Are people blessed when you enter the room or do they run the other way as fast as possible to avoid you?

 

 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.  Proverbs 27:3

 כֹּֽבֶד־אֶ֭בֶן וְנֵ֣טֶל הַח֑וֹל וְכַ֥עַס אֱ֝וִ֗יל כָּבֵ֥ד מִשְּׁנֵיהֶֽם׃

A stone is heavy  – There are many heavy things to deal with in this life.  We are introduced to two very weighty items.  This proverb speaks of the denseness and heaviness of rock and of sand.  It also speaks of something even heavier, the weight of being around  a foolish, easily annoyed person.

A fool’s wrath  –  The word “wrath” here is the word  “כַ֥עַס“.  This word speaks of one who is easily annoyed or irritated.  It is somebody who is easily provoked to anger.  We find that the foolish person is very quickly drawn into a dispute with others.  It does not take much to set them off.  We sometimes say that such a person has a “short fuse”.  Those around them “walk on eggshells” to not cause them to snap.

What kind of person are you?  

How patient are you with others?  

How much “give” do you allow others who are annoying you?

Learning to be “slow to anger” needs to be on the priority list of every child of God.

 

Heavier than them both  –  We have all experienced situations at times and  people that have weighed us down with care, burdened our thoughts and generally made us feel very tired.  How often do we consider that we might be the very person that is giving someone else trouble, making their lives difficult?  If we give into our sin nature and allow ourselves to be easily provoked, we will miss many of the blessings that God has for our lives.  In this passage the foolish person was heavier than the combined weight of stone and sand together.  The word for heaviness “כָּבֵד”  refers to something with a lot of weight attached to it.  

The word  “כָּבוֹד”  (glory) comes from the same root word in Hebrew.  It also refers to weight in worship, having worship that is real and solid.  Worship is not meant to be some light fluffy thing where we are driven by our emotions.  True worship is where we listen and obey the true God with all of our hearts, בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֥ (all of your innermost being, your mind, your will), with all our souls,  בְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖ (all of your breath, your life, your being, all of what makes you who you really are on the inside) and with all of our might, בְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ  (all of your might, all of your strength, all that you have and are).  As you can see worship demands not just your mind but all of your body and soul as well.  Worship of the Lord is not for wimps.

 

In the case of having כָּבוֹד in our worship, weight is a good thing.

In the case of being a heaviness כָּבֵד to others because we are a foolish person, it is a bad thing.

Be the person that God would have you to be.  Stand for what is right and be solid in your resolve.

In short, be a blessing and not a burden.

 

Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

In this passage of scripture, the disciples just went through what seemed like their darkest hour.  They were still grieving and mourning the loss of their master,  who had been crucified in the sight of all Jerusalem.  They were trying to put the pieces together in their minds.  As they were walking and trying to figure this question out, Jesus appeared on the way with them, unrecognized by them and began to make sense of the scripture for them.

  • Luke 24:13-35 King James Version (KJV)

    13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

    14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

    15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

    16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

    17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

    18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

    19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

    20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

    21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

    22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;

    23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

    24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

    25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

    26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

    27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

    28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

    29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

    30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

    31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

    32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

    33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

    34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

    35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

  • ΚΑΤΑ ΜΑΤΘΑΙΟΝ 1 1894 Scrivener New Testament (TR1894)

    13 και ιδου δυο εξ αυτων ησαν πορευομενοι εν αυτη τη ημερα εις κωμην απεχουσαν σταδιους εξηκοντα απο ιερουσαλημ η ονομα εμμαους

    14 και αυτοι ωμιλουν προς αλληλους περι παντων των συμβεβηκοτων τουτων

    15 και εγενετο εν τω ομιλειν αυτους και συζητειν και αυτος ο ιησους εγγισας συνεπορευετο αυτοις

    16 οι δε οφθαλμοι αυτων εκρατουντο του μη επιγνωναι αυτον

    17 ειπεν δε προς αυτους τινες οι λογοι ουτοι ους αντιβαλλετε προς αλληλους περιπατουντες και εστε σκυθρωποι

    18 αποκριθεις δε ο εις ω ονομα κλεοπας ειπεν προς αυτον συ μονος παροικεις εν ιερουσαλημ και ουκ εγνως τα γενομενα εν αυτη εν ταις ημεραις ταυταις

    19 και ειπεν αυτοις ποια οι δε ειπον αυτω τα περι ιησου του ναζωραιου ος εγενετο ανηρ προφητης δυνατος εν εργω και λογω εναντιον του θεου και παντος του λαου

    20 οπως τε παρεδωκαν αυτον οι αρχιερεις και οι αρχοντες ημων εις κριμα θανατου και εσταυρωσαν αυτον

