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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 17:27-28

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

 

The Wisdom of The Lord: Hold Our Tongue: Proverbs 17:27-28

27) He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28) Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.

 

In the final section of our study in Proverbs 17, the Lord helps us to understand the importance of learning to control our speech…

EXPOSITION:

27) He that hath knowledge spareth his words: [and] a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
1.  A person that possesses a knowledge of the truths of God will understand the necessity of holding back our speech until the appropriate time.  Learning to control our speech DOES NOT imply to remain speechless.  Instead, it is teaching us to learn to speak only when it will be of the most benefit to the hearer.  Practically applied it means:
a.  to learn to hear all sides of an issue before speaking
b.  to learn to speak only when the hearer is ready to hear and consider what we are saying
c.  to learn to speak only what will be of benefit to the hearer
d.  to learn to refrain from speaking our “thoughts and wisdom” but to emphasize “thus saith the Lord” (principles from His Word)
e.  to learn to speak using terms and ideas that can be understood by the hearer

These, and many other,  principles of controlling our speech should become a habitual practice for the Christian.

2.  Those who can see the true nature of the events and wisdom of the world are peaceful in demeanor.  Why is this?   Due to their spiritual understanding, they make the proper life decisions and can see the Lord hand at work in the events of their life.

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, [and] able also to bridle the whole body.  Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.  Behold also the ships, which though [they be] so great, and [are] driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.  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.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so [can] no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.”   (James 3:2-12)

 

28) Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.
The importance of holding speech can even be applied by the fool.
1.  When he refrains from speaking he is looked upon as wise.  This is because, many times, foolish thoughts are revealed through speech and a foolish nature is revealed through the inability to control our speech.
2.  When he refrains from speech, his lack of understanding is clearly revealed.

A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?”  (Ecclesiastes 10:14)

 

SUMMARY:

The ability to consistently control our speech is a wonderful gift from the Lord. It is of absolute necessity for us to be faithful servants of the Lord and, even for the fool, it can be of great benefit to us all.

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 17:23-26

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

The Wisdom of The Lord: The Results Of Pride (2): Proverbs 17:23-26

23) A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24) Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth.
25) A foolish son [is] a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
26) Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity.

In this text, we continue to look at wisdom that reveals to us the results of pride in our life.  This section began in our prior devotional in verse 19.

EXPOSITION:

23) A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
Pride leads a man to lead a selfish life putting his desires ahead of the Lord’s.  One great example of prideful behavior is the accepting of bribes resulting in the stretching and perversion of justice for the sake of personal gain.
Pride causes a man to put personal gain ahead of obedience to the Lord. It harms the cause of those desiring justice in society.

“Thy princes [are] rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.”   (Isaiah 1:23)

 

24) Wisdom [is] before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool [are] in the ends of the earth.
1.  Pride perverts the setting of priorities.  Those who see the true nature of spiritual truth verses the carnal offerings of this world will seek after divine wisdom.
2.  Those who are prideful and foolish place their attention on the things of this world.

Pride causes a man to put his physical gain and pleasure ahead of God’s will for his life.  It harms those who are prideful and those who are seeking to propagate Godly wisdom.

Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”   (1 John 2:15-17)

 

25) A foolish son [is] a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
In the previous section we looked at prides affect in the lives of the parents.  Now we will look at the results of pride that comes from the heart of a child…
The prideful son is self-centered and rebellious, foolishly blind to their responsibility towards their parents.  He chooses to live his life apart from the standards handed down by his parents.  This causes:
1.  His father to experience anger mixed with sorrow as he recognizes the purposeful rebellion taking place in the heart of the child.
2.   His mother to experience sorrow and grief as she sees the child’s suffering and recognizes the impending judgment awaiting them.

Pride in a child causes the parents to become angry, sorrowful and grieving. It harms the parents of the follish child

Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.  And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise [man] or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This [is] also vanity.  Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.”   (Ecclesiastes 2:18-20)

26) Also to punish the just [is] not good, [nor] to strike princes for equity.
1. A prideful man will not fear the Lord, nor His protection of His people.  The prideful man will actively punish those who are followers of the Lord, thinking that he will be immune from the punishment of God.
2. Pride will lead a man to oppose the just who are in authority over him. This is showing his pride in two ways:

He is opposing the one who holds the human authority over him

He is opposing God Himself who has established that authority and blessed that authority for ruling in a just, lawful way.

Pride causes a man to disregard and disrespect authority over him.  Both divine authority and human authority is opposed by those how are taken by pride. It harms those who are seeking to follow the commands of God in their life.

