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 8:35-36 The Heavenly or the Earthly

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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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Proverbs 31:10 A Virtuous Christian

The virtuous woman is both rare and valuable. I would go so far as to say she is essential:

  • To a happy home
  • To an productive family and
  • To a honorable nation
  1. THE POWER OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
  2. THE PURPOSE OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
  3. III. THE PRAISE OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN

Your purpose, man woman boy or girl is to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Do that and you will be a virtuous Christian.

Proverbs 31:10 A Virtuous Christian

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Proverbs 31:29 She’s the Best!

Proverbs 31:29 (KJV)
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

The chapter begins by informing us that these are the words the king’s mother taught him. I see in the chapter:

Instructions concerning the character of the King.
Perhaps no one is more qualified to speak to a king about his character than his mother. Certainly there is no one he is more likely to listen to.

Instructions concerning the character of the virtuous woman.
This gives the king an idea of the sort of woman he should be looking to marry.

Instructions on how to treat her once he has found her.
(Vs 29)

It is to this I direct my thoughts. The words are hypothetical, as we are not told he has found such a woman but only that these are the qualities of the virtuous woman. As such, it is an instruction every husband can “take home.” There indeed are many women who have done virtuously. The one God has wed us to should be made to feel that, so far as her husband is concerned, she excels them all.

 

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Proverbs 28:26 Don’t Trust Your Heart

Proverbs 28:26 (KJV)
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

The world in which we live is so mixed up! For all practical purposes they think opposite of God’s counsel. This verse demonstrates just one instance of that.

Our world is quick to tell people, trust your heart. A quick web search today revealed:

  • An album by Judy Collins, released in 1987 called Trust Your Heart[1]
  • A personal coach who claims, when you trust your heart, you find power[2]
  • A book entitled, Trust Your Heart: Building Relationships that Build your Business[3]

God’s Word frankly tells us that to trust your own heart is to be a fool. Untold damage has been done through someone trusting their own heart rather than walking wisely.

  • Marriages have been destroyed
  • Families have disintegrated
  • Churches have been split
  • Friendships have devastated

and more, all because someone chose to trust their own heart instead of true wisdom.

God has given us the wisdom of His Word to guide us through the murky waters of heart matters. There is the counsel of godly friends and the leadership of our pastor that can aid us in walking wisely when our own heart would deceive us.

Only a fool trusts his own heart.

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trust_Your_Heart
[2] http://christinagreve.com/when-you-trust-your-heart-you-find-true-power/
[3] https://www.amazon.com/Trust-Your-Heart-Building-Relationships/dp/098258783X

Proverbs 26:12 Worse Than The Fool

Proverbs 26:12 (KJV)
Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

It doesn’t take much thinking to discern what the Bible thinks of the fool. There are eleven verse previous to this one occupied with the wrongs of the fool:

  • They gave no honor
  • They need to be beaten like an animal
  • They are impossible to answer
  • They are unreliable
  • They are blind and deaf to truth
  • They will be judged
  • They will not receive correction

And that’s just what is in this one chapter of this one book. No wonder Jesus warns is not to call a man a fool. It is a worse thing to be a fool than most people suspect!

But there is something worse than being a fool – being conceited.

  • To think too highly of ourselves
  • To think of ourselves as better than others
  • To refuse instruction because we think we know better.

This, as bad as being foolish is, is even worse yet.

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