    21 ημεις δε ηλπιζομεν οτι αυτος εστιν ο μελλων λυτρουσθαι τον ισραηλ αλλα γε συν πασιν τουτοις τριτην ταυτην ημεραν αγει σημερον αφ ου ταυτα εγενετο

    22 αλλα και γυναικες τινες εξ ημων εξεστησαν ημας γενομεναι ορθριαι επι το μνημειον

    23 και μη ευρουσαι το σωμα αυτου ηλθον λεγουσαι και οπτασιαν αγγελων εωρακεναι οι λεγουσιν αυτον ζην

    24 και απηλθον τινες των συν ημιν επι το μνημειον και ευρον ουτως καθως και αι γυναικες ειπον αυτον δε ουκ ειδον

    25 και αυτος ειπεν προς αυτους ω ανοητοι και βραδεις τη καρδια του πιστευειν επι πασιν οις ελαλησαν οι προφηται

    26 ουχι ταυτα εδει παθειν τον χριστον και εισελθειν εις την δοξαν αυτου

    27 και αρξαμενος απο μωσεως και απο παντων των προφητων διηρμηνευεν αυτοις εν πασαις ταις γραφαις τα περι εαυτου

    28 και ηγγισαν εις την κωμην ου επορευοντο και αυτος προσεποιειτο πορρωτερω πορευεσθαι

    29 και παρεβιασαντο αυτον λεγοντες μεινον μεθ ημων οτι προς εσπεραν εστιν και κεκλικεν η ημερα και εισηλθεν του μειναι συν αυτοις

    30 και εγενετο εν τω κατακλιθηναι αυτον μετ αυτων λαβων τον αρτον ευλογησεν και κλασας επεδιδου αυτοις

    31 αυτων δε διηνοιχθησαν οι οφθαλμοι και επεγνωσαν αυτον και αυτος αφαντος εγενετο απ αυτων

    32 και ειπον προς αλληλους ουχι η καρδια ημων καιομενη ην εν ημιν ως ελαλει ημιν εν τη οδω και ως διηνοιγεν ημιν τας γραφας

    33 και ανασταντες αυτη τη ωρα υπεστρεψαν εις ιερουσαλημ και ευρον συνηθροισμενους τους ενδεκα και τους συν αυτοις

    34 λεγοντας οτι ηγερθη ο κυριος οντως και ωφθη σιμωνι

    35 και αυτοι εξηγουντο τα εν τη οδω και ως εγνωσθη αυτοις εν τη κλασει του αρτου

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    13 και ιδου δυο εξ αυτων ησαν πορευομενοι εν αυτη τη ημερα εις κωμην απεχουσαν σταδιους εξηκοντα απο ιερουσαλημ η ονομα εμμαους

    This event took place after the Passover took place.  Jesus had already raised from the dead and news about his resurrection had begun to spread.

    14 και αυτοι ωμιλουν προς αλληλους περι παντων των συμβεβηκοτων τουτων

    These two disciples were speaking to one another trying to make sense of the events that just took place in Jerusalem.  When we are trying to figure things out it is very helpful to have someone else to share your thoughts with.  If you have nobody to speak to, God will always listen.

    15 και εγενετο εν τω ομιλειν αυτους και συζητειν και αυτος ο ιησους εγγισας συνεπορευετο αυτοις

    εν τω ομιλειν – In the middle of their deeply discussing the matter.  (We get our word “Homily” from this Greek word)

     και συζητειν – and discussing or debating the question at hand.  They were reasoning together.

    συνεπορευε – I love this word.  Jesus appeared and was going to journey or walk with them.  I enjoy hiking immensely because of the fellowship that you can have while you walk.  Imagine listening to Jesus as he spoke along the way.

    16 οι δε οφθαλμοι αυτων εκρατουντο του μη επιγνωναι αυτον

    οφθαλμοι – We get the derivative  word “Optometrist” from this Greek word.

    μη επιγνωναι αυτον – The Disciples were not able to recognize him as Jesus.  I wonder how many would recognize Jesus if he came back today and stood in the midst of a crowd.

    17 ειπεν δε προς αυτους τινες οι λογοι ουτοι ους αντιβαλλετε προς αλληλους περιπατουντες και εστε σκυθρωποι

    αντιβαλλετε – They were in disagreement in their discussion.

    σκυθρωποι – The disciples were gloomy and sullen.  This is never a good attitude to have while discussing anything.

    18 αποκριθεις δε ο εις ω ονομα κλεοπας ειπεν προς αυτον συ μονος παροικεις εν ιερουσαλημ και ουκ εγνως τα γενομενα εν αυτη εν ταις ημεραις ταυταις

    και ουκ εγνως – He basically asked Jesus if he was ignorant.  This is my two cents on the matter:  Jesus knows everything that ever was, that is, that will be and that could have been.  There is nothing outside the scope of his omniscient knowledge.  he is also patient as we will see and understands that many times instead of casting our cares upon the Lord, we try to carry them ourselves.

