Monday, August 26, 2013

Eccl. 8:1-10

v. 1-10
"Who is like the wise man?
Who knows the explanation of things?
Wisdom brightens a man's face
and changes its hard appearance.

Obey the king's command, I say, because you took an oath before God.  Do not be in a hurry to leave the king's presence.  Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases.  Since a king's word is supreme, who can say to him, 'What are you doing?'

Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm,
and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter,
though a man's misery weights heavily upon him.

Since no man knows the future,
who can tell him what is to come?
No man has power over the wind to contain it;
so no one has power over the day of his death.
As no one is discharged in time of war,
so wickedness will not release those who practice it.

All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun.  There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt.  Then too, I saw the wicked buried-those who used to come and go from the holy place and receive praise in the city where they did this.  This too is meaningless."

When you have wisdom it can affect you physically, stress and worry can also make changes in your body.  If you have seen someone who lives in bitterness then you can see it on their face, deep lines from anger, jealously and hatred mark them well.  The more wisdom you have the less you worry.  Am I there?  No, I have a long way to go.  Some of the littlest things I have such a problem with.  I am a WIP (work in progress). 

In our country we do not have a king, but we should still pray for our leaders.  We may not agree with everything that a leader does, but we should still pray for them.  In 1 Timothy 2 it says this "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior."  I do not think that God would be pleased with the hate that has been spewed out in the media and in people's homes for our leaders over the last couple decades.  This will only get worse as people see fit to share their opinions.  There is a time and place for every matter.  We should take time to think things out before we bring them up, especially something that is important.  There is only one King who is perfect in every way, if we follow Him then we will flourish. 

"We may be glad that we are not under bondage to any absolute monarch, but enjoy the blessings of constitutional government.  We are by no means slow to say to any one of our governors, 'What doest thou?' And such a question, wisely put, is good both for him and for us."

"God alone is rightfully sovereign without limit."

"As he is Maker of all, dominion over his creatures is a matter of natural right."

Charles Spurgeon Sermon Notes

There are many who lead that are cruel.  It isn't fair and many have been taken advantage of.  There is nothing that is hidden from God.  Even in the depths He can shine a light so bright that it can cast out eternal darkness.  Why doesn't He fix it?  We are given a choice and many unfortunately choose an unwise path.  There is a judgment that will let nothing slip away.  When someone who has produced much evil has died, it is quickly forgotten and then they are praised in the very place that they caused such heartache. 

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