Come Unto Me

Matthew 11:28–30 (NKJV)  28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Make a Move, Weary One

28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Why? Jesus is The Rest-Giver

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

The Easy Yoke; The Light Burden

30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Jesus Bore a Burden So You Would Not Need To!

Takeaway Thoughts

Jesus Said, “Come to Me”

Make a Move
Receive His Rest
Bear His Load

Deceptive Food

Proverbs 23:1–10 (NKJV)

23 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
Consider carefully what is before you;
2 And put a knife to your throat
If you are a man given to appetite.
3 Do not desire his delicacies,
For they are deceptive food.

4 Do not overwork to be rich;
Because of your own understanding, cease!
5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings;
They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.

6 Do not eat the bread of a miser,
Nor desire his delicacies;
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.
8 The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up,
And waste your pleasant words.

9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10 Do not remove the ancient landmark,
Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;

Know how to act when in the presence of nobility.  Don’t chase wealth through overworking.  Don’t ask for help or food from a stingy individual.  Don’t try to reason with a fool: he will not appreciate it.  Don’t take advantage of the weak.  These wise sayings cover respect, balance, honor, discretion, and honesty.  Be sure that you live your life in a way that honors God, leaders, and others.  When you do, you also honor yourself!

Pursue Wisdom

Proverbs 22:17–29 (NKJV)

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge;

18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips,

19 So that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you.

20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?

22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;

23 For the Lord will plead their cause, And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.

24 Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go,

25 Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.

26 Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, One of those who is surety for debts;

27 If you have nothing with which to pay, Why should he take away your bed from under you?

28 Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.

29 Do you see a man who excels in his work?  He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.

Verses 17 – 21 contain an admonition to hear, embrace, and even internalize the wisdom of God.  The writer, presumably Solomon, praises the excellence and truth of that wisdom.  He emphasized the need for that wisdom strongly.  Four additional wise discussions follow.  The first discusses being kind to the poor.  The second says not to make friends with an angry man.  The third proverb warns against borrowing money or co-signing a loan.  The fourth addresses the need for hard work and excellence in business dealings.  This passage looks at relationships with the poor, the angry, and the needy.  It also addresses being a good, honest businessman.  Relationships are important to God, and should be handled with wisdom and compassion.  Live well!

Money and Righteousness

Proverbs 22:9–16 (NKJV)

9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.

10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease.

11 He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.

12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless.

13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”

14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the Lord will fall there.

15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.

16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.

Generosity brings blessings.  Purity of heart will win influence.  Laziness leads to excuses.  Those who oppress the poor will become poor as well.  These truths are in line with many already shared in the Proverbs.  More and more, the readers see that wealth and money are good tools, and that blessings and wealth come from generosity, wisdom, and humility.  In the middle of this passage, there are two interesting statements about relationships.  First, an immoral woman is a dangerous pit where the evil fall.  Second, foolishness can be found in a child’s heart, but discipline will help drive it from him or her.  Family life is sacred, tough, and hard work, but definitely worth doing well.  Be full of integrity in all things!

A Good Name

Proverbs 22:1–8 (NKJV)

1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all.

3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.

4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.

6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.

8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail.

It seems that many in our postmodern world have their priorities askew.  Riches are so important to the ambitious that they are pursued by any means necessary.  Integrity is not necessarily valuable any longer to many.  However, what is not recognized is the fact that the rich and poor are equal in the eyes of God.  Wisdom seeks to avoid evil and live by the principles of humility and honoring God.  In order to help a child be successful in life, parents should train up a child in the ways of God.  In life, the rich are leaders and those who sow iniquity reap sorrow and punishment.  The final word is simple: seek to be a person of integrity and live a simple life.  God will raise up such and will punish the evil and foolish.  Pass that faith along to the next generation and let the blessings continue down your bloodline!

A Tale of Good and Evil (People)

Proverbs 21:20–31 (NKJV)

20 There is desirable treasure,
And oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man squanders it.

21 He who follows righteousness and mercy
Finds life, righteousness and honor.

22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty,
And brings down the trusted stronghold.

23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.

24 A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name;
He acts with arrogant pride.

25 The desire of the lazy man kills him,
For his hands refuse to labor.
26 He covets greedily all day long,
But the righteous gives and does not spare.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
How much more when he brings it with wicked intent!

28 A false witness shall perish,
But the man who hears him will speak endlessly.

29 A wicked man hardens his face,
But as for the upright, he establishes his way.

30 There is no wisdom or understanding
Or counsel against the LORD.

31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But deliverance is of the LORD.

The wise have treasure and oil, but the wicked is destitute.  Righteousness and mercy bring life, The wise wins at war, and the man who speaks discreetly avoids trouble.  The unwise act with arrogance, and laziness kills.  False witnesses perish, wicked men become hardened, but the upright is established.  No one can counsel against the Lord, and deliverance is from Him.

This passage primarily talks about how the wicked face demise and the righteous are blessed.  The foolish fall prey to their own folly.  The wise are established and settled.  What is the moral?  Live wise and righteous, for those goals are the only way to blessing!

Go Anyway!

Acts 9:10–18 (NKJV)

Answering the Call

  • 10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”
  • And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”

Go, For I Go Before You

  • 11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

Reservations

  • 13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”

Go, For I Have A Purpose

  • 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

Go, For I Go With You

  • 17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.

Takeaway Thoughts

  • Why Should I Go?
    • God prepared the way
    • God called the sinner
    • God called you