Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Henry’

Outwit Infinite Wisdom and Countermine Providence Itself?

October 19, 2017

Kingsjester’s blog is one of my favorites because his posts are very informative and his analyses of what is truly going on in the “hearts of men” are spot on.

His latest post:

Soros Gives $18 Billion to His Open Society Institute to Fund Special Interest Groups Including “The Resistance” does not disappoint, and serves as a warning regarding the evil resistance that Soros continues to perpetuate against our Constitutional Republic.

One day, an unbeliever like Soros will die and realize:

When I returned from babysitting my sweet almost-2-years-old granddaughter yesterday evening, my husband asked me if I heard about the $18 billion dollar donation that the evil billionaire “donated” to his Open Society Institute.   I told him that I heard of it, but didn’t know the details yet.  Kingsjester’s blog gave me the needed details to share in this post.

My comment there:

Very good analysis and explanation of what Soros is all about and the evil that he is continually doing through wreaking havoc upon our nation; as well as the lies he is trying to perpetuate under the fake, dishonest, and anti-God guise of doing “good.”

After reading your essay, this verse came to mind:

Isa 5:20

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Soros and his evil minions are perfect examples of this! I truly pity those who have been so blinded by Satan that they think that this horrible man is doing “good.”

Here at my blog, I also want to share part of a commentary from Blue Letter Bible on that particular Bible verse written by Matthew Henry:

Note, Those that willfully persist in sin consider not the power of God’s anger.

  • 3. Who confound and overthrow the distinctions between moral good and evil, who call evil good and moral evil (v. 20), who not only live in the omission of that which is good, but condemn it, argue against it, and, because they will not practice it themselves, run it down in others, and fasten invidious epithets upon it-not only do that which is evil, but justify it, and applaud it, and recommend it to others as safe and good. Note,
    • (1.) Virtue and piety are good, for they are light and sweet, they are pleasant and right; but sin and wickedness are evil; they are darkness, all the fruit of ignorance and mistake, and will be bitterness in the latter end.
    • (2.) Those do a great deal of wrong to God, and religion, and conscience, to their own souls, and to the souls of others, who misrepresent these, and put false colours upon them-who call drunkenness good fellowship, and covetousness good husbandry, and, when they persecute the people of God, think they do him good service-and, on the other hand, who call seriousness ill-nature, and sober singularity ill-breeding, who say all manner of evil falsely concerning the ways of godliness, and do what they can to form in men’s minds prejudices against them, and this in defiance of evidence as plain and convincing as that of sense, by which we distinguish, beyond contradiction, between light and darkness, and between that which to the taste is sweet and that which is bitter.
  • 4. Who though they are guilty of such gross mistakes as these have a great opinion of their own judgments, and value themselves mightily upon their understanding (v. 21): They are wise in their own eyes; they think themselves able to disprove and baffle the reproofs and convictions of God’s word, and to evade and elude both the searches and the reaches of his judgments; they think they can outwit Infinite Wisdom and countermine Providence itself. Or it may be taken more generally: God resists the proud, those particularly who are conceited of their own wisdom and lean to their own understanding; such must become fools, that they may be truly wise, or else, at their end they shall appear to be fools before all the world.

 

Hat tip:  Kingsjester’s Blog, Blue Letter Bible, and graphics page links.

The Beauty of Holiness

August 23, 2016

Question: Is “elegance the only beauty that never fades?” My question comes from a quote once given by Audrey Hepburn.

In Psalms 29:2, the Bible says otherwise, but before we explore this question I wanted to preface this post with how the use of commentaries can help us understand the Scriptures more thoroughly.

I have found commentaries from several learned scholars helpful when sharing and further explaining portions of Scripture in my posts.

This blog has utilized commentaries from various Bible scholars, but one of the most detailed writers that I enjoy reading and sharing is Matthew Henry (1662-1714).

Today, I decided to find out more information about Henry. To my surprise and delight, I discovered that he had great influence over other great men like George Whitefield (1714-1770) and Charles Wesley (1707-1788).

In response to Psalm 49:6-14 Henry wrote:

‘The beauty of holiness is that which the grave, that consumes all other beauty, cannot touch, or do any damage to’ (on Psalm 49:6-14).

 

Recently, I read a quote from Audrey Hepburn:

Elegance is the only beauty that never fades. Audrey Hepburn

 

That’s a nice thought.  Elegance is nice to have and display to the world.   But is such a statement entirely true?

Matthew Henry stated above, “the beauty of holiness consumes all other beauty…”

Psalms says:

Psa 49:15

But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
For He shall receive me. Selah

There are more examples of Henry’s poignant writings HERE.  Two more great examples:

‘The pleasures of sense are puddle-water; spiritual delights are rock water, so pure, so clear, so refreshing — rivers of pleasure’ (on Exodus 17:1-7).

‘God’s grace can save souls without preaching, but our preaching cannot save them without God’s grace, and that grace must be sought by prayer’ (on Ezekiel 37:1-14).

Beautiful!

My next post will share what Henry wrote about Matthew 7:16.

Mat 7:16

“You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

Here is just a brief taste of Henry’s detailed commentary:

(1.) If you know what the tree is, you may know what fruit to expect. Never look to gather grapes from thorns, nor figs from thistles; it is not in their nature to produce such fruits. An apple may be stuck, or a bunch of grapes may hang, upon a thorn; so may a good truth, a good word or action, be found in a bad man, but you may be sure it never grew there. Note,

  • [1.] Corrupt, vicious, unsanctified hearts are like thorns and thistles, which came in with sin, are worthless, vexing, and for the fire at last.

  • [2.] Good works are good fruit, like grapes and figs, pleasing to God and profitable to men.

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