An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Deception of Enthusiasm

(Pro 30:6 KJV)  Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Recently my wife called me in to watch a video about an archeological finding.  The focus was supposed to be a small lead fragment which could be the earliest known Hebrew writing.  I think they were saying it dated from the time of Joshua.  That was interesting and could have been covered in a minute or two.  The problem I had was that the host of the show had a half hour to fill up and so he went into what he labeled as the altar of Joshua.  Still interesting but he found a need to do a lot of repetition and padding.  

This verse, which I read the next morning, was read just after I tried to verify one of the statements he made with great enthusiasm.  As near as I can paraphrase him he claimed that God had declared altars should be build with ramps instead of steps.  He was excited about this because the video we were shown showed an altar with a ramp.  That did not sound familiar to me so this morning I did some digging with my Bible search software.  I first looked for “ramp” and when I found nothing I tried “slope”.  I found nothing on “ramp” in the KJV or NASB and three different Hebrew words for “slope” in the NASB.  I found one use of “steps” referring to altars,

(Exo 20:26 KJV)  Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
This does not substitute ramps for steps.

At what point do we run into God’s anger when we let our enthusiasm run away with us?  I don’t know about you but when I hear believers, or anyone else, making claims I can demonstrate as false, I question everything else they say.  If I can look things up, so can the pagans.

So?  Stick to the actual declarations of God and His word.  He knows what He is trying to say.

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