An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Harvest Honor

(Pro 26:1 KJV) As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

Some types of honor are natural and should be automatic.  For instance,
(Exo 20:12 KJV) Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
This does not have any qualifying tests to receive the honor.  It is deserved by the position and we are to reward it the same way.

Some types of honor are dependent on deserving it.  Too often we get the two types confused.  The confusion often comes because we don’t want to make the call.  We don’t want to make the decision about whether the honor is appropriate or just convenient.

Sometimes honor at the wrong time is not an issue.  A dusting of unexpected snow does not ruin a crop.  A light sprinkle does not flatten the wheat.  Other times it is disaster.

So?  Think before you honor someone.  Isn’t it frustrating how often God expects us to think?

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Resist the Tide

(Pro 25:1 KJV) These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

How easy it is to forget the things that should be remembered.  How could Israel forget the wisdom of Solomon?  I guess you could ask the same thing about the history of your country.  Just as we are watching the intellectuals of our country rewrite our history and ignoring it, I am sure the same could have happened in ancient times.  In America how many people are there who have no idea what is in the Declaration of Independence?  I would guess the percentages would be similar to those who could not list the Ten Commandments.

I think one of the steps to ignorance is when we allow the professionals to take charge of the truth.  Next Sunday let’s assume that you go to church.  Look around and see how many people brought their Bible.  Watch and see if they look up the passage under consideration.  Listen and see if the preacher is actually using the verses he refers to.  Does he refer to any verses?

So?  Just because the wave has crashed and the water is flowing down hill does not mean that we can’t stand up and keep moving inland.  Pay attention and apply what you know.  It may keep you away from the sharks. 

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Other Side of the Scale

(Pro 24:30 KJV) I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Yesterday we saw Proverbs warning against too much stressing after wealth.  Today we see the other side of the problem coming up, too little stressing.  The NASB uses “sluggard” (6102) for the KJV’s “slothful”.  I like both words.  There are some people who are given all the tools to provide for their needs.  I don’t know how many kids I used to see in school like this.  They had good looks and physical ability.  Socially they got along well.  Their parents had enough money to buy them decent clothes and piles of supplies.  With all that, they would never bring their book and always borrow paper and pencil.  Even then they would do little or nothing and still expect to pass and participate in sports. 

God is not a public school teacher.  For many of us that is a tragedy.  It means that the holiness of God will be expressed in wrath.  For those who respond it means His holiness comes out in the sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb and our salvation through trusting in Him.

So?  Don’t sloth out on Him.  He gave it all for you. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

One Side of the Scale

(Pro 23:4 KJV) Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

This is a verse about balance.  Actually it is an unbalanced view of balance because it only warns against one extreme.  If you proof text and try to build positions on one verse you see here a condemnation of the wealthy.  That is cultish, not Biblical.  The Bible does not condemn wealth, it condemns immoral ways of earning it and unethical ways of using it.  One of the unacceptable ways of relating to wealth is being consumed with gaining it. 

Keep in mind that at the other end we have sloth and the welfare mentality.  Those are also condemned.

So?  Work hard and be a good steward.  To some that will lead to wealth.  To the rest it will provide what we need. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Grow

(Pro 22:12 KJV) The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

Some Christians have a fear of new translations of the Bible.  They like the KJV and don’t see the need for anything else.  The more I use it in writing this blog, the more respect I have for it.  That does not mean there is no place for bringing the language up to date.  The reason I believe it can be done is that the Holy Spirit did not go on vacation in 1612 after the Authorized Version was finished.  He worked with the committees of scholars that King James had gathered together.  I think He still works with devout scholars today.

The biggest danger to me in new translations is the danger of what we see happening in our schools.  A better translation is not necessarily easier, it is more accurate.  If the reader does not need to go to the dictionary once in awhile, then they are not paying attention.  You cannot describe the truths of eternity in kindergarten language.  You can’t really get there with a Ph.D. either but it gives you more insight when you have a better understanding.

So?  Keep studying and expect the Holy Spirit to push your boundaries no matter what your level of knowledge.  Grow can be eternal. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Negative Approach

(Pro 21:13 KJV) Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

If you stop to think about it this is a variation of the Golden Rule.
(Mat 7:12 KJV) Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
The concept of the Golden Rule is not limited to the Bible.  Some present it in a proactive way, like Jesus did in the verse quoted.  Others put it in a restrictive way, don’t do something that you don’t want done to you.  Here Proverbs takes that approach. 

So?  If you don’t listen to others, don’t expect them to listen to you.  It may not be the way you want it, but it is fair. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Another Day, Another Reminder

(Pro 20:19 KJV) He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Yesterday I was reading and writing about having compassion on the poor.  Today it is about “gossip” (6601a/8193).  Let me guess, tomorrow with be about sloth.  Sometimes it seems like God is out to get me.  My belief is that He already has me so I guess I should say that He is out to mold me.

Molding me can be very uncomfortable.  Think of the ways that a cook makes little balls of food.  If it is melon balls then you cut out what is wanted.  It it is meatballs, you take a portion and roll and squeeze.  If chocolate, heat and pour into a mold.  None of these are enjoyable.

So?  I guess the quicker we learn the quicker God can go on to other lessons.