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Saturday, February 08, 2020

Proverbs 7:1-5

Proverbs 7:1-5 (NKJV) 1 My son, keep my words,
And treasure my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and live,
And my law as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call understanding your nearest kin,
5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words.

Proverbs 7:1-5 (NIV) 1 My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.

Proverbs 7:1-5 (BSB) 1 My son, keep my words
and treasure my commandments within you.
2 Keep my commandments and live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Tie them to your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and call understanding your kinsman,
5 that they may keep you from the adulteress,
from the stranger with seductive words.

Proverbs 7:1-5 (NLT) 1 Follow my advice, my son;
always treasure my commands.
2 Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
3 Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
4 Love wisdom like a sister;
make insight a beloved member of your family.
5 Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral woman,
from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman.

Proverbs 7:1-5 (CEV) 1 My son, pay close attention
and don't forget
what I tell you to do.
2 Obey me, and you will live!
Let my instructions be
your greatest treasure.
3 Keep them at your fingertips
and write them
in your mind.
4 Let wisdom be your sister
and make common sense
your closest friend.
5 They will protect you
from the flattering words
of someone else's wife.

The verbs and action words are keep and treasure.

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
keep - שְׁמֹ֣ר (shamar, šə·mōr) - Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to
Brown-Driver-Briggs English and Hebrew Lexicon adds: to observe and follow the dictates of

treasure - תִּצְפֹּ֥ן (tsaphan, tiṣ·pōn) - Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6845: To hide, to hoard, reserve, to deny, to protect, to lurk

Job 23:12 12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth 1more than my necessary food"

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

2 Corinthians 3:3 (Apostle Paul writing to the church in Corinth) It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

This is the fourth section in Proverbs on the evils of the seducing woman, Madame Folly. It will be followed with a section on Lady Wisdom.

"Proverbs 2:16-19 the emphasis was on her betrayal of both man and God; in Proverbs 5:1-23 there was an emphasis on the financial and social loss involved in consorting with the strange woman and the encouragement to look rather to a true wife; in Proverbs 6:20-35 the emphasis was on the resultant anger of the husband which can only be assuaged by extreme judgment" - Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

Let godly wisdom be as familiar and dear to you as a close family member or dearest friend. How do you show a dear friend or beloved family member that you love and value them? You spend time with them. You listen to them. You talk to them. You hear and understand what they are saying. If you don't understand, you ask questions and try to understand. You seek them out. You look for them above all others. You can distinguish them from a crowd and you go to them. You give them a hug, handshake, a kiss. You welcome them into your company.

How do you show that you don't care about someone? You don't seek them out. You ignore and avoid them. You don't listen to them. You don't care enough to ask questions and try to understand them. You don't touch them. You don't welcome them into your company.

So how do you treat God and His Word? As an intimate friend and beloved family member or as a stranger. Some even treat God and His Word as some sort of enemy!

How do you guard God's teachings as the "apple of your eye?" Our eye is a very vulnerable part of our body but also a valued part of our body. We might could lose a finger, but we don't want to lose our eye! A wound to the eye could be devastating and even deadly. So we protect our eyes. Thus the Word of God should be valued, precious and always before our eyes. We should guard godly wisdom as though it were priceless. As long as we have God's Word before our eyes, we are seeing truth. We have clear vision. The clouds of confusion, like cataracts, can obscure our vision but if we keep godly wisdom in our eye, our spiritual sight will be clear. In order to see clearly we must keep our eye on His Word and keep Him ever in sight.

"the miniature reflection of objects seen in the pupil, specially of the person who looks into another's eye. It is a proverbial expression for anything particularly precious and liable to be injured unless guarded with scrupulous care." - Pulpit Commentary

"Let the word of God dwell in us, and so be written where it will be always at hand to be read. Thus we shall be kept from the fatal effects of our own passions, and the snares of Satan. Let God's word confirm our dread of sin, and resolutions against it." - Matthew Henry Commentary

We are told here to "tie them on your fingers as a reminder; write them deep within your heart." Some people see this like tying a string around your finger to remind yourself of something. Others see it as a ring, wearing it (i.e. your actions, the works of your hands) as an ornament. My first thought was how I use my hands on the keyboard of my computer. I'm a proficient typist and I have a lot of computer knowledge and have the tools. So I use it to do my Bible studies and to share my Bible studies.

