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Chuck Missler The Book of Proverbs Session 6, Ch 25 29

Feb 23, 2022
we are in the

book

of

proverbs

and tonight we are going to explore chapters 25-29 now just as a warm up and review since we have been away for a while

proverbs

is gods

book

on how to be wise and live this is a practical book about lifestyles, personal guidance, it's not about abstract theology, it's not about deep cosmological ideas, there's a few things scattered throughout the book, but it's mostly focused on practical guidance on life and that goes way beyond of just keeping laws you know many of us have this mentality if you keep keeping the laws as our test if you are a chore if we just stick to the laws everything will be fine no its much more than that this book focuses on living an aggressive life dynamics is not a book about hiding from the world is not a book is not a call to a monastic order this is a book about making the right and wrong attitudes work cts focus on behavior and characteristics are mentioned very succinctly and penetratingly lots of experience in very short sentences little blunt epithets use a rifle not shotgun to address these topics and there are a few caveats i will mention at the beginning this is experience not it is mere theological dogma much of it is just practical wisdom from our friend Solomon and I take the view that the entire book was written by Solomon, there are some who feel that certain parts may have been contributed by others, let's question that in our next

session

in a very surprising way and now some of these statements don't seem to work in our particular world that may be a reflection of how evil our world has become a certain amount of cynicism seems to be necessary to seasoning through some of these are generalizations and of course each has its exceptions and both statements Generals as well as exceptions must be weighed and balanced.
chuck missler the book of proverbs session 6 ch 25 29
You can question a lot of these things because you can conceive of places where maybe you hear them, they don't fit well, but after all they are generalizations and now a lot of these things are larger than our life, a lot of the hits, the misses that need to be corrected they will extend to a theological realm, in other words, in the long term. not necessarily day by day and in other words a justice the ultimate justice comes in the world to come in some respects it's ok having said all of that and acknowledging that these encode the wisdom of Solomon and at its height let's also remember that this is part of The Holy Scriptures and because they are the Scriptures tell us that all the Scriptures are inspired by God.
chuck missler the book of proverbs session 6 ch 25 29

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A simplistic phrase. What do you mean by inspiration from God? The word in Greek actually means that God inspired our view of Scripture in general but also includes the book of Proverbs is that God controlled what is expressed which may have been expressed by different writers at different times but now we find out through from the computer analysis other things, the amazing thing is that it's an integrated message even for the structures below the text that God breathed that means good it means a lot of things will let go that was just for review one of the questions on that each of us must focus on as we approach life itself is what is your most important stewardship we constantly have competing demands on ourselves family vs. our career that is early what is your most important stewardship is your career what certainly it is important that determines your economic contribution and rewards and so on is your wives family aces are pushing their husbands yes it's family over career yes it's your spouse?
chuck missler the book of proverbs session 6 ch 25 29
I am going to suggest that it is your heart, your most important stewardship is your heart that governs the administration of what you put in, put your heart in what you pay attention to, let's go the proverb says guard your heart with all diligence there is that word diligence because of it there are the issues of life everything else in your life will stem from you keeping your heart diligently the last time we were in chapters 10 to 24 now we are going to move on to the next section which are proverbs 25 to 29 the previous ones they were put in order by a solemn in some direct way this group seems to have been somewhat organized and edited by Hezekiah's men many years later coding his wrote 3000 of them according to scripture we only have a sampling of these but the ones we go to explore tonight are the ones that came together compiled if you will during the days of Hezekiah or in other words nominally during the time of Isaiah and so on and to yeah let's jump in chapter 25 to 29 these are also Proverbs of Solomon that King Hezekiah of Judah's men copied off we didn't make it up we just summarized it from the text there okay but I love verse 2 it's a very key verse for me in my personal career, it is the glory of God to hide one thing, but the owner of Kings could say the duty of kings is to look for a matter the reason why this is so important to me there are constantly people who they raise that objection with the idea that God can have hidden messages in the text there are absolutely all kinds of hidden messages in the text there are all kinds of books written about the so-called Bible codes and when they say Bible codes, so They generally refer to a specific type of code called equidistant letter sequences, even those rather controversial codes, I think there are many. cases where they are very valid and insightful and glorify Jesus Christ most people writing in this area have no background in crypto and much of what you see is made up and counterproductive tabloid advertising that doesn't mean it isn't a fruitful area to get it right but more importantly it's just one type of encryption there are dozens of different types of encryption embedded below the text and as you get into those there are discoveries being made that are exciting that strengthen your faith in the Bible and illuminate details that might otherwise be missed, but I love this verse from proverbs 25 because it says here that it is the glory of God to hide a thing if you could by serious study exhaust the biblical text which would deny its divine authority if it is the Word of God you would expect it to be inexhaustible you can never plumb its depth to the end it will always be surprises it is the glory from god to hide what he hides things there why give kings leaders a challenge to investigate things so i see this as a call for diligence in the text now that doesn't mean all that is hidden is essential because the gospel of Christ is so direct so clear expressed on virtually every page from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 so that you don't understand God's plan of salvation, you can understand the reality of Jesus Christ without getting into these nooks and crannies.
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However, there are hidden treasures behind every nook and cranny and we are going to discover one of those in the next

