They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
The wicked among us use and twist the law to accuse, convict, and sentence only those who stand in the way of their lawlessness and corruption of justice. (Woe to those who declaring evil good and good evil). It is the beam in the eye of the wicked, which disqualifies them from sitting in seats of judgment and invalidate the rulings of those already seated.
What we understand is that the law has a spirit, meaning what it was intended to produce, which is peace and civilization: an order that promotes justice and under which men are secure in their life, liberty, and property (which we understand is what the Constitution, in the Preamble and Article 1, Section 8, describes as the “General Welfare.”)
As we know the wicked twist law so they are able to victimize those they first demonize, those who aren’t dependent on the plunders of oppression. We know this evil begins as people (such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) stir up prejudice against those whose achievement they accuse, and then set out to convict and sentence by the use of laws they claim will punish these offenders.
We know this twisting of law, reversing its spirit from good to evil, is the underlying warning against eating from the tree (of good and evil) in the garden. We understand it was incited by listening to and following the bad advice of one there called a serpent, who we also know represents Satan. We have seen this name comes from an identical Hebrew word satan, meaning to attack and accuse, and tells of the methods of those who oppose God’s teaching: the ways of peace and security (civilization).
As often discussed, this Divine teaching flows directly from God as the first the light (understanding), spoken of in Genesis 1:3, coming into the darkness (ignorance and confusion) covering the earth. We have seen its meaning contained in the Hebrew words yara’ shalam, that compounded produce the name Jerusalem; yara’, meaning to flow from (God), and by extension meaning teaching and foundation; and shalam, meaning peace, as in a reciprocal security, in life, liberty, and estate (property).
Friends, these are the ideas of good, which are corrupted when men with an evil spirit seek to undermine this order, to elevate themselves to power by deceiving people into following their corrupt leading. As we were warned of Genesis, the end of following this leadership is the death of humanity. You cannot victimize one group, by false accusation, no matter how popular the prejudice you’ve created becomes, and from it produce civilization.
I often quote the words of President Calvin Coolidge (because they can’t be said any better than he said them) when he speaks of these Godly ideas of advanced civilization, as stated in our Declaration of Independence. He said, “About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”
In this speech of July 5, 1926, Coolidge also speaks of the conclusions the Founders came to, which was part of a “bottom up” movement that originated in the hearts and minds of the people. After saying, “They were a people who came under the influence of a great spiritual development and acquired a great moral power,” he concluded with the following reminder and warning:
“No other theory is adequate to explain or comprehend the Declaration of Independence. It is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren scepter in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshipped.”
We see, we understand by our truthful examination of reality, these warnings have not been heeded and the foretold end result is undeniably upon us. The nation, the world has followed the advice, the words from the mouths that defile, of men who say they have better (progressive) ideas, when they are in fact afflicted by the same-old historically contagious blindness.
7 You hypocrites, well did Isaiah [29:13] prophesy of you, saying,
8 This people draw near unto me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart [their foundation of reason] is far from me.
9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men [which is the corruption that corrupts and defiles – the contagion].
10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:
11 Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defile a man [showing the speaker is defiled, and defiles/corrupts the hearer].
12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Know you that the Pharisees [those with ashes on their forehead, and in the minds] were offended, after they heard this saying?
13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father has not planted, shall be rooted up.
14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
The original text says “leave them,” because if you follow, continue with them, you will fall when they inevitably do.
When the LORD, in verse 8 above, quotes Isaiah 29:13 he is speaking directly to those who have twisted truth and by it blinded themselves to the fact that they have self-destructed. Now is the time all will awaken to find they have been led into ignorance by ignorance, and followed the corrupt into corruption.
6 You shall be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
7 And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel [this nation under God], even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.
8 It shall even be as when a hungry man dreams [and is deceived by his own stupefied mind], and, behold, he eats; but he awakes, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreams, and, behold, he drinks; but he awakes, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul has appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion [this place and the LORD’s reign].