If now [thou hast] understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.  Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?  [Is it fit] to say to a king, [Thou art] wicked? [and] to princes, [Ye are] ungodly?  [How much less to him] that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all [are] the work of his hands.  In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.  For his eyes [are] upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.   [There is] no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.  For he will not lay upon man more [than right]; that he should enter into judgment with God.”   (Job 34:16-23)

 

SUMMARY:

Pride in the life of a person not only harms the prideful, but will cause many others to be harmed and the revealed will of the Lord to be hindered.

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 17:19-22

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

 

The Wisdom of The Lord: The Results Of Pride (1): Proverbs 17:19-22

19) He loveth transgression that loveth strife: [and] he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
20) He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
21) He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
22) A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

In this text, we begin to take a look at the wise recognition of the results of pride in one’s life.  This section extends from verses 19-26, and will extend into the next devotional as well.

EXPOSITION:

19) He loveth transgression that loveth strife: [and] he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
1. The prideful person that refuses to submit to a higher authority loves to rebel.  He shows that rebellion by stepping over boundaries that are set for him by the Lord.  That person also loves the disputes and wars that his rebellion creates.
2. The prideful person, who attempts to further his own causes, over the causes of the Lord, is asking for the Lord’s hand of judgment upon him.

Pride leads men to do as they please, regardless of the Lord’s desires for our lives.   This results in the Lord’s hand of judgment to fall upon them and their eventual destruction.

Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.”    (James 3:13-16)

 

20) He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
1.  The prideful person who possesses strong desires to twist the will of God will not come upon anything that gives them permanent benefits or pleasure.
2.  The prideful person who possesses a tongue that perverts God’s Word throws himself headlong into wickedness.

Pride leads men to twist the Will and Word of the Lord.  This results in no lasting gain but only a wicked lifestyle that is headed that leads to sorrow and divine displeasure.

Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.  The words of a wise man’s mouth [are] gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.  The beginning of the words of his mouth [is] foolishness: and the end of his talk [is] mischievous madness.  A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?”   (Ecclesiastes 10:11-14)

 

21) He that begetteth a fool [doeth it] to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
1.  A prideful father (the parent most responsible for the spiritual upbringing of the children) does not see the need to hand down the wisdom of the Lord.  This results in depression and great grief as he sees the foolishness of the child and recognizes himself as partially responsible for the child’s condition.
2.  When a prideful father neglects his responsibility to teach the Word to his children, it robs him of all of his joy and peace.

Pride in the life of father’s causes them to be slack in teaching God’s wisdom to his children.  This results in foolish children and brings upon the father great sorrow, guilt and depression.

A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.”   (Proverbs 19:13)

22) A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
1.  A joyful mind brings physical and mental health like medicine and, through God’s grace, heals a sickness.
2.  The sorrow and guilt brought by a foolish child upon the prideful parent can result in the breaking of a parent’s spirit.  A broken, sorrowful, guilty spirit will bring about failing physical health.

Not only does the prideful parent suffer spirituality and mentality but also their depression and regret can lead to physical ailments as well.

“For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.  My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.  By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.”   (Psalms 102:3-5)

SUMMARY:

The prideful person, in many aspects of his life, is filled with regret, guilt, and sorrow as he looks back at his life seeing all the results his foolishness has brought upon him.

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 17:17-18

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

 

The Wisdom of The Lord: The Value Of Friendship: Proverbs 17:17-18

17) A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18) A man void of understanding striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

In this text we can see the importance of obtaining and keeping friends…

EXPOSITION:

17) A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
What does this Proverb mean by the phrase “friend”?  The Hebrew word translated “friend” in this proverb is a word that commonly refers to a shepherd caring for his sheep.  It is translated as “shepherd”, “companion”,  “feed”, “herdman” etc.  How is a “shepherd” related to a “friend”?   This word is teaching us that a true friend is one that cares for his cohort.  He will watch for his welfare, work to help meet his needs and be willing to give of himself for his friend’s benefit.

1.  A friend is one that possesses an ever-present, love for his cohort.  This love makes him willing to sacrifice himself for the other’s benefit.
2.  Family members should be willing to stand with their brethren in times of affliction and distress.  When needed the most, a family member will be a willing companion when others will not.  This unquestioning companionship is one of many reasons why the Lord created the family unit.

Also, the term “brother” could also be referring to a friend.  If so, this is teaching us that a true friend will be a faithful companion just as if he were a family member.

