Proverbs 13:6 Righteousness Keeps Him

Proverbs 13:6 (KJV)
Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

There are four characters in this verse:

  • Righteousness
  • Him the is upright in the way
  • Wickedness
  • The sinner

The character “righteousness” keeps the character known as “him the is upright in the way.”

The character “wickedness” overthrows the character known as “the sinner.”

The most earthly reading of the passage would lead us to conclude that when we act in a upright way our righteousness keeps us and that when we act sinfully our own wickedness overthrows us. But the Bible is a supernatural book and there is a supernatural element to the passage.

Every Christian knows that our righteousness is not our own but that we have been made the righteousness of God in Him. We also know that the lost man is taken captive by the devil at his will. In other words, righteousness is Christ and wickedness is the devil.

As the Christian behaves in an upright way, his righteousness, which is Christ, keeps and protects him. When the lost person behaves in a sinful manner his wickedness; which is of the devil, overthrows him.

It is not our own righteousness that keeps us. It is the righteousness of Christ. Our security is not in our behavior but in our Saviour. A Christian may backslide and be chastened because of it, but he can never be overthrown because Christ, which is his righteousness, keeps him.

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Proverbs 11:4 Dedicated to Righteousness

Proverbs 11:4 (KJV)
Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

It is assumed that there will be a day of wrath. The Bible, and every thinking person, understands that such a day is coming. We do not know when but

  • we have experienced many precursor days,
  • we have the prophecies of the Bible
  • we have the witness of the conscience and
  • we have the scientific data of diminishing world resources

to verify in the heart that such a day will come.

There is, for every human being, our own day of wrath.[1]

As true as this coming day of wrath is, the rest of the verse is equally true; “Riches profit not … But righteousness deliverereth from death.” When this day comes no one will be glad they devoted themselves to gain. Everyone who has dedicated himself to righteousness will be very glad they did.

[1] Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

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Proverbs 11:4 Dedicated to Righteousness

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Proverbs 9:6 Forsake Foolishness

Proverbs 9:6 (KJV)
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

There are two ways of interpreting the instruction of this verse:

  • Forsake foolish persons
  • Forsake personal foolishness

It seems to me that both are equally sound and worthy of adherence.

Foolish people will only lead us into personal foolishness.

As difficult as it is for some to forsake anyone, even if that one is a bad influence, there is no question that wisdom associates itself with those who do. This does not mean we shun those who could potentially be a negative influence. We want to reach out to people of all sorts so that we might be the best influence upon them. It does mean that we identify foolish persons for who they are and refuse to be drawn too closely in with them.

Personal foolishness has at least two negative qualities:
First, it is foolishness.
It will do us no good.

Second, it limits our being influenced by wisdom and wise people.
Wisdom will see us for who we are, mark us as having the potential of negative influence upon them and avoid deep relationships with us. If we want to be influenced by wisdom we must forsake more and more that which is foolish.

 

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Proverbs 9:6 Forsake Foolishness

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Proverbs 8:4 The Character of Wisdom

Proverbs 8:4 (KJV)
Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

There is a maybe not so subtle contrast between the strange woman of chapter seven and wisdom in this chapter. We liken wisdom to Christ but the likeness can’t be stretched too far, for this wisdom is brought forth and nothing of the like can be said of Christ. The chapter then gives us:

The character of wisdom
Vs 6-9

The value of wisdom
Vs 10-11

The qualities of wisdom
Vs 12-14

The fruit of wisdom
Vs 15-19

The work of wisdom
Vs 20-21

The origin of wisdom
Vs 22-31

The call to be wise
Vs 32-36

Wisdom is attainable because it comes from God. Since we have access to the Father we have access to true wisdom.

 

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Luke 4:1 Full of the Holy Ghost

Luke 4:1 (KJV)
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

This passage states both the obvious and the absurd. Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He could be nothing but full of the Holy Ghost.

On the other hand, why would the fullness of the Godhead bodily need fullness of the Holy Ghost? It can only be in association with his humanity.

His fullness is sandwiched between two vital events:

  • His baptism and
  • His temptation

His baptism was an expression of submission. His temptation was an expression of dependence.

The fullness of the Holy Ghost, His total control of us is the product of absolute submission to God and full dependence upon God as expressed in His Word.