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in chapter 30. I will give you a little task when we finish tonight. What that verse says is the same as Jesus. said in the sense that Jesus himself said search the scriptures because in them you believe you have eternal life they are the ones that bear witness to me jesus said that the scriptures the Old Testament you will find Jesus Christ on every page as you know I am a very I am a devotee from the book of genesis i loved the book of genesis for many reasons but my favorite commentary on the book of genesis is not henry morris or some of the scientists i am very interested in that but that will be my favorite book commentary genesis arthur w pink which It doesn't deal much with those things, but it really brings out the typology of how Jesus Christ is on every page of the book of Genesis.
Some people say even C types when they're not there, but that's okay. we enjoy it we enjoy our pain Paul said pretty much the same thing he said study to present yourself approved to God as a worker who has nothing to be ashamed of correctly dividing the word of truth all those are challenges to diligence with the text but let's move on to proverbs 4 5 verse 3 heaven by height and earth by depth and the heart of kings is inscrutable that doesn't mean you can't search it means you can never fully search it you can never reach it you will never exhaust it you will never exhaust it, an example Fascinating is the book of John, considered one of the most straightforward simple Gospels, so you have a new believer given the Gospel of John, they say it's so shallow a child can climb into it, but it's as deep as an elephant .
You can what you can write on it, in other words, it seems simple, but every time you review the Gospel of John, you'll discover a level of depth that you didn't know was there before the wonderful study continues to remove the dross from the silver. and a vessel will come out for the finest we sing the song refiners the fire captures the same idea removes the dross from the silver a vessel will come out for the finest how is God this is the answer to a question you may think about or this week but what is God like removing the dross from your life if he loves you he is doing it if you feel comfortable not stretching something is wrong God works with each one of us each one of us has some dross that needs to be baggage we must leave behind to carry the wicked from before the king and his throne will be established in righteousness you know it's interesting that each of us really needs to have the right kind of advisors around us I've had an executive career before my Christian professional career at who knows for 30 years or in corporate boardrooms and I had some, many wins and some losses, but most of the wins were because, by the grace of God, I had been surrounded by the right types of advisors in which I observe the ministries. its ups and downs and you can see many you can see the bones of many careers ruined across the landscape by people who didn't have good advisers around them people to watch their butts people but in many advisers there is wisdom we have seen several times in the book of proverbs take away the wicked before the king and his throne will be established and justice how tragic it is but we are all influenced by people, hopefully we will surround ourselves with people who influence properly that is basically the essence of not putting yourself in the presence of the King and don't put yourself in the place of great men and say don't put yourself in front he is talking about showing you promotion and so on is the same as what Jesus spoke of in Luke 14 verses 7 to 10 you will discover more or less the same nice idea don't aspire to the first places but let them call you having taken a more humble position first for the best is that they tell you go up here then you must put it lower and In the presence of the prince whom your eyes have seen, in other words, how much better to sit in the back row and be called to the staff table rather than try to push yourself into the central group just to find yourself a little embarrassed ray by the way this is reserved you know you understand the picture ok pretty simple stuff you know what it is but this has even a broader implication I think it's that we're always on display I could go on with some examples from the Naval Academy as a commoner.
I had several cases. I was surprised how little the upper class notices subtle things. You're always on display, even when you're not. they don't immediately notice and spot people who promote themselves and also develop a very quiet but deep respect for those who are where they belong and so on we skip all that school verse 8 don't rush out and try hard so that don't know what to do in the end when your neighbor has embarrassed me again in Luke 14 Jesus makes similar comments like this one says that when a king is ready to go to war he should sit down and see if he is capable of winning if he sees that he is not you can continue the war, you'd better send an ambassador to make a peace treaty with the enemy, pretty straightforward advice, but that's pretty much the same idea here, rush out to exert yourself unless you know what before you get a argument think carefully what end you are after is it just pride or is there a practical outcome you are trying to negotiate and you can win it and otherwise you will be embarrassed and then s we are quite simple things debate your cause with my neighbor and do not discover any secret to another left whoever hears it shames me and your infamy deviates this is probably an echo in some respects in the old testament of what is codified in Matthew 18 there is a procedure to resolve disputes that should be the mechanism within the body of Christ, unfortunately it is not, the landscape is also littered with examples of ministries that do not allow a person to be confronted by their accusers ministries that work by ear and is tragic that there are more than one I could count dozens of cases where good people have been disenfranchised and their careers ruined because those are the ministries involved that were actually handled on hearsay rather than any kind of due process writing abuse apparent, and we'll move on anyway.