The motivation of love will cause family members, and friends, to give of themselves for their distressed, struggling loved ones.  This is the mark of a genuine friend.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”   (John 15:12-15)

18) A man void of understanding striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
A true friend will never act rashly and harm his friend, even at the risk of offending his friend…

In this case, a man that becomes surety for a friend’s debt is only hurting his friend. We know from a previous study (Provs 11:15) that refusing to be surety for a friend is an act of wisdom and genuine love.  Please refer to that devotional for additional information on the subject of suretyship.

When a man becomes a surety for his friend, he is showing himself to be lacking a true understanding of the responsibilities of friendship.  He is emotionally putting the desires of his friend leading to their friend’s eventual harm.

This verse is very important indeed, because it helps us to understand that true friends will NEVER do anything that will lead to a friend’s harm.  Even at the risk of offending the friend and, perhaps, losing the friendship, a genuine friend will only act for the benefit of the friend.

My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,  Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.  Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.  Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.  Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.”   (Proverbs 6:1-5)

SUMMARY:

A genuine friend’s value is incalculable because they will, much like a family member, will ALWAYS work for our benefit, giving of themselves and keeping us from harm.  A genuine friend will actually risk the friendship for the sake of stopping a friend from harming themselves through unwise decision making.

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 17:12-16

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

 

The Wisdom of The Lord: Foolishness Has A High Price: Proverbs 17:12-16

12) Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
13) Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14) The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
15) He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.
16) Wherefore [is there] a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]?

We now learn about the high price that is paid when foolishness rules in our life…

EXPOSITION:

12) Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
It is far better to face a mother bear who has lost her cubs than for a fool to have to face recompense for his foolishness.  A bear can inflict horrible physical damage, even physical death.  But foolishness results in terrible spiritual harm and eternal spiritual death in eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.

Foolishness results in eternal destruction in the Lake of Fire.

To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David. The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God.  They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.”   (Psalms 14:1-3)

 

13) Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
A fool will harm those who benefit him.  In doing so, he alienates those who are willing to help him and secures divine judgment as well.

Foolishness results in losing friends and allies in times of need.

They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow [the thing that] good [is].”  (Psalms 38:20)

 

14) The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
When a fool starts discord and fighting among brethren, it will gradually increase until it is totally out of control. This is much like drilling a small hole in a dam; due to the pressure of the water, the hole will gradually be enlarged allowing more and more water to rush in.
Because of this, a wise person will beat to the ground and get victory over fighting before it can be added to and it interferes with the brethren.

Foolishness will allow division and strife in the friendships that they enjoy.

Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”   (James 3:13-18)

 

15) He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.
The fool will not desire for justice to be done.  The fool will quickly justify evil and punish lawful behavior.  By doing this they make themselves disgusting and abhorred by the Lord.

The fool causes the displeasure of God to be placed upon him.

For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate [from their right].  Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it [is] an evil time.  Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.  Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.”   (Amos 5:12-15)

 

16) Wherefore [is there] a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]?
The really sad summary of our study for today….

The fool does not actively seek wisdom nor does he purchase it.  Why is this?  It is because he does not desire to possess it.  After seeing all the ill effects that his foolishness brings upon him, because he is blinded of his own condition, he does not seek to escape the state that he is in.  He has consistently lived in rebellion against the Lord and He simply allowed them to walk down the path they had stubbornly chosen for themselves.

But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.  So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: [and] they walked in their own counsels.  Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, [and] Israel had walked in my ways!”   (Psalms 81:11-13)

 

SUMMARY:

A life lived in foolishness is an expensive life indeed:
1.  Foolishness results in eternal destruction in the Lake of Fire.
2.  Foolishness results in losing friends and allies in times of need.
3.  Foolishness will allow division and strife in the friendships that they enjoy.
4.  Foolishness causes the displeasure of God to be placed upon the fool.
5.  The path of foolishness leads to the removal of God gracious hand of restraint.

 

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 17:8-11

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

 

The Wisdom of The Lord: Self-Sacrifice For Others: Proverbs 17:8-11

8) A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
9) He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends.
10) A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
11) An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

 Solomon now shares some ways to sacrifice for the benefit of others.

EXPOSITION:

 8) A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
Any act of sacrifice on behalf of another can be considered a “gift” that is given to the beneficiary…
1. a gift when given is like a piece of jewelry that, when worn, encourages the wearer by enhancing their beauty and feeling of self-worth.  Why does any sacrificial gift beautify the receiver?  It is a sign they are loved, they are being thought about, and the giver thinks highly of them.
2. giving a gift will succeed in encouraging others when many other methods fail.  Talk is cheap, but when a person sees an act of self-sacrifice on their behalf it is a very powerful display of reassurance, support and self-esteem.

