Proverbs 15:10-12 A Way Of Correction

Proverbs 15:10-12 (KJV)
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

A person who has forsaken the way of the Lord:

  • Is grieved by
  • Hates
  • Avoids

correction. When one is away from God the reproofs of life are so contrary to their course that they cannot help but be hurt by those reproofs.

It occurred to me that there is another consideration in the text. When one is grieved by correction then that one has forsaken the way.

God’s way is a way of correction. His purpose is to mold us, to reshape is unto the image of Jesus Christ. If ever the child of God chooses to no longer submit to that molding process he has, at that moment, forsaken the way God planned for him to travel.

 

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Proverbs 13:3 Pray For Your Preacher

Proverbs 13:3 (KJV)
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

I want to couple this passage with James 3:1-2
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

The preacher, in surrendering to his call from God, accepts the consequences of his call. The one who remains quiet is, generally speaking, the one who is the less judged. The Bible teaches us to be sparing with our words. But there are exceptions. Every Christian should freely witness the Word of God and especially the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There will be a price to pay for that. The world will not appreciate the witness and, as they did to Peter and John, insist that we cease on pain of punishment. Like Peter and John our answer must be, “We cannot but speak…”[1]

But what is true of the believer is doubly true of the preacher. His call to teach and preach the Word of God places him in full conflict. Furthermore this conflict is with those within and without the local church. He faces the wrath of the lost world, who hates Christ. He often also faces the criticism of Christians whose flesh is opposed to the meatier applications of the Bible.

Pray for your preacher and be a blessing to him.

[1]Acts 4:20 (KJV)
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

 

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Proverbs 8:35-36 The Heavenly or the Earthly

Proverbs 8:35-36 (KJV)
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

There is this duel effect that is found so often in the Christian Faith:

  • Its heavenly effect
  • Its earthly effect

Very often people get the two out of sorts. We either become so fed up with the earthly that we retreat into our own little monasteries, or else we become so focused on the earth that we forget all about eternity.

I notice this duel effect in the passage before us.

Concerning wisdom God said that if we find it we obtain favor with the Lord.
Finding wisdom is more about pleasing God than benefiting ourselves. Yes, there are benefits. Life and favor are benefits. But more importantly is that God is pleased. The reason to grow as a Christian is to glorify God. It is not about what we get as it is about making the Lord manifest.

On the other hand, to turn from wisdom is to wrong our own soul.
We do not hurt God or the cause of Christ when we reject the lessons of God’s Word. We do, however damage self.

 

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Proverbs 4:10-12 Hear, My Son

Proverbs 4:10-12 (KJV)
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

I am reminded of the first commandment with promise. Notice here that the son’s life is not lengthened because He obeys his father but because he receives his father’s instruction. To honor our father is not necessarily to obey him. It is however always to hear him.

I notice a number of benefits to receiving the father’s instructions:
Longer life
It isn’t always God’s will we live a long life. Just ask King Josiah. It is almost certain that, if a young man heeds the things his father teaches, he will be less likely to die of foolish behavior. Certainly this is true of heeding God the Father’s instructions.

Life will be less stressed
The word straitened means narrow, difficult, or stressful. Life has stress. A father’s instructions might ease those stresses immeasurably. God the Father leads us on a strait path. It is not often easy but He walks it with us to make the load light.

Our steps will bear more confidence
The unstable man is the man who is unsure of his convictions. While I do not believe our earthly father can impart conviction he can provide the foundation upon which conviction is based. God the Father’s instructions are the very members of which conviction is built.

 

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Proverbs 3:8 Health and Marrow

Proverbs 3:8 (KJV)
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

The Bible is a precise book and, at the same time, beautiful. No word is used accidentally or carelessly. These are the very words of God and not merely the word (or thought) of God.

To fear the Lord and to depart from evil is said first of all to be:
Health to thy navel
The word health means, a cure. It was considered the central place of our organs and would refer to the bowels, the seat of our person. The cure for the soul is the fear of the Lord.

Marrow to thy bones
Of course the marrow is the living part of our bones. The Hebrew word means, moisture or refreshment. Our bones frame our body. This could be a reference to our character, the measure of a man.

