Wisdom and Foolishness

According to Proverbs 8, wisdom (hokmah, a feminine noun) cries out to everyone. Here, wisdom, who existed before creation, is personified. She cries out from the entrance of the city to the simple and to the fools. There’re two Hebrew words used here. The first is petiy which means simple. According to the Complete WordStudy Dictionary, “It refers to a person who is naïve concerning the complexities and challenges of life, inexperienced, lacking insight but made wise by God’s words and laws.” The next Hebrew word (adjective) is kesiyl which is translated as fool or foolish; the noun is kesiylut which means foolishness or stupidity. According to the Complete WordStudy Dictionary, kesiyl “refers to one of several types of fools in Scripture, especially in Proverbs. Such persons are usually unable to deal with life in a successful, practical way.”

Wisdom wants to be understood, discerned, perceived, and observed by the people. Wisdom speaks of excellent or right things; she speaks truth, not abominations. You may have never considered this but wisdom is a teacher; she wants her instruction to be received. In this sense, wisdom is much like Yeshua and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) who is our teacher and counselor.

According to Psalm 111:10a, the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 8:13 says, “The fear of the LORD [the beginning of wisdom] is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.” Being wise not only requires that we hate evil, we have to carry that one step further and fulfill the remainder of Psalm 111:10; in other words, we must do YHVH’s commandments.

If we are wise, we will obey God’s commandments. Doing so shows our love to the Father and to Yeshua. The Father and Yeshua love those who are wise and dwell with them (John 14:23). Many of us are still learning God’s commandments. Fortunately, the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit), who dwells within us, will teach us all things and cause us to remember the words of Yeshua. As we learn, we can grow in wisdom and knowledge; walk in obedience; and avoid what is false.

Torah is truth; it is not crooked or perverse. The same is true of wisdom. Wisdom is better than anything we could possibly desire. Wisdom has eternal worth whereas gold, silver, jewels, and other costly things don’t; their worth is temporal.

Wisdom is related to prudence or good judgment. It is discerning of evil. YHVH wants leaders to reign with wisdom. King Saul failed to exercise wisdom. He did not obey YHVH’s commandments but sought to justify his sin. If Saul had obeyed the commandments, his kingdom would have been established forever (1 Samuel 13:13). King David was a man after God’s own heart; he loved to meditate on God’s word day and night. Although King David sinned with Bathsheba, he confessed his guilt, and his kingdom was established forever. When Yeshua reigns in Jerusalem, He will reign with great wisdom.

Wisdom loves those who love her; those who seek her diligently will find her. This concept of seeking and finding is found throughout Scripture. Note what is sought and found. In Deuteronomy 4:29, YHVH knew His people would be scattered among the nations. He told them that if they will seek YHVH their Elohim (God), they will find him if they will seek Him with all their heart and soul. He promised that if they turned to Him and obeyed Him, He would not forsake them or forget the covenant He made with their ancestors. In 1 Chronicles 28:9, David told Solomon to know YHVH and to serve Him loyally and willingly. David told Solomon that if he sought YHVH, YHVH would find him but if Solomon forsook YHVH, Solomon would be cast off forever. Others such as Asa, Hezekiah, Josiah, and Ezra sought YHVH and obeyed His commandments; they encouraged others to do so as well. Many years later, Yeshua told His disciples not to worry about the needs in their lives; He told them to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and their needs would be taken care of. This message is what we need to hear today. It is wise to seek and find YHVH, righteousness, God’s kingdom, and wisdom. True wealth and honor are found in wisdom.

A lot of people think that wisdom or God’s commandments did not exist before the Ten Words (Ten Commandments) were given on Mount Sinai. That’s simply not true. As we read Proverbs 8, wisdom tells us she was before:

  • The depths were brought forth;
  • The fountains abounded with water;
  • The mountains were settled;
  • The hills;
  • The earth or fields;
  • The primal dust of the world;
  • The creation of the heavens;
  • YHVH drew a circle on the face of the deep;
  • YHVH established the clouds above;
  • YHVH strengthened the fountains of the deep,
  • YHVH assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His command;
  • YHVH marked out the foundations of the earth.

