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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 29:25-27

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

 

The Effects Of Foolishness: An Attitude of Self Reliance (2): Proverbs 29:25-27

25) The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

26) Many seek the ruler’s favour; but [every] man’s judgment [cometh] from the LORD.

27) An unjust man [is] an abomination to the just: and [he that is] upright in the way [is] abomination to the wicked.

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will continue to look at one of the great effects of foolishness… an attitude of self-reliance instead of a trusting reliance upon the Lord for all of our needs and desires.  Marks of an attitude of self-reliance….

 

25) The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Fear…

1.  The anxiety of men is accompanied by a trap

2.  But for the person that places their faith in Jehovah will be secure and at peace.

When men rely upon themselves for the supply of all their needs, the natural result will be fear.  This is so because there are many issues of life that are beyond the person’s control.  Because they are not trusting in the Lord that controls all things, they find themselves constantly fearful of unexpected events for which they are not prepared, nor able, to handle on their own.  This fear is much like a trap into which they will fall, and be held captive until they turn from their self-reliance to faith in the Lord to meet their needs.

For the person that is trusting in the Lord to meet their every need, they can rest in peace knowing that their future is in His hands and He will not leave them comfortless.

[It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.  [It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”   (Psalms 118:8-9)

26) Many seek the ruler’s favour; but [every] man’s judgment [cometh] from the LORD.

Taking matters into their own hands…

1.  Those who strive to attain the favor of those who are powerful due to authority, riches, or social standing

2.  but every person’s decisions proceed from the Lord

Those who are trusting in themselves for their welfare, will attempt to please those from whom they can gain the necessities of life.  Those who possess authority due to great wealth, political power, or high social standing are the ones most able to be selfishly used for the personal gain of others.

What they do not realize is that those who are the powerful ones in the society are still under the control of the sovereign hand of the Lord.  The Lord is the one who controls the hearts and minds of all men, as He directs their thoughts and brings about His will in all their decision making.

Instead of using the rulers of the world to meet their needs, the self-reliant should understand their need to trust in the Lord, the One that controls the rulers from whom they seek assistance.

The king’s heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”   (Proverbs 21:1)

27) An unjust man [is] an abomination to the just: and [he that is] upright in the way [is] abomination to the wicked.

Recognized by the righteous as disgusting…

1.  The lawless self-reliant man is disgusting to those who are in a right standing with the Lord.

2.  he that possess a lifestyle is aligned with the law is disgusting to the lawless.

The self-reliant man is abhorred by those who honor and submit to the desires of God.  Those who understand the Lord’s goodness, His mercy and His grace are offended by those who selfishly refuse to honor the Lord by being in submission to Him with both their actions and speech.

Likewise the righteous are abhorred by the lawless due to their lifestyle of submission to the Lord.  This is because the lifestyle of the righteous condemns the lawless, showing them their sinfulness and the true joy and peace that can be had by submitting to Christ.

SAMECH. I hate [vain] thoughts: but thy law do I love.  Thou [art] my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.  Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.”  (Psalms 119:113-115)

SUMMARY:

So far in our study, we have seen that some of the indications of a self-reliant spirit are:

1. Anger

2. Pride

3. Unlawful gain and dishonesty

4. Fear

5. Taking matters into their own hands

6. Disgusting in the eyes of the righteous

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 29:22-24

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

 

The Effects Of Foolishness: An Attitude of Self Reliance (1): Proverbs 29:22-24

22) An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
23) A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
24) Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth [it] not.

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness… an attitude of self-reliance instead of a trusting reliance upon the Lord for all of our needs and desires.  Marks of an attitude of self-reliance….