"I believe that the Bible teaches us to memorize scripture the way an ant gathers food in summer: because it is so valuable and will be needed in the winter months. '[The ant] prepares her food in the summer, and gathers her provision in the harvest' (Proverbs 6:8). Memorizing scripture is not a discipline for its own sake. It is because the scriptures are a treasure and will be needed before the day is done to help you escape a sinful attitude and live a life that glorifies God". - John Piper, Thy Word I Have Treasured in my Heart

Once again, we are looking at how this saves a person from the attentions of the "strange woman". A woman who is not of the household, not part of the family of God. This prostitute, harlot, or immoral woman would try to entice and seduce you from what you know is God's Word and wisdom. She tempts you to disobey God. Not only do human men and women do this but satan uses them to tempt you away from God.

A woman, who is not your wife, not a part of your family and household, would tempt you to leave your wife and family. To betray them with her. Is that not like satan? He is not of God's household and he would tempt you away to your own destruction. So don't let him! Don't listen to his words, his whisperings, the thoughts he puts in your head. His words are lies. He is the father of lies and lying is his native language. God is Truth and the truth lies with Him.

Jesus Christ walked on this earth in godly wisdom with His eyes always on His Father and empowered by the Holy Spirit. This is what is available to us! If we will take His example and keep God's Word before our eyes, etch it into our heart, work it out through our feet and hands, speak it through our mouth, then we have a better chance of being like Him. We have God's Word. We have the Holy Spirit indwelling in us. We have everything we need to be like Him. But too often we run after rabbits on rabbit trails and we get in trouble.

  • When you read this scripture a couple of times, what was coming into your mind? What were your thoughts? What pictures came to your mind?
  • How can you keep and treasure godly wisdom?
  • What does the expression, "apple of your eye" mean?
  • How do you show your loved one that you love them? Let's say it's Valentine's Day, how do you show your love that you love them and appreciate them?
  • How can you show God you love and appreciate Him?
  • If your beloved wrote a book and asked you to read it, would you? Are you interested enough in your beloved and their work to read it? Would you see it as an expression of them and thus you would want to share with them by reading it? Would you critique it, belittle it? Or would you be in awe of their creativity and love it because it was written by them and gave you a window into their heart?
  • How can you bind godly wisdom to yourself? How can you tie it to your fingers? How can you etch it in your heart?
  • Had you ever pondered the analogy of the eye as the spiritual eye? Can you expound on that?

For all my studies on Proverbs click HERE.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Hobos During The Great Depression

A hobo is a migrant worker or homeless person who is looking for work. The term originated in the Western—probably Northwestern—United States around 1890. Unlike a "tramp", who works only when forced to, and a "bum", who does not work at all, a "hobo" is a travelling worker.

According to The National Heritage Museum, "During the Great Depression, 1929-1939, over 250,000 young people left home in hope and desperation and began riding freight trains or hitchhiking across America.  Most of the them were between 16 and 25 years of age."

Many young boys saw "riding the rails" and looking for work as romantic. They found out the hard way how hard the life of wandering really was. But for most, it was a necessity. During the Great Depression, there were no jobs, banks were closing, businesses folded. So it is estimated that some 2 million people were homeless. Some men couldn't take the failure. They couldn't provide for their families and couldn't stand to see them starve so they just left. The coward's way out but they left their families or committed suicide. Some left to find work anywhere, somewhere. They sent any money they made home and lived homeless in order to send as much home as they could. Many single men, left in order to fend for themselves so their families didn't have to provide for them. Some were orphan teenage boys who had no one else.

Experienced hobos often taught the newbies how to jump trains and how to find hobo camps or fend for themselves. Jumping trains was easier than walking where you were going but it also was VERY dangerous. At least 6,500 hobos were killed in one year. The railroads were rescued by the U.S. government and so were able to keep running. But jumping trains was costly to the railroads. The more men who were able to do it without paying for a ticket, the more men would try to do it. Before long they would have been covered up in hangers-on which would slow a train down and cost in fuel. Railroads were forced to hire security to run off the hobos from their rail yards and to keep them off the trains. Brutal men were often hired to beat the hobos off the trains. By necessity they had to be hired bullies. They needed the jobs and being brutal was a necessity to keep their jobs. It was a no win situation for railroad owners who had to compete in a down market; hired railroad security who had to successfully keep the hundreds of thousands of men off the trains and out of the yards; and the hobos who were desperate to find work and needed to travel to try to find work.

