God’s way to health, wealth and wisdom. An earthly proverb is this, uh, ‘‘Early to bed and early to rise will’’ do what? ‘‘Make a man healthy, wealthy and wise.’’ Well, I don’t believe that’s the key to health, wealth and wisdom. It’s good to -- to take those, uh, steps I’m certain. But a proverb in a human sense is a short sentence built on long experience. However, sometimes, some of those, uh, short sentences are not true. They’re a little more than cliches, sometimes contradictory.
God’s proverbs are not short sentences built on long experiences. They are God’s eternal, rock-ribbed truths that have come down from Heaven. Now, we have been talking already, uh, about some things that deal with human life, where we live, because the Book of Proverbs is not way up in the ethereal.
The Book of Proverbs is right down where we live, and our message today definitely is that way. I want to say that I have, in a sense, argued with the Lord about the message today; not really, but I’ve -- I want to preach His Word and I want to preach it like He wants it preached. But what I mean by that is, this is not the message that I would enjoy preaching. The message today is not a happy message. Today the message is not an upbeat message. You’re not going to go out of here laughing. You’re going to go out of here with a broken heart. And if I have any preach in me, you’re going to go out of here deeply moved, and deeply concerned because of the subject that we have today.
The title of the message today is ‘‘Innocent Blood.’’ ‘‘Innocent Blood.’’ And I want you to read with me Proverbs, Chapter 6, and Verse 16 and following: ‘‘These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, and feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false wit- ness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discor ...
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