 

22) An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
Anger…
1.  A man with flaring nostrils provokes threatening confrontations with others
2.  A man who burns with anger overflows with rebellion and hatred

When a person relies upon themselves to meet all of their life needs, they experience a need to control anyone who affects their life.  Anger and wrath are instruments of manipulation that are used in an attempt to control others…
1.  The threat of physical harm can be made very effective when combined with displays of anger.  This leads to submission and control over those who fear harm coming upon them.
2.  Anger produces a spirit of hatred towards others and rebellion against those in higher authority.  Again these result in attempted control of others…
a. The hatred of others can result in active opposition to their well-being.  It can involve opposing good entering into their lives or maliciously bringing harm to their lives.  In either case, it reveals attempted control over their personal lives.
b. The rebellion against higher authorities  is basically saying that a person will control their own life and will not allow others to control it.  Again, we can see the idea of self-reliance clearly in rebellion against authority

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)

23) A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Pride…
1.  A person’s arrogance will result in his humiliation
2.  but those who possess a submitted, lowly attitude will be sustained by the respect of others that he receives.

When a person relies upon himself to his life needs, to the exclusion of the Lord, he is clearly displaying an attitude of arrogance.  This attitude is proclaiming he believes he possesses all that is needed to find total care and satisfaction in and of himself.

As we all know the Bible stands in direct attitude to this attitude, as it clearly declares to us that it is only in Christ that we can find true satisfaction and the meeting of our most important need, salvation from our sins and genuine peace and joy.  But our need of Him goes much further.  It is only through His temporal blessings upon us that we have the health, strength and talents that are needed to labor and meet our physical needs of life.  That is why NONE of us should believe that we can “take care of ourselves”.   Apart from the Lord’s constant blessings on our behalf, we would all become destitute and hopelessly unable to care for our smallest needs.

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.”   (Isaiah 2:11)

24) Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth [it] not.
Unlawful gain and dishonesty…
1.  When a person shares in the spoil of a thief, he brings harm to himself which is display of self-hatred.
2.  This person hears the threats of retaliation from the victims of the robbery will not respond to them.  Because of his selfishness he would rather enjoy the unlawful gain that he received than to be willing to give it back and reveal the one who stole from them.

Many times, when a person is relying upon himself for the meeting of his needs, when in desperate situations, he will stop at nothing to meet his needs.  This includes choosing unlawful means of gain, as well as choosing his own benefit over relieving the injustice that has come upon others.

“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)

SUMMARY:

So far in our study, we have seen that some of the indications of a self-reliant spirit are:
1. Anger
2. Pride
3. Unlawful gain and dishonesty

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 29:19-21

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

 

The Effects Of Foolishness: The Need For Chastening (2): Proverbs 29:19-21

19) A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
20) Seest thou a man [that is] hasty in his words? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.
21) He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become [his] son at the length.

 

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness… the need for chastening…

 

19) A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
1.  One who serves out of obligation will not be reformed through speech alone.
2.  Even though he discerns the need for change, he will not respond.

When a person serves out of obligation, not willfully, he will not give his best.  He will do the minimum necessary to fulfill his obligation.  When given words of correction, he will not follow them.  He will only respond to an heightened level of correction (discipline/punishment) when he is motivated by the threat of pain or suffering.

This applies to the Christian in his service to the Lord as well.  If we serve the Lord only because we believe we are obligated to do so, we will never give our best.  However, when we serve Him motivated by a loving appreciation of all He has done for us, we will give our best to please Him and do as He desires.   How do we develop this love and appreciation for the Lord?  By learning all He has done for us from His Word and asking the HS to apply these truths to our hearts and minds.

 

20) Seest thou a man [that is] hasty in his words? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.
1.  We are to recognize the man that quickly speaks (without consideration of the effects of his words)
2.  A fool has more expectation of a good end than him.

To speak without consideration of the results of our words shows several things about us:
1.  selfishness
2.  pride
3.  lack of love for others
4.  no discernment of the power of words

The list goes on and on.  This type of individual is very difficult to reach with the truths of the Lord due to his excessive pride and selfishness.  He does not care what anyone says or thinks, nor is he willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ.   From a human standpoint this type of people are next to impossible to reach for Christ.  However, it must be kept in mind that the Lord is able to break the hardest of hearts through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, we are to by faith, take the Word to everyone, even those who are the most selfish and stubborn knowing that the Lord can intervene and bring them to salvation.

It is actually easier to reach one who does not apply the Word to their life (a fool) but they have a “softer spirit” willing to listen to our testimony and consider our words.