This is one of these gems.of a simile, in fact, it's often used as an example of a simile, a word well said is like apples of gold, images of silver, they make you feel good, don't they? An elegant one-sentence summary, one word well said, we can all think. you give examples of the wrong words being spoken and you quickly discover that words are like toothpaste out of a tube that you can't put it back you know you can't take back what you said without noticing the contrast t or those are these times when the right word is said in the right way at the right time precious things precious things here so it's like golden apples which may sound strange to us because we're used to Red Delicious or whatever except this may be referring to our oranges, but I don't want to break the metaphor, I think it's elegant. like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold so is a sage rebuking an obedient ear you know it's interesting like an echo of the word well spoken it's all this idea of ​​someone wisely rebuking you that's a very delicate thing very essential something very precious is that someone you trust says it tactfully and diplomatically corrects you throw away your mouthwash it won't no that's not what I really meant nothing a wise reprove err on an obedient ear there are two parts to this communication that wisely rebuke someone who is in a position of confidence and take and use that constructively but it is also important in the receiver they have an obedient ear someone who is open to correction open to correction like the cold of the snow on the harvest time is a faithful messenger to those who send it now most of us can't relate to this cement harvest is usually a hot time and apparently it was a practice of many in the heat of summer to climb Mount Hermon and bring some snow for refreshments that is what some commentators assume perhaps the echo here as the coldest known harvest time thus is a faithful messenger to those who they send him because he refreshes the soul of their masters, how comforting it is to send someone to run any errand, anyone to execute that faithfully now, in this case, we are talking about a messenger in our society that is perhaps a little different, but still we have people who run errands for us when they do it faithfully, that's a comfort not to be taken for granted.
Whoever boasts of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain. I think we've all had experiences with people speaking a good game. They make big promises, but you. quickly discover that th The apparent summary is just a fabric of lies, both of themselves from a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain. This is an idiom that Judas uses when he talks about the apostates in the book of Jude. He talks about clouds without water. Fruit trees. fruitless the raging waves of the sea foam from their own shame for patience is a prince persuaded and a soft tongue breaks the bone this is really a call for patience and perseverance and communication pretty simple things i think let's keep going you've found honey eat as much honey as is enough so you don't fill yourself with it and vomit it up and in the Old Testament honey illustrates natural sweetness natural sweetness but still don't overdo it well walk away from my neighbor's house so they won't be I got tired of you and so I hate you, in other words, don't exhaust your welcome in one place.
I think this really doesn't require a lot of exposure. I am a man who bears false witness against his neighbor. hbor is a mall and a sword and a sharp arrow trust in a faithless man in times of trouble is like a broken tooth than a kicked foot for these are graphic idioms these are sentences that rattle when you shake them they are tangible aren't they trust in the unfaithful man the one who bears false witness like the one who takes off his clothes in cold weather and like vinegar at night so is the one who sings songs to a heavy heart there are times when a joyous song is not in the right place is he also the singing of songs and a heavy heart you know any of those kind of people nighter well thats a good question who is a nighter and they would tell me what night is what i did i forgot to look that up huh soda yeah sorry the soda nitrate, whatever, but vinegar foams and makes a mess, that's what I guess it means, but I forgot to check, okay, if an enemy is hungry, give them bread to eat, if they're thirsty, give him water. drink because you will heap coals of fire put the head of it and the Lord will reward you that sounds like the Sermon on the Mount that was part of it, doesn't it? and the coals of fire piled up on his head which something Paul mentions in Romans 12 verse 20 has always amused me because you're kind of there there's a cynic I might say there's some kind of oxymoron there's a self-contradiction because you're being nice to him with the hope you are piling coals on his head you know that but it is still consistent with what jesus said if i am never hungry give them bread to eat if he is thirsty give him water this is your talking to your enemy not your friend here where you will be on his head and the lord will reward you and me assume the lord will reward you if your motives are right not in the cynical way i just put it the north wind drives the rain too the wrathful countenance the muttering tongue it is better to dwell in a corner of the roof that with a fight woman and in white marries well Solomon I don't know is well 700 wives and 300 concubines and if I understand biology correctly menstrual cycles tend to synchronize hoisting between the groups is like this, can you imagine them with PMS