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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
NOVEMBER 5 2017
JABE NICHOLSON
NOVEMBER 12, 2017
TIM VAN RYN
NOVEMBER 19, 2017
FLOYD PIERCE
NOVEMBER 26, 2017
JABE NICHOLSON
DECEMBER 3, 2017
JABE NICHOLSON
SPEAKERS IN NOVEMBER
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Prov. 29:18)

The first part of today’s verse is “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This is usually taken to mean that
people must have goals toward which they are working. They must have a definite program in mind with a clear
picture of the results desired and the steps leading to them.

But the word vision here means “a revelation from God.” And the word “perish” means “cast off restraint.” So the
thought is that where the Word of God is not known and respected, the people run wild.

The contrast is found in the second half of the verse: “He that keepeth the law, happy is he.” In other words, the path
of blessedness is found in obeying the will of God as it is found in the Word.

Let us think about the first part of the verse. Where people abandon the knowledge of God, they become unrestrained
in their conduct. Suppose, for instance, that a nation turns away from God and explains everything on the basis of the
evolutionary process. That means that man is the result of purely natural processes and not the creation of a
supernatural Being. If that is so, then there is no basis for ethical standards. All our behavior is the inevitable result of
natural causes. As Lunn and Lean point out in The New Morality, “If the first living cell evolved by a purely natural
process on the surface of a lifeless planet, if the mind of man be as much the product of natural and material forces
as a volcano, it is as irrational to condemn South African politicians for apartheid as to condemn a volcano for
erupting lava.”

If God’s Word is rejected, then there are no absolute standards of right and wrong. Ethical truths depend on the
individuals or groups holding them. People become the judge of their own conduct. Their philosophy is “If it feels
good, do it.” The fact that “everyone’s doing it” is all the justification that is needed.

Thus the people cast off restraint. They abandon themselves to fornication, adultery and homosexuality. Crime and
violence increase to alarming proportions. Corruption spreads throughout business and government. Lying and
deceit become accepted forms of behavior. The fabric of society disintegrates.

“…but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Even when the rest of the world runs riot, the individual believer can
find the good life in believing and obeying God’s Word. This is the only way to go.
“Where there is no vision, the
people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Prov. 29:18)

The first part of today’s verse is “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This is usually taken to mean that
people must have goals toward which they are working. They must have a definite program in mind with a clear
picture of the results desired and the steps leading to them.

But the word vision here means “a revelation from God.” And the word “perish” means “cast off restraint.” So the
thought is that where the Word of God is not known and respected, the people run wild.

The contrast is found in the second half of the verse: “He that keepeth the law, happy is he.” In other words, the path
of blessedness is found in obeying the will of God as it is found in the Word.

Let us think about the first part of the verse. Where people abandon the knowledge of God, they become unrestrained
in their conduct. Suppose, for instance, that a nation turns away from God and explains everything on the basis of the
evolutionary process. That means that man is the result of purely natural processes and not the creation of a
supernatural Being. If that is so, then there is no basis for ethical standards. All our behavior is the inevitable result of
natural causes. As Lunn and Lean point out in The New Morality, “If the first living cell evolved by a purely natural
process on the surface of a lifeless planet, if the mind of man be as much the product of natural and material forces
as a volcano, it is as irrational to condemn South African politicians for apartheid as to condemn a volcano for
erupting lava.”

If God’s Word is rejected, then there are no absolute standards of right and wrong. Ethical truths depend on the
individuals or groups holding them. People become the judge of their own conduct. Their philosophy is “If it feels
good, do it.” The fact that “everyone’s doing it” is all the justification that is needed.

Thus the people cast off restraint. They abandon themselves to fornication, adultery and homosexuality. Crime and
violence increase to alarming proportions. Corruption spreads throughout business and government. Lying and
deceit become accepted forms of behavior. The fabric of society disintegrates.

“…but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Even when the rest of the world runs riot, the individual believer can
find the good life in believing and obeying God’s Word. This is the only way to go.
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Our DVD series with Jabe Nicholson will continue
on November 26 at 11:00 AM with
IN TOUCH WITH
HEADQUARTERS: The Apostles' Doctrine and
Prayer
J. B. Nicholson, Jr. (Jabe)  and his wife Louise
live in Mississippi where they are involved in a
range of gospel efforts and Bible studies.
Jabe was involved in Christian publishing for
many years and has travelled extensively
throughout the world as a Bible teacher
declaring the "unsearchable riches of Christ."
His set of ten DVDs entitled "The Church:
Masterpierce of the Ages" will be presented
during the Fall months at Grace Bible Chapel
during our 11:00 am Family Bible Hour
service. Please join us for this spiritually
powerful presentation each Sunday morning.