Wisdom was brought forth before these things took place. When these things took place, wisdom was beside YHVH as a master craftsman or as one brought up with Him. The Hebrew word here is amon, meaning architect or craftsman. Wisdom is seen here as someone who was involved in designing creation with YHVH. As I consider this, I think it was so fitting for Yeshua to be the son of a carpenter. Surely, Yeshua delighted in watching his earthly, adoptive father create things. It is also appropriate to note here that Hebrews 1:2b indicates that the Father made the worlds through Yeshua, His son.

Wisdom was daily YHVH’s delight; wisdom always rejoiced before Him. Wisdom rejoiced in His inhabited world and her delight was with the sons of men. If Yeshua is the way, the truth, and the life, is Yeshua also wisdom? What would bring Yeshua more delight than to actually come to earth and dwell with men?

Proverbs 8:32-36 gives us advice and a warning: “Now therefore, listen to me [wisdom], my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD; But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.” Do you listen to wisdom? Do you keep her ways or despise them? Do you love life or death?

Proverbs 9:1 tells us wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars. What are these? Could they be the opposite of the abominations found in Proverbs 6:16-19? These abominations are:

  • A proud look;
  • A lying tongue;
  • Hands that shed innocent blood;
  • A heart that devises wicked plans;
  • Feet that are swift in running to evil;
  • A false witness who speaks lies;
  • And one who sows discord among brethren.

What if these pillars of wisdom are humility; truth; hands that carry out the death penalty; devising righteous plans; feet that are swift to do what is righteous; a witness that speaks truth; and one who promotes unity among brethren? Obviously, this is my best guess.

Wisdom has sent out her maidens; they are the prophets sent by YHVH. Wisdom is also a prophetess; she is like the watchmen on the wall who cry out from the highest places of the city for the people to repent. Proverbs 9:4-6 cries out, “Whoever is simple [petiy; foolish, simpleminded], let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, “Come, eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding.” When you are faced with temptation, remember, the pleasure of foolishness is temporal but the cost is eternal.

Proverbs 9:7-9 warns us and gives us advice: “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

I’ve been foolish enough to correct a scoffer and a wicked person. I can only stand back and encourage them to repent. I’ve rebuked the wise and survived. I’ve been rebuked, and loved the wise people who rebuked me. I must say it is much easier to receive rebuke when it is done in love and gentleness and not in hate and bitterness. Please try to remember that the next time you feel the need to rebuke someone and be sure to calmly teach as you rebuke.

Proverbs 9:13-18 tells us: “A foolish (kesiylut; stupid) woman is clamorous (hamah; murmurs, growls, roars, or howls); She is simple, and knows nothing. For she sits at the door of her house, On a seat by the highest places of the city, To call to those who pass by, Who go straight on their way: “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here”; And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, “Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell.”

Both wisdom and the foolish cry out to the simple-minded and those who lack understanding. Wisdom’s goal is to rescue or prevent the simple-minded from going to hell (sheol); her goal is to preserve people for the kingdom of God. The goal of the foolish is to cause as many people as possible including themselves to live lawlessly and to go to hell (sheol)—more specifically, the lake of fire.

My goal is to call all who find this page to repentance. Open the Scriptures and seek truth. Examine your doctrines, beliefs, and lifestyle. Do they really line up with what the Scriptures say?

My desire is to rescue you and preserve you for eternity. Trust in the atonement Yeshua provided for you. Please, forsake foolishness/lawlessness and embrace wisdom.

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Their Worm Does Not Die

We have finally reached Isaiah 66.  This has certainly been a long journey through the book of Isaiah.

What do we see here in this chapter?  I can tell that it is tied to Isaiah 65; it gives us a picture of what will take place in the future.

