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, May 28, 2014

Golden Eagles Are Not Monopoly Money

(Pro 28:21 KJV)  To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

What is the difference between “respect of persons” (partiality NASB) (5234/6440) and wise choices?  Why has the word “discrimination” become a bad thing?  We need to take a closer look at the Hebrew to get the point here.  This is a compound word.  The KJV comes a little closer than the NASB.  The two words are “to regard” and “face.”  It literally means “regard faces”

One application of this involves taking people at their face value.  This is dangerous in people as well as in money.  Toy money may have a face value of $1,000 but be totally worthless.  A Golden Eagle has a face value of $50 but is worth what the market will pay.  I have not checked recently but I know that in the last year it was as high as $1,800.  People may put on a good face but we need to look deeper and see what is in their heart.  That is not easy nor automatic.

So?  You must make choices.  Try to look for that which goes beyond the surface.  Know the principles God has given and apply them. 

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