    19 και ειπεν αυτοις ποια οι δε ειπον αυτω τα περι ιησου του ναζωραιου ος εγενετο ανηρ προφητης δυνατος εν εργω και λογω εναντιον του θεου και παντος του λαου

    ειπεν αυτοις ποια – the Lord already knows what we need but still wants us to personally ask him.

    20 οπως τε παρεδωκαν αυτον οι αρχιερεις και οι αρχοντες ημων εις κριμα θανατου και εσταυρωσαν αυτον

    21 ημεις δε ηλπιζομεν οτι αυτος εστιν ο μελλων λυτρουσθαι τον ισραηλ αλλα γε συν πασιν τουτοις τριτην ταυτην ημεραν αγει σημερον αφ ου ταυτα εγενετο

     ηλπιζομεν – Their hope was well placed.

    λυτρουσθαι τον ισραηλ – Redeeming Israel was the reason that he came.  Not for Israel only, but for all of the world.  He had come to seek and to save that which was lost.  Luke 19:10

    22 αλλα και γυναικες τινες εξ ημων εξεστησαν ημας γενομεναι ορθριαι επι το μνημειον

    23 και μη ευρουσαι το σωμα αυτου ηλθον λεγουσαι και οπτασιαν αγγελων εωρακεναι οι λεγουσιν αυτον ζην

    24 και απηλθον τινες των συν ημιν επι το μνημειον και ευρον ουτως καθως και αι γυναικες ειπον αυτον δε ουκ ειδον

    25 και αυτος ειπεν προς αυτους ω ανοητοι και βραδεις τη καρδια του πιστευειν επι πασιν οις ελαλησαν οι προφηται

    ανοητοι – This is the same word used in Galatians 3:1.  He said that they were unthinking or not exercising their minds.  They were not perceiving the facts as they were.  God wants his people to be a thinking people.  We are to take the facts of the scriptures and reason with them.

    βραδεις τη καρδια του πιστευειν – They were slow in heart to trust or have faith. We are to be a people of faith in God.  We are to trust the words that he gives us.  If you notice in this verse reason and faith are not opposed to each other like the secular humanistic thinker would have you to believe.  God gives us several facts to process and think about.  We are to put these things together and trust him as a result.  The Bible says that, “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”  It is the facts of God’s promises that produce faith in our lives.  We must learn to trust him and not be slow to believe.

    26 ουχι ταυτα εδει παθειν τον χριστον και εισελθειν εις την δοξαν αυτου

    ουχι ταυτα εδει παθειν τον χριστον – The disciples were looking for his second coming where he comes to rule and reign.  In his first coming, he came to pay for the sin of the world.

    27 και αρξαμενος απο μωσεως και απο παντων των προφητων διηρμηνευεν αυτοις εν πασαις ταις γραφαις τα περι εαυτου

    διηρμηνευεν – Jesus was explaining thoroughly to them.  This expounding and explaining in depth is the task of every God called preacher who is teaching the Bible.

    εν πασαις ταις γραφαις τα περι εαυτου – I would have loved to have been there to listen to the exposition of Moses and the prophets as Jesus pointed out himself in the scripture.

    28 και ηγγισαν εις την κωμην ου επορευοντο και αυτος προσεποιειτο πορρωτερω πορευεσθαι

    29 και παρεβιασαντο αυτον λεγοντες μεινον μεθ ημων οτι προς εσπεραν εστιν και κεκλικεν η ημερα και εισηλθεν του μειναι συν αυτοις

    30 και εγενετο εν τω κατακλιθηναι αυτον μετ αυτων λαβων τον αρτον ευλογησεν και κλασας επεδιδου αυτοις

    31 αυτων δε διηνοιχθησαν οι οφθαλμοι και επεγνωσαν αυτον και αυτος αφαντος εγενετο απ αυτων

    διηνοιχθησαν οι οφθαλμοι – They were wide eyed with the knowledge that they had been talking with Jesus.

    και επεγνωσαν αυτον – They recognized him.  It was that moment when it all made sense to them and they understood that they had been in the presence of their master and friend, Jesus

    32 και ειπον προς αλληλους ουχι η καρδια ημων καιομενη ην εν ημιν ως ελαλει ημιν εν τη οδω και ως διηνοιγεν ημιν τας γραφας

    ουχι η καρδια ημων καιομενη ην εν ημιν – How strongly do you yearn for the savior’s words.  Do you hang on every one of his words?

