Saturday, November 16, 2013


Suggested Reading: Proverbs 1

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An Egyptian obelisk from ancient Heliopolis, Egypt, stands in the centre of the Piazza in Rome. Three sides of the obelisk were carved during the reign of Sety I and the fourth side under Rameses II. The obelisk, known as the Obelisk Flaminio, or the Popolo Obelisk, is the second oldest and one of the tallest obelisks in Rome (some 24 metres high, or 36 metres including its base platform). The obelisk was brought to Rome in 10 BC by order of Caesar Augustus. The book of Proverbs predates the erection of this obelisk by 1,000 years.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verses: Proverbs 1:10, 33

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent…But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.


PROVERBS — A guide book for Living! A proverb is a short sentence that conveys a moral truth. The motto and theme of this book is “THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM!” Historical records credit King Solomon with composing 3,000 proverbs. Here we have about 800 of them.

The fool does not fear God and disobeys Him! The wise person has the greatest respect for God and obeys Him! The fool will listen to sinners! The wise person will listen to God! In our daily blogs we are paying close attention to what God is saying to us through His Word! In today’s reading Wisdom is portrayed as a person who appears as a woman. Wisdom calls out to three types of people: (1) The naive who can easily be swayed to sin, (2) The scorners who mock the righteous, and (3) Fools who hate the truth and anything that has to do with God. These people can be saved from destruction by turning to God. However, there is a point which one can pass where there is no hope of a turnaround!


Lord God, I ask for wisdom to be constantly with me and in me. Through the man known as the brother of our Lord, James, I am assured that if I ask for wisdom, You will give it liberally and without reproach (James 1:5-7). I’m praying for this gift in the Name of the One “Who became for us Wisdom from God” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Amen!!!


Norma-Jean and I did not know each other until she was 18 and I was 21, and we were raised in different Christian denominations, 300 miles apart. Nevertheless, we found that we had many things in common. We played tag, softball, attended a one-room public school, etc. We also had mothers who reminded us over and over of the serious negative consequences of being enticed by sinners to do the wrong thing. Both of our mothers died before we met. Mine of cancer when I was 12, and hers at the hand of a drunk driver when she was 17. We have vivid memories of our mothers quoting our first key verse from the old King James version, “If sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”

The wisdom of Proverbs was the DNA of our culture a lifetime ago. Timothy Eaton of the famous Eaton’s stores gave a special copy of the Book of Proverbs to each and every employee. New clerks, shippers, etc., were told, “This is our employee’s handbook. We live by these words.” No wonder one of the great Toronto Churches is called Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. The congregation always maintains a Bible-believing evangelical Pastor in the pulpit (click here for information on this great church).

Yours for WISDOM!!!


P.S. I’m typing this in our hotel room where I can look out the window and see the Sea of Galilee. Below is a picture of 10 more of our pilgrims standing on Mt. Carmel yesterday beneath the statue of Elijah, depicting his victory over the prophets of Baal at that location. From left to right we have Sandi and Dave of Victoria, British Columbia – Gloria of Edmonton, Alberta – John and Doreen of Stratford, Ontario – Alberta of Kelowna, British Columbia – Natalie of Hamilton, Ontario – Pat of Halifax, Nova Scotia – Cenny of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – and Ruth of Renfrew, Ontario. We’re having the time of our lives walking through the pages of the book we’re reading daily with the encouragement of this blog!!!

20 thoughts on “Saturday, November 16, 2013

  1. Thanks David for sharing that information on Timothy Eaton with us today, I had no idea that he had provided a special edition of the Book of Proverbs to give to his employees. Imagine that sort of thing happening today? My goodness, he’d probably be arrested for trampling on somebody’s rights! God has a Word for “ALL” people, society generally knew this at one time, Timothy Eaton did as well, for there was a moral standard which was once held and society knew it as “truth”. This has all been lost on our social climate in Canada and I for one think it’s very sad. I submit that it would do us all well to internalize the Book of Proverbs and learn from the immense wisdom found therein.

    I love the pictures you have been providing of the tour groups, I hope that everyone is having a fantastic time … it certainly would be the trip of a lifetime! Have fun, be safe and God Bless!

