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Don’t Be A Dunce!

Nehemiah 12–13

Dunce cap on booksThe son of David who inherited the kingdom was known as Solomon the Wise.  At the beginning of his reign he had prayed to God to give him the wisdom to lead his people.  God honored that and gave him great wisdom – at least to lead.  I through that qualifier in there because I don’t think he was wise when it came to his personal life.  He married many women which was the custom of kings of that era.  Some of those women worshiped man-made gods.  How foolish to follow the example of those who do not belong to God.  It is even more foolish to allow the evil influence of pagan worship in to one’s home.  No, these were the acts of a fool.  I bring this up because Nehemiah mentions this folly at the end of his book.

Nehemiah 13: 23-26 ESV

“In those days also I saw the Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. And half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and they could not speak the language of Judah, but only the language of each people. And I confronted them and cursed them and beat some of them and pulled out their hair. And I made them take an oath in the name of God, saying, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, or take their daughters for your sons or for yourselves. Did not Solomon king of Israel sin on account of such women? Among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was beloved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless, foreign women made even him to sin.”

Guys, if worldly wisdom is your guide, you are a dunce!  Even the wisest of human beings sin but true wisdom is found in moving closer to God and obeying Him.  Don’t be a dunce!  Obey God!

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

(Originally posted 9/29/11)

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