The Pleasant Riches of Wisdom's House
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Proverbs. We are studying what I have referred to as The Words of the Wise . The Words of the Wise represent the proverbs which some wise men wrote and which the Spirit of God was pleased to include within the book of Proverbs. We discovered that the wise were a group of men on the equality of the priests and the prophets, and so the words which they uttered were words which should be accepted on the same basis. Of course, the fact that they are included in the Word of the living God indicates that they are inspired, and the inspiration of the Word of God must always be received as such.

The words of the wise dealt with a number of things and we have considered a different phase of that with which they dealt in each lesson, but in this lesson we would like to ask you to turn to chapter 24 and notice the paragraph which begins with verse 3:

Proverbs 24:

3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked:
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

We shall stop our reading there because these verses of Scripture constitute the material that deals with the subject that we want to consider with you, which we have designated as Wisdom's House .

Those of you who have good memories will recall that we were first taken on a tour of Wisdom's house back in chapter 9 of the book of Proverbs. We discovered then that it was a large house, and our attention was directed to the exterior where we fastened our attention on seven hand-hewn pillars, which were so beautiful that they overshadowed everything about the house. It was spoken of as a house with seven pillars, but Wisdom built it.

Our attention is drawn to the house again, and we are invited to take a tour, this time not around the exterior of the house but inside of the house. We are invited to go from room to room and see the precious treasures that are found in the house that Wisdom built.

When I refer to the house that Wisdom built, I refer to the ideal home. If you want to know if you have an ideal home, I would suggest that you examine it in the light of what is presented in the Scripture and not out of the material of which it is made. The ideal home, according to our text, was built through wisdom. It is established by understanding, and it is furnished by knowledge. That is brought to our attention by what we read in verse 3:

Proverbs 24:

3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

The Lord Jesus Christ, while He was upon the earth, used the illustration of building houses. He said that before men built houses, they should sit down and count the cost and be sure that they are able to finish the house that they built. He suggested that houses should not be built on shifting sand, but should be built upon a firm rock where, when the storms came, they could avail absolutely nothing against them.

The wise men are suggesting to you that the home that is ideal is built through Wisdom, which we have already learned is personified in the book of Proverbs to represent Christ. “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” Has Christ built your home? Is He the head of it? Is He the center of it? A great many of you might be able to say, “Yes, Christ is the head of our home,” and yet your home is on a rather shaky foundation. Things are not going so well as you would like for them to go. There are disturbances repeatedly occurring and you wonder what the problem is. You say, “We tried to build our home with Christ in mind. We tried to honor Him, but things are not working out as we thought they would.”

May I suggest to you that though your home is built through Christ, it needs to be established by understanding. We have discovered in our study of the book of Proverbs that understanding is just another word for our word spirituality . Of course, you recognize what spirituality is. Spirituality is that condition of the Christian that is made possible by the fullness of the Spirit of God. “Be not drunk with wine wherein is excess,” said the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, “but be filled with the Spirit.” Be controlled by the Holy Spirit of God.

There are many homes that have been built through Christ that are not spiritual homes because the individuals within the homes are not controlled by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the reason that they are not controlled by the Holy Spirit is that they know nothing about a Spirit-filled life. They know nothing about walking at the direction of the Holy Spirit, so their home could hardly be established upon spirituality. I do trust that you are keeping in mind we are not speaking in comparative degrees of living close to God and far away from God; we are talking about being directed by the Holy Spirit.

Furnished by Knowledge

One other thing is brought to our attention concerning this ideal home and that is, it is furnished by knowledge. Some of us may have in our homes furniture of which we are proud—not sinfully proud, but gratefully proud. We enjoy beautiful things and God, in His grace and in His mercy, has provided them. We have beautiful furniture in our homes and we love it and we love to show it off. Sometimes we have gone to a great deal of pain to furnish our homes, and sometimes we have waited a long time to have some of the furniture that we have. We are pleased with it, satisfied with it, yet there is something lacking. Some of us say, “With all of this beautiful furniture that we have, there is still something that we need.”

May I suggest to you that you need to think about furnishing your home, not only with material things to which I have made reference, but by knowledge. Knowledge here in the book of Proverbs stands for Bible study. You see, you build your home through Christ. You establish it on a firm foundation by walking in the Spirit and you furnish it through your study of the Word of God. Your home should not be furnished solely with material things. Your home should be furnished with those spiritual accruements that would cause people who come into your home to be conscious of the fact that there is something different about it.

