Ever seen or heard something that made you stop and go what? huh?
There are somethings that just don’t belong together. What examples do you have? What things make you go hmmm? What things don’t seem to go together?
Today’s reading starts of on this subject…
Folly of Fools
1Like snow in summer or rain at harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. 2Like a fluttering sparrow or a flying swallow, so an undeserved curse does not land. 3A whip for a horse, a bridle for a donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. 4Do not answer a fool according to his folly, else you also will be like him. 5Answer a fool according to his folly, else he will be wise in his own eyes. 6Like cutting off one’s feet or drinking violence is sending a message by a fool’s hand. 7Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp, so is a proverb in a fool’s mouth. 8Like tying a stone into a sling, so is giving honor to a fool. 9Like a thorn bush in a drunkard’s hand is a proverb in a fool’s mouth. 10Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by. 11Like a dog that returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. 12Do you see one wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than him.
Folly of Slackers
13A slacker says, “There’s a lion on the road! A lion is in the streets!” 14As a door turns on its hinges so a slacker turns on his bed. 15The slacker plunges his hand in the dish— he is too tired to bring it back to his mouth. 16A slacker is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer sensibly.
Folly of Lashon Ha-Ra
17Like one who takes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own. 18Like a madman shooting firebrands and deadly arrows 19so is one who deceives his friend, and says, “I was only joking.” 20Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip quarrels cease. 21As coals are to embers and wood to fire, so is a contentious person to kindling strife. 22A gossip’s words are like tasty morsels— they slide down into the innermost parts of the body. 23Like silver glaze overlaying earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart. 24One who hates, disguises it with his lips, but he stores up deceit within him. 25When he speaks favorably, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26Though his hatred may be concealed by deceit, his evil will be exposed before the assembly. 27Whoever digs a pit will fall in it, and whoever rolls a stone— it will come back upon him. 28A lying tongue hates those crushed by it, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.
–from Proverbs 26
Pride comes before the fall, so be humble, don’t assume, don’t brag, don’t boast, wait on God and turn to Him! Hangout with other believers so that you can help keep each other accountable and sharpen each other.
Do Not Boast
1Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. 2Let another praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips. 3A stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both. 4Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? 5Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but excessive the kisses of an enemy. 7One who is full loathes honeycomb, but to one who is hungry every bitter thing is sweet. 8Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man that wanders from his home.
Iron Sharpens Iron
9As ointment and perfume gladden the heart, so the sweetness of one’s friend comes from his sincere counsel. 10Do not forsake your friend, or your father’s friend, nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your disaster— better a neighbor nearby than a brother far off. 11Be wise, my son, make my heart glad, so I may answer anyone who taunts me. 12The prudent see danger and hide, but the naïve keep going and pay the penalty. 13Take a man’s garment, who puts up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge, as security for a seductive woman. 14If someone blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse. 15Continual dripping on a day of steady rain and a contentious wife are alike— 16hiding her is like hiding the wind or grasping oil with the right hand. 17As iron sharpens iron, so a person sharpens the countenance of his friend. 18Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, whoever takes care of his master will be honored. 19As water reflects the face, so a person’s heart reflects the person. 20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man. 21A crucible is for silver and a furnace is for gold, but a person is proved by the praise he receives. 22Even if you pound the fool along with the grain in a mortar with a pestle, his foolishness would never leave him. 23Know well the condition of your flocks, pay attention to your herds, 24for riches are not forever, nor a crown from generation to generation. 25When hay is removed and grass appears, and grain from the hills is gathered in, 26lambs will provide you with clothing, and goats with the price of a field. 27There will be enough goats’ milk for food and food for your household, and sustenance for your maidservants.
–from Proverbs 27
When you aren’t sure where to turn, ask Jesus! When you aren’t sure what to do, ask Jesus! When you are sure what to say, ask Jesus! He has already won! He knows the beginning from the end! Trust in Him!
Creation Rejoices in His Salvation
1A psalm. Sing to Adonai a new song, for He has done marvelous things. His right hand and His holy arm have won victory for Him. 2Adonai has made His salvation known. He has revealed His righteousness before the eyes of the nations. 3He has remembered His lovingkindness, His faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4Shout joyfully to Adonai, all the earth. Break forth, sing for joy, and sing praises. 5Sing praises to Adonai with the harp, with the harp and a voice of melody. 6With trumpets and sound of the shofar blast a sound before the King, Adonai. 7Let the sea roar and all within it, the world and those who dwell in it. 8Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing for joy together—9before Adonai, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with fairness.
–from Psalms 98
Not sure what to believe? Turn to God’s Word that never changes! Compare it against the changing times! Compare it against what is being said and taught! And if it lines up to God’s Word then you know! And if it doesn’t line up to God’s Word then you know!
Did they misspeak? Are they teaching wrong? Are they true but made a mistake? Are they false and just trying to trick you and mess with you? You have a measuring tool now to be able to compare against and know!
False Teachers Condemned
1But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies. They will even deny the Master who bought them—bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2Many will follow their immoral ways, and as a result the way of the truth will be maligned. 3In their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction does not slumber. 4For God did not spare angels when they sinned, but threw them into Sheol. He put them in chains of gloomy darkness, to be held until the judgment. 5He did not spare the ancient world. He preserved only Noah, a proclaimer of righteousness, along with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly. 6He devastated the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, reducing them to ashes—making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly. 7He rescued Lot, a righteous man deeply troubled by the shameless immorality of the wicked. 8(For that righteous man, while living among them, was tormented in his righteous soul day after day by lawless deeds he saw and heard.) 9Therefore the Lord certainly knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and how to keep the unrighteous being punished until the Day of Judgment— 10especially those who follow after the flesh in its unclean desires and who despise the Lord’s authority. Brazen and arrogant, these people do not tremble while slandering glorious beings; 11yet even angels, though stronger and more powerful, do not bring a slanderous charge against them before the Lord. 12But these people are like irrational animals—creatures of instinct born to be captured and killed. They malign what they don’t understand, and in their destruction they will be utterly destroyed. 13They will be paid back for what they have done—evil for evil. They consider carousing in broad daylight a pleasure. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceitful pleasures while feasting together with you. 14They have eyes full of adultery that never stop sinning, enticing unstable souls. They have hearts trained in greed—a cursed brood! 15They have abandoned the straight way. They have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16But he received a rebuke for his own wrongdoing. A dumb donkey spoke with a man’s voice and put a stop to the prophet’s madness. 17These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. The gloom of utter darkness has been reserved for them. 18For by mouthing grandiosities that amount to nothing, they entice in sensual fleshly passions those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption—for a person is a slave to whatever has overcome him. 20For if—after escaping the world’s pollutions through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Yeshua the Messiah—they again become entangled in these things and are overcome, the end for them has become worse than the beginning. 21For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after learning about it, to turn back from the holy commandment passed on to them. 22What has happened to them confirms the truth of the proverb, “A dog returns to its vomit,” and “A scrubbed pig heads right back into the mud.”
–from 2 Peter 2