June 6

Proverbs 13-15, Psalm 2

There are many reasons that society is spinning out of control, but one of the main reasons is that we live at a time when Biblical illiteracy is at high level.  We read in Proverbs 13:13, “He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.”  The word despise does not only mean to hate, but also to take lightly or to ignore.  The Bible is full of accounts of those who took God’s Word lightly.  Consider the outcome of those who ignored Noah all those years he was preaching and building the ark.  Consider the outcome of Pharoah and his army when God was speaking to him in the many miracles and plagues.  The same holds true for those who ignore the calling of Jesus Christ.  In John 3:36, we read, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life but the wrath of God abides on him.”

The world has it flipped.  God defines science, history, archaeology, morals, right from wrong, etc; not society.  The same holds true for discipline.  We read in Proverbs 13:24, “He who spares the rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”  The answer is not that parents always use the rod, but instead not lose focus on what is most important, which is teaching and training the next generation. When Jesus healed three different blind men (Mark 8, Luke 18, John 9) he didn’t use the same method each time.  Likewise, we must use different methods at different times for different circumstances to achieve the same goal, which is training the next generation. We see in Proverbs 13:1 that, ” A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”  We are witnessing a society that is following the world’s method of raising children, rather than God’s, and the results are terrible.  In Proverbs 14:12, it says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But it’s end is the way of death.”  Whether we are parents or for that matter whatever role we have in a society we must decide whether we are going to follow God’s Word or society’s norms.  We have to decide in our own minds whether the Bible is as relevant today as when it was first written, or whether modern society has better answers.  In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we read, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  So, the choice is ours and a decision must be made, we either choose to follow the world or God.  Joshua was faced with a similar choice at the end of his life.  He said in Joshua 24:15, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato