Where Wisdom Begins

The highs and the lows in scripture. It seems as if every significant event in the Old Testament and the New Testament are marked by either a high spot or a low spot. The darkness of the Valley of the Shadow of Death, countered with the glory of a mountain called Zion. Most of Jesus ministry happened in the valley. Except for the trips to Gethsemane – which is on a hill – and a mountain referred to as ‘Transfiguration’.  When Abraham let Lot choose the land he wanted to occupy, Lot choose the verdant valley which left our ‘Faith’ Father Abraham up in the hills looking down when the end of Sodom and Gomorrah came.

Abraham was told by God to “Go” and offer your son Isaac on an altar beside the mountain called Moriah. After he had obeyed and the sacrifice provided by God revealed itself, Abraham looked up, saw the ram with its horns stuck in the thorns, and saw Mt. Moriah in the background.

Scripture teaches that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. “Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors: “To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding heart.” Proverbs 8.

When the Romans would chose a spot to perform public executions, they would chose a high place beside the way, where the paths meet just outside a city. A very public place. How curious then, that Golgotha has Mt. Moriah as its background, the Temple Mount of Jerusalem.

Is it coincidence that the ‘fear of the Lord’ and ‘wisdom’ both begin at the cross? You cannot approach the Cross with swag like an overpaid NFL player. The horrific sight alone is enough to make you low. God gives wisdom to anyone with enough guts to ask. But, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.” When you ask God for wisdom, do it from your knees.

Proverbs, thirty one chapters, one for each day of the month. There is a blessing attached just for reading the Proverbs. “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.


The Carrot Or The Stick

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” Psalm 111:10

The Stick: The fear of the Lord. To the world He is the judge sitting at the biggest most imposing bench in the universe, and the mallet He uses is powerful enough to sweep stars out of their paths. That fear is deserved. As it is written, “Fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” That is why the Liberals hate Him. They don’t want to hear about that what they are doing is wrong and will send to a place where the fire is not quenched and the worm does not die. But. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Those who are His children are given wisdom to understand what “the fear of the Lord” truly is. That is where the carrot dangling from the stick comes in.

The Carrot: A paraphrase of, “All those who do His commandments,” would be, ‘all who listen to the instruction of wisdom’. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” God added the book of Proverbs to the Bible for a reason. That reason is outlined in Chapter One.

“To know wisdom and instruction,

To perceive the words of understanding,

To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity;

To give prudence to the simple,

To the young man knowledge and discretion — wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,

To understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles.”

Five reasons are given. By an odd coincidence, the number ‘5’ is the number of ‘grace’.

When Christians are shiny and new, it’s all about being forgiven and not carrying a load on the back. But give them a few years and it’s all about, “That guy cut me off,” “You’re not going to walk over me,” “I have rights.” Don’t look at me with that tone of voice, you know it’s true. And I’ve seen the hand signals you use on the freeway.

When the Disciples sat down in the upper room, the first thing Jesus did was wash their feet. Why? Because they had been walking in the dust of the world. If you need to wash your with feet with the ‘water of the word’, (duh!) Proverbs is a very good place to start. There are thirty one chapter, one for every day of the month.

The Choice: “To give prudence to the simple,” means ‘learn how to make good choices’. Open the Bible. Read.

Klaatu Barada Nikto

In 1951 the world watched in amazement as a flying saucer landed in Washingotn D.C. The black and white film footage of that landing was assembled into a CNN documentary called The Day the Earth Stood Still. Aboard the saucer was an Emissary from the heavens, from an advanced culture that spanned a thousand solar systems with its wisdom. The Emissary had come to tell us that Mankind was destined for the stars, that our true home was there and waiting for us. He said that after two and a half World Wars, peace was to be the responsibility of every man and that the goal of peace was easily achieved if we did nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of ego, would each esteem others better than ourselves. Before he left, the Emissary gave Earth a warning, “Grow up, help each other become better in every way. We will be watching.”

Last week, the saucer returned and the same Emissary stood in Washington D.C. and wept to see the level of barbarism that men of Earth had fallen to. In the place where democracy had once been the proud jewel of a civilization, the political structure had been destroyed by Reids, Clintons and Obamas until it was a thriving cesspool where the biggest pieces of effluence wield the most power and liars are rewarded for being creative. What the culture of the stars calls abomination was celebrated openly in the streets and perversion worshiped at altars of celebrity. Peace and brotherhood from sea to shining sea had devolved into a war of tribe against tribe and gang against gang. In Chicago, Monday mornings are set aside to collect the dead into wagons and stack the bodies at the city morgue like cord-wood. Neo-Racism, a strain as dreadful as any Adolf Hitler infected the world with, marched through streets and highways under the guise of Black Lies Matter. The embers of racial tension are stoked daily by Reverends with Sharp Tongues and Classless Colons wearing blood red jerseys. The hope that had come from the stars had withered on the vine.

In 1951, after the phrase ‘Klaatu Barada Nikto’ was spoken to the simulacrum that was the saucer, the destruction of planet Earth was postponed for a time. But time was gone. What the Emissary saw was that every intent of the thoughts of Man’s heart was only evil continually. So he made the only decision that he could, the one decision he did not want to make. It had been written long before 1951 that this present heaven and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

Without pomp, without a single spoken word, the Earth was pushed out of its orbit and sent careening into the sun. The Men of Earth objected, cursed the Emissary and used hurtful names, but it was too late. Every man, every woman shook their fists at heaven even as the flames liked at their backsides.