As we mentioned last time, the elect will build houses and inhabit them.  They will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  After telling us this, YHVH says, “Heaven is my throne, And earth is My footstool.  Where is the house that you will build for Me?  And where is the place of My rest?”  This is not talking about the temple in Ezra’s day that needed to be built.  We know this because YHVH just said that the wolf and lamb will feed together, the lion will eat straw like the ox; and they won’t hurt or destroy anything on His holy mountain.  This appears to be a reference to the temple that will be built for Yeshua’s millennial reign.

There are several repeated themes in Isaiah 65 and 66.  The first multifaceted one is seen in:

  • Isaiah 65:1  “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by My name.”  This was a reference to the Gentiles who had faith in Yeshua and cause the Jews to be jealous (Romans 10:20).
  • Isaiah 65:12  “Therefore I will number you for the sword, And you shall all bow down to the slaughter; Because, when I called, you did not answer; When I spoke, you did not hear, But did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.”  This was a reference to the Jews who rejected YHVH and delighted in abominations in the gardens; they will be slaughtered.
  • Isaiah 65:24  “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.”  This is a reference to the elect who will not labor in vain during Yeshua’s millennial reign; they are the descendants of the blessed of YHVH.  They are also described as those who are poor and of a contrite spirit, and who tremble at YHVH’s word.
  • Isaiah 66:4  “So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.”   This is a reference to the Jews who bring offerings to YHVH as if they are giving offerings to idols; they delight in abominations.  In other words, they commit idolatry, necromancy, and eat unclean things such as swine and mouse.

We want to make sure that we are part of the elect and not part of those who commit abominations.  We need to SHEMA YHVH; we need to obey His commandments.  We need to call on and be dependent on Him.  Repent before it’s too late!

Other recurring themes in Isaiah 65 and 66 include rejoicing and glory.  YHVH’s people are told to rejoice with Jerusalem and be delighted with the abundance of her glory (H3519 kavod; wealth).  YHVH will extend peace and the glory (wealth) of the Gentiles to Jerusalem.  We’ve seen descriptions of this in previous chapters.  YHVH said there would be people who will escape destruction and flee to other countries; they will tell everyone about YHVH’s fame and glory.  All the nations will come and see His glory.  Surely this will be an incredible sight!

In Isaiah 65:9, YHVH promised to bring forth descendants from Jacob, and an heir of YHVH’s mountains.  YHVH promised that His elect will inherit it and that His servants will dwell there.  We see more information about this prophecy in a section on rejoicing and glory in Isaiah 66:5-14.  The themes of rejoicing and glory point to the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 66:7-9.  This is the prophecy of a woman giving birth to a male child before her pain came; I believe this is a reference to Yeshua, a descendant of Judah.  These verses also seem to be a reference to the birth of the nation of Zion.  Both Yeshua and the nation of Israel seem to be depicted in Revelation 12 as well.

Many recognize the birth of Yeshua that took place approximately 2000 years ago.  Amazingly, many witnessed the birth of Israel in 1948 in a single day.  Surely the time will soon be upon us when Isaiah 66:15 -16 will be fulfilled:  “For behold, the LORD will come with fire And with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword The LORD will judge all flesh; And the slain of the LORD shall be many.”  Those who have been committing idolatry in the gardens and eating unclean things will be consumed.  Specifically, these are the armies of the ten kings who will join the beast of Revelation and fight against Yeshua, the Lamb.

Later, YHVH’s people will come from the nations to Jerusalem to bring offerings in clean vessels into the house of YHVH.  Some of these people will be taken to be priests and Levites.  Revelation 20:6 confirms this: “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”

Isaiah 66:23 says all flesh will come to worship YHVH on the New Moons and Sabbaths during the millennial reign of Yeshua. They will look on the corpses of the men who transgressed against YHVH.  Isaiah 66:24 says their worm doesn’t die and their fire is not quenched.  They will be an abhorrence to all flesh.   How can we picture this?  Perhaps it will be like looking at a burning trash heap with non-burning sections that contain rotting flesh that is being eaten by maggots.  Whatever it is, I just know I don’t want to be among those corpses.

