Today’s Scrip-Bit 14 December 2020 Proverbs 7:2.

Proverbs 7:2.     ​Keep my commandments and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

Oh my people, what a world we living in today eh! Nobody is satisfied with anything. Whatever conversations you listen to, or take part in, they always seem to be filled with lots of kvetching and dissatisfactions, with vast differences of opinions on either side of the equation. And don’t talk about conspiracy theories, they abound in every sphere of life; from the pandemic, to the U.S presidential elections, to the vaccines and what they going to do or not do, to climate change, if it’s real or not, and the li’l clique of wealthy and powerful people who want to control the world. Now why would they want to do that eh, when they already control it? (smile) 

Yes friends, it’s indeed a topsy-turvy world, filled with so much misinformation, disinformation, lies and fake news that you have a very hard time disseminating the wheat from the chaff and the sheep from the goats. Race and religion have again come to the forefront of our woes and when mixed with worldwide poverty, homelessness and a disastrous economic situation, they only fuel the fire some seven times hotter. I don’t think that any of us would say that our world is not in a state of turmoil, and a very precarious one at that, where even the smallest flame, set in the wrong place, can cause an incendiary situation of enormous and catastrophic proportions. 

Now if that ever occurs, who knows what the sad and devastating outcome will be eh? One thing’s for sure; it won’t be beneficial to most of the world. But enough of the negative supposition, let’s see what we can do to bring some positivity to the table nuh. And for that I strongly suggest we turn to the only area where real truth, unchangeable and indisputable truth can be found; that’s the Bible, the Lord’s Word, which like Him, doesn’t change, and hasn’t changed for thousands of years, and will continue to reign supreme for all eternity. 

And as I was scanning through the Good Book earlier on, looking for a subject or topic that would grab our attention, I happened to, or was led to these words of Cousin Sol in the Book of Proverbs, re the wiles of a harlot. He starts out with this awesome warning: ‘My son, keep my words, and lay up (treasure) my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman (near kin). That they may keep thee from the strange (immoral) woman, from the stranger (seductress) which flattereth with her words.’ (Prov. 7:1-5) 

What strong, but very wise sentiments my brethren. And Cousin Sol knows whereof he speaks, for he continues: ‘For at the window of my house I looked through my casement (lattice), And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths (the sons), a young man void (devoid) of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night. And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of a harlot, and subtile of heart (crafty). 

(She is loud and stubborn (rebellious); her feet abide not in her house: Now she is without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait (lurking) at every corner.) So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent (defiant or shameless) face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows (the time is right, a religious holiday). Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. 

I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt (coloured coverings of Egyptian linen). I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come let us take our fill of LOVE until the morning: let us solace (delight) ourselves with LOVES. For the goodman (my husband) is not at home, he is gone on a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed (new or full moon).’ (Prov. 7:7-20) 

Oh my people, my people, that’s exactly how this evil world behaves; catches us with sweet, endearing words and promises of delight and ecstasy in the dark of night, when we are unaware, not conscious or mature enough in the Word. And as Cousin Sol further details: ‘With her much fair (enticing) speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced (seduced) him. He goeth after her straightway (immediately), as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks (a dog or lamb to its chains); Till a dart (an arrow) strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to a snare, and knoweth not that it is for (would take) his life. (Prov. 7:21-23) 

That’s oh so reminiscent of the devil’s work mih people, and sadly we keep falling for it. But as Peter says, we desperately need to: ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.’ (1 Pet. 1:8) And Cousin Sol ends that chapter with these words of immortal wisdom. ‘Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not thine heart decline (turn away) to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.’ (Prov. 7:24-27) 

And isn’t that the gospel truth precious saints of Christ! No wonder James proclaims: ‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh (near) to God, and he will draw nigh to you.’ (James 4:8a) Best advice we can ever get friends! So let’s take it nuh and right now draw near to God through our Monday Morning Battle Hymn. 

Altogether now in strong, sincere voice: ‘Our Father, who art in heaven, we, Your humble servants, praise Your Holy Name and thank You that this Monday morning we’re alive and standing in faith despite the mass confusion that’s currently prevailing in our world. We desperately need Your divine help, for You are the ONLY ONE with the power to solve our many problems; the pandemic of Covid -19, the racial, political, and religious strife that’s ignited worldwide, plus the natural disasters like storms, famine, drought, plagues, climate change, wildfires, earthquakes and erupting volcanoes that suddenly seem to be blossoming more and more as time goes by. 

Heavenly Father, we admit that we have all sinned and seriously come short in obedience and compliance to Your Word, but we know that You are a merciful, forgiving and gracious God, and You have faithfully promised to hear and answer our prayers when we humble ourselves, pray, and sincerely seek Your face. That’s why we come to You now, with sincere repentance in our hearts, pleading with You to give us, ordinary folks, as well as our leaders, employers and medical personnel, wise guidance and direction to bring our problems under control. 

And for those who are currently suffering from the many negative situations, we pray that You will ease their suffering and heal them. Father, please show them Your awesome grace and mercy, and keep Your promise that You’ll hear our prayer, forgive us, and heal our land if we turn from our evil ways. Show this evil world that You are indeed Jehovah Rapha; the God who heals! We pray this in the holy and blessed name of Your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Amen! And again we say: Amen!’  

So please, please, let’s heed Cousin Sol’s important warning nuh, and if we know what’s good for us, stay away from the wiles of the many harlots out there; the devil and his evil cronies. Much LOVE!

…be very careful of a sweet smile…and an enticing word… 

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