Steve Ellison: Excellent Things Of Counsels And Knowledge

Friday, May 19, 2017 - by Steve Ellison

In Proverbs 22:20-21, God makes a significant statement while asking an equally significant question.  God asks, “Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may correctly answer him who sent you?” (NASU) 

 

God has certainly written to us “excellent things of counsels and knowledge”.

  We are so blessed that He did not simply create us and leave us to find our own way.  God left us a written guideline that tells us: how we got here; where we are going; what our purpose is; how we should live our lives; how to get along with others; how to prosper physically, how to make our lives enjoyable and fulfilling; and best of all, how to know Him. 

 

We are blessed also because His Written Word serves “to make us know the certainty of the words of truth”.   His Word is truth.  The multitude of prophecies found in the Word of God is tremendous proof of the certainty of the truth of the whole.  Because of the predictions which came true, we can be absolutely sure that all of the other portions of the Bible are also true.   Because the Bible accurately predicted the birthplace of Jesus, I can be sure that the Bible’s instructions to me about finances (among other things) are also true. Because the Bible accurately predicted the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, I have complete assurance that the Bible’s instructions about personal relationships (among other things) are true.  Because of the Bible’s accurate prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, I can be sure that it’s pronouncements about morality (and everything else) are also perfect.

 

The list of examples could go on and on and on, but I want to focus on what seems to be the most important one.  The “words of truth” bring to mind the good news about forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God which changes our eternal destiny.   Because of the Bible’s accurate prediction of future events, we can “know the certainty of the words of truth”.   These words of truth tell us in absolutely certain terms that God created us.  We rebelled, ran away, and sold ourselves into slavery to sin.  God the Father promised to send a Redeemer, Someone to buy us back.  The purchase price took us by surprise.  The Father paid for us with the life of His Son.   God the Son returned to heaven, with a promise that those who place their trust in Him will live forever with Him in heaven.  That is certainly the best news.

 

A third blessing results from the “excellent things” He wrote for us.  We are enabled to “correctly answer Him who sent us”.   Just before God the Son returned to heaven, He commissioned us.  He told us to make disciples of all nations.  There is no question that He has sent us into all the world to spread the words of truth.   That leads to another absolute certainty.   We will each of us be called to account.  We will each stand before Him who created us.  We will have to answer for our deeds.   If we have Christ, we have the right answer.  If we have rejected Christ, we will have no answer.  We will be separated from the One We Rejected, without hope, for all eternity.  Aren’t you glad for the truth of Proverbs 22:20-21, “Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge,  To make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may correctly answer him who sent you?” (NASU) 



Bob Tamasy: Hiding So We Can Seek

Remember the children’s game, “hide and seek”? Some of our grandkids still play it .What a simple game: One person closes his or her eyes, counts to 10, 20 – or 100 – while the others conceal themselves somewhere in the yard or the house. Younger ones get easily frustrated seeking to find the “hiders,” so after a few minutes it’s kind to let them “find” you. While I haven’t ... (click for more)

Multi-Faith Panel: Raising Children In Chattanooga Is Sunday

Creative Discovery Museum is hosting its first Multi-faith Panel: Raising Children in Chattanooga.  This panel is designed for parents, teachers and other interested adults and teens. Participants are invited to come for pizza before the program. Museum staff will provide childcare and facilitated activities for children ages 3-11.  The event is free and open to ... (click for more)

TBI Puts Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House On Its "10 Most Wanted" List

A man who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning is still on the loose and has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. He was identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Ill., was arrested last year when he was in a restricted area at the White House in Washington, D.C. Reinking ... (click for more)

Dayton Teen Arrested After Running From Deputies On Highway 60; Passenger Caught With Drugs

Hamilton County Sheriff deputies caught up with a Dayton teen who drove off at a high rate of speed on Highway 60 on Sunday afternoon. A passenger in the vehicle was caught with drugs. At approximately  5 p.m. , deputies observed a white Chrysler 200 traveling south in the 7800 block of Highway 60 at a high rate of speed. The driver was improperly passing other vehicles ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Always Know The Facts

I adore the fact so many of America’s high school and college students are very active in our battle against violence in our schools but bemoan the fact that when you combine youth and ‘lack of experience’ they often are misguided and ill-informed. The best example came on Saturday when a reporter for Campus Reform walked around the Cal State-Santa Barbara campus asking the students ... (click for more)