Good Sabbath brothers and sisters, Shabbat Shalom.
The CJCN Sabbath Worship.
By Senior Pastor Don Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of hosts stay ever with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of Jerusalem and 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 1. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 to know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity;
4 to give subtlety to the simple, and to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel
6 to understand a proverb and the interpretation, the words of the wise and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother;
9 for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, “Come with us; let us lie in wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause;
12 let us swallow them up alive as the grave, and whole, as those that go down to the pit;
13 we shall find much precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil;
14 cast in thy lot among us, let us all have one purse”
15 my son, walk not thou in the way with them; restrain thy foot from their path;
16 for their feet run to evil and make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird!
18 And they lie in wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy for gain, which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets.
21 She crieth in the chief places of concourse, in the openings of the gates; in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love to be simple, and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you; I will make known my words unto you.
24 “Because I have called and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand and no man heeded,
25 but ye have set at nought all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh,
27 when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me,
29 because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord.
30 They would have none of my counsel, and they despised all my reproof:
31 therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own ways, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them;
33 but whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall have quiet from fear of evil.”
The Sabbath Prayer.
Lord our God, we seek your face and long to find you. May we find you as your people found you in times past when you drew near with many signs and miracles. May our hearts come before you in awe and trust and draw their strength from you. May many in our time seek you and receive your comfort and help, for you provide strength and courage for the poor and destitute, for the suffering and the dying. Do not let our age pass by in vain, O great and almighty God. A new time must surely come, a new day must be born from this present age. This is your will, and in your will we trust. Amen.
The Sabbath Lesson.
(22) ” How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.
These are the first lines of the cry of Wisdom addressing those “in the open squares,” “in the chief concourses,” and “at the openings of the gates in the city,” meaning mankind in general. We can read into her words a touch of incredulity or even of despair, as if she cannot believe how dull and thick-headed people are for failing to grasp that their behavior is frankly stupid, foolish, and self-destructive.
Wisdom calls these people “simple ones,” and the Hebrew word, peti, suggests foolishness, naivete, and a lack of sound judgment. As the Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Hebrew (Old Testament) explains, this word “pertain[s] to persons that are easily deceived or persuaded, showing lack of wisdom and understanding, yet having some capacity to change this condition.” She, then, is speaking to ordinary people—mentally sound individuals—who have allowed themselves to be convinced, contrary to the evidence, that their lifestyles are good and profitable. “Scorners” and “fools,” though technically different groups, are included in the whole mass of “simple ones.”
Put even more simply, Wisdom is telling these people that they cannot fall back on the claim of ignorance as an excuse because they should know better! If nothing else, they should be able to see that the results of the way they live are harmful, ending in misery and death. On the other hand, God’s way of abundant life and blessing is readily available and accessible in His Word, in natural law, and in the lives of those who follow His instruction.
So the obvious question must be, “If the right way to live is so abundantly clear, why do they not change?” Wisdom answers this in the last half of the verse: “For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge.” In other words, their foolishness is deliberate; in fact, there is a kind of perverse stubbornness and rebellion in their refusal to change. They enjoy mocking and criticizing God, His ways, and His people, and they utterly despisetruth. The apostle Paul summarizes this attitude in Romans 8:7, writing, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”
Solomon, then, is addressing unconverted humanity under the sway of “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), who has defiled their natures with sin and rebellion and hatred of God. The godly way of living, as revealed in God’s Word, is readily available, but the vast majority of mankind rejects it because they have allowed themselves to become convinced that their own way is better—not because the facts are on their side but because they simply do not want to submit.
This is why conversion is a matter of changing the heart, not overcoming ignorance. God must step in personally and by grace soften the heart of stone (Ezekiel 36:26) to accept His way of life.
Have a great day Brothers and Sisters of the CJCN, 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.
Today, we are only asking you to donate $50 cents to our church and our worthy causes…………
PLEASE BE AS GENEROUS AS YOU CAN THE LORD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7English Standard Version (ESV)
The Cheerful Giver.
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
May God bless you all and ‘The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation’, Amen.
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