Summary: Who is wise and understanding? Don't be found to be foolish!
WHO IS WISE AND UNDERSTANDING?
Shemuʼĕl Aleph/1 Samuel 25
יהוה = YHWH/Yahweh & יהושע = Yahushua
Shalom family, all praise and esteem unto יהוה our Mighty Elohim.
In a day and age where true wisdom from Elohim is scoffed at we see the sad tragedy of so many who are absolutely clueless of what lies ahead; and what we need to realise, as servants of the Most High, is the critical necessity of continually giving our ear to hearing the Torah of יהוה, guarding it in our hearts and be found daily to be doing all He has commanded us to, or else we may too find ourselves “sleepwalking” like so many who will be awakened at the sound of the Trumpet blast to a tragic reality of their vain attempts at worship and heading for judgement lest they turn and repent!
Ya’aqoḇ/James 3:13 “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by his good behaviour his works in meekness of wisdom.”
In a message tonight called, “Who is wise and understanding?” I would like us to look at a passage of Scripture that carries great lessons for us in making sure we are awake, and listening attentively to The Word of יהוה. Please turn to Shemuʼĕl Aleph/1 Samuel 25 (Read)
In a nutshell what we see in this chapter is the following – Dawiḏ is on the run from Kings Sha’ul who is seeking his life and at this point, after already sparing Sha’ul’s life we see Dawiḏ going down into the Wilderness of Paran, after the death of the great prophet and last judge of Yisra’ĕl, Shemuʼĕl, had died and was buried in his home town of Ramah. While in the Wilderness Dawiḏ sends 10 of his men to a rich sheep farmer to ask for some food and supplies for him and his men in light of how they had shown favour to Naḇal’s shepherds. Naḇal responded arrogantly and refused, which angered Dawiḏ who was ready to wipe out Naḇal and all his men when Aḇiḡayil, the wife of Naḇal, interceded and provided a great provision for Dawiḏ and his men and pleaded with him to relent to which Dawiḏ blesses her faith and courage and listened to her plea. When she told her husband the next day, Naḇal’s heart died within him and turned to stone and 10 days later יהוה struck him and he died, and Dawiḏ asked Aḇiḡayil to be his wife, which she accepted and so became his wife.
That is the basic outline but there lies a whole lot more for us to absorb and understand in gaining a greater shadow picture of the events that lie ahead at the soon 2nd coming of our Bridegroom, יהושע Messiah. Let us look at some key passages that paint this wonderful picture for us that we may be encouraged to be found to be a wise and understanding Bride, ready and dressed in Righteousness, hearing, guarding and doing His commands with great joy!
Before we do that here are a couple of passages to start off with in terms of being wise and understanding:
Tehillim/Psalm 119:104 “From Your orders I get understanding; therefore I have hated every false way.”
Tehillim/Psalm 119:130 “The opening up of Your words gives light, giving understanding to the simple.”
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 2:6 “For יהוה gives wisdom; out of His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 4:5 “Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, and do not turn away From the words of my mouth.”
Mishlĕ/Proverbs 4:7 “The beginning of wisdom is: Get wisdom! And with all your getting, get understanding.”
We need to be a people who ‘get’ wisdom and understanding – and where do we get it from? From יהוה – from out of His mouth – that is His Word – and it is from His ‘orders’ that we get understanding – His orders are His precepts/commands and so we have to ask “how do we get these?” That is easy to answer – by HEARING!
For those who may have forgotten, remember the word in Hebrew for ‘Hear’ is the root word שָׁמַע ‘shama’ – Strong’s H8085, which carries the meaning not just simply to hear, but rather to ‘listen with attention, comprehend and discern, give heed to what is being spoken’.
Understanding our need to be a people who are listening attentively and giving heed to His Word in a time when most are not let us now look a little deeper at Shemuʼĕl Aleph/1 Samuel 25:
In verse 1 we see how the scene is set: Shemuʼĕl died! Shemuʼĕl the great prophet and last judge of Yisra’ĕl had died. Shemuʼĕl - שְׁמוּאֵל Strong’s H8050 means ‘El has heard’ or some translate it as ‘name of El’ and is from the passive participle of 1 - שָׁמַע shama – Strong’s H8085 which we have already mentioned as meaning ‘hearing and understanding attentively and completely’ and 2 - אֵל el – Strong’s H410 meaning ‘mighty, power or mighty one’ and is also used as a title of יהוה. Understanding this in the context and setting of this chapter we see a very powerful metaphor being described by the death of Shemuʼĕl in a twofold way: The prophet who declared the Name of El was dead – and so in one sense we see that the ‘hearing of El’ had died and in another we can see how El had closed His ears to a rebellious people – a picture of how it shall be and now is in the last days when many stop obeying יהוה and close their ears to the Truth, substituting the Truth for ear tickling lies and as a result will not be heard by Him!