Good Counsel versus Bad Counsel

 

Wise counsel

                                                       Jethro versus Rehoboam

We have a sense of peace when we get some relief from the pressures and responsibilities of life, and that pressure is lifted because of the counsel we received from someone with wisdom, knowledge, and expertise that they brought to the table, having your best interest at heart. They didn’t want anything in return, but knew you could benefit from what they could offer in terms of sound advice.

On the other end of the spectrum is when we seek counsel from people we know, not because they really have the answer, but because we have known them for so long we believe what they say could be the right answer.

Let’s delve into two stories in the Bible that fall into these two types of counsel. First up is Moses in the book of Exodus. Jethro, a priest of Midian and Moses’ father-in-law had heard all the wonderful things the Lord had done to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. He goes to see Moses bringing Moses his wife and children with him. Jethro immediately praises God for what he has done.

Exodus 18:9-12

And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.

10 And Jethro said, Blessed be the Lord, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.

11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.

12 And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father in law before God.

The next day Jethro notice the all the people around Moses and asked what it was all about and Moses explained that the people come to him about the Lord. His father-in-law stated this was not a good situation and could make Moses very tired if he kept doing things in this manner and it was too big of a burden for one man.

Exodus 18: 13-18

13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.

14 And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?

15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:

16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

Jethro begins to counsel Moses on how to handle such a huge responsibility in a way that would benefit everyone. Jethro tells him the characteristics to look for when choosing men who could assist him and how many in each group they could rule over. Moses listened and acted. This was a man that had organizational and leadership skills and could see a better more efficient way to get results and not to gain anything by it personally but to help a man of God the best way he knew how being a man of God himself.

19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.

21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.

23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.

24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.

 

Second, is the story of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son who had become king of Israel after his father’s death. Solomon ran a tight and strict government and the people asked that he would lighten the yoke some.

2Chron. 10:4

Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.

Rehoboam said let me think about it and come back in three days and he consulted with the elders who served with his father.

2 Chron. 10:6-7

And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?

And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

He ignored their counsel and asked his friends who he knew for years. They were not very wise and gave bad counsel.

2Chron 10:8-13

But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?

10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.

11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.

13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,

14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

*** NOTE: Rehoboam’s decision caused the divided kingdom – the Kingdom of Judah made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin in the South and the remaining 10 tribes made up the Kingdom of Israel in the North.***

2Chron. 10:16-19, 11:1

16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.

17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

11 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

Rehoboam strengthened his territory and forgot about God’s laws and because of this Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem.

2Chron 12:1-5

12 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.

And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the Lord,

With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.

And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.

Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.

They did humble themselves somewhat and God’s spared them from destruction, but they still became servants of Shishak and treasures of Solomon became that of Shishak because of their disobedience.

2Chron. 12:7-9

And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

Rehoboam did not listen to those who knew best, but sought the counsel of friends which is not always the right way to go. They can’t sometimes see pass the friendship and see the whole picture. Rehoboam didn’t have a heart of compassion from the beginning, it was more of having the title instead of doing good for what was entrusted to him as the son of Solomon who was considered the wisest man in the Bible.

14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord. 2Chron. 12:14

God always looks at the heart We may make decisions or get advice from people with experience and wisdom or people we have known for many years and what I would say to that is before making any decisions and getting advice or counsel, pray first and ask God to surround you with people that have a heart for God and that he gives you the spirit of discernment, recognizing truth and goodness, and having insight and clarity.

15 Great Things I Know About Jesus

 

1.       He calls us friends – John 15:15

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

2.       He went to prepare a place for us – John 14:2

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3.       He taught us how to pray – Matthew 6:6-13

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

4.       He came to save – Luke 19:10      

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. 

5.       He left us the Holy Spirit – John 16:7, John 14:26

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

6.       He is always with us – Matthew 28:20

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen

7.       He is a mediator – 1Tim 2:5

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 

8.       He never changes – Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

9.       He is the Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

10.   He came to fulfil the law – Matthew 5:17

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

11.   He is the son of God – Matthew 3:17

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

12.   He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings – 1Tim. 6:15, Rev. 17:14, Rev. 19.16

Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

13.   His name is above every name – Phil 2:9

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

14.   He died for all – 2 Cor. 5:15

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 

15.   He is our Savior – 1John 4:14, 2Pet.3:18, Titus 2:13

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Share what you know about Jesus

 

 

 

ALWAYS REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE

 

 

JesusPaid It All brown

We make sacrifices every day with our time, energy, and money sometimes for others. Putting ourselves on the back burner to make life easier or more special for someone else. Do we do it because down the road we might need to call in a favor? Do we make the sacrifice to be able to boast and brag about it to anyone who will listen? Do we sacrifice because somebody sacrificed for us at some previous point in our life? Are we doing it out of love?

Christ sacrificed his life for all of us because he loves all of us.

Reminders of the Sacrifice

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)

I thank him for that sacrifice by reading his word and being obedient to his word daily. I want to know what the word of God says about the goodness of Jesus and what he did for me and how to be more like him. Amen

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

This is love. This is the love God has for you and me, sacrificing his son Jesus.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

The sacrifices that I have done thus far don’t compare to the one that sacrificed his life, so that through him I could be saved. Hallelujah to the lamb for I am saved, because of the ultimate sacrifice of his blood.

Jesus Paid It All. I will always remember the sacrifice.

God Looks at the Heart

God Looks at the Heart

Leadership roles are a tremendous responsibility. People are counting on you to lead and guide with the truest intentions of making the right decisions. I’m not saying everyone will be happy with the decisions you make because we all know we can’t please everyone, however each and every decision made should be done with integrity and based on truth.

Judas was gone and a replacement for him was being considered. The apostles could have taken it upon themselves to choose someone, but they didn’t rely on their own wisdom they took it to God.

Acts 1:16-26 King Version (KJV)

16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,

22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.

24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

This is what we should do when we hire or appoint people to positions of power. Ask God to show you the person that is worthy of such a position. God looks at the heart of men. We see what people want us to see. It could look pretty nice on the outside, but their mindset could be wicked. Having the right people in place and even in your inner circle is important. Go straight to God with your request. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)

Will you choose the next leader or will you allow God to choose? Every way of a man is right in his own eye: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. (Proverbs 21: 2) The heart is what matters to God and should carry a lot of weight with you too.

I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah 17:10)

Let’s look at the story of David in the beginning. The Lord sent Samuel to see Jesse and God would show him who the next king would be.  Again, God looked at the heart.

1 Samuel 16:1-12 King James Version (KJV)

16 And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.

And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord.

And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.

And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?

And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this.

Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, neither hath the Lord chosen this.

10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these.

11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

Amen

 

Unforgiving-Servant

How many times have you asked for forgiveness? How many times have you forgiven others?

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Matthew 18:21-35 King James Version (KJV)
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature—our worldliness, our lifestyle]; and not for ours alone, but also for [the sins of all believers throughout] the whole world. (1John 2:2)
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12)
I am going to make this plain. A sinless Jesus died for the sins of the world. Those very sins that we need forgiveness for. How dare we not forgive others.