Hobo camps were often called Hobo jungles. They weren't far from the rails. They had to travel light if they were jumping trains. They would carry a bindle which was their bedroll wrapped around their only belongings.

Hobos would have been dependent on what they could find or scrounge or beg for food. Consider being homeless and riding the rails... what could you carry? It's not like you could carry a lot. A knife, a cup, maybe a pot? So eating out of tin cans (they can be heated up over a fire without a pot), eating with their knife, cooking with sticks to roast something would have been normal. In one of the family lines I have a story about a family member who was a hobo or tramp. His family had a soft touch when hobos knocked on their door because they lived near a railroad and they knew their family member was somewhere without food or a place to sleep. So all leftovers were carefully saved in case a hobo stopped by. When he did come home, he would do odd things like drinking his coffee straight from the coffee pot spout! He would sleep on the floor instead of a bed.

Just like with the trains, word would get around the homeless population as to who was nice to hobos or who gave them food. This made it dangerous for households because once it was known you were a soft touch, many followed and some were unscrupulous. They would kill someone or steal from them. So men often learned that being kind or generous to hobos who showed up on their doorstep could endanger their wives and children. It was very sad.

Many churches and charity organizations began to open up soup kitchens and visiting hobo camps with generosity. Of course, as most homeless organizations can attest to today, the organizations can be taken advantage of so they had to have rules and some don't do well with rules. They resented rules. It also could hurt their pride which they resented.

Mulligan stew is a type of stew said to have been prepared by American hobos in camps in the early 1900s. An Irish stew that includes meat, potatoes, vegetables, and whatever else can be begged, scavenged, found or stolen. The hobo jungle would have a large campfire and a pot into which each person would put in a portion of their food, to create a shared stew.

Sometimes their was wild game they caught, fish, bread they stole, some beans, fruit they picked, anything that grew wild and was edible like dandelions, lemon grass, sorrell, polk greens, nuts, etc. Basically they ate whatever they could find that day.

Every substance imaginable was used as a substitute for coffee, including ground acorns. Chicory roots were baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute. C.W. Post combined toasted wheat, bran, and molasses to create Postum, a powdered breakfast drink mix that could be a coffee substitute.

Tramp Art is a mainly American genre of art using small pieces of wood, primarily from discarded cigar boxes, shipping crates, wooden matches which were whittled into layers, often in geometric shapes. They also used tin cans to make things. It was popular in the years between the 1870s to the 1940s. The artists used simple tools such as a pocket knife to carve the wood. Not all "tramp art" was made by the homeless men, but made by family men with settled home lives. Because it was made with simple tools and available materials it was made by anybody. Tramps and hobos often made pieces to sell for money.

Proverbs 6:32-35

Proverbs 6:32-35  32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool,
for he destroys himself.
33 He will be wounded and disgraced.
His shame will never be erased.
34 For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious,
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation,
nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.

Referring to money offered to free the adulterer from punishment. The wounded spouse will reject any bribe or payment for compensation. As if there is compensation for such betrayal!?! Nothing can recompense a spouse who has been so betrayed. The wounded spouse will want nothing short of revenge. He will prosecute to the fullest and will not back down.

How foolish therefore is the man that will expose his name and credit, his health and substance, his life in this world, and his soul in another, to utter ruin, for the sake of gratifying a sordid lust! This may be interpreted of God, who is a jealous God in matters of worship, and will not suffer idolatry to go unpunished, which is spiritual adultery. - Gill's Exposition of the Bible

The writer is telling us how very bad adultery and sexual sin outside of marriage is! For those who have experienced a spouse who has betrayed you in that way, you understand how very deep the hurt goes. You have shared yourself in every way with someone, become one with them, only to have them wander off after someone else. It's a particularly devastating betrayal and one God knows all too well.