  2. Oh how wonderful to sde the pictures of the holy land
    Thank you for your words of wisdom and hope everyone is having the trip of a lifetime
    And the presence of the Lord fill your souls
    Give us all wisdom and keep us from evil
    God bless all my fellow bloggers have a God filled day Amen 😉

  3. Yes, thanks for the info about Timothy Eaton, David. A wonderful example to have led by. Looking forward to studying the book of Proverbs. Blessings to all the saints in the Holy Land and our blog.

    Open my eyes, that I may see, wondrous things from Your law.
    Psalm 119:18

  4. So happy that you’re all having such a wonderful time in Israel. That’s a great idea for you to be introducing everyone travelling with you to us via a daily photo. Thanks also for sharing that information on Timothy Eaton. That’s so very good to hear. May God continue to Bless each and everyone of you!!! Thank you David Mainse.

  5. Good morning David! I finally figured out how to find your 100 Words and I am already enjoying reading them and seeing the pics. Missing you and Norma Jean.
    God Bless,

  6. Thanks, David for your information on Proverbs and Timothy Eaton, and Praise God, Brenda. Also thank you for sharing photos of the tour group and the biblical sites. Have a great day in the Holy Land!

  7. Oh the wonderful memories of when I was on my trip in Israel in ’92…what an awesome time as HIS Word becomes even more…ALIVE!!!….Thank you LORD and thank you David and Family….:)

  8. Great picture, everyone! It is like Christmas morning to open our electronic pages and see we are now in Proverbs! Especially having just recently completed Psalms. I am challenged by those who read a chapter of Proverbs daily, as there are 31 chapters for a month, and also add a reading in Psalms. Today’s reading tells us about placing our fear (respect and reverence) in God, therefore we will not have to fear Satan. It also highlights how we have free will and can fail miserably by not abiding in God’s wise counsel. Lord, help us all to keep our will in line with Yours, for at the very least, you instruct us that this is the beginning of knowledge. Have a great day, to all!

  9. Thank you for the historical nugget on Timothy Eaton.
    The Book of Proverbs gives us such practical advice, thank you for guiding us through it, Pastor David.
    Greetings and blessings to all of you in the Holy Land, and our bloggers, wherever they may find them selves.

  10. Dear David , Thank you so much for all that information , first of all I’m so happy
    we are in proverbs always loved the wisdom of Solamon .Also that information
    on mr. Eaton, itis so good to know the history of our former people of old..
    may you all have a wonerful and safe time in the Holy land….R..

  11. l love the book of Proverbs, it’s like sitting at the feet of our Father God and receiving his instruction,listening to every word with undivided attention. How blessed we are! Thank you David for your insightful commentary. Glad you are having such great weather, perfect for touring, not too hot or cold. What a lovely photo of some of your group, having a wonderful time as evidenced by the big smiles. God Bless you all and have lots of fun! Brenda, l’m so glad Scott is out of hospital.

  12. What a privilege to be able to read your blog, pastor David. I have been reading it since the beginning. I really enjoy it. I have also been praying for each prayer requests. God is so good! May The Lord bless each one who follows this blog.

  13. Thank you so much for the encouragement yesterday Susan, Gisela, Scott and Patricia. I know if you could have been in the room with me last night you all would have given me that hug I so needed last night. It was another long day, but it looks like the problem has been solved to everyone’s satisfaction and although it cost some money to do it, hopefully, this solution is the one that sticks. To unwind I treated myself to a nice long bath tonight and praying intercession for all those experiencing problems that need to be solved by God’s Grace and Wisdom. Also remembering in prayer those in the Philippines who are facing a long road to rebuild their lives. Looking forward to a quiet Sunday, a true day of rest to just worship our Lord . Again thank you for the support– God bless you all.

  14. Thank you David for sharing those stories.I would love to own a special book of just Proverbs. If it were available in a hand book size I would purchase many copies and give them away to young people.
    Jerry and I spent the evening with Rob and Savana at the Island we shared each others testamonies of what God has been doing in our lives lately. It was fun.
    We miss you and Norma-Jean please give Norma-Jean a hug for us hugs to you both. xxoo!
    Love and prayers
    Marla and Jerry

    Thank you blog saints for sharing you in sights and stories
    Blessings to you all oo!

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