I believe Isaiah 66:24 is only a picture of the real lake of fire.  John saw visions of the end in Revelation.  At the end of the Battle of Armageddon, the beast and false prophet were thrown into the lake of fire.  The rest were killed with the sword and were eaten by birds of prey.  It is not mentioned but it is possible the rest of their remains were gathered together to be burned.  This could account for what was described in Isaiah.

According to Revelation 20:

  • Satan was bound and cast into the abyss for 1000 years.
  • The first resurrection took place; these were those who had been beheaded for testifying about Yeshua and proclaiming God’s word, and also those who had not worshiped the beast or received his mark.
  • The second resurrection took place; this was all those who were not previously resurrected.
  • After that, Satan was released from the abyss;
  • Satan gathered Gog and Magog for battle around Jerusalem but they were devoured by fire.
  • Satan was then cast into the lake of fire.
  • The judgment at the white throne took place.  Death, Hades, and those not found in the Book of Life were cast into the lake of fire.  This would take up more space than a simple burning trash heap outside Jerusalem.

One last theme is seen in Isaiah 65 and 66; it is the prophecy of the new heavens and earth.  The new heavens and earth, and the descendants and name of the Jews will remain before YHVH.  Second Peter 3:13 tells us that righteousness will dwell there.

John was fortunate to have seen a vision of the new heaven and earth, and the new Jerusalem.  Yeshua, the tabernacle of God, is with men and will dwell with men; they will be His people.  God Himself will be with them and be their God.  Revelation 21:4 tells us, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Isaiah 65:17 says the former things will not even be remembered or come to mind.  This sounds really good to me because there is so much stuff I would prefer never to remember.

Revelation 21:7-8 says, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.  But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Examine your life.  Are you an over-comer?  Do you trust in Yeshua and obey YHVH’s commandments?  Or, are you one of the other categories listed above?  You can leave that lifestyle behind and embrace a new one.  Just repent.  Please, repent before it’s too late!

The New Heavens and Earth

In Isaiah 64, the prophet pleaded for YHVH to come down from the heavens to make His name known to His adversaries.  He said that since the world was made, men hadn’t heard or seen any God besides YHVH.  The prophet acknowledged that YHVH was angry because His people had sinned; in fact, they continued to sin and needed to be delivered.  He admitted their righteousness was worthless.  He said no one calls on YHVH’s name; He had hidden His face from them because of their iniquities.  They acknowledged YHVH is the potter and they are the clay, and the prophet asked YHVH not to be angry with them forever.

YHVH responded in Isaiah 65:  “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by My name.”  Who is YHVH referring to here?  Paul, in Romans 10:19-21, implies Isaiah was referring to the Gentiles, then, in verse 22, Paul said Isaiah began to address Israel.  YHVH said He had His arms out to the Jews but they were a rebellious people; they wouldn’t listen to Him.  They provoked YHVH to anger by committing idolatry and necromancy (contacting the dead).  They ate pork and drank broth from abominable things.  It is evident here that it is not just the meat of unclean animals that is offensive to YHVH.  They even considered themselves holier than YHVH.  Could it be they felt this way because of their self-righteousness?

YHVH intends to repay them for their evil in proportion to their iniquities but for His servant’s sake He didn’t intend to destroy all of them.  He indicated there would be a remnant from Judah; they are His elect and His servants. 

Many years later, Paul confirmed in Romans 11 that God had not cast His people away.  Paul points out how Elijah pled with God against Israel.  At that time, YHVH told Elijah there were 7000 men who had not bowed their knees to Baal.  Paul explained that even in Elijah’s day, there was a remnant according to the election of grace (favor).  This remnant seeks YHVH today.  This remnant keeps the commands of YHVH and trusts in Yeshua.