at the same time actually although in verse 24 I don't know? none of it as i mentioned before i know nothing of it personally like cold waters to a thirsty soul like good news from a far country a righteous man who falls before the wicked is like a murky spring and a tainted spring you and i probably a unless you're a camper or a hunter or whatever you can't appreciate the frustration of running into a rotten spring you need water you come to us you finally reach a spring you find out you're following it for whatever reason that's more than just a disappointment it's a major setback and the language used here is used as a simile or metaphor of a just man who falls to a wicked when a person is fair and does not stand his ground when a person in the fight gives in to wickedness when it shouldn't is the implication that this is a turbulent fountain and a corrupt spring that is the reason that is the role the goal of a just person is to stand up for the truth stand up for what is right the only thing that is required for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing the corruption of not speaking when we should a lot of honey so that four men seek their own glory as no glory it is not good to eat a lot of honey so that men seek their own glory is not the glory for men to establish their own glory is in an oxymoronic sense that it is something that must be accumulated from the facts and be a response to the community to what they have achieved nothing is not something that they proposed themselves the who does not have dominion over his own spirit is like a city that is collapsed and without walls, what happens to a city without walls is easily overcome by running well, so is he who does not have dominion over his own spirit, well, let's move on to the next chapter like snow in the sum. mer and like the rain in the harvest, honor does not seem to a fool that in a sense it is inappropriate this is this i think it is the closest the old testament comes to what we call the term oxymoron correct self-contradictory phrase like the bird wandering like the swallow flying so that the curse without a cause does not come predictions that of things certain things that will happen do not always happen there is a way to express this a whip for the horse a bridle for the donkey and a rod for fools I think that the difference is that the horse and the donkey can be trained like a fool, a fool, apparently, now the following seems to be a contradiction, there are critics and skeptics who like to point out verses 4 and 5 as the Bible has no contradictions, will point this out, I know what's really going on is that we're faced with two courses of action here and sometimes one is appropriate and sometimes the other is and it's our challenge to understand how which one to apply l according to his madness, they will also be like him and there are times when you are faced with a fool you read you don't even want to bother answering him that because of being attracted you don't even deserve the answer if you follow me there are those clues there are those occasions answer a a fool according to his folly so that he is not wise in his own presumption in other words there is a lucky chance to go on record that he knows he is wrong or he is whatever the answer is, fool according to his folly to not being wise in your own presumption so you have a choice and this is not a guide on which one to use it means you have a choice one way or the other times you let it slide and there are times you need to offer some correction and that's the judgment which is basically what's embedded here as i see it the one who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts your feet and drinks the damage when you send a message to someone else who wants to it's ma Make sure the person is up to it and you're not using you're not going to fall victim to someone screwing this up The lame man's legs are not equal so like a parable in the mouth of fools start again maybe a Solomonic way of knowing that implies an oxymoron situation a parable the mouth of fools to serve a self-contradiction the legs of the lame are not the same as well as a parable the mouth of fools who is quite lame indignant like the one who cares if the stone in the sling like this is the one who gives honor to a fool I think the idea of ​​a sling since you don't tie the stone in the sling you put it in the sling to show that it will release the stone at the right time by tying the tether a stone in a deep thus it is he who gives honor to a fool what he is trying to convey in any case is that both honor and the fool are somehow mutually exclusive as a thorn sticks in the hand of a drunkard thus is a parable in the mouth of l to fools a thorn or a thorny branch in the hand of a drunkard this wild man is going to cause harm so does a parable the mouth of fools the great God who formed all things rewarded the fool and rewarded the transgressors the rain falls on the just and the unjust that's in the meantime and then we get to verse 11 and probably one of the most disgusting verses in scripture if you've ever seen this happen it really is disturbing like a man having a dog turn to his vomit , a fool goes to his madness if you have ever seen a dog vomit on the lawn.
Turning around and licking it all up is disgusting and I wouldn't be surprised if that behavior has been programmed into that dog to make this point. In fact, I have seen very elaborate books that try to highlight the Bible lessons. of each animal is wonderful for kids but some of them are pretty straightforward some of them are pretty sophisticated but this is that kind of thing sort of works on the anthropic principle of some people occasionally and but in any case , if you ever saw that happen the simile here or the metaphor is very, very graphic, so a fool goes back to his madness, it's interesting how you can take someone and rescue them from something that they themselves shouldn't be doing. and try to clean them up and help him and it's not long before he's at it again and picking up mud.
