The CCN Daily Worship.
by Pastor Don. Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, May the Almighty God of hosts be with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen.
Proverbs 24. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 Be thou not envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them;
2 for their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
3 Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;
4 and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt wage thy war, and in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a wicked person.
9 The thinking of foolishness is sin, and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain—
12 if thou sayest, “Behold, we knew it not”—doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? And He that keepeth thy soul, doth He not know it? And shall not He render to every man according to his works?
13 My son, eat thou honey because it is good, and the honeycomb which is sweet to thy taste.
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul when thou hast found it; then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
15 Lie not in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place;
16 for a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again, but the wicked shall fall into trouble.
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth,
18 lest the Lord see it and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious of the wicked;
20 for there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
21 My son, fear thou the Lord and the king, and mingle not with them that are given to change;
22 for their calamity shall rise suddenly, and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
23 These sayings also belong to the wise: It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24 He that saith unto the wicked, “Thou art righteous”: him shall the people curse; nations shall abhor him.
25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
26 Every man that answereth right words, giveth a kiss on the lips.
27 Prepare thy work outside, and make ready the field for thyself; and afterwards build thine house.
28 Be not a witness against thy neighbor without cause, and deceive not with thy lips.
29 Say not: “I will do so to him as he hath done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.”
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31 and lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
32 Then I saw and considered it well; I looked upon it, and received instruction:
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep—
34 so shall thy poverty come as one that wandereth, and thy want as an armed man.
Grant us your Spirit, Lord our God, that we may discern and understand your great goodness, acceptable, and perfect will. Give us joy in fighting against evil, on your side, so that what is good, acceptable, and perfect may be given to the world. Wherever we are and whatever work we do, give us zeal to serve you and be guided by you so that your will may be done and your kingdom come, so that already today we may find happiness even in the certain hope of our salvation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
(30) I went by the field of the lazy man,
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
(31) And there it was, all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down.
(32) When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it and received instruction:
(33) A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest;
(34) So shall your poverty come like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.
Many proverbs refer to the deleterious effects of neglect or passivity involving the sluggard as both the perpetrator and recipient of ruin and waste. It is a perennial theme throughout the wisdom literature of the Bible:
» Proverbs 15:19: The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is a highway.
» Proverbs 12:27: The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man’s precious possession.
» Ecclesiastes 10:18: Because of laziness the building decays, and through idleness of hands the house leaks.
In each of these examples, destruction, decay, or corruption are shown to be the cumulative effects of neglect. A modest coat of paint will protect metal and wood surfaces from rust, rot, and the ravages of weather. However, doing nothing will cause structures to decay incrementally, looking as though terrorists had intended to destroy them. Who needs bombs and explosives when the same effect can be accomplished by doing absolutely nothing?
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
May God bless you all and ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’, Amen.
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