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.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hope for a Shameful Son

(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.

I see a bit of backhanded hope in this verse.  The focus is, of course, on the servant who is faithful.  What about the son who “causeth shame” (acts shamefully NASB) (954)?  Last post I was talking about the one who worked hard at evil.  Here we are talking about a drifter.  It may be stretching, but he is still considered a son.  At least for a time. 

I don’t think this is an invitation to drifting aimlessly through life with no consequences.  Paul points out there is a point where lack of faith has consequences.
(Romans 11:22 KJV)  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
You will need to read the entire passage in Romans 11 to get the full context and understand the danger, but here we are reminded of the patience of God.  Causing shame does not seem to cut you from your “inheritance” (5159), but it reduces your portion.

So?  Live in obedient faith.  Live like it makes a difference.  It does. 


Gorges Smythe said...
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Gorges Smythe said...

A lot of folks don't want to hear that there are degrees of Hell AND degrees of Heaven, yet, I believe the Bible teaches both.