 

21) He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become [his] son at the length.
1.  A person that raises a servant with leniency allowing them to escape deserved correction and punishment and allow him to share in their possessions and lifestyle will be raising a servant who will later
2.  Expect to be treated as a son instead of a servant.

When we allow others to escape punishment from wrongdoing, it will lead them to expect to be “let off the hook” whenever they disobey.  They will come to expect lenient behavior and to be placed in an honored position that they do not deserve.  This is a very important principle that needs to be emphasized.  When we allow wrongdoing to go unpunished, it will lead to an expectation of leniency and entitlement.

Not only will this ruin the attitude of the lawless one, but it also ruins those who observe what is taking place.  They will now feel that, out of fairness to them, they are owed this leniency when they commit lawless acts as well.  How often this happens in families and workplaces.  When a sibling goes unpunished every child in the family feels entitled to commit the same lawless act without retribution.  Likewise, co-workers who see the laxness shown toward undisciplined workers will assume that same laxness will be shown to them also.

SUMMARY:

In this text, we find some principles to be applied by those in authority (parents, governments, employers etc) to discipline the lawless who are under their authority:
1.  When a person serves out of obligation, not willfully, he will not give his best. He will only respond to an heightened level of correction (discipline/punishment) when he is motivated by the threat of pain or other type of loss.
2. We are to recognize the man that quickly speaks (without consideration of the effects of his words) has little reasons for hope.  It is easier to reach one who has a “softer spirit” willing to listen to our words of correction.
3. When we allow wrongdoing to go unpunished, it will lead to an expectation of leniency and entitlement.  Not only will this ruin the attitude of the lawless one, but it also ruins those who observe what is taking place.  They will now feel that, out of fairness to them, they are owed this leniency when they commit lawless acts as well.

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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Do You Have The “Vision” Given To Us In God’s Word?”

SIH HALTAL ICON15) The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.
16) When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
17) Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
18) Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.

(Proverbs 29:15-18)

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 29:15-18

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

 

The Effects Of Foolishness: The Need For Chastening (1): Proverbs 29:15-18

15) The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.
16) When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
17) Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
18) Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.

 

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness… the need for chastening…

15) The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.
1.  the stick and verbal correction will cause the Word to be applied to the life
2.  but a child (from infancy to adolescence) that is unattended delivers to his mother disappointment and embarrassment

When a child is disobedient verbal correction is to be used with those who are uninformed of the rules.  A combination of verbal correction along with corporal punishment are to be used with those who rebelliously break the laws they are given.  If the child is left to themselves without the needed correction it will result  in both disappointment and shame to fall upon those who have authority over them.

 

16) When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
1.  When the lawless increase, rebellion increases also.
2.  The lawful one will observe their ruin.

When those who are wicked increase in numbers so too will the sins that they commit.  This is one of many reasons why wickedness should be properly dealt with instead of allowing it to grow and spread to others.  If wickedness is not punished correctly, it sends a message that there are no harmful results to wicked actions which encourage others to follow in the footsteps of the wicked.

This helps us to understand 2 important reasons for parents, and governments, to promptly punish sins that are committed:
1. sin works eventual ruin when left unpunished
2. sin can spread to others when left unpunished

Wickedness eventually works ruin, but the lives of the righteous will escape sins effects.  This will allow the righteous to see the end results of sin in the lives of others.

 

17) Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
1.  If a son is corrected (through words or punishment), he will give us peace and contentment
2.  A corrected son will give pleasure to our earthly life.

When a parent is diligent in training a child through speech and discipline, the parent will reap the fruits of peace, contentment, and pleasure.

 

18) Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.
1.  When a throng of people do not receive or understand the Word of God, they will be brought to shame
2.  but the person that receives and clings to their Godly responsibilities are happy due to the blessings of God.

It is important to understand that the word “vision” is a Hebrew word that means “a revelation” or an “uncovering”.  It does not mean to have a dream or goal to pursue as is popularly taught in today’s time.

