Pastor’s Letter – June 10, 2020 – Flies and Folly

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

Ecclesiastes 10:1

Dear Church and Friends,

We find truisms in this life that teach us valuable lessons. The Lord has given us those teaching moments and added a spiritual value to them as well. Such is the case with Ecclesiastes 10:1. A similitude about flies in ointment speaks to the problem of foolishness in a life.

We’ve all been there. A careless word or action destroys careful discipline and its witness. Such moments are heartbreaking for us and remind us of Solomon’s poetry, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes” (Song 2:15).

A Christian should be the one in reputation for wisdom and honor. This verse warns against allowing the dead flies of foolishness to ruin our witness. We must always be on our guard. But, when we do slip and let folly have its way remember that we have an advocate with the Father.

Download the outline and meditate on Solomon’s comparison of wisdom and foolishness. Let’s walk in the fear of the Lord today.

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Wednesday Night Bible Study Returns October 7, 2020 @ 7 PM

Question 76: Was this order kept in the Old Testament?

Answer: No doubt, as Moses and the Prophets bear witness.

Question 77: What should we gather from this discourse?

Answer: That the church was ever grounded upon the Word of God.

Question 78: What follows upon the corruption of the Word?

Answer: The corruption of the true religion, and the Church at all times.

“In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE Lord; and the pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.”

All my best.

Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

Ecclesiastes 10:11

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