See us now, a man was wise in his own conceit. There is more hope from a fool than from him. in fact the lazy man said that there is a lion in the way that a lion is in the streets, well first of all yeah well I'm not sure there are many lions in the streets of jerusalem but of all modes the slots in the lazy man is an excuse for not participating like a door swings on its hinges so death the sloth on his bed and the image seems to be here that you may may sweet may squeak turn but nothing is done the lazy height of his hand on her breast that gives it hurts to bring it back to her mouth like that he is so lazy his hand is in his bag but he is too lazy to even put food in his mouth thats but thats lazy thats lazy the lazy is wiser in his own conceit than seven men who can give a reason like that I guess we've got a bunch here about lazy and slothful let's get on with it he who passes and gets the fight doesn't belong to him he doesn't blow he's one like the one who takes the dog by the ears, well, I don't have enough experience to really. amplify that, but I'll leave it for you to figure out and be pretty straightforward.
I think that like a madman who shoots arrows and death, so is the man who cheats on his neighbor and says: Aren't I into sports? There are times when humor or practical jokes or jocular nature are misplaced, inappropriate and cause damage, that's the network. long ago The tail bearer series throughout here so this is and that goes from that study as coals are to burning coals and wood to fire so it's a contentious man to kindle the strife, remember there and I think it was chapter 14 where he said that where there is strife there is pride, it is an interesting study, you cango out, pull, pull, one of the interesting studies is to go through the Book of Proverbs, first, set five, ten or twenty, a certain number of categories of interest and then go through and order the type. the proverbs against those who will discover the same themes are repeated in several different ways throughout the book the words of a tail bearer are like wounds and reach to the innermost parts of the belly wounds can be deep we did a whole series of these he can remember in gossip can come back through his notes in which one will carry on burning lips and an evil heart are like a pot covered with silver dross rather graphic images again the hater conceals his lips and accumulates deceit within of himself when he speaks well to him do not believe him because there are seven abominations in his heart whose hatred is covered with deceit his wickedness she will show herself before the whole congregation from verse 23 23 to the end of this chapter we have one of the longest and strongest sections against hypocrisy hypocrisy and refers, of course, to the hypocrisy among God's people who gather with their lips and heap them they hate the earth he who hated december through his lips and turns to sit inside him when he speaks a righteous faith I am not for they are seven of all nations his heart whose hate is covered by the seat his wickedness will be displayed before all the congregation let's catch the last ones here he who digs a hole will fall into it and he who removes a stone will come back upon him a lying tongue hated those who afflict her and a flattering mouth ruins the ruin you have to think this happened a little and i think that Tacitus said something, it is common for men to hate those whom they have hurt it is not obvious unless but you will discover that it is true from a human experience hehe and I said it in another way conscious of having wronged another and being determined not to confess it, the dissembler will guard his heart with hatred against the object of his misdeed to hide his miserable feelings, such a person will flatter with his lips while all the time he is plotting noise one of his victim well this is an idea of ​​human behavior that is not obvious at first but experience confirms it let's move on to chapter 27 this chapter is mostly about friendship about friendship don't brag about tomorrow because you don't know what what a day may bring now that is good advice you should plan but do not depend on it you should be careful with what i call nonlinearities in mathematics you have linear functions and you also have nonlinear functions and there are nonlinearities in life we ​​all tend to assuming tomorrow is like yesterday next week like last week next month like the first month of next year will be something like last year we more or less extrapolate linearly but when we go back in life and look at it there is no linearities, there are financial nonlinearities, people get laid off, there are market crashes, that kind of thing, there are medical nonlinearities. it could be a stroke or some accident or some surprise that you hadn't planned for there could be all kinds of non-linearities and it's important on the one hand to plan on the other hand to prepare for that kind of thing and so there are a number of other aspects here you can say Yes, this also implies don't procrastinate, you don't know, think how in Mexico they say tomorrow, which means no tomorrow, but in reality, never procrastinate, no, the path of little leads to the house of never is a Spanish proverb, the English have the equivalent that says that procrastination is the thief of time all kinds of echoes of this thing the way hell is paved with good intentions is another echo of this kind of thinking and let another man praise the anak your own mouth a stranger and not your own lips and this course does echo of what we saw in chapter 25 verses 6 and 7 there a stone is heavy and sand heavy but the anger of a fool is heavier than both anger is bad but the anger of u A fool is heavy, well, but little can be done with it, anger is cruel and anger is scandalous, but who is capable of standing up to envy or reading that