You see He designed, planned and created us. Then He breathed His life in us. But, due to sin, we are born separated from Him. And then we willingly sin throughout our lives which puts separation between us and our Beloved. The only way we could come back to Him is through a pure blood sacrifice. But none of us is that pure as we are born in sin. So He sent His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ left the glory of Heaven and the very Throne of God to come down to earth and be born as a human being. He was human from Mary's side of the family tree. He was divine from God's side of the family tree. He was the only pure, sinless human born after Adam and Eve sinned. AND, He chose to remain sinless throughout the days of His life on earth. So when He was crucified, He bore our sins and was the blood sacrifice that paid for our redemption. If we accept Jesus Christ, we are forgiven, and free to have that relationship with God! We are cleansed and covered with Jesus' righteousness so we can once again be in relationship with God!

I'm a Christian, saved by faith in Jesus Christ. But I still sin at times. We don't have to. We don't have to be bound by sin any more because Jesus can set us free. But I'm still human and still make wrong choices and sin. I can be forgiven any time I repent and ask for forgiveness. And I'm saved regardless of all my sins because I'm saved through the work of Jesus Christ, not through my own good works (which are never good enough). We seem to have weakness for sins. Different people have different weaknesses. But we are supposed to struggle and become victorious over those weaknesses with the help of the Holy Spirit within us. Some do and some don't. If they have accepted Jesus by faith then they are still saved but it will affect their eternal rewards. Not counting that the consequences of willfully sinning are multitude while we live on earth.

To get back to today's scripture. God was betrayed by the very ones He gave His life to. He was betrayed by the very ones whom He gave His Son for. He was betrayed by the very ones His Son died for. God has done everything to bring back His people into intimate relationship with. But we keep on running after every Tom, Dick and Harry idol that crosses our path. We are promiscuous and we seem to love everyone or everything but our Beloved. He has withheld nothing from us but we run after other "lovers". He has sacrificially provided in every way for us but we run off after silly idols that do nothing but harm us.

Any human spouse would want revenge and would want to prosecute to the uttermost the one who has betrayed them. But God has gone over and beyond all that to bring us back into relationship with Him. We deserve everlasting punishment, but God was merciful in providing a way of salvation by giving His Son to die in our place!

Satan and sin, with the cooperation of Adam and Eve, stole LIFE from God. God had created Adam and Eve and breathed His Life into them! But they left their first love and went after sin and self. This stole the life of every human being that followed. There is only one compensation that answers: life for life. But it had to be pure life as it was pure, sinless life that was stolen from God. The problem was that we are all born in sin and therefore there is no human being that could pay the price of pure, sinless life for pure, sinless life. So God made the way by sending His Son, Jesus. Jesus left the glory of Heaven to come down and be born in human form. He was sinless. He died for us. He paid the price and did it willingly and voluntarily. Life is in the blood and oh, the blood of Jesus! The pure, sinless, spotless blood of Jesus paid for me! By accepting His sacrifice and believing in Him, I am saved and I am cleansed and have a relationship with my Father God! How precious is the flow that makes me white as snow!!!

1 John 1:7-9 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  • If you have been betrayed by adultery, go to the One who can understand the depth of your hurt! Take it to God and let Him do the healing work in you and lead you as to your next step and in all your decisions.
  • Have you ever put adultery and idolatry together in comparison? Had you ever realized how deeply the hurt and betrayal of sin is to God?
  • If you are having difficulty understanding the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand. Then try to do some Bible study on it. There are resource books that could help you. Your pastor might can help you or guide you in your study. Take Bible studies offered. Read the Word prayerfully. Give it time and God will begin teaching you on this subject.
  • How is your relationship with God? Is there any shadow between you and God? Are there sins that are distancing you from your Beloved? Take it to the Lord in prayer and ask forgiveness. Then ask for the Holy Spirit to help you be victorious. It may be a lifelong struggle, but struggle we are called to do. We aren't alone in our struggle. We have the power of His Word and the Holy Spirit within us. We can do it with the help of God! And when we fail, we can ask for forgiveness.
  • Have you experienced relationship with God? Do you realize how precious this relationship is? How much it cost God to be in relationship with us? That realization is a fall-on-your-knees worship moment!!! Pursue relationship!

