33 While they continued to fear the Lord, they served their own gods, following the custom of the nations whom they had carried away from there.- 2 Kings 17:33 ISV 2 Kings 17:29-40 ISV Again and again, God allowed other kings to invade and conquer portions of Israel. He did this because they refused to obey His laws and they refused to keep His commandments. Finally, God allowed the king of Assyria to remove all of Israel to other countries. After doing this, the king of Assyria brought in foreigners to settle the land of Israel. God did not like this, so God sent lions in to destroy the foreigners. The king was informed that this was happening because the new settlers did not know how to worship God correctly. He brought in an Israelite priest to instruct them in proper worship. They learned and practiced the proper worship procedures, but they also continued to worship the idols of each of their respective homelands. God will not stand for impurities in any worship service or offering to Him. Either He is our God or He is not, there is no middle ground. Our God is a jealous God and He will not allow any other god(s) to be a part of our love affair with Him. Our God deserves worship from hearts that are pure and undefiled. When we celebrate Jesus, our celebrations must be in obedience to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We must lift up holy hands in His honor. There can be no spots in our love feasts. Everything must honor Him and Him alone.Jude:10-13 NKJV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. — James 3:17,18 NIV
As we read yesterday, wisdom is defined as more than just getting facts and knowledge of things, places and people, It includes the ability to use that knowledge to make proper decisions that lead to correct actions. We can have knowledge upon knowledge, but it is worthless, perhaps, even dangerous, if it is built on the wrong foundation, a foundation of inerrant knowledge. That is why the Holy Spirit, through the writer of Proverbs, tells us
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. – Prov. 4:7
Later, in Proverbs, He tells us this:
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. — Prov. 9:10
So, we lay the foundation with knowledge, we build walls with wisdom and the finishing touch is understanding. Therefore, we must be very sure that our knowledge is based on a foundation of knowledge that includes The Holy One (Jehovah God) and Jesus Christ. Then we must be sure that our wisdom comes from heaven. We can know this if it is ” first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere”‘ So, any so-called wisdom that advocates anything less than these qualities is not from heaven and is not of God. (Kind of reminds me of the parable of the houses — one built on the Rock and one built on the sand,) If we want others to recognize us as the children of God, then we must show love to our brothers and sisters.
10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. — 1 John 3:10
Since the wisdom that is from above is impartial, we must show love to all of our fellow human beings. This love requires us to be peacemakers.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. — Matt. 5:9
If we want to be obedient to our Father in heaven, we will endeavor to become peacemakers unless that action requires us to violate the Holy Scriptures. Jesus was/is the ultimate peacemaker, but He had limits as shown by His words to the Pharisees and His actions when chasing the traders out of the temple. He had perfect knowledge, perfect wisdom and perfect understanding.