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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Wisdom’s Great Gain: Love For Our Neighbour: Proverbs 11:9-14

9) An hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
10) When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, [there is] shouting.
11) By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12) He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
13) A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14) Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.

EXPOSITION:

The this set of proverbs, we find that, when we apply wisdom, we have a great need to love others and sacrifice ourselves for their benefit and our eventual gain.

9) An hypocrite with [his] mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
1.  Those who display a lack of wisdom by sinful, insincerely slandering his neighbor can bring him to ruin
2.  Those who possess and apply knowledge of God’s Word can deliver just men through their speech.
A.   Our love for others is shown by our speech.  Does our speech uplift or harm others?

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:”   (Ephesians 4:13-15)

10) When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, [there is] shouting.
1.  When those who live according to the laws of God are welcomed and encouraged…. Their fellow citizens  are happy in the midst of God’s blessings.
2.  Once they have receive and appreciate the blessings of God, the citizens shout for joy when those who are rebellious and disobedient to God are removed from their country (realizing more blessing await them).  The removal of the wicked involve them being removed from the general population.  This can take place by them being driven out from the people, death penalty, imprisonment etc etc.
B.  Our love for others is shown by taking a stand against sin and those who abuse others, while upholding and encouraging those who are sacrifice and help to others.

 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.  So that a man shall say, Verily [there is] a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.”   (Psalms 58:10-11)

  

11) By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
1.  When God’s people speak well of a city, pray for her, support her Godly laws and goals and work for the cities good, she becomes great and dominate.
2.  When those who are wicked speak against the city, opposing her Godly laws, seeking to create unrest and rebellion the city can be overcome, taken, and pillaged.
C.  Our love for our fellow citizens should cause us to support the Godly laws of our city and oppose those who would desire to lead the country away from the Scriptural principles and authority God has given to her.

(Note this is one of the great dangers of the “politically correct” movement.  They seek uniformity and equality of both the sinful and sinless ignoring the dictates of God’s Word.  Instead of desiring a country that punishes the wicked and upholds the righteous… the pc movement says to treat both righteous and wicked equally, by not standing in support of the righteous by rewarding them, and not speaking against the sin of the evildoers and punishing them.  This goes directly against the responsibilities God has given to those in authority…

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.   (Romans 13:3-5)

 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.”   (James 3:5-9)

 

 12) He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
1.  Those who are empty of wisdom will disrespect, abuse and speak evil against those around him.
2.  Those who possess understanding will hold his peace and be slow to speak against others realizing the great harm that can be done through false accusations and slanderous speech.
D.  Our love for others is shown by always considering how our actions will affect others.  Many times, we will be called upon to sacrificially hold back from acting or speaking for others’ benefits.

 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:”   (Luke 18:9)

  

13) A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
1.  Those whose lifestyle is to gossip and talk about others will take the cover off of that which is spoken in confidence.
2.  Those who are trustworthy will cover over anything told to them in private.
E. Our love for others is shown by being trustworthy and discreet in all of our relationships.

Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.  [As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife.  The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”   (Proverbs 26:20-22)

 

 14) Where no counsel [is], the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.
1.   Where there is no guidance, those around us will fail, be overcome, and ruined
2.   When many advisors are heard and many opinions are considered,  the one seeking advice will be delivered and gain victory
F. Our love for others is shown by our willingness to become involved in other’s lives by having concern for others and their wellbeing, giving Godly counsel, and helping them to become successful in their endeavors.

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”   (Proverbs 15:22)

 

SUMMARY:

In these proverbs we have seen that:
1. those who have been cleansed and justified by God can understand His will and desire to obey Him.  They are removed from the condemnation of their sin and the eternal judgment reserved for the guilty.
2. those who are guilty of sin and condemned in God’s sight, have chosen the path of sin upon which they have traveled.  They have eternal judgment awaiting them of which there will be no excuse.

The section on the gift of righteousness will continue in the next devotional (vs 7-8).

May we all choose to speak words of wisdom, knowing that they will result in blessings to both the speaker and the hearers.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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9 Comments

  1. sspjlife56 says:

    you always know how to reach me through your blog. thank you

  2. Excellent! Excellent! A delicacy of “food”! Keep feeding His sheep Brother!! Blessings 🙂

  3. Debbie says:

    Thanks, Pastor Rob, for another great teaching. I really appreciated how you explained what doesn’t work about the politically correct type of system. God bless you!

  4. Ptr. Rob, thanks for this devotional. I needed this reminder because i got upset with someone and i got all riled up, it isnt easy to love the unloveable and be all wise :(. But God is quick in correcting me and nipped me in the bud.

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    So much of our wickedness can be revealed from our speech and effects upon others as these verse illustrate.

  6. I will try to remember what you posed, Does what we say about someone uplift or harm them. Thanks.

  7. When we consider all we have in Christ – all that our incredibly amazing God has provided for us – we cannot do other than think of those who do not know Him and who do not enjoy the abundance of knowing Him and His blessings.
    The love of Christ should constrain us to reach out to them with the good news of the Gospel

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