When we get saved two things happen. First, we are justified. Our spirit is quickened and or soul is cured. Second we begin a process of being sanctified. God separates us from the world and molds us into the image of the Lord. These two are, to my understanding, implied in our Proverb.

 

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Proverbs 1:14 Communism Is Sin

Proverbs 1:14 (KJV)
Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

Albert Barnes calls this verse “a wild communism.” Those of the world have always had their hopes of peace through community.

  • Nimrod attempted it through his tower
  • The believers attempted it in the early church at Jerusalem
  • The Puritans tried it again at Plymouth
  • Socialist/Communist governments have killed for it
  • The hippies of the sixties lived it and
  • The liberals politic for it

But this Proverb warms us to avoid it, classifies it as a temptation of sin and provides for us at least one reason it will never work, greed.

The corrupted human nature can never really avoid this condition. We will forever wish to better ourselves over others. The “one purse” pattern breeds either:

  • Laziness in people who do nothing or the bare minimum and cause the economy to fail or else
  • Cheat the system to have an unfair share of the purse

Communism then devolves into what we have seen it become over and over, a small group of people ruling as despots over masses of impoverished people.

There are always people pushing a communist agenda. The Proverbs calls them sinners and warns us not to consent to them.

 

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Psalms 147:9-10 God’s Pleasure

Psalms 147:9-10 (KJV)
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

Is it our honest desire to be the delight and pleasure of our God? Do we truly want to please Him in our lives? This passage may cause some a fair deal of concern. God is not excited and pleased with strength. He has little joy in the works of men – what we may or may not accomplish. These may have their place, but not in relation to our relationship with God.

  • He delights not in the strength of the horse
  • He takes no pleasure in the lags of men

The Bible is quite specific.

  • God takes pleasure in them that fear Him
  • God takes pleasure in those that hope in His mercy

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Psalms 138:2 A Place, Person and Plan for Worship

Psalms 138:2 (KJV)
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

I see three of the key components of worship within this verse:

  • A place to worship
  • A Person to worship and
  • A plan for worship

Worship always involves a place of God’s choosing.
Rebellious man has decided that God can be worshipped anywhere he pleases. While this might seem truthful, it places the wrong one in control of worship and thereby nullifies that worship. If we are not submissive to God we are not in worship. The place of worship in the New Testament era is in a local (I believe, Baptist) church.

The mention of God’s name is here found twice.
It is an obvious reference to Jesus and reminds us that we worship God by Christ. He is the High Priest Who opened the way that we may come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Finally is the reference to God’s Word.
He has magnified His Word even above His name. To worship God without Christ is heresy. To come to Christ without the Word is impossible.

 

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Psalms 131:1-3 Humility Equals Happiness

Psalms 131:1-3 (KJV)
LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.

The happiest people before the Lord are the most humble. This Psalm, ascribed to David, is powerful in that it seeks no power. It is simply a declaration of humility:

  • He had no ambitions in his heart
  • He sought no positions of elevation
  • He attempt no great deed

And yet, we know God used him in great ways.

He had quieted and contented himself. He had separated himself from dependence upon others.

His only hope, and that hope he sought for Israel, was the Lord.

 

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Psalms 119:136 It Makes Us Weep

Psalms 119:136 (KJV)
Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

There are a couple of ways to interpret this verse and each has merit.
The one is the distress of the Psalmist because God is not glorified in these who disobey the Law
Every believer ought to be distressed that God does not receive the glory due His name. When a person

  • Ignores the Word of God,
  • Denies the Word of God or
  • Willfully disobeys the Word of God

they are at enmity with God and they are robbing from God the honor, glory, majesty and worship He deserves.

The other is the affliction he experienced in his personal life because of disobedience to God’s law
Whenever a person flagrantly disobeys the Bible he or she creates a situation whereby a believer might be pained.

  • It could be direct violence such as Cain did to Abel
  • It could be indirect such as the trials of Daniel when judgment came to Jerusalem.

He was not directly responsible for the judgment but he was directly impacted by it.

Whichever the interpretation one chooses (I see a place for both of them) the fact is that Christians long that others would learn the Word of God and keep it.

 

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