jealousy in any way in this idea of ​​a fool back there, a stone is heavy and a booth is waiting and so on if you have a fool mad at you you are in trouble because he has nothing he has no discretion he has no discretion he has nothing to lose he will do and say anything that makes him dangerous and rathus the crew arranger and the anger is scandalous, but who is able to stand in front of Envy remembers Joseph's Brothers, they are his brothers, they sold him as a slave because of their envy, their jealousy and so on, open rebuke is better than secret love, faithful are the wounds of a friend but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful it is a wonderful thing to have friends who can call your attention to your faults in a tactful friendly way the only one completes the honeycomb but to the hungry soul all that is bitter is sweet then Franklin said something like this when the well is dry we know the value of water like a bird that wanders from its nest as well as a man that wanders from his place aim and perfume cheer the heart like this the sweetness of the friend of man with sincere advice all that seems very simple your own friend and your father's friend do not abandon or enter your brother's house on the day of your calamity because it is better a neighbor who is nearer than a brother far away, my son, be wise and gladden my heart so that I can answer him for being reproached for a prudent Mayo here a key verse a key verse for our time a prudent man foresees evil and hides it from himself but the simple pass and are grounded this was a very key verse for us during 1999 when everyone was worried about the possibilities of what y2k could lead to now a lot of good people work very hard to make it a relatively insignificant event ficante there were over a thousand events but none of them really life threatening but a prudent man for the bad cieth and the height of himself you know its interesting how even today people look back and don't breathe.
Oh, blame the weather service and Hurricane Andrew where they evacuated half the state of Florida and the hurricane turned around and so on. There are many who are still at it. the day i dont understand the danger of what y2k really had in offering and all the way john leffler summed up the situation says if he asked the question if the captain of the titanic had made it to new york would that approve adding enough lifeboats all the problem is that you should buy insurance really in effect the prudent man for the evil in height of himself the simple passes and is punished we live in difficult times we live in you turbulent at times, the coming years can be much more turbulent than the most people are prepared for the prudent man recognizes the possibilities and takes action it's the simple thing that happens and i just ignore it and get punished for it that's along this is where we base ourselves first chronicles 12:32 so that the instacart track of our courses be like the sons of Isachar who understood the times and knew what their country had to do what the little heart says is certainly both in the literal sense eral as in the conceptual sense to prepare for possible contingencies takes his cloak that is guarantor for a stranger and takes pledge of it for a strange woman the one who blesses his friends the one who busts his friend with a loud voice gets up early in the morning it will be counted as a curse politicians have done this since absalom where he got a bird of the morning and aroused support for himself against david and so on second samuel 15 if you want to see an example of this as one commentator said flattery is like you smell the perfume but you don't swallow it well a continuous drop on every rainy day and a contentious woman are the same I wouldn't know verse 16 anyone HIDA thir HIDA the wind and the ointment from her right hand which thiourea itself and this is a same verse 17 thieves 27 are often quoted of course iron sharpens iron so a man sharpens his friend's countenance and this is what Bill Perkins has organized what he calls to the Mind Stealing America conference which really echoes this verse. is where John Lafleur gets the title of his steel on steel radio show that echoes the thoughts of proverbs 27:17 iron sharpens and there is nothing more fruitful have a partner whose background, depth and skills are complementary to those theirs because in that fellowship things arise that would not come out otherwise there is unusual value in mingling in a peer group situation within a technology within a hobby interest or whatever the fig tree holds will eat of the fruit of it and he who hopes in his master will be honored sounds simple enough like in water faith and truth to face the heart of man to man like in water it looks like a mirror like the image maker here face responds to face so the man to man heart a friend is one who loves you who knows you and still loves you think about it hell and destruction are never full so the eyes of men are never satisfied that says it all like the search pot of silver and the furnace of gold so is a man for his praise think praise can be a trap praise can be a trap though you should like Bray a fool in a mortar among the wheat with nice but you won't its silly stay away from him this is a pessimistic assessment of a fool is anything pessimistic reminds me of a conversation i had with dr.
Teller We were at a board together and during one of the conversations I asked him if he saw any hope for the survival of Western civilization. The normal kind of discussion after dinner says Chuck, I'll give you the same answer I gave you a few weeks ago. Before the Council of Foreign Relations, he asked the same question, you have to understand what is an optimist and what is a pessimist and we all held our breath because we knew someone from his little dr. storytellers little epithets who's coming this is a pessimist like someone who's always right but doesn't enjoy it we we like you know

