Thursday, September 1, 2011

PROVERBS 24-27

This section really shows the interconnectedness of the Bible. These chapters in Proverbs are later quoted by Jesus, James, Peter, and Jude.

Proverbs 24 is similar to an Egyptian document. The Israelites were apparently open to wisdom from other cultures. We, the descendants of those Israel people, should be open to learn from the wisdom and customs of other cultures, so long of course as it doesn't contradict the Word of God.

Proverbs 24 1: "be not thou envious against evil men neither desire to be with them"

Proverbs 24 20: "for there shall be no reward to the evil the candle of the wicked shall be put out"

Don't wish you were up there with the rich and famous celebrities like these Jersey Shore people or these other famous singers and actors. They are all doomed.

Proverbs 24 10: "thou faint in the day of adversity thy strength small"

Don't let every personal problem or setback or thing the new world order is going to do keep you distracted from walking the straight and narrow path with God.

Proverbs 25 2: "the glory of God to conceal a thing but the honour of kings to search out a matter"

Whenever I am confused about something in scripture or related to God, I always find it gratifying to read the Bible and other books to find out the answer.

It's good to be curious. Don't listen to all these people that tell you, "That's not important. Don't worry about it." If it's about God, then it is important, though granted, some things are more important than others.

Proverbs 25 9: "debate thy cause with thy neighbour and discover not a secret to another"

As Jesus says later in the sermon on the mount, if you are angry with your brother, go to him directly. If you are angry at your neighbour about something, go to him directly and discuss it with him. Don't go to your friend and say, "I think so and so has this flaw in his character because of this thing he said or did to me." Discuss the situation with your neighbour. Odds are you will come to a good understanding and remain on friendly terms with one another.

Proverbs 25 17: "withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house lest he be weary of thee and hate thee"

Don't overstay your welcome.

Proverbs 25 20: "he that taketh away a garment in cold weather vinigar upon nitre so he that singeth songs to a heavy heart"

We are told in the New Testament to weep with those who weep. Don't you just hate those people who, when you tell them you're sad about something, act relentlessly happy and try to cheer you up? If you are one of these people, learn to offer sympathy during those bad times instead.

Proverbs 25 24: "better to dwell in the corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman and in a wide house"

The Bible does not condone divorce, but it does allow for separation. To put it simply, men, if your wife's a complete bitch whom you just can't live with, then get out of there.

Proverbs 25 25: "cold waters to a thirsty soul so good news from a far country"

It feels good to hear that something good happened in a far away country, doesn't it?

Proverbs 26 4 and 5: "answer not a fool according to his folly lest thou also be like unto him answer a fool according to his folly lest he be wise in his own conceit"

At first glance, these verses would seem to contradict each other. Unsaved people will ask you all kinds of stupid questions about Christianity. Don't answer them in the exact way they want you to, but answer in a way that is above their petty stupidity.

Proverbs 26 20: "where no wood is the fire goeth out so where no talebearer the strife ceaseth"

People who speculate about other people or just plain make things up about them behind their back are a scourge on the church. Don't be like them, and if you have been known to bear tales, quit it right now.

Proverbs 27 6: "faithful the wounds of a friend but the kisses of an enemy deceitful"

A true friend will rebuke you when you do wrong. A false friend who is really your enemy will just say that everything you do is all right.

Proverbs 27 7: "the full soul loatheth an honeycomb but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet"

True Christians want to investigate the things of the Bible that are hard to accept as well as the pleasant things.

Proverbs 27 17: "iron sharpeneth iron so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend"

It is so good when two friends can get together and discuss the things of God.

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