In the days of the OT writings, one of the ways the Word was revealed to men was through the use of dreams, visions and other supernatural revelations from the Lord. Once the Word was revealed to the OT characters, the Spirit of the Lord would then need to apply it to their hearts and minds.  This application by the Spirit would result in them coming to faith in the coming Messiah and submitting to His service.

In today’s time, we have the completed Word (the Bible), because of this the Lord no longer reveals His Word to us through dreams, visions, and other supernatural means of inspiration. However, we still need to have the Word “revealed” to us by the Holy Spirit, through the opening of our hearts and minds to the completed Word.  This is the principle we are to use in applying this verse to us in today’s time.

What is being taught to us in this verse is the need to come to an understanding of God’s Word…
1.  Without an understanding and application of the Word to the life the people will perish due to their sins.  They will not see their need of salvation, nor will they come to an understanding of the Lord’s desires for their lives this leads to their eventual ruin.  Just as stated in our previous verses.
2.  for those who can understand and apply the responsibilities (laws) found in God’s Word, they will be blessed and happy as they serve the Lord on earth and enter into eternity with Him.  From a human standpoint, the proper application of instruction and discipline can be a major factor in an individual coming to an understanding and application of the Word.

This interpretation of this verse is very much in alignment with its context.  To make this verse mean we must have goals to work towards or else we will perish seems to be taking it out of its prior context.  It also is taken out of the context of the last segment of this same verse that says “but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he.”  It does not say “but he that has goals to live for, happy is he”.

SUMMARY:

In this text, we find some reasons for those in authority (parents, governments, employers etc) to discipline the lawless who are under their authority:
1.  a lack of proper discipline brings disappointment and embarrassment upon those in authority
2.  lawlessness spreads when it is not punished
3.  proper discipline brings peace, contentment and pleasure to the life of the authority holder.
4.  without the application of the Word to the life of the lawless, the entire group of people who are under authority will be brought to shame
5.  the proper discipline of those under our authority will bring blessings and happiness from the Lord.

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 29:12-14

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

 

The Effects Of Foolishness: Wicked Leadership: Proverbs 29:12-14

12) If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants [are] wicked.
13) The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
14) The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

 

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness… sinful leadership…

12) If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants [are] wicked.
1.  If an authority holder hears and accepts untruths
2.  all of those who wait upon him become wicked

When a leader selfishly follows sinful counsel all of those under his leadership will follow his example as well   This will result in their living selfishly wicked lifestyles.

It is of utmost importance for leaders to understand that, due to their position of authority, they are role models for all of their subjects.  As such they are held accountable by God to set the proper example of wisdom and Godliness.

Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.”   (Psalms 101:5)

13) The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
1.  The destitute and those who abuse others through their lies have something in common…
2.  The Lord gives them both light to their eyes in two ways…

a.  The Lord mercifully gives the light of the physical SUN to warm them both (temporal, earthy blessings)
for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”  (Matthew 5:45)
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil.  Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”   (Luke 6:35-36)

b.  The Lord mercifully gives the light of His only begotten SON through nature to them both… (The revelation of his existence)…
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard.  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world…”   (Psalms 19:1-4)

Both poor subjects and deceitful rulers are physically blessed of the Lord through His use of nature.  It is because of this principle that the poor man should never turn their back on the deceitful ruler.  They should recognize that they share in common their sinfulness and need of Christ and, since the Lord has shown His mercy to the deceitful ruler, the poor are to follow His example.  Although they are abused by the deceitful ruler, they are to show mercy and grace to them by sharing with them the gospel of Christ as the Lord opens the opportunity and prepares their heart for the truth.  They are to keep the deceitful in their prayers and submit to their authority when possible (without breaking the laws of God).

14) The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
1.  The ruler that can be trusted to render a just sentence upon those who weak
2.  The authority of the faithful king will be made sure without an end in sight.

When a ruler is faithful to the Lord, by being a fair and just judge to all his subjects without partiality, will be blessed of the Lord and settled unmovable in his position of authority.

He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.  The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.  He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.”   (Psalms 72:2-4)

SUMMARY:

Wicked leadership results when the foolish receive the authority to rule.  Their rule results in havoc for their nation and their individual subjects.  The wise are to share the gospel with the wicked who are placed over them, as well as praying for them and submitting to their authority.