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Proverbs 3:3 Contend for Grace

Proverbs 3:3 (KJV)
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Here is an interesting phrase. Mercy and truth are animated. They are said to be proactive, choosing to forsake a soul for some reason.

The son, in this text, is urged to take measures to ensure he is not forsaken by mercy and truth. He is to bind them about his neck and write them on the table of his heart. Mind you, it’s not speaking about wearing some sort of necklace or tattooing them on his chest. This is a spiritual action and not a physical one. People have many things tattooed upon their bodies that no longer have any meaning to them.

The point is this; mercy and truth are easily abandoned. Though salvation, once attained, is never lost, the graces of the Christian life must be contended for or else they may be lost to error and the fleshly leanings of men.

 

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Proverbs 2:1-5 If and Then

Proverbs 2:1-5 (KJV)
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

I am struck today with the words, “if” and “then.” There is no question that there is a “cause and effect” situation set up here

  • If the son will do such and such
  • Then the result will be thus

It reminds me of Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The verse sets two actions beside one another and provides two responsible parties for these actions.

  • The responsibility of the man is to call on the name of the Lord
  • The responsibility of the Lord is to save.

The reformed theologian’s main complaint, it seems to me, is that without the doctrine of election, as they define it, God appears to have failed in His desire to save the lost. If in fact the Lord would have all men to be saved unless all men eventually are saved, in their view, God has failed. That isn’t the case at all:

  • God would have all men to be saved
  • Christ died so that all men may be saved and
  • Whosoever shall then call upon the name of the Lord is saved without fail

Salvation is completely purely and only the work of God. He saves without fail whosoever,

  • Hears the gospel message,
  • Sees it as the answer for their enmity against God and
  • Calls upon the Lord to apply the good news to their case.

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Luke 1:8-11 God Will Meet You On Your Lot

Luke 1:8-11 (KJV)
And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Our culture would attach a fairly negative connotation to the term “lot.” C-3PO made this negative connotation famous in the iconic scene from Starwars when he complained that suffering is his “lot in life.”[1]

I doubt that was the mood of Zacharias. It was his lot as a priest to burn incense. He was not the high priest whose lot it was to go yearly into the holy of holies. His lot was not to sacrifice the animals and offer them at the brazen altar. His lot was to burn incense. It was not very public nor was it very exciting. But it was exactly where he was called to serve and just where the angel of the Lord met him.

Your “lot” may not seem very glamorous, exciting or cutting edge but if it is God’s lot for you it is just where you can best meet Him.

[1] http://youtu.be/2nuSnE6GNdo

 

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Mark 16:11 They Didn’t Believe At First

Mark 16:11 (KJV)
And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

It is a bit of an irony that the very men commissioned to tell the world that Jesus was risen did not believe it when at first they heard. That one should rise from the dead is such a fantastic idea that it is not naturally believed. Faith has to come to work.

Their own disbelief serves as a precursor to the reception of their own ministries. Though they would “turn the world upside down” the greatest numbers of people have not believed.

How then does a man or woman find the strength to go and tell a message that even they did not believe at first? It is because the message of the witnesses is followed up with the convicting power of God. He reinforces the message in our hearts so that we are open to it. At first we may disbelieve but then some form of rebuke enters our understanding. God’s Holy Spirit illuminates our mind and convicts our heart so that we we know the Word to be true.

We can tell the message to someone who might at first not believe because we know we at first did not believe.

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Psalms 145:4 What Our Children Need to Know

Psalms 145:4 (KJV)
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

Here is a principle found throughout the Word of God; every generation of believers are to pass down, to the coming generation, what God has done.

Included in this, I am sure is our personal testimony. It is vital that our own relationship with God is of such a nature that we have a testimony to share:

  • What salvation has meant to us
  • What difference the faith has made
  • What miracles God has worked out in our own behalf.

Our kids need to know that we have witnessed a living God in our own walk with Him.

But the mighty acts that the next generation most clearly needs to know are those acts relating to the Gospel:

  • The incarnation of God in Christ
  • The fulfillment of the righteous law by Christ
  • The substitution of Christ of the cross for us
  • The resurrection of Christ from the grave
  • The ascension of Christ into glory
  • The power of Christ to save and
  • The promised coming of Christ for His own

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