You know, it is possible for you to live in what men may refer to as a humble home and have very ordinary furnishings and yet have a home where, as we read here in Proverbs, chapter 24, every chamber is filled with precious and pleasant riches. Every room is filled with riches that you would not even dream of selling at any price.

I would like to examine some of the precious and pleasant riches that are described in this chapter. About all that we will have time to do is mention them, I trust, in a way that will provoke your thinking so that you can examine the Scriptures in relation to them and see if you have any of these precious and pleasant riches in your home.

Perhaps as we were reading the paragraph you didn't realize that what we were reading was related to the precious and the pleasant riches, but if you take the time to examine the paragraph very carefully you will discover that the Holy Spirit of God has been pleased to present by direct statement, by comparison and by contrast, the pleasant and precious riches which are found in a home that is built through Christ, established on spirituality and furnished by Bible study.

Spiritual Strength

The first precious thing that we would call to your attention is presented in verse 5. We are using the word strength . Strength is a very precious possession, the kind of strength that we are talking about here. Notice verse 5:

Proverbs 24:

5 A wise man is strong…

A wise man lives in Wisdom's house. The man who lives in Wisdom's house, as we have described it, is going to have somewhere in his house this strength to which we make reference, but he is not going to be content to have just a bit of it. Notice in the last part of that verse:

Proverbs 24:

5 …a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

The man who lives in Wisdom's house is going to have a precious treasure of strength, but he is going to be adding to it consistently as he studies the Word of God, for that is the only way to become strong. It is the only way to have the strength that you need.

Some individuals say, “I wish I had the strength other folk have. I wish I were strong enough to bear this particular calamity, disappointment, or discouragement that has come my way.” They leave you with the impression that they will get it by wishing, but you know, you don't get it that way. You get it by searching the Scriptures—increasing your strength through the study of the Word of God.

I would like for you to glance down at verse 10, and notice the observation made by the wise men:

Proverbs 24:

10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

Beloved, this brings to our attention what kind of strength we are talking about. We are not talking about physical strength. We are not talking about physical muscle-building. We are talking about spiritual strength, that strength that will stand you in good stead when the day of adversity comes. Do you know why people react differently to disappointments, discouragement, trouble or sorrow, to adversity, to tribulation or any number of many words that you might use to describe those unfortunate and unpleasant circumstances that sometimes occur in our lives? They react differently because the house in which they live is furnished differently. Some folk have a great storehouse of strength. They have a little article of strength in every room in their house, and when the day of adversity comes, they are able to stand straight with head unbowed—heart broken, oh yes; spirit sad, yes; but strong because they are grounded in the Word of the living God.

May I remind you, Beloved, whether you believe it or not, if the day of adversity has not come to you, it is going to come, for man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward, and you are going to need that strength in the day of adversity. If you don't have it you are going to faint, and when you faint you are advertising to the world that you don't have much strength, and you are advertising to the world as well that you are not a very good student of the Word of God for you have not increased your strength by hiding the Word away in your heart.

Safe Counsel

We hurry on and suggest that you look at another precious thing found in Wisdom's house. I have described it by two words: safe counsel . I read in verse 6:

Proverbs 24:

6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

The first thing that attracts my attention in this verse is the matter of personal conflict, for you will notice in verse 6:

Proverbs 24:

6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war…

Those two words indicate that the Spirit of God here is not talking about a very general conflict in which all believers might be engaged. He is not talking about national, international war. He is talking about a personal conflict within your own life, a war that is being constantly fought. That war is described in Galatians, chapter 5. Study it when you have time—the war that is constantly going on between indwelling sin and the indwelling Holy Spirit. There will come times in the midst of your conflict when decisions will have to be made and you will say in the flesh, “I do not know what to do. I do not know what decision to make,” and you will be perfectly honest. But if you have moved into Wisdom's house and if you have been busy furnishing Wisdom's house, you won't need to worry about the decision that you have to make in your personal conflict because you will have safe counsel provided for you. You will have stored up wise counsel in the Word of the living God, which you have hidden away in your heart. You have furnished your house with varied counsel because the Word of God is a marvelously wonderful storehouse of information.

In this storehouse of information there is counsel for every need that you may have. There is counsel to enable you to make any decision in any personal conflict in which you may be involved. You may not have it at your fingertips because you have not been diligent in furnishing your house. You have been getting along with a few boxes and a few stools when you ought to have been furnishing it well. But God is gracious and though you may not have your house well enough to find the counsel you need for the personal conflict that may be yours, there will be someone who will have his house furnished with this wise counsel, and you can go to him and sit in his chair for a while or you can recline on his sofa for a while and get the wise counsel that you need. Of course, if you are affected, as you certainly ought to be affected, you will discover a deep desire in your heart to furnish your house the way his house is furnished—to be able to have that same wise counsel at your fingertips so that you need never wonder about anything that you need to do in the personal conflict in your life.

