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, July 17, 2011

(Faithful) Servants Rule

(Proverbs 17:2 KJV)  A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

This verse brings to my mind one of the glorious words in the theology of our salvation.  The word is “adoption.”  It is not used here but it is certainly implied.  Notice that in this verse the “servant” {5650} who is “wise” (acts wisely NASB) (7919a) will not only receive an “inheritance” (5159) but will “rule” (4910) over the “son” (1121) who “causeth shame” (acts shamefully NASB) (954).

The kingdom of God is not based on our human blood lines but on the washing of the blood of Jesus.  It is not who our human father is, but who our Heavenly Father is.  Almighty God stands ready be adopted anyone who comes to Him in faith and make them His child.  Obedience then plays a role in our eternal inheritance.  That is one part of adoption.

The other side of adoption is that I can’t choose who will be my brother.  As I write this I look out the window and see a crew trimming hedges and mowing yards.  If they have been adopted and washed in the blood, they are my brothers.  It does not matter if you earn your bread by literal sweat or mental sweat, you are washed by the same blood.

So?  Treat people with a dignity that they may not seem to deserve but which is bestowed on them by inheritance.  The Biblical way is at the root of the American way.


Sr Crystal Mary Lindsey said...

Well said... we are washed in the blood, when we believe..
My husband is an ex Vietnam Vet U.S.A. marine. I am currently making him a Blog for him as per his direction. He is so disheartened with the V.A.
God Bless you from Australia.

Pumice said...

I also served in Vietnam but not as a warrior. I too was discouraged by the results but I felt and feel that most Americans were trying to help a country resist evil. If your husband was a marine, he was in the thick of it. I thank him for his service.

One thing I remember was that my faith helped me through that time.

Blessing on his blog.

Thanks for sharing with me.

Grace and peace.