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led says an optimist is someone who thinks the future is uncertain and we all shuddered and then that word seemed right to me in the eye is this

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we have to be optimistic because then at least we tried but in verse 22 here though she was a brave fool in a mortar amongst the wheat with a mallet but not her department fool , is a very pessimistic view of the ability to improve a fuel a fool be diligent to know the state of your flocks and take good care of your herds here is a commandment in Proverbs 27 verse 23 for accounting we are called a stewardship be diligent to know the state of your herds and to take good care of your herds all of us as we struggle to balance our checkbooks as we struggle to figure out where things are financially any need to realize that kind of diligence is required the Lord expects it from his stewards to r the iches are not forever and Duff the crown lasts every generation my riches are not forever there are no pockets in a shroud these suits that the mortuaries dress you in your coffin have no pockets they say you won't but you can't take your riches that's not true you know how you do it you send them forward you send them use your riches to get credits that will be whenever you go to a foreign country you convert your currency to the country's currency usually before you get there well you have to do the same thing in heaven and the way you do it is set it up ahead of time to use your riches here to get your credits there but anyway let's get on this is the quote i was from before to egypt for hei inside says there is no hotter crucible to test a man than when he is puts you through a fire of praise and flattery interesting thought to continue through an evil report clinging to the Lord and counting on him to clear one's name is to compare Although many pretend in such circumstances it is quite easy but to humbly follow the Even tenor of his walk without being disturbed or enlivened by applause and flattery marks a man as one who is truly with God.
I recently received a very interesting report on Rick Warren. Many people are critical. from within, as they perceive some of their materials as theologically superficial, etc., and either way, they have not bothered to understand their lifestyle, their humility living in the same house driving the same car despite the incredible wealth his success in publishing has given him, he has given back everything he has taken from church and event etc. When you examine his personal life, it says more about the man than just reading his books. appears and the young grass appears and the grass gathers the mountains the lambs are for your clothing the goats are the price of the are the price of the field and you will have enough goat's milk for your food and food for the home and for the maintenance of your maid and these collectively of course they do indeed allude to good stewardship if you are a good steward you will have provision let's move on to chapter 28 the wicked flee when no one pursues the righteous they are bold as a lion in college we did a literature study looking primarily at the role of guilt in literatureit is amazing how many great dramas that we consider loaded literary classics actually deal with the implications of guilt faults are earned whatever literature and also psychology most of psychology and psychiatry deal with the effects of guilt and not they can do nothing about it all they can treat are the symptoms not the cause the great tragedy of that field of human behavior is that they can do nothing more than mask, sublimate or redirect the guilt, the guilt, the only one that can deal with the fault is Jesus Christ, and that sounds very simplistic.
It sounds like a theological cliché as you dig in, that's the emerging truth that, in a sense, is what resonates behind verse 1. The wicked flee when no one is chasing them. It's amazing how guilty people expose themselves just because they feel guilty. people, how often someone, a quick case that has closed, has given up on God coming out of the street and confessing because he had to come out if he opens it by his own confession, the wicked flee when no one chases them but the righteous they are bold as a lion for the transgression of a land many are the princes of it but of a man of understanding and knowledge the state of it will be prolonged the poor who oppresses the poor is like a torrential rain that leaves without food very descriptive Those who abandon the law praise the wicked but those who keep the law contend with them for the rule of law evil men do not understand judgment, but those who seek the Lord will understand all things better is the poor who walks uprightly than the of perverse ways, even if he is rich, he who keeps the law as a wise son, but he who is the companion of the just, shame with his father, quite direct admonitions, the one who increases by usury and unfair gain ta his wealth will gather it for him who will pity the poor he who turns Azir away from hearing the law even his prayer will be an abomination Wow verse 9 is heavy verse basically what it says if you want God to hear you you must first listen to God or turn away his ear so as not to hear the law, even his prayer will be an abomination. the just will go astray astray he himself will fall into his own pit but the righteous will have good things in possession well there are many examples of this in the bible and in literature in general four people have become victims of their own rackets such Maybe the classic example is none other than Haman in the book of Esther the gallows who helped someone celebrate Purim here okay okay every time that name is mentioned you are supposed to boo him okay but in his English translation he talks about the gallows and so forth, so Mordecai and of course the gallows that he planned for Mordecai, he was the one that was sentenced to them in the interesting twist of that plot, it wasn't a gallows because of the way it is the result of he mistranslation was actually impaled form of crucifixion that was invented by the Persians widely adopted by the Romans later the rich man is wise in his own presumption but the poor man has underneath that he has understanding he seeks to phenomena when just men rejoice there is great glory when the wicked rise up a man is hidden or hides simple things he who covers up his sin will not prosper but whoever colludes confederate esseth and for their sake he will have mercy the first have to see with politicians obviously the last one is really an important thing even covering up sin will not prosper but whoever confesses them and abandons them will have mercy on many churches put band-aids on the cancer of sin and hit it head on did not publicly say the confession here it is before him Sir and this is where you want to jot down in your notes first john 1:9 that is christian bar of soap first john 1:9 if we confess our sins he is faithful not us he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all evil Christian soap.