Concern for Others

We hurry on and suggest that there is another precious thing, another vital thing in the house that is built by Christ. I have termed it a concern for others . You might wonder why we suggest this in the light of the fact that the Scripture refers to these things as pleasant and precious riches. May I ask you this question? Have you ever had a real concern for others? Have you ever had a real burden for the lost? If you have ever had a real burden for the lost and taken them to the Lord in prayer and witnessed to them and have seen them come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, then you know that the greatest riches that you possess are those individuals whom, as the Apostle Paul expressed it in his letters to the Philippians, are his crown of rejoicing in the day of Jesus Christ.

You remember Paul said that to the Philippians: “What are you? You are my joy and my crown of rejoicing at the day of Jesus Christ. You are the reason that I have to rejoice.” The only lasting investment anybody will ever have will be the investment they have made in reaching men for Christ.

Look at verse 11:

Proverbs 24:

11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

We have suggested to you that the book of Proverbs is an immensely earthly book, and so the references and the illustrations are usually related to earthly events, but they emphasize spiritual truths. The wise men here were referring to a custom of their day. A man condemned to death was put into a two-wheeled cart and was drawn down through the public areas into the gates of the city. A crier walked alongside the condemned man in the chariot and would cry out the crimes of which he was accused. After he cried out the crimes of which he was accused he would also cry, “Is there anybody who will save this man from death? Does anybody know anything that will save this man from death?” If anybody stepped forward and their information was correct, the condemned man was saved from death. Oftentimes men knew something that would save the man from death, but because of fear of men or some other such thing, they decided that they dare not come forward. They kept quiet, and the man went on to die.

Of course they had to rationalize because anybody who does anything that is contrary to that which is right has to rationalize it in some way if he has any peace. The men would try to rationalize it and say, “We didn't know. We didn't understand,” and the wise men say, “But God knew and God understood, and He knows that you are not telling the truth about this. Doesn't He render to all men according to his works?”

If you have the concern for the unsaved that you ought to have, if you realize that unsaved friends and acquaintances are being drawn away to death, if you realize they are about to be slain, and for whatever reason (the reasons are too numerous to mention) you forbear to say anything that will deliver them from death, you are in the position that the wise men are talking about here. You may try to rationalize and you may say, “I didn't know,” or “I didn't know enough to realize,” or, “There wasn't time,” but the Spirit of God says in verse 12:

Proverbs 24:

12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? [then the very solemn assertion] and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

Beloved, the Judgment Seat of Christ is a certain thing for all believers, and I believe that some believers are going to have to give an account at the Judgment Seat of Christ because they did not furnish the house which they very carefully built through Christ and established on spirituality, and might even have studied the Word to some extent; they did not build their house and include in it a concern for others.

I want to suggest to you, Beloved, that the more you study the Word, the greater concern you will have for other people. If you study the Word and do nothing but absorb it and go away and talk about how much you know, you miss the point; but if you study the Word and then you say to yourself, “Oh, if I could just find someone to share this with,” you have some lovely treasures in your house—among them, concern for others.

Hope

There is another precious treasure in the house built by Christ. I have referred to it as hope . It is described in verses 13-14, where you read:

Proverbs 24:

13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

You may say, “What in the world does that have to do with all of this?” There are many references to honey in the old Testament as being one of the sweetest delicacies available to men at that time. If you wanted to bring this portion up-to-date, you could substitute anything for it, but Old Testament writers, when they spoke of what the Word of God really meant to them, they said, “The Word of God was sweet to their taste, sweeter than even the sweetness of the honeycomb.” So the wise men say here, “If you live in Wisdom's house, eat of it; it is sweet to your taste,” but they make the application related to the Word of God with the words:

Proverbs 24:

14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul…

You see the word knowledge , which we have already suggested to you means Bible study , is used in apposition to the honey and the honeycomb, so he is saying:

Proverbs 24:

14 … when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

Notice the word reward . Notice the word expectation , for the individual who has carefully studied the Word of God, for the individual who is constantly searching out God's Word, there is a precious thing in his house and that precious thing is called hope .

May I suggest to you that the more you emphasize the study of the Word, the more of the Word that you study, the more hope you will have, the deeper it will be and the less you will be discouraged by Satan. How many Christians I have heard through the years say, “I feel so hopeless,” and they really ought not to be talking like that. They should have furnished their house through the study of the Word with a hope that is unfailing, that cannot be denied, which will not be discouraged in any fashion whatsoever. I ask you, is your house furnished with hope?