When we sacrifice for the benefit of others,  is one of the greatest ways to encourage those who are struggling and in need.

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”   (Ephesians 4:7)

 
Note: this is not teaching us that we should attempt to bribe someone to get our way…. Keep in mind, the only type of gift being described here is one of SELF-SACRIFICE.  In other words, the gift is given with no expectation of return.  It is given entirely with a heart of desire to help others and gain nothing for ourselves.

He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;  He shall dwell on high: his place of defence [shall be] the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters [shall be] sure.”   (Isaiah 33:15-16)

 

9) He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends.
In this text, to “cover a transgression” can be describing forgiveness or not revealing it  publically…
Confidentiality and forgiveness are other ways we can sacrifice of ourselves for the benefit of others…
1.  When confidences are kept and/or forgiveness is granted, a clear desire for continued love and friendship is being displayed.
2.  When the keeping of a friend’s confidences are replaced by gossiping and tale-bearing will only cause their friendship to deteriorate and end in ruin.

[A Psalm] of David, Maschil. Blessed [is he whose] transgression [is] forgiven, [whose] sin [is] covered.”   (Psalms 32:1)

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”  (1 Peter 4:8)

10) A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Giving, and accepting, reproof is an act of love and self-sacrifice.
1.  Risking rejection, when we are willing to give corrective advice to those in need, is a clear display of self-sacrifice for the good of others.
2.  Willingness to humble self and accept reproof from the mouth of a friend, instead of rejecting the reproof and risking harming the friendship is an act of self-sacrifice also.

Only fools would willfully reject the advice of a friend and risk hurting and alienating those who are lonely trying to help.

Let the righteous smite me; [it shall be] a kindness: and let him reprove me; [it shall be] an excellent oil, [which] shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also [shall be] in their calamities.”   (Psalms 141:5)

11) An evil [man] seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
Another proof of self-sacrifice, and wisdom, is willingness to be submissive to higher authorities (as long as they do not oppose the Word of God)…  One of the results of rebellion is to cause strife and a warring attitude from those of higher authority.

If we wish to be able to have peace, compromise and friendly communication with those over us, we must treat them with respect and willful submission.  Both respect and willful submission are self-sacrificial acts performed on behalf of those who rule over us.

But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay [them] before me.”   (Luke 19:27)

 

SUMMARY:

How can we display wisdom in our lives?
1.  by giving others the gift of self-sacrifice which displays reassurance, support and love for them.
2. when confidences are kept and/or forgiveness is granted, a clear desire for continued love and friendship is being displayed.
3.  Giving, and accepting, reproof is also an act of wisdom, love and self-sacrifice.
4.  willingness to show respect and willful submission to those in authority over us.

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 17:4-7

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

 

The Wisdom of The Lord: The Power Of Our Speech: Proverbs 17:4-7

4) A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
5) Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
6) Children’s children [are] the crown of old men; and the glory of children [are] their fathers.
7) Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

In our text for this morning, we will be looking at the Lord’s wisdom revealing to us the great influence of speech upon both the hearer and the speaker….

EXPOSITION:

4) A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; [and] a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
1.  Speech can cause wicked acts to be committed by those who turn their attention to the message of lying lips.
2.  Those who enjoy the practice deceitful speaking will find pleasure in listening to others who do the same.

Through false speech men can be influenced to become corrupt through wicked deeds and mischievous speech

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”   (1 John 4:4-6)

5) Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: [and] he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
1.  Whoever laughs at the poor blasphemes his Creator.  This is because we were made to glorify and honor God.  By mocking the poor we are not displaying love, grace, mercy, humility, or concern for their welfare.  This stands in direct opposition to the image and glory of God.
2.  A person who is pleased when he sees the trials and ruin of others will not escape the judgment of the Lord.

Through mocking speech and a laughing tongue when aimed at the poor, the retribution of God will be felt.

 

6) Children’s children [are] the crown of old men; and the glory of children [are] their fathers.
In this verse the grandchildren and fathers being talked about are assumed to be living Godly lifestyles.  Ungodly rebellious grandchildren do not bring honor to the grandfather, nor does ungodly fathers bring honor to their children.  This is the implication of these verses.
1.  Godly grandchildren bring great honor and pride to their grandfather.  It reflects truths about both, his descendants, and the grandfather, himself.  The Godly grandchildren are living proof that the truths of God’s Word have been handed down and applied by faithful family members of each generation.  It also is a display of God’s blessings upon the following generations (a sign of the grandfather’s faithfulness to the Lord).
2. When father’s live lawful, God-honoring lives of submission to Christ and self-sacrifice to meet the needs of others, it becomes a source of honor and respect for their children.  In doing so, they are setting a wonderful example for their children to follow, and when they do this also will bring honor upon the child.

