Insights on Proverbs 29, 30, & 31

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Insights on Proverbs 29, 30, & 31:

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Just think about it: If you make the choice to be stubborn, then just one tiny degree change today – will mean a significant deviation over a lifetime. Imagine starting a ship on its course and being just one degree off: you are going to miss your destination by a long shot! Now imagine being too prideful to course-correct. Disaster!

Solomon offers another red flag; a flatterer. That person is just spreading a net for your feet.

There is a final call to social justice: the righteous consider the cause of the poor, but the wicked do not.

God gives light to the eyes of both the poor and the rich. He is in full control of all things at all times.

There is final call to discipline your kid; correct him and he will give delight to your soul.

If there is no vision, the people run wild. Does your church leadership have a vision?

2 red flags: the prideful man and the thief. Partner with neither.

30:

Chapter 30 is not Solomon, it is Agur.

Agur has a distinct style very different from Solomon. He sets up a structure in verses 15b-31 that is pretty interesting. Read it and see for yourself.

He has a great verse about every word of God is pure and that God is a shield!

31:

Chapter 31 is unique in the fact that it is not Solomon or Argur. It is also not King Lemuel, but Lemuel’s MOM! Isn’t that cool? It is what his momma taught him. I love that.

Guess what Lemuel’s mom taught him about? What do all mothers want for their sons? A virtuous wife. Verse 10-31 extol the strength & honor the virtuous wife wears, that her children grow up & call her blessed, & how beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised.

Wow, what a way to end the book of Proverbs! And all the women said, “AMEN!”

Did you learn anything? Did this benefit you? Are you going to continue reading a Proverb a day?

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Insights from Proverbs 28


Insights from Proverbs 28 for the 28th:

Chapter 28 starts off with a bang: the righteous are bold as a lion!

Then there are a bunch of verses letting us know that it’s ok if we are not earthly wealthy for we are heavenly wealthy (this, of course, due to the work of Jesus Christ).

Solomon offers a red flag for us to watch out for: anyone who is a glutton; disregards rules, laws, or personal boundaries – such a person shames his father. Don’t go down with their ship! (V. 7)

I’d like to point out just one other verse:

“Happy is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardness his heart will fall into calamity.” (v. 14)

This verse can be applied in so many ways; the work place, the homestead, and one’s spiritual body. You’ll be much more happy if you are respectful of others and to your Lord.

I hope you are enjoying studying a Proverb a day.

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Insights from Proverbs 27

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Insights from Proverbs 27 for the 27th:

Verse 17 is one of my Life verses: “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

This verse has served me well. When I have a dilemma or strife, I seek wise counsel. I hope you have someone you can go to for direction. If not, pray that God would put someone like that to pour into your life.

Iron sharpening iron is such a vivid and accurate metaphor. I envision a blacksmith hammering away on his anvil; FORGING. Or a butcher sharpening his blades; HONING.

The purpose of course is to be sharper, more efficient, and of better use for the Maker.

The literal translation says a man sharpens “the face of his friend.” Words can do that; change a person’s actual countenance. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide your mouth.

LISTEN WELL.

We influence each other; for good or for bad. Therefore, be careful who you listen to & who’s advice you let into your heart.

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Insights from Proverbs 26


Insights from Proverbs 26 for the 26th:

There are lots of verses here that deal with the fool (4-12).

For instance: “do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him.” Sounds like an internet argument, doesn’t it? Who hasn’t gotten into one and how did it work out?

11 has a vivid (and let’s just say disgusting) image of what it’s like to keep on repeating folly.

16 reminds me of the armchair quarterback who thinks they can do better than the actual athletes in the game.

17: don’t meddle; it’s like yanking a dog’s ears… which will result in being bit!

Lots of good stuff here, but my favorite (and the one I have highlighted, underlined, and starred in my Bible – is 20: “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out.”

Man, this proverb could have saved me plenty of unnecessary strife.

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Insights from Proverbs 25

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Insights from Proverbs 25 for the 25th:

Chapter 25 is a smorgasbord of behavioral and relational standards.

Five of the verses address being neighborly. Man, having a good neighbor is so important! A bad neighbor can make your life so much harder than it has to be!

Are you a good neighbor or a difficult one?

We have GREAT neighbors. They are like family… and some literally are family! It is an incredible blessing. We look out for each other and do life together well. Not everyone is so fortunate. Imagine not trusting your neighbor. Imagine a neighbor that went out of their way to be difficult. Hey, life’s challenging enough without adding to it’s troubles.

As believers, we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). We represent Christians in general and Jesus in particular. Even if your neighbor isn’t so neighborly; bless them & pray for them (Matt. 5:44). Show them the wonderful love of Jesus. That is how our community should know us (John 13:35). Remember: Our lives may be the only Bible some people may ever read. Be intentional!

Are you being a good steward of the street on which God placed you?

(Eight out of ten of you are now singing, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”)

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Insights from Proverbs 24

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Insights from Proverbs 24 for the 24th:

One of the most convicting sentiments in all of Proverbs is found in 24:11-12.

“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done?”

God guards all life.

He hears the millions of tiny voices that are prematurely aborted. He knows the hopelessness of those enslaved in sex-trafficking. He sees the tragedies resulting from racism. He laments all the lost marching straight into Hell via atheism or false religions.

God guards all life and He has entrusted us to act as His agents!

Rescue is the word that’s used; deliver, defend, pluck, snatch them away! They are heading toward slaughter! RESCUE THEM!

We cannot see social injustice and do nothing (or worse: claim ignorance). We cannot see the lost and not share the Gospel with them. We are compelled! (1 Cor. 9:16)

We may fool each other (or even ourselves), but we cannot fool He who weighs the heart.

Like I said; very convicting couple of verses.

Please read them for yourself. And also – Take your time. Wrestle with them. Savor them. They are so great. I hope that you do.

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Ref: http://biblehub.com/hebrew/5337.htm

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Insights from Proverbs 22 & 23

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Insights from Proverbs 22 & 23 for the 22nd and 23rd:

Kids have got to be trained. You don’t have to teach a kid to be bad; No, you have to teach them to be goodI’ve heard if you toss 1 ball in with 3 kids, you’ll immediately see 4 of the 7 deadly sins: greed, envy, wrath, and pride. Sharing is like the toughest thing to get your child (and some adults) to do, right?

The rod of discipline is necessary. Whatever that “rod” is: time-outs, taking away things for a disclosed time, and yes: spankings. Whatever it is, pick something and be consistent with it. Trust me: Your future self thanks you! (22:6 & 15, 23:13-14)

 

Time flies and so does money. All you have to do is look at $ and it’s gone. Solomon says your money will grow wings & fly away! (23:4-5) What’s more important is your relationship with the Lord, who will NEVER forsake you.

23:17-18 is a tender moment between a father and son. He brings his son in tight & encourages him. “It’s ok, son. God has a bright future planned for you. Chin up. Remain zealous for the Lord. He will be your hope.”

Wow. Fathers, take note.

Last thing – Solomon offers a scary image for those who like to party too much. It seems like fun, but in the end, it will bite you. It’s like sleeping on a raft in a raging sea. What a rough way to go through life! (23:29-35)

22:12 is interesting. Read it for yourself. Comment on what you think it means.

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