Grace

Something else we bring to your attention, and for want of a better way to describe it I am using the word grace . Notice verse 15:

Proverbs 24:

15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

These are the words of God to the wicked man who is trying to level accusations of failure at the child of God. God challenges the wicked man by saying to him, “Don't waste your time attacking the dwelling place of the righteous man.” Now verse 16:

Proverbs 24:

16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Please notice the phrase: “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.” The just man, here, is the same man. The just man is the man who has found the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior, and what does God say about him? That he will never sin? What does God say about him? That he will never fall? What does God say about him? That he will never bring reproach upon the name of Christ? No. He says that he will fall. “Ah,” said the wicked man. “That's a Christian for you. Look at him. Look what a miserable failure he is.” God said, “Well, you have only seen him fall once. I have seen him fall seven times.”

This expression seven is an idiomatic expression that is the highest conception of men in relation to perfection, in relation to perfect failure, in relation to perfect loss. Remember when Peter came to the Lord Jesus Christ, talking about the matter of forgiving one's brother? He said to the Lord Jesus Christ, ‘If a man sin against me seven times, shall I forgive him?” Peter thought he was doing very well, but you remember the Savior said, “No, Peter, not seven times, but seventy times seven. Just keep on forgiving.”

You see why I refer to this particular verse as the riches of grace . The wise man said that the just man, the man who was born again, will fall and fall and fall and fall, but by God's grace he will rise again. That has to be grace, Beloved. If you fall and keep on falling, human thought would dismiss you. “Oh, you can't trust that fellow. He has failed so many times that you just can't trust him,” but God said, “Yes, you can because he is My child and My child will rise again.”

Only individuals who have filled their house with God's grace through the study of the Word of God find the courage to go on after they have failed and failed and failed and failed and failed. He is able to perfect that which He has begun, and He most certainly will.

Compassion

Another pleasant, precious thing that is in the house that Christ built, I have described by the word compassion . Notice verse 17:

Proverbs 24:

17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

These words jarred me the first time that I ever read them before I knew much of the Word and before I knew much of people. I was newly saved, but I knew that when I was unsaved I didn't rejoice when other people had calamities, and I wasn't glad when people stumbled. I couldn't see the need of exhorting Christians about a thing like this. But I wasn't walking with God's people very long until I discovered there are Christians like that. There are Christians who, when they see another Christian fall, say, “Give it to him again, Lord. Hit him harder next time.”

Oh, they are glad for the misfortune. They have no compassion. They haven't learned to weep with those who weep. They haven't learned to suffer with other members of the Body of Christ. Yes, they are born again, but they have not established their house on spirituality though Christ has built it, and they have not been careful through the study of the Word to furnish it with compassion.

I would suggest to you, Beloved, that the only way you will ever have a compassionate heart in the manner that you should, is to become so deeply steeped in the Word of God that you realize your own unworthiness. You don't say, “That should have happened to so-and-so, the way that he lives.” You say, “I wonder about God's grace. I wonder why God in His mercy didn't let it happen to me. I deserved that.” Only if you have a compassion for others will you be able to minister to them.

The wise men suggest something here that we might not like to listen to, but it is here. Look at verse 18, where he urges this compassion:

Proverbs 24:

18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

The thought in our King James text is: The LORD will see you when you are rejoicing about that other fellow's misfortune and God will say, “All right, I will just take that misfortune away from you. I will just stop tormenting him.” But that isn't really what the text says. This is one of those unhappy translations in the King James text. What the verse actually says is that when God sees you rejoicing about the misfortune of another, He turns away His wrath from him (the person with whom He is dealing) and extends it onto you who are the worst offender.

You see, if you have not learned to have some compassion on others and in your own self-righteousness, which is nauseating to God, you talk about how it serves people right when misfortune occurs, God says, “Wait a minute. I believe I need to give a little attention to you.” Sometimes when you have more than one child and two or three of them get into some difficulty and you are administering chastening to one, you discover that another one is involved in something that is a lot more serious, so you leave off chastening this one and get after the one who is in worse trouble because something else happens. This is what God is saying here. If you live in Wisdom's house and have been careful to furnish it as we have suggested to you, then you will find in Wisdom's house these precious riches along with a few more which I will briefly mention. Notice what is recorded in verses 19-20:

Proverbs 24:

19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked:
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

I say to you that if Wisdom's house is furnished in the manner that I described, contentment will be there, and you will not be envious of people who have more than you and you will not be envious of people who seem to be favored more than you are favored, and particularly, you will not be envious of the wicked.