When godly lifestyles are seen in the lives of the ancestors and descendants in a family, honor, respect and joy is brought upon all the individuals of a family unit.

Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward.  As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of the youth.  Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”   (Psalms 127:3-5)

Faithfulness and the following honor within a family unit not only involve their action but their speech as well… this type of speech is covered in greater detail in the next verse…

 

7) Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
1.  Speech that stands above the rest is a type of speech that does not beautify a fool, it stands in stark contrast to the speech of the foolish.
2.  Speech that is selfish with intent to deceive does not bring beauty to the speaker who is abusing their position of authority.

Speech reflects the true nature of a person and clearly shows a person’s intent and the motives of their heart.

But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or [that] thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?  Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.”   (Psalms 50:16-17)

 

SUMMARY:

Wisdom concerning our speech teaches us that:
1.  Error filled speech is influential in the performance of wicked deeds and producing mischievous speech
2.  Mocking speech and a laughing tongue when aimed at the poor, will bring forth the retribution of God
3.  Godly lifestyles and speech that is seen in the lives of the ancestors and descendants brings honor to a family.
4.  Speech reflects the true nature of a person, clearly showing a person’s intents and motives

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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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 17:1-3

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

The Wisdom of The Lord: Man’s Inheritance: Proverbs 17:1-3

1) Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife.
2) A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
3) The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

The Lord, through the pen of Solomon, now continues His instruction on the way of Wisdom.  In this section of Scripture, He compares wisdom and foolishness in three different types of inheritances: family life, earthly blessings and eternal blessings…

Why can we consider earthly blessings from the Lord as one aspect of the inheritance He gives to us?  An inheritance implies something that is received that is:
1. normally, given out of a heart of love
2. always given based upon the death of the giver.

All of our blessings from the Lord come motivated by His love to us.  No matter how faithful and obedient we may be to Him, we do not deserve ANY of His blessings.  The channel of every blessing from the Lord is His death on the cross and is an act of grace.

EXPOSITION:

1) Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife.
The Lord takes a look at our family life as an inheritance that is determined by our desires and actions….
1.  It is far better to be content with a small, broken, dry piece of bread when it is accompanied by peace, harmony and contentment in the home life than…
2.  to be enriched with multiple edible animals that can make up a very pleasant well-rounded diet but is accompanied by an argumentative, discontented home life.

A calm, peaceful happy home life brings far greater satisfaction and value than pleasantries that satisfy our flesh have no lasting spiritual value.

Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.”   (Proverbs 15:17)

A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  (Psalms 133:1)

2) A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
The Lord takes a look at rewards for faithful service as a part of our earthly and eternal inheritance…
1.  A wise servant is characterized as being faithful to the responsibilities he is given.  Because of his wisdom, he is chosen by his master to exercise authority and watch care over a child that is shamefully disobedient.
2.  Due to his faithfulness, he will be exalted to equal position with the biological children and receive an equal share of the father’s inheritance to them.

Faithfulness in service results in the blessings of promotion and rewards for their faithfulness, resulting in an equal standing with the children of the master.  This can apply to physical blessings from their earthly master, as well as, eternal blessings and rewards from their Heavenly Master.

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.   Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?  Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.  But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;  And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;  The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of,  And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 (Matthew 24:42-51)

3) The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
The Lord finishes His teachings on the inheritance that comes to a man, by explaining a often forgotten criteria, that determines the amount and type of inheritance that is received… the motives found in a man’s heart.
1.  In this earthly life, we find a wonderful example of testing that is used to reveal value.  It is the purification of precious metals.  Just as fire will bring out the pure uncontaminated metal, so too….
2.  The Lord can thoroughly examine the heart (desires, motives and thoughts) of a man.  These criteria are used by the Lord to determine the blessings for faithfulness we will receive on earth and throughout eternity.

It is very important to note, that the motivations behind the actions of man are used in determining God’s blessings of inheritance to man. If we are simply “going through the motions” in our service for Christ, we are missing the mark He has set for us by living hypocritical lives.

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:  Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.  For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.”   (Psalms 66:8-10)

[Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.  And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

(Matthew 15:7-11)

SUMMARY:

A few of the criteria that our inheritance of blessings is determined is:
1.  setting Godly priorities in life by understanding the true value of our life pursuits.
2.  faithfulness to the responsibilities that we are given.
3.  actions that proceed from Godly motives and desires.

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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