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A Virtuous Woman vs. A Godless Woman

The virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 is the model set forth by King Solomon as a godly woman, one who pleases her husband, cares for her children and her neighbors. In contrast, the Apostle Paul speaks of the characteristics of the ungodly in Romans 1, those who do “not like to retain God in their knowledge” (vs.28), and live their lives accordingly. The differences between the two are striking.

A Virtuous Woman – Proverbs 31:10-31

Does good and not evil all the days of her life

Works willingly with her hands

Gathers food for her family

Rises early from sleep to care for her family

Buys property

Plants a garden

Strengthens herself

Works hard day and night

Helps the poor and needy

Provides warm clothing for her family

Faithful to her husband

Makes and delivers goods to the merchant

Maintains her honor

Speaks with wisdom

Shows kindness

Takes care of her household

Keeps busy

Reverences The LORD

 

An Ungodly Woman – Romans 1:18-32

Filled with unrighteousness                                                Hates God

Involved in sexual sin                                                             Despiteful

Wicked                                                                                          Proud

Desires what others have                                                     Boastful

Seeks to harm others                                                             Invents evil things

Full of envy                                                                                 Disobedient to parents

Full of murder                                                                           Without understanding

Contentious                                                                               Covenant breaker

Deceitful                                                                                      Without natural affection

Has bad character                                                                   Unreasonable

Secret slanderer                                                                       Unmerciful

Backbites                                                                                    Has pleasure in wickedness

 

“Who can find a Virtuous Woman?

for her price is Far Above Rubies.”

Proverbs 31:10

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I Can See Clearly Now

A familiar verse found in Psalm 119:105 brings not only direction for one’s life, but presents the key to understanding the events taking place in the world today and what lies ahead for each and every person in the life to come. The answers to man’s questions past, present and future are found within the pages of God’s WORD, a gift He has given mankind applicable to every generation.

“Thy WORD is a Lamp unto My Feet, and a Light unto My Path.”

As a lamp shines closest to its carrier, many recall the words to live by of the great Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s premier Founding Fathers who was known for his words of wisdom… “A penny saved is a penny earned;” “Waste not, want not;” “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Much more profound than Franklin’s words, the Holy WORD of God contains over 800 proverbs of the wisdom of Solomon, the wisest person to ever live, “… that God had put in his heart,” (2 Chronicles 9:23), recorded in the Book of Proverbs. Words to live by such as, Keep My commandments, and live,” (7:2); “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,” (10:32); ”Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD,” (16:5); “A poor man is better than a liar,” (19:22); “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man,” (21:17); “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small,” (24:10), and on, and on.

As events fill every news broadcast and sets the world on edge, God’s WORD shines on the path ahead clearly illuminating what is happening, why it is happening and what the final result will be. His WORD reveals, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about… all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it,” (Zechariah 12:2-3); the coming battle of Gog and Magog (Russia) allied with Persia (Iran) and Togarmah (Turkey), along with other nations (Ezekiel 38-39); “With all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish… God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie,” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11); “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine… they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables,” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Concerning life after death, God’s WORD speaks of, “In My Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you,” (John 14:2); “For I know that my Redeemer liveth… though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God,” (Job 19:25-26); “… willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord,” (2 Corinthians 5:8); “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth… no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain,” (Revelation 21:1-4).

“For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.” 

Psalm 119:89

                                                                    

2 CHRONICLES – Book of “The Temple’s Rise & Fall”

Key Verse:   2 Chronicles 6:14, “O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in the heaven, nor in the earth;  which keepeth covenant, and sheweth mercy unto Thy servants,                      that walk before Thee with all their hearts.” 

Solomon’s Kingdom Established – Chapter 1 

Solomon Prepares to Build the Temple – Chapter 2 

Solomon Builds the Temple – Chapters 3-4

Ark Brought to the Temple – Chapter 5

Solomon Dedicates Temple – Chapter 6

God Accepts the Temple – Chapter 7

Solomon’s Fame Spreads – Chapters 8-9

Kingdom Divides into Judah & Israel – Chapters 10-12

Southern Kingdom’s Loyalty to Temple – Chapters 13-36

People of Judah Taken Captive to Babylon – Chapter 36

Cyrus’ Decree to Rebuild the Temple – Chapter 36

 

1 KINGS – Book of “Israel Divides”

Key Verse:   1 Kings 3:9, “Give therefore Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between the good and bad.”

Solomon Becomes King – Chapter 1

David’s Death – Chapter 2

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom – Chapters 3-4

Solomon Builds the Temple – Chapters 5-7

Ark of Covenant Brought to Temple – Chapter 8

Solomon’s Greatness – Chapters 9-10

Solomon’s Death – Chapter 11

Kingdom Divided – Chapters 12-16

Elijah on Mt. Carmel – Chapters 17-18

Evil King Ahab – Chapters 19-22

Man-Made Religion

The king was dead. He had appointed his son to rule in his stead. Instead of taking the counsel of older men in the kingdom who had served his father well, the son chose to take the counsel of his young peers to rule his newly inherited subjects. A rift ensued that divided the kingdom in two. It was then a new man-made religion was born.

The Temple in Jerusalem had been the place of worship since King Solomon was directed by God to build it, replacing the Tabernacle used in the wilderness. It was a gleaming edifice covered in gold that was seen for miles around as it sat upon the highest plot of land in the city. King Jeroboam, son of a former servant of Solomon, determined that those in the ten tribes of Israel who had followed him in creating the Northern Kingdom need not return to Jerusalem to worship. His fear was that if his subjects returned to Jerusalem for worship they would reunite with Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, his adversary ruling the lone tribe of Judah that remained loyal to the once great King’s son.

It was in the cities of Dan and Bethel of the Northern Kingdom, Jeroboam set up two golden calves reminiscent of Aaron’s golden calf that greeted Moses on his descent from Mt. Sinai upon receiving the Ten Commandments. King Jeroboam said to his people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel.” Not only did he direct his subjects to worship the golden calves he had made, he:

1. made an house of high places

2made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi”

3. ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah”

4. offered (sacrifices) upon the altar”

5. sacrificing unto the calves that he had made

6.burnt incense

Scripture tells us in 1 Kings 11-12 Jeroboam devised his form of false religion in his own heart. It was not the religion of God but of man. Many cults have come and gone throughout the ages with one thing in common… all were devised by men adding to and taking away from Scripture. There is only one True Way of worshipping God the Father, HIS way. Man can devise all kinds of rituals, chants, beliefs, and prayers that have nothing to do with the God Who made heaven and earth. He has clearly written in His Word how He is to be worshipped and adored; any deviation dooms souls to Hell.