    33 και ανασταντες αυτη τη ωρα υπεστρεψαν εις ιερουσαλημ και ευρον συνηθροισμενους τους ενδεκα και τους συν αυτοις

    34 λεγοντας οτι ηγερθη ο κυριος οντως και ωφθη σιμωνι

    35 και αυτοι εξηγουντο τα εν τη οδω και ως εγνωσθη αυτοις εν τη κλασει του αρτου

    εν τη κλασει του αρτου – They had recognized how he had broke bread, that it was the same manner as they had seen previously.

 

Harold Davis – A Man Who Loved God’s Word

When I think of brother Davis, a smile appears on my face and a song is in my heart.  Brother Davis was man who made those around him love the Lord even more.  He was a true man of God.  If the woman of Shunem from 2 Kings 4:9 she would have said of brother Davis, “הִנֵּה־נָ֣א יָדַ֔עְתִּי כִּ֛י אִ֥ישׁ אֱלֹהִ֖ים קָד֣וֹשׁ ה֑וּא עֹבֵ֥ר עָלֵ֖ינוּ תָּמִֽיד׃

Harold Davis teaching Hebrew at Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary
Harold Davis teaching Hebrew at Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary.  Photo from January 2015 Baptist Monitor.

My brother in Christ and friend had gone on to be with the Lord on January 27, 2010.  He not only taught for 32 years at Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary, teaching Hebrew and other Bible subjects, but he was my wife’s pastor as she was growing up.

Brother Davis had a strong love for the word of God and was a deep thinker and thorough expositor of God’s word.  He loved to preach in detail through books of the Bible.  When he preached verse by verse through the book of Matthew covering each verse in the 28 chapters, it only took 11 years.

Brother Davis pastored Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Overton, Texas from February 1968 to March 4, 2001 (33 years).
Brother Davis pastored Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Overton, Texas from February 1968 to March 4, 2001 (33 years).

 

One Sunday morning a young child of around 9 or 10 asked his mother,  ‘Why does he always say turn to the book of Matthew?”  That is the only thing he ever heard in his life before the message.

 

It was a joy to speak with brother Davis.  I loved hearing him explain verses in the Bible.  I remember some of the messages that He preached as if I had heard them yesterday.  I clearly remember him preaching a set of sermons on the ten commandments in the chapel services at the seminary.

Harold Davis wearing the smile that he always wore.
Harold Davis wearing the smile that he always wore.

Besides, the word of God, the other joy in his life was sharing how to be saved with others.  He loved introducing people to his best friend, Jesus.

Brother Paul Clark had archived several of brother Harold Davis’ sermons on his website:  www.baptistville.org

Here is the direct link to the section of the webpage dedicated to brother Davis:   Sermons by Harold Davis

Here is a copy of his Obituary:

 

Obituary of Rev. Davis

Services for Reverend Joseph Harold Davis, 81, Tyler, are scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday, January 30, at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, near New London with the Pastors Paul Clark, Don Britton, and Ronald Witcher officiating. Graveside services are scheduled for 3:00 pm, Saturday at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Mineola, under the direction of Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home, Overton. 

Reverend Davis died Wednesday, January 27, 2010 in Tyler. He was born May 15, 1928 in Atmore, Alabama. He was saved and baptized by Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Pensacola, Florida in 1944 at the age of 16. In 1946 he graduated from Pensacola High School. He was also licensed to preach that same year. On January 20, 1948 he married Frances Louise Russell of Golden, Texas and she stayed faithfully by his side for over 62 years. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by Bethel Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Texas on October 1, 1950. He attended Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary in Henderson, Texas and graduated with a Master of Theology degree in 1962. He was later awarded his Doctor of Theology degree by Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary. 

Brother Davis pastored six churches during his more than 60 years of preaching the Gospel: Salem M. B. C. in Rusk, Texas from October 1950 to September 1953; Trinidad M. B. C. in Trinidad, Texas from September 1953 to July of 1957; Bethel Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Texas from July 1957 to May of 1960; Mt. Bethel M. B. C.- in Gary, Texas from May of 1960 to December 1962; Unity M. B. C. in Longview, Texas from December 1962 to February 1968; Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Overton, Texas from February 1968 to March 4, 2001 (33 years). 

Brother Davis served on the Faculty of Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary in Henderson, Texas from 1961 to 1993 when he retired after teaching Seminary students for 32 years. He served as clerk of the Missionary Baptist Association of Texas from 1962 until 1991 (29 years). He served as the moderator of the M. B. A. of Texas messenger meeting from 1999 to 2000. He served as the moderator for the messenger meeting of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Association from 1974 to 1975. 

Survivors include his wife, Frances Davis, Tyler; a brother, Charles Davis, Lawndale, California; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Patsy Russell, Golden; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Deacons and Ministers. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday, Janaury 29.

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