If we are part of this remnant, we must be careful not to quit seeking YHVH; we must not forsake Him for other gods.  In Isaiah’s day, there were people who worshiped Gad, a god of fortune; and Meni, a god of luck.  Today we don’t necessarily have physical idols by these names but we certainly see the worship of materialism, and many people hope for luck.  In Revelation, the worship of materialism is a component of the mystery religion, Babylon the Great.  We are told the merchants of the earth will become rich through the abundance of her luxury.  We are called to come out of her before it’s too late.  Is it possible there are non-physical idols in your life that you are worshiping?  If so, repent!

In Isaiah 65, YHVH said that those who were worshiping Gad and Meni would be slaughtered by the sword because they did not answer His call or hear Him speaking to them.  Instead, they did evil in His eyes.  They chose lawlessness instead of righteousness.  These are the same themes present in Revelation 19.  A sharp sword will go out of Yeshua’s mouth with which He will strike the nations.  Only those who keep the commandments and the faith of Yeshua will get to eat of the tree of life and enter through the gates of the new Jerusalem.

As Isaiah 65 continues, YHVH begins to compare His true servants to those who had been committing apostasy.  YHVH’s servants will not be hungry or thirsty; they will rejoice and sing for joy.  We are told YHVH’s servants will be called by another name.  There is mention of this in Revelation 2:17; a new name will be written on a stone and given to those who hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Those who commit apostasy will be hungry and thirsty; they will be ashamed. They will cry, for their hearts will be full of sorrow and their spirits will be full of grief. Their name will be a curse to YHVH’s chosen people; YHVH Elohim will slay them.  Don’t find yourself in the same situation; do not forsake YHVH and His commandments!

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At some point, the former troubles will be forgotten and hidden from YHVH’s eyes.  Obviously, YHVH will rejoice in Jerusalem and take joy in His people; there will be no crying.  This is what we can expect when YHVH creates new heavens and a new earth.  Second Peter 3:13 says, “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”  I long for that day to come.  However, I must be honest here; I find myself questioning what follows here in Isaiah 65.  Revelation 21:1 says a new heaven and new earth will be made after the first heaven and earth passed away.  This will take place after the judgment at the great white throne.  Heaven and earth will not be remade twice—just once.

You may be wondering why I’m emphasizing that.  Isaiah 65:20 says, “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old, But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.”  Why would a child die at one hundred years old?  Why would a sinner even exist much less be one hundred years old?  Has the prophet switched time periods?  Is this a reference to what can take place during Yeshua’s millennial reign and not a reference to the time following the judgment at the white throne?

I tend to believe these references point to the time of the millennial reign of Yeshua.  I’ve noticed that it’s not unusual to see a switching back and forth between time periods in Isaiah.  Sinners who do not die in the Battle of Armageddon will be on the earth during the millennial reign of Yeshua.  They could die during this time.  We can see that Isaiah 25:8 says, He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.”  Revelation 21:4 says, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Both of these verses show us there will be no more death after the new heaven and earth appear.  Revelation 21:27 says, “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”  The sinners will have been thrown into the lake of fire by that time; this is the second death.

YHVH’s elect will build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  Since the curse of the law will no longer be in effect, their enemies will not take over and inhabit their dwellings or eat their food.  YHVH’s elect will enjoy the work of their hands for a very long time and their labor will not be in vain.  YHVH will hear and answer them quickly.  Perhaps this is because they heard and heeded His voice while those who committed apostasy did not.  The wild and domesticated animals will eat together and they will not cause hurt or destruction in YHVH’s holy mountain.  This sounds wonderful; it’s how I imagine the Garden of Eden.  

As previously mentioned, 2 Peter 3:13 says, “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”  Do you look forward to this promise?  I do.  In the meantime, as we wait for that time to come, don’t be too discouraged by what’s going on around you; keep obeying YHVH’s commandments and keep the faith of Yeshua.