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.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

“Judge Not” Does Not Always Work

(Proverbs 8:16 KJV)  By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

What qualifies as a “judge” (8199)?  This is not reflected in our idea of someone in a black robe sitting behind a high desk in a court room.  That would be included but it goes beyond that.  This is the term for those who rose to lead Israel before they demanded a king.  It has to do with leadership.

One of the roles historically of a king is to hold court.  In this court people could approach him for a final appeal.  If they had been wronged and could not get satisfaction because they were too poor or weak, they could appeal to the king.  We see Paul using this tactic when he was arrested in Jerusalem.  He “appealed to Caesar”. 

There may come times when people appeal to you for a judgement.  It could be totally casual.  It could be for professional advice.  It could be spiritual or financial.  What are you going to tell them?  The key words here are “by me”.  We are to give advice based on the standards God has given us in His word.  We are to do it from hearts that are balanced by grace and the Holy Spirit.  It is a part of being salt and light.

So?  Be prepared.  You never know when someone will ask your opinion or advice.  If you know the standards and principles of God you will be in a better position to help. 

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