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 29:9-11

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

 

The Effects Of  Foolishness: Anxiety: Proverbs 29:9-11

9) [If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.
10) The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
11) A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.

In this chapter, Solomon examines the effects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:
In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness… anxiety…

9) [If] a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, [there is] no rest.
Anxiety will come upon those who attempt to warn the foolish apart from God’s intervention…
1.  If a person who applies the Word to his life states his case with a fool
2.  whether the foolish man shakes in anger, or laughs in mockery, there is no peace to the wise

A foolish man, by nature (apart from the Lord’s intervention), will reject the message of the wise every time.  That rejection will take the form of either anger, or mockery.  In either case, the Word is rejected and distress will come upon the wise.

This helps to emphasize the ABSOLUTE necessity of the Lord‘s intervention in the life of the wise and foolish alike.  Before we attempt to witness to those who live lives of foolishness, we need to seek the Lord’s intervention in two areas:
a. The Lord’s enabling grace to the wise, opening the right opportunity to share the truth with the fool, and giving him the words to speak, and the ability to live a Godly lifestyle as he witnesses to the fool.
b. The Lord’s intervening grace preparing the heart of the fool to receive His Word and then to apply it and bring the fool to salvation.

The wise must to be in prayer for the above BEFORE witnessing to the fool, otherwise they are only making problems for themselves and the fool.

 

10) The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
Anxiety comes upon the just as they fall into the disfavor of the fool….
1.  The fool, motivated by animosity, desire the blood of the wise to be shed.
2.  The just, however, desire the salvation of the fool’s soul.

This is the centerpiece that clearly displays a major difference between the wise and the foolish…
a.  The wise only desire for good to come upon the fool, and they show this by actively seeking the salvation of their soul.
b.  On the other hand, the foolish of a person is on display when they hate those who follow the Lord and His Word.   Their lifestyle shows their hatred as they actively seek to shed the blood of the wise man.

 

11) A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.
The fool causes anxiety in the hearts of others by misspoken words…
1.  The foolish man publically expresses all of his thoughts
2.  A wise man holds his thoughts to himself until a later time.

The foolish man proclaims his thoughts publically without consideration for their effect on others.  A wise man keeps his thoughts to himself and considers their effects on others before he reveals them to others.

SUMMARY:

The fool, his actions and his words, will cause anxiety in the lives of those seeking to help them.  Why is this? Because the nature of the fool is to reject that which they desperately need while working to attain that which will bring harm to themselves.

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 29:5-8

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

 

The Effects Of  Foolishness: Entrapment: Proverbs 29:5-8

5) A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
6) In the transgression of an evil man [there is] a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
7) The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: [but] the wicked regardeth not to know [it].
8) Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise [men] turn away wrath.

 

In this chapter, Solomon examines the affects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness, the entrapment of the fool or his prey…

 

5) A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
The use of flattery by the fool will result in entrapment and ruin…
1.  When a person purposely deceives his associate through smooth words
3.  he is casting a hunter’s net to capture his associate

Please notice the ambiguity of the phrase “his feet”.  Whose feet are we speaking of… the flatterer’s or the neighbor’s?  I believe either can be the case…

a. “His” refers to the neighbor being flattered…There are people who use kind, loving words deceitfully in an effort to catch their neighbor off guard and bring him down to ruin. This is the most natural understanding of the term “his”.
b. “His” refers to the flatterer… However, many times when a net is laid to capture the innocent, the guilty become ensnared instead.

In either case the truth is supported that foolishness (displayed by the use of flattery) results is entrapment and eventual ruin.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”   (Romans 16:17-18)

Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.  He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made.  His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.”   (Psalms 7:14-16)

 

6) In the transgression of an evil man [there is] a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
Only the foolish will rebel against the most High and bring ruin to himself….
1.  When a wicked man revolts against the Lord he is becoming entrapped by his own wickedness
2.  In comparison, the Godly man possesses gladness within displayed by songs without.

