Proverbs 25-26

Proverbs 25-26

Chapter 25: Don’t Boast

                It is important to note that this Proverb was written by Solomon, “…which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.” (Proverbs 25:1)

                Solomon gives some really good advice…

                “Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.” (Proverbs 25:14)

                What is this verse telling us? It basically says that a person who promises a gift, but doesn’t give it is like clouds that  fool you into thinking it will rain, when it never does. Don’t try to fool people!

                “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:” (Proverbs 25:21)

                This is a very simple principle, “Love thy neighbor” and “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. We should always do the right thing, even if the right thing is not popular or if it is not in our favor.

                “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” (Proverbs 25:25)

                This one I loved as a missionary… it is always good to hear from people, especially when you are far away. Make sure you keep in contact with friends and family.

                “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28)

                We need to have self-control, if not we are vulnerable for anyone or anything to come into our lives and reek havoc!

Chapter 26: Honor not the Fools

                “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)

                If we return to our sin, we will be as the dogs and the fools.

                “When he [a fool] speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart” (Proverbs 26:25) (For the seven abominations see: Proverbs 6:17-19)

                When someone seems to be saying something that is a lie, it probably is! That person is probably not looking out for your own interests, but that of HIS interests. I hate to say it, but used car salesman comes to mind.

                “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone it will return upon him.” (Proverbs 26:27)

                If we get ourselves into trouble, by lying or by doing something we shouldn’t… eventually we will dig ourselves into a hole or we won’t have enough strength to hold the stone and it will come tumbling down on us.

 

Proverbs 19-20

Proverbs 19-20

Chapter 19: A Wise Wife from the Lord

“A false witness shall not be unpunished…” (Proverbs 19:5)

                If you are a liar you will be punished.

                “…every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.” (Proverbs 19:6)

                You can have fake friends if you have money and are willing to give them something… but the minute you stop giving those fake friends “things” or money, you will lose your friends.

                “House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent [wise] wife is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 19:14)

                Money or knowledge is a gift that can be handed down from one man to another. Whoever a WISE WIFE is hard to find and can only be given to man by the Lord. Respect your wives! Respect their wisdom and listen to what they have to say… work as equals!

                “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” (Proverbs 19:20)

                If you hear wisdom and counsel you will be much better off!

                “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” (Proverbs 19:27)

                If you are given wisdom or counsel that is not leading you down a good path… CEASE from receiving any more instruction and find someone else to get advice from.

Chapter 20: Don’t Drink

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1)

                The Bible is very clear on alcohol, IT SHOULD NOT BE CONSUMED! Those who consume alcohol and get drunk are fools. The LDS church has been very clear for more than 100 years… alcohol is to be used for cleaning… not for consumption.

                “Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.” (Proverbs 20:13)

                We need to get what we NEED in sleep. The amount we need would be about 8 hour’s average. If we only get 6 hours throughout the week and we can sleep in one day a week that is probably ok. But if we waste our lives sleeping and taking more than we need, we will not go very far.

Leviticus 17-18

Leviticus 17-18

Chapter 17: Don’t Eat Blood

  • If anyone kills an animal and does not offer it as a sacrifice to the Lord, shall be cut off from among the people. (Leviticus 17:1-4)
  • You shall not offer sacrifices to anything or anyone, except God. (Leviticus 16:7)
  • “The Life of the flesh is blood” (Leviticus 17:11)
    • I don’t normally talk about other religions or beliefs outside of my own thoughts and the LDS teachings. But the issue of blood, and the belief of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is interesting to me. They believe that your soul is in the blood. That is why they do not believe in blood transfusions or donating blood for that matter. Here is why I don’t agree with that, but again this is my own opinion.
      • Jehovah’s Witnesses will use these scriptures to say that our soul is in our blood, but clearly it is saying that without blood, the body dies. Just as if you were to take out most any parts or organs in the body it would shut down.
      • That does not mean that the soul is in any one of those parts of the body. Think about it, something like 2/3 of our body is made up of water, could water be our soul? I don’t think so.
        • Here are some other  scriptures that mention NOT drinking or eating blood. But probably for other reasons.
          • Acts 15:20 and 29
          • Genesis 9:4
          • Leviticus 7:26; 17:14
          • 1 Chronicles 11:19
  • No one should eat blood (Leviticus 17:12 and 14)

Chapter 18: Sexual Abominations

The Lord speaks to Moses and reveals to him some of the abominations of other lands, and how Moses must instruct the children of Israel so that they do not perform the same sexual abominations.

  • Thou shalt not have incestuous relationships with anyone that is close to kin. (Leviticus 18:6) – I would say that this follows with modern day thought.
  • Thou shalt not commit adultery (Leviticus 18:20)
  • Thou shalt not engage in homosexual relationships (Leviticus 18:22)
  • Thou shalt not commit bestiality (Leviticus 18:23)

 

Leviticus 3-4

Leviticus 3-4

Chapter 3: Don’t Eat Blood of Fat

Peace offerings are made with animals that are without blemish. These animals are taken to the doors of the tabernacle where they are killed. Aaron and his priests then take the animal and sprinkle it around the altar where the animal will be burnt as a peace offering unto the Lord.

Israel is forbidden to eat blood or fat.

Chapter 4: Sinners are forgiven through sacrifice.

Those who sin ignorantly can bring a young bullock (sheep) without blemish before the priests in the tabernacle, as  sin offering.

The animal is killed and then a priest dips his finger in the blood and sprinkles it seven times before the veil of the sanctuary. Blood will also be placed on the horns of the altar of sweet incense. The rest of the blood is to be poured into the bottom of the altar, and all the fat be removed from the bullock, to be burned with the skin on the altar.

Sins are forgiven through this method, the priests using this method are making atonement for the sins of the people.