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.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Check It Out

(Proverbs 21:30 KJV)  There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

We live in an age in America when the powers that be are focused on removing God from the equation.  It can be global warming to homosexuality.  The eternal “wisdom” (2451) that is found in the Bible is trumped by the new insights that a mature and sophisticated elite have brought to the table.  That is why we have claims that every type of weather is an indication of global warming.  That is how the media can claim that ten percent of the population is homosexual.  It is where the HIV virus gets civil rights and all whites are racists.  There is a lot of nonsense.

It could be avoided by a little humility and willingness to accept the teaching of the Bible.  When a group of Ph.D.’s make a loud proclamation I should get out my bologna detector.  When God whispers I need to snap to attention. 

So?  The Bible may not give you the answer to the question on the algebra test but the knowledge that He is eternal and unchanging can give you the assurance that the answer can be found and can be correct. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Persevere

(Proverbs 20:5 KJV)  Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

There are times in life when the next step is clear.  If you need Philosophy 200 to graduate and you need to take Philosophy 100 first there is no question.  The question this verse refers to is the major you chose that requires you to take Philosophy.  Those questions require some thought.  Those are the questions that come up usually in unfamiliar situations.  If I am in a restaurant that I frequent the choices have been narrowed by experience.  If my son is dragging me into a whole new cuisine I need help.

This is a reassurance that we will be able to find the answers we need in life.  It does not say the answer will come automatically, quickly or with no effort.  The implication is that we will put some thought and effort into it.

So?  Life is not easy.  Life is not fair.  Life can be lived in victory.  Persevere and trust. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Wisdom Is Not Just Another Choice

(Proverbs 19:3 KJV)  The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

It is interesting the different ways the result of “foolishness” (200) is translated.  At one end we have the “perverteth” (5557) of the KJV.  The 1977 NASB moves to “subverts” and the Updated NASB changes it again to “ruins”.  All are in the range of meaning but I think the KJV has the strongest sense.  Perversion is much stronger than ruined.  Ruin can be accidental.  You can be financially ruined and have no moral judgement.  You can have a soufflĂ© fall and still go to heaven.  Perversion, on the other hand, is evil. 

I think that is the point here.  Being foolish is not just an “Oh, well” moment.  It is a twisting and warping of the moral universe.  It has eternal consequences.

So?  Seek wisdom.  It is available.  It is not just another choice. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fruit of the Mouth

(Proverbs 18:20 KJV)  A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

I have heard of the fruit of the Spirit.  We have the fruit of righteousness and the obvious fruit of the womb.  What is this “fruit” (6529) of the “mouth” (6310)?  I could only find three places, all in Proverbs, where the Hebrew expression is used. 

Hebrews has a similar idea explained as worship,
(Hebrews 13:15 KJV)  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
We should be conscious about what our mouth puts out.  While the Bible does not specifically forbid some of the crude four letter words that we hear more frequently every day, it does seem to tell us we should speak with courtesy and respectful attitudes. 

So?  Watch your mouth.  What you say may come back to bite you and even worse may cast a cloud over your Lord. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Obedience Street

(Proverbs 17:11 KJV)  An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

Which comes first, rebellion or wickedness?  It might not seem to matter and in the end both go against God, but I think it is a matter of whether we are born with free will or whether we are locked into our destiny.

“Rebellion" (rebellious NASB) (4805) is a choice.  We face it every day in some area of our lives.  People are always trying to tell us what to do.  Some have the authority.  Some have the power.  Others are just pushing their luck.  We have a choice in how we respond.

“Evil” (7451b) is a condition of the heart.  All Christian denominations, whether they believe in free will or not, agree that in our natural state we have a sinful nature.  That is evil.  Without the grace of God it is our natural condition.  If we are saved we have entered into a new relationship with almighty God.  We are not longer evil but if we have free the choice to be rebellious is always with us.  God gives us direction in His word.  He speaks to us through preaching and the experiences of life.  The question is, “How will we respond?”

So?  Every day gives us options.  My prayer is that I will take the ones that go down Obedience Street rather than singing, “I did it my way.” 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sealed Lips Can Sink Ships

(Proverbs 16:30 KJV)  He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

It is a good possibility that “moving” (compress NASB) (7169) does not mean to purse your lips but to keep quiet when something “evil” (perverse NASB) (8419) is being planned or carried out.  If there is a sin in the modern Christian church it is being quiet in the face of evil.  I am not talking about the quiet of a rabbit hiding in the bush while a wolf walks by.  I am talking about the quiet of the watchman when the enemy sneaks over the wall.  We have had leaders and intellectuals that have told us we should not be involved in the world.  We have been told not to judge.  There are times when that is the right thing to do but we have allowed the forces of evil to take over our schools, the media and many of our government offices by doing nothing.

The KJV has a poor translation here when it says “moving”.  The word means to compress.  Technically when you press you lips together they are moving but that is not what is being conveyed.

So?  Use a bit of discernment to know the difference between judging and proclaiming truth in the face of evil.  It is not comfortable.  It may be dangerous.  It must be done.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Adjectives and Nouns

(Proverbs 15:26 KJV)  The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

In comparing the KJV and the NASB we see a different emphasis in the translation.  In the NASB it is the “plans” (thoughts KJV) (4284) and “words” (561) that are being evaluated as bad and good.  In the KJV it is the thinker and speaker.  The KJV uses all nouns and the NASB uses adjectives and nouns.  I don’t know enough Hebrew to figure that one out.  I would prefer one over the other in an inconsistent manner.

Perhaps that is one way in which the Holy Spirit helps us to apply scripture to our lives.  The core meaning is not changed but the insight for today might be different.  If I need to be convicted and brought to repentance, focusing on my sin might be best.  If I need a simple reminder in way of discipline, the behavior might be the focus.

So?  Evil words are evil words.  If they come out of my mouth there is a problem whether they are deliberate or accidental.  This does not let me make excuses either way.