The wicked man is only bringing upon himself eventual, spiritual and physical ruin due to his continuous rebellion against the Lord.  However, the righteous man is securing joy and an outward testimony of peace and happiness that glorifies God in the eyes of those around him.

The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: [this shall be] the portion of their cup.”  (Psalms 11:5-6)

7) The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: [but] the wicked regardeth not to know [it].
The foolish man ignores the needs of others allowing them to fall into destitution and utter ruin…
1.  Those who are lawful will observe and recognize the needy condition of those who are destitute
2.  But the lawless do not desire to be aware of their needs

When left to wicked men, the poor only become poorer and would enter into a state of permanent ruin. Because the wicked can see no profit in helping the poor, they selfishly turn their back on their condition of great need.

However, the lawful man who is submitted to the will of the Lord will actively look for those in need.  Once located, they gladly work to supply their needs.  They are motivated by a realization they are called to do so and that, in fulfilling their call, they will receive great eternal gain.

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Blessed [is] he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.  The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; [and] he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.”   (Psalms 41:1-2)

8) Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise [men] turn away wrath.
Foolishness will bring ruin to cities…
1.  Citizens who mock will entrap a city
2.  Wise citizens will remove God’s anger from their city.

How we treat the Lord and His Word will affect our neighborhoods and towns in which we live…
a. When a person ridicules the Lord and His teachings, it will encourage those around us to do the same.  This type of attitude, as it permeates our localities, it will bring God’s displeasure and punishment upon them.
b. However, when we respect God’s Word by applying it to our lives, we will be influencing others to hold the Word in high esteem.  By following our example, those around us will see their need of salvation and the importance of following its teachings.  This will remove God’s disapproval from the people.

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.”   (Proverbs 14:34)

SUMMARY:

The fool, his actions and his words, is only laying a trap that results in eventual ruin to come upon himself and those around him.  The only way to counteract the effects of the foolish is through the actions and teachings of the wise.  It is very important to remember that the life we live does not simply affect us, but it affects all of those who come into contact with 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 29:1-4

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

 

The Effects Of  Foolishness: Ruin: Proverbs 29:1-4

 

 

1) He, that being often reproved hardeneth [his] neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2) When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
3) Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth [his] substance.
4) The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

In this chapter, Solomon examines the affects of foolishness on the lives of the foolish and those who are around them….

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at one of the great effects of foolishness, physical and spiritual ruin…

1) He, that being often reproved hardeneth [his] neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Those who are foolishly stubborn…
1.  The person that stiffens his will against consistent warnings and correction
2.  will be quickly crushed without deliverance

When a person is warned and chastened by the Lord, but rebelliously chooses to continue on his sinful path, will face unexpected ruin without deliverance.  Foolish stubbornness works eventual, permanent ruin.

If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.  And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you,  To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending [them], but ye have not hearkened;”   (Jeremiah 26:3-5)

 

2) When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Those who rule others foolishly….
1.  When lawful rulers are in control, they bring gladness to the hearts of their subjects
2.  When lawless rulers possess authority, their subjects will be sorrowful due to great loss

When the righteous rule (due to their fairness, justice and unselfishness) their subjects are content and joyful.  However, when the lawless exercise authority over others, they abuse and mistreat them due to their spirit of selfishness.

Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.  And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.”   (Isaiah 32:1-2)

 

3) Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth [his] substance.
Those who foolishly accompany the wicked…
1.  The person who gives of himself to gain Godly wisdom is a joy to his father’s heart.
2.  The person that accompanies those who live for selfish, sinful pleasure and worldly gain will allow his worldly riches to wander from him.

The person who is willing to give himself over to the Lord and the application of His Word brings great joy to his parents for several reasons…
1.  it is a good reflection on his parents and it is a testimony of how they raised him
2.  it is a relief to his parents that he is a child of God and therefore, spiritually secure in the Lord, and, therefore, will receive His many eternal blessings.
3.  it is a relief to his parents knowing that he will be making decisions based upon the will of the Lord and will be blessed with temporal blessings throughout his lifetime.