9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry you out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
10 For the LORD has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers has he covered [with/by their own darkness/ignorance].
11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray you: and he says, I cannot; for it is sealed:
12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray you: and he says, I am not learned.
13 Wherefore the LORD said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me [have removed God’s ways far from being their foundation of thinking], and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men [they don’t teach men to fear His warnings, because they are true, and ignoring them leads to blindness and self-destruction]:
14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder [to save them from the advice, the contagion, that has caused their blindness]: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who sees us? and who knows us?
16 Surely your turning of things upside down [reversal of good and evil] shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon [purity in high places] shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest [many there shall become upright]?
18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book [this word of God], and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
19 The meek [we who have the power to destroy but instead we build – a new heaven and earth, wherein dwells righteousness] also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel [because He comes for their good, and to free them from their captivity].
20 For the terrible [the tyrants] one is brought to naught, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity [who look for ways to abuse the law] are cut off:
21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproves in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of naught.
22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale [he shall not faint].
23 But when he sees his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.
24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.
Friends, though I have the power to shake heaven and earth, if I don’t continue in this charity, freely giving this understand as the LORD has given me, I become as nothing.
1 Corinthians 16
9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
10 Now if Timothy come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he works the work of the LORD, as I also do.
11 Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
12 As touching our brother Apollos [the one who will rise upon you as the sun], I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time [eukaireo – an appointed time of good, when the blindness is made well].
13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong [don’t be faint].
14 Let all your things be done with charity.
This passage is speaking of gathering together, now. The word peri, rendered “touching” in verse 12 above, is the same translated “concerning” in 1 Corinthians 16:1. It is telling of the good time, when the corrupt have put on incorruption, and by this, the mortal has put on immortality. It is telling of gathering out of the places of corruption and into Jerusalem. This is the intended meaning, the plan of God revealed in His word, this book that has been sealed and is now opened, at the gate so we can enter the city.
1 Corinthians 15
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the LORD, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the LORD.
1 Corinthians 16
1 Now concerning [peri the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you.
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
3 And when I come, whomsoever you shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.
The title above is Proverbs 28:5 & 6, and is also the word of God sent for this moment in time, to strengthen and raise us to meet Him, at this appointed time.
1 The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
3 A poor man that oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.
4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
6 Better is the poor that walks in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 Whoso keeps the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shames his father.
8 He that by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
10 Whoso causes the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has understanding searches him out.
12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.
14 Happy is the man that fears always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.
15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 The prince that wants understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hates covetousness [uncontrollable desire for what others have – and therefore does evil to it or to get it] shall prolong his days.
17 A man that does violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18 Whoso walks uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 He that tills his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that follows after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
22 He that hastes to be rich has an evil eye, and considers not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He that rebukes a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that flatters with the tongue.
24 Whoso robs his father or his mother, and says, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 He that is of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he that puts his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
26 He that trusts in his own heart [human created corrupt ideas] is a fool: but whoso walks wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 He that gives unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
9 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
10 You have consulted shame to your house by cutting off many people, and have sinned against your soul.
11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
12 Woe to him that builds a town with blood, and establishes a city by iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?
14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea [as this word of God will come to the people at large].
15 Woe unto him that gives his neighbor drink, that put your bottle to him, and makes him drunken also, that you may look on their nakedness!
16 You are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’s right hand shall be turned unto you, and shameful spewing shall be on your glory.
17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover you, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
18 What profits the graven image [corrupt and ever-changing ideas of men] that the maker thereof has graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusts therein, to make dumb idols?
19 Woe unto him that says to the [dead] wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath [life] at all in the midst of it.
20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell [because they are blind].
3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock [this firm foundation – the LORD, Christ in me, in His children, speaking, guiding, us into life in New Jerusalem].
6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said unto you, Your face [your presence], LORD, will I seek.
9 Hide not your face far from me; put not your servant away in anger: you have been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.