You see, many Christians are. Many Christians feel that God owes them something. Here are two people. One of them is a Christian; the other is an unbeliever. The company has to let some folk go because business isn't what it has always been, so they let the Christian go and keep the unbeliever. The Christian goes home to Wisdom's house and he says to his wife, “I can't understand it. We have tried to put God first in everything we have done. We have gone to church every Sunday. We have done this and we have done that, and I know that fellow they kept is not a Christian. He is one of the most wicked men I have ever known. I cannot understand why God let him have his job and let me lose mine.” On and on the conversation goes until the believer is actually envying this unbeliever because the unbeliever was able to keep his job and the believer was not.

If a thing like that happens to you and you go home and tell your wife, “I can't understand why that unbeliever was able to keep his job and I lost my job.” She will say, “Dear, come on in this room in here. Do you remember this piece of furniture that we got not too long ago? Let's sit down on this sofa of contentment,” and really you won't feel that way very long because you get to talking as you sit on the sofa of contentment about that unbeliever and you will be saying, according to verse 20, “Well, he may have the job that maybe I should have had, but that is all he has. There is nothing left for him. I don't have the job that I may have wanted, but I have Christ.” You learn with the Apostle Paul, “In whatsoever place you are, therein to be content.”

Please read that right when you read the Philippian letter. Some of you read it, “Therewith to be content,” and you struggle to be content with the situation you are in, and you don't succeed. God does not want you to be content with it; He wants you to be content in it. There is a vast difference between the two.

Submission

Another precious treasure you will find in Wisdom's house is described in verses 21-22, where we read:

Proverbs 24:

21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

I have described this precious treasure as the precious treasure of submission , for Beloved, it is a precious treasure, and there are not too many homes in which I find it in this day. There are not too many homes that have submission as a precious treasure in their house. The wise men exhort this submission, first to the Lord, and that is where all submission begins. Parents don't expect your children to be willingly submissive to you until they have submitted to the Lord. Once they have submitted to Him and are in fellowship, their submission to you is no problem at all. Submit to the Lord first.

There is another great need represented by a king, and that is the need for submission to civil authority on the part of Christian people, perhaps more than any other group of people. I have referred to it as civil authority since we do not have kings today. We call to your attention what the wise men said, “Fear the LORD and fear the king.” Submission is a precious treasure.

There is another thought in that text and it is related to submission. It is described in the phrase in verse 21: …“and meddle not with them that are given to change.” I wonder exactly what these wise men meant when they said that. The word meddle means “don't have anything to do with them that are given to change.” That doesn't sound right. There have been changes since the beginning of time, and Solomon said in the book of Ecclesiastes it should be so. What does it mean?

Let me suggest that you look at another translation that will make it clearer in fewer words than I can. The Amplified translation of the Scriptures translates this particular verse in the words: “Do not associate with those given to change of allegiance and are revolting.”

I am always amazed at how up to date the Scripture is. Christian young people, if you are living in Wisdom's house it should be furnished with this precious treasure of submission. If you have it you ought to heed this exhortation: “Do not associate with those given to change of allegiance and are revolting.” A lot of Christian young people, to the chagrin of their parents, have trampled on the flag and have revolted against the law of their country, and the parents don't understand why. Mark what I tell you: It all happened because they associated with those who are given to change of allegiance and are revolting. Watch your associations.

The Living Bible puts it even more direct and says, “Don't associate with radicals,” and there is a reason for it. If you associate with radicals, in verse 22:

Proverbs 24:

22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

That last statement, “Who knoweth the ruin of them both?” is another of our unhappy translations in the King James text. You really don't know what it means when you read it that way. Who is it talking about? Is it talking about the Lord? Is it talking about the king? Is it talking about those who never would change? Who is it talking about anyway? This rendering should help you: “Who knows the punishment and the ruin which both the Lord and the king will bring upon the rebellious?” That is the reason submission should be a very important possession in your house, for when men are not submissive to the Lord, when men are not submissive to their parents, when men are not submissive to civil authority, they have not only the king to deal with, but they have the Lord to deal with, too, for the Lord will bring punishment upon the rebellious.

Conclusion

I suggest that you go home and examine your furniture and don't go down town tomorrow and buy new furniture. Go to the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to furnish you with some things that you have been needing a long time in your home, for your home does honor Christ. Many of your homes are established upon spirituality because you know what it means to walk in the Spirit, but you haven't been diligent in searching the Scriptures to furnish your house the way it ought to be furnished. Ask God to forgive you and start afresh and anew.


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