The person who foolishly accompanies the wicked will be influenced to live for the pleasures of this world and will find that their efforts will not be blessed of God.  One of the great results of worldly living is wasted worldly possessions.   (note the story of the prodigal son – Lk 15:11-32)

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother.” 

(Proverbs 10:1)

4) The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
Those who foolishly accept bribes to pervert their judgment…
1.  The king, through the proper discernment in decision making, will support, strengthen and equip his nation.
2.  The selfish king that accepts offers for self-enrichment will destroy his land.

The wise King, that uses God’s Word as the basis for his decision making, will make unselfish decisions that work for the good of His people.  This will result in his nation being strengthen and firmly planted in the midst of all the nations surrounding her.

The foolish king who governs selfishly will only bring harm to their nation.  Their decisions will be motivated by self-gain as they are only concerned with their personal benefit.  This attitude will bring harm upon their subjects as he turns his attention from their protection, welfare and gain, ignoring the needs of his people.

The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.”   (Psalms 99:4)

SUMMARY:

Living lives of foolishness, or wisdom will affect every aspect of our testimony and all of our relationships with others.  Foolishness will work great loss, while wisdom works for our temporal and eternal gain.

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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Election Day Blues

SIH STSTA ICONWe’ve all heard of the “Wedding Bell Blues”  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkMhWQgkZ8c), a hit song by the 5th Dimension.  But have any of us heard of the “Election Day Blues”?  I’ve sure got a case of them…

This week, we will be going to the polls to vote in the 2010 General Election.  Our choices for candidates will vary between Republican, Democratic, Constitutional, Green, Socialist, Communist and other lesser known parties.  What a blessing it is to be able to participate in open elections for governmental offices.  Men have shed their blood to give us this right, and for this, I am thankful.  Our Lord has been so good to us allowing us to live in a free country such as ours.

In spite of the continued blessing of freedom, my discouragement stems from the fact that I truly believe that our country is headed downhill and, without an act of divine intervention, will continue on a course to utter spiritual ruin.

Our Bible gives us the only remedy for our national ills…

THE SCRIPTURE:

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.  (Pro 29:2)

THE STUDY:

Based on our text, the Lord makes it plain that our only hope is for our Lord to raise up Godly leaders who will look to Him for guidance and put His desires first for our nation. It breaks my heart when I realize there are very few men and women willing to do this in today’s time.

When was the last time you heard one of our public leaders stand up on the floor of Congress and ask for our leaders to meet together in prayer, to seek The Lord’s desires for our nation.  This is what our nation needs, and yet, I have NEVER seen this type of request come from anyone holding high public office.   How many leaders use Scripture to persuade those around them during a time of debate?   In the few cases, I’ve seen them use a verse from the Bible to support their stand on any issue, it was always presented as an afterthought, never as the central basis of the decision they have made.

Many of the candidates we have put into office claim to be a Christian, and yet how many have put Christ and His desires first once they get into office?   Abortions continue, the Word and prayer is continuing to be removed from schools, euthanasia is on the increase, and yet what is really being done about it?  For the sake of the electorate, many of our leaders give these issues lip service, but once in office they seem to do nothing about them.  So, I find myself giving them my precious vote only to be disillusioned after a few years of seeing them in office.  This is why I am feeling the “Election Day Blues”.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

For the Christian….

The only hope for our nation is found in the Lord.  The Lord will have to raise up Godly men and women who are willing to not only mention His name, but follow His desires for our country.  What is our responsibility in all of this… I believe it is two fold:

  1. seek the Lord’s will concerning running for public office and taking a stand for Him. (Matt 16:24)
  2. pray for divine intervention in the coming elections and our national ills (2 Chron 7:12-15)

For those who have never trusted in Christ…

Think about what is taking place in our country… Is it in better condition now than 20 years ago?  If not, ask yourself, Why is our country going downhill?  The obvious answer is that our country has turned from its spiritual foundation, the Word of God.  Just as a country’s condition worsens without God; so too, any individual who has left the Lord out of his life is headed for coming destruction.  Recognize your condition; turn to Christ; and recognize the need for His intervention in your life.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Mat 11:28-30)

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