For all my studies on Proverbs click HERE.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Vintage Smoking Paraphernalia

I'm not a smoker. I did grow up in a time where everyone smoked, anywhere and at any time. Everyone had an ashtray in their house whether they smoked or not because a guest might smoke. It  was considered good manners to have a nice ashtray for their convenience. Today we are so concerned about second hand smoke (and rightly so) that smoking around others is considered bad manners, rude and thoughtless. But it was just the opposite when I grew up. It was considered bad manners, rude and thoughtless not to allow someone to smoke in your house or car and you provided what they needed to practise their habit. One of the first things I bought when I got married in 1977 was an ashtray. Stan smoked the first year we were married and very heavily. Most of his family also smoked (they stopped except for two and, unfortunately, both died at the young age of 56, one of COPD and the other of lung cancer). So I thought it was good to have an ashtray.  

We were just finding out that cigarettes, and other tobacco products, cause cancer and I remember being very afraid for my Aunt who smoked incessantly. But I loved her so much and we have such good memories of her. When we stayed with her she would have a cup of coffee, a cigarette and her sewing machine going. She would whistle or hum while she worked and we would play around her. So cigarette smoke brings some memories up in me and sometimes I will indulge in a cigarette just to feel nostalgic. But that's pretty rare as I know how bad it is for me.

My Great Grandmother and one of my Grandfathers used snuff. My Dad experimented with making cigarettes (tobacco and cigarette papers), a pipe, a cigar in the 1950's and early 1960's. But he never developed the habit thank God. But I do have some vague memories of him making cigarettes and having a pipe.

Today, we really have no excuse for picking up the habits of tobacco knowing how bad it is for us. It's no longer a mystery. There is the absolute guarantee that smoking, chewing tobacco, taking snuff will harm us physically one way or another. If you indulge, you are doing so with the full knowledge that you are harming yourself. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It has been proven scientifically, and historically, to harm us one way or the other. So I do NOT share this in hopes of anyone picking up the tobacco habits. It was just a part of my life growing up. 

 A tobacco pouch with a section for holding cigarette papers.

 I have a friend that rehabs old pipes! I never even thought of that as a hobby until he shared it. He fixes, repairs and otherwise brings old pipes back to life and sells them! He does an excellent job.

An ash pan for sweeping up ashes and crumbs off the table top.

A pipe stand

 Cigarette holders

Floor stands like this would hold cigarettes, ashtrays, a lighter, maybe other paraphernalia, a pipe stand, etc. All of this was for the convenience of anyone in a room, guest or family members. Going around every day and emptying ashtrays, cleaning them, re-filling lighters with lighter fluid, re-stocking smoking supplies was part of a housewife's daily routine.

A table top holder for cigarettes.

This is a matching smoking set for a lady. You would generally have a box or canister for holding cigarettes, a lighter and an ashtray.

Here is another floor stand. It was plugged in and gave a nightlight as well as an electric lighter. It looks like a microphone. It would heat up a coil so you could light up your cigarette much like car cigarette lights.

An electric cigarette lighter.

A monogramed silver snuff box with spoon.

 Many floor stand ashtrays were for moving about. You could pick it up and move it from chair to sofa, or room to room. That way you only had to clean one ashtray per day, LOL!

My Mother had one of these for guests.

A long cigarette holder in case.

A monogramed silver cigarette box

This holds multiple pipes and pipe tobacco

A long cigarette holder with it's own snap bag

A very fancy snuff box

Cigarette cases that you kept in your purse or pocket

Individual ashtrays. The hostess could carry them in using the neck of the swan and distribute the mini ashtrays. If you had card parties where guests are fairly stationary (as at the card table), this was ideal.

 In boxes like these, you didn't remove the cigarettes from their package, you just stuck the whole cigarette box in the box cover or container.

This set can serve as a pipe rest or an ashtray. The pot can store cigarettes or tobacco.

Another electric lighter.

Snuff box for carrying in your purse or pocket

Pipe rest or ashtray

Larger lighter

A cigarette box and individual ashtrays

A portable pipe stand or pipe rest.

Novelty cigarette box

A telescoping cigarette holder

An electric cigarette lighter

Notice the lighter builtin to the handle?

An onyx ashtray with electric lighter

An electric cigarette lighter

A fancy matchbox for lighting cigarettes via match.

Ashtrays for those card parties

Pipe and tobacco pouches

How loose tobacco came

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