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Sunday, May 5, 2013

When God Laughs! Part 5


Thus far we’ve mentioned three of the four voices we see speaking in this Psalm. They are: the voice of the multitudes, the kings and rulers of nations, the voice of God the Father, and the voice of God the Son.

The fourth voice we see speaking clearly and precisely, is the voice of God the Holy Spirit, and He does so as a means of warning and admonition.

Psalm 2:10-12, ‘Now therefore, be wise O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”

As we begin to search out these three verses we see, and clearly so, that whomever is speaking is speaking of both the Lord, and the Son. It is neither the Son speaking, nor is it the Father, but a third voice, the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Although for long and long the person of the Holy Spirit has been marginalized and mistreated, abused by those calling themselves children of God and exploited for selfish gain, He remains an integral part, a necessary part, and an indispensable part of the Godhead.

Though man has strayed from the study of the Holy Spirit and pneumatology has fallen out of favor with the scholarly and the learned, the Bible never once spoke less of Him. Throughout the Old and New Testament we see glimpses of the Holy Spirit, and especially in the Acts of the Apostles, the Person of the Holy Spirit is highlighted and focused upon.

If there is a more straightforward, explicit utterance of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, I have yet to find it, as this speaks directly and emphatically to the kings and judges of the earth admonishing them to be wise.

So what does wisdom consist of? What makes a man wise and what can a man do to be counted as one who has attained wisdom?

Wisdom is to serve the Lord with fear, and to rejoice with trembling. Wisdom is to put one’s trust in the Lord, and know that He is ever present, always there, unflinching in His faithfulness toward us.

A fool puts his trust in himself, in the things he has amassed, in the position he has acquired, and in the people he knows.

A wise man puts his trust in the Lord, and rests in the knowledge of His presence throughout this life and the life to come.

What greater hope can we have than the knowledge that God has never once failed anyone who has trusted in Him?

He has a proven track record and no one on this earth comes close to Him.

The plea the Holy Spirit makes to one and all tugs at the heart, for His singular desire is to instruct mankind and admonish us to cease and desist from our rebellion, and submit to the authority of the Son whom the Father has appointed as ruler over the nations.

Herein we discover what we must do in order to keep from kindling the wrath of the Son, and not perish in the way.

As we delve deeper into these last three verses of the second Psalm we see the Holy Spirit making a plea to every area of the human being. First, His plea is directed toward the intellect, toward the reason and logic center of our minds, by admonishing us to be wise, and be instructed.

Granted, given the depths to which we’ve descended as a society, one might not see wisdom as a necessary attribute, or even one worthy of pursuit. We seem to reward the most inane, mindless, foolhardy and downright idiotic among us, while we look down upon those who desire to grow in wisdom.

All that notwithstanding, the Bible does put a high price on wisdom, instructing us to seek it if we don’t have it, and to ask God if perchance we feel as though we don’t have enough of it.

James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him.”  

We live in a world where there is an abundance of knowledge but very little wisdom. There has never been a time in our human history when more knowledge has been so readily available, yet there has never been a time when so few individuals exhibited practical wisdom.

Knowledge absent wisdom is a dangerous thing. It transforms a man into the epitome of arrogance without an ounce of substance to back up his arrogance. Because pride fuels his arrogance, the man sees himself as infallible, above reproach, and concludes that no one on the face of the earth is equal to his knowledge. Therefore, no one is qualified to rebuke or correct him in any manner.

A world, in which knowledge rules absent wisdom, is a world of tyrants and victims. If you don’t believe me, just look around.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

3 comments:

FionaB said...

Brings to mind a saying I heard once and which I've seen played out many times..."He/she knows enough (about said topic) to be dangerous." Not having the wisdom that needs to go along with knowledge is, indeed, a dangerous thing. We are so needy of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for reminding us of this, Michael.

marshall warren said...

Excellent!

Marshall Warren

Barbara said...

The dumb are getting dumber and the ignorant more ignorant. There is a sea of stupidity that grows ever deeper as people's pride and arrogance grows ever greater.

This country used to be known for smart people. Now foreigners come here and laugh at everyone. Those around you want to drag you down and make you as stupid as they are.

A man on the bus was actually calling turkeys at full volume behind my head for no reason. People are just inexplicable.

The Bible says to be a person of few words or you will get yourself in trouble. When there is no one around you capable of holding a conversation or advanced thought, that is not hard.