Today is a good day. My blog is a little late today, and for that I’m sorry! I know many of you are used to it at 6pm. I spent all night working on a video piece for Dr. Farid Khavari ( http://www.khavariforgovernor.com ) so I slept in a bit. I haven’t yet made a decision who I will be voting for come Nov. but I am pretty sure it will be this man. The lesser of evils right? I haven’t heard a negative thing about him… he seems like a great guy. He’s an economist, not a politician which is always good.
That brings me to another man who was in office who wanted to help the people, not simply gain power. Hezekiah was the first in a long line of kings to stand up for God’s will. He destroyed altars of false gods, bringing down the brazen serpent and many others. If you recall, God told Moses to make a bronze serpent, anyone who looked to it would be healed. Now, we know it was God doing the healing, but these silly Israelites started worshiping and sacrificing unto this piece of metal.
How many times do we find ourselves praising the instrument instead of the Player? God has given us modern medicines and knowledge concerning sickness and disease. He is the Author, yet we give credit to the creation (the pill, or the serum) instead of Him? Hezekiah was smart. He knew that the only way to remind the people who was the true healer was harsh action. I am a firm believer in western medicine. I am also (after years of fighting it) a believer in some holistic things such as Kangen water and oils. I’ve seen them work. But I’ll be a horses behind if I give ANY credit to those things before I acknowledge God’s genius in creating them in the first place.
Remember, nothing is good of it’s own nature… but every good and perfect gift comes from God.
Hezekiah did many great things… one of which was allowing the world to see the book of Proverbs. His men were given charge to copy his words.
More Proverbs of Solomon
1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4 Remove the dross from the silver,
and out comes material for the silversmith;
5 remove the wicked from the king’s presence,
and his throne will be established through righteousness.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not claim a place among great men;
7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”
than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.
What you have seen with your eyes
8 do not bring hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 If you argue your case with a neighbor,
do not betray another man’s confidence,
10 or he who hears it may shame you
and you will never lose your bad reputation.
11 A word aptly spoken
is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.
13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—
too much of you, and he will hate you.
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.
19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot
is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.
20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,
or like vinegar poured on soda,
is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the LORD will reward you.
23 As a north wind brings rain,
so a sly tongue brings angry looks.
24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.
28 Like a city whose walls are broken down
is a man who lacks self-control.