keeps the Word of God, shall live forever and shall speak the true Word of Jesus Christ and God the Father for eternity!

21:28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly [he who is truthful continues forever].

The wicked hardens himself against the truth, teachings and commandments of the Word of God to go his own ways.  The upright and godly are directed by [and faithfully follow] the Word of God. 

21:29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he [God] directeth his way.

Those who stand on the false traditions of men take note: No one is more righteous than God! 

21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

No matter how we may think that our owns ways are the best ways; True Safety is found only in the zealous learning and wholehearted keeping of all the ways, teachings and commandments of the whole Word of God.  Even if we are persecuted and tortured and die in this life; we shall inherit eternal life at the resurrection to spirit by the power of the HOLY ONE; who has power over death itself.

21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

 

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