Blessed is the man who always fears, but he who hardens his heart will fall into evil like a roaring lion like a running bear so he is an evil ruler over a poor people indeed the prince who stands one or thunder is also a great oppressor but the one who hated covetousness will prolong his days these are addressed to the rulers and yet we all rule ourselves over our houses and others the man who attempts against the blood of any person will flee to the pit that no one stops the one who walks in integrity will be save but he of wicked ways will fall instantly he who kills his land will have plenty of bread but he who follows the vain will have enough poverty boy boy boy God rewards honest work but the way to get into trouble is to chase the vain that's good direct advice no amplification needed hey the faithful man will abound with blessings but the one who walks around getting rich must not be innocent they have respect for a person it is not good for a piece of bread that man will transgress the one who hastens to get rich has an evil eye and does not consider the poverty that will befall him the one who rebukes a man later will find more favor than the one who flattens the earth with the tongue again we have echoes of the same thoughts expressed before whoever stole his father or his mother and says that it is not transgression the same as the companion of a destroyer Jesus himself rebuked the religious leaders in the period of the New Testament because they taught as soon as that person had told his father's mother that he is Corbin, which meant that he has in fact dedicated what he was supposed to give to you I have given to God, but instead of alleviate your need, that was not God's intention, they used some of this religious stuff as an excuse to not fulfill their obligations to their parents and that's what he is, you know, refuting there in matthew 15, mar ca 7, that the one with a proud heart arises, causes contentions between tribes, but the one who puts his trust in the Lord will be fattened.
I don't think that's my excuse, but anyway, looking at the one who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but the one who walks wisely will be delivered, the one who gives to the poor will not lack that is a great commitment, the one who gives to the poor poor will not lack but he who hides his eyes will have many c The case that is direct graphic does not require amplification when the wicked rise and then hide, but when they perish the righteous increase, well let's go to the last chapter for tonight, which means, being rebuked often, it stiffens its neck, suddenly it will be destroyed and that is without remedy, we should be open to rebuke when the righteous have authority, people rejoice, but when evil Bharat rules, the people cry, we have all experienced that we have all been in situations that are destroyed by inappropriate leadership intervening whoever loves wisdom makes his father happy but he who associates with harlots spends his goods and the son pro I mean it is an example and there are many others the king establishes on earth by judgment but the one who receives gifts upsets is talking about bribes here talking about bribes and so all these here echo Korah Dathan el Byram including Belshazzar and Jezebel and Jezebel others and so on a man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net at his feet than his neighbor's feet flattery is a snare in the wicked man's transgression there is a snare but the just death sings and rejoices the just considers the cause of the poor but the wicked care not to know more echoing previous settlements Scarfo's men bring a city into a trap but the wise ward off wrath the wise contended with a foolish man or the madman laughs there is no rest fighting with the foolish man a friend of mine often says that an unarmed refuses to enter a battle of wits with an unarmed man so the bloodthirsty hate the upright but the just seek their al ma a fool on earth all his mind but a wise man keeping it till later well the verse you want to remind you there are proverbs 1728 I love this one even a fool when he holds this piece is counted wise and he who closes his lips is esteemed a man of Understanding you cannot say anything and they might suspect that you are a fool I open your mouth you will remove all doubt truth if a ruler listened to lies all his servants are evil boy is that a surprising echo of falsehood in a leader when he starts to lie he will surround himself with the wicked that we have seen that happen in the supreme office of the earth the poor the deceitful man gather the Lord illuminates if both eyes the king who faithfully judges the poor his throne will be established forever the king who faithfully judges the poor his throne will be will set eight 'men the rod and rebukes gives wisdom but a child left to himself shames his mother how important it is to have strength of character to discipline nurturing children one of the scariest things in America while traveling is seeing people travel with their children and it is clear they have no concept of discipline with those children when the wicked multiply transgression increases but the righteous will see their downfall correct I sin and he will give the arrest yes he should delight your soul and this is the next one, a much quoted one where there is no vision, people perish.
I used that text when I dedicated it. I was president of Western Digital and we set up a plant in Cork, Ireland. County Cork was quite an experience to put up a major plant in a foreign country, the Lord Mayor's top hat all dressed around his neck was a chain and a huge seal about three feet in diameter which is about 800 years old, where they had the Anglican priest of the Catholic priest there and so forth and they were shocked, I was able to tell them their faith, they were shocked when the American CEO dedicating the plan opened with a verse from the Bible where there is no vision, the People perish and I continued from that springboard, it was a fun time anyway, but the law keeper happy to see a servant will not be corrected with words because although we understand that he will not respond we see now a man who rushes in his words there is more hope of a fool than of him t What a damnation it is to rush into words rush into words he who gently nurtures his servant from a child will make him become rta in his son in the liaison which is interesting obviously a faithful servant often becomes a steward and heir in the family an angry man stirs up fights and a furious man forsaken abounded in transgression a man's pride will bring him down but honor will uphold the man humble in spirit who is a partner of a thief hatred of his own soul he hears curse and finds out that no why we should not be guilty that any of us the fear of man brings the trap but whoever puts his trust in the Lord will be safe very simple many seek the favor of the rulers but the judgment of each man comes from the Lord important for us to realize that God is in control boy does that allows you to be an adventurer because you know that God is in control as long as you do not go against him the unjust man is an abomination to the just and the unjust man is an abomination to the just and upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked there is the b good and evil our society tries to deny existence they say everything is relative nonsense there is good and evil there is good and evil and they are at enmity with each other we need to understand that or are we fools well that closes the gap texts that we have assumed for ourselves but I want to remind you of a project that I hope you have started let me review it a bit and that is to create a log you actually keep a journal preferably numbered from 1 to 31 so that you have an ineffective page for each day and what you do in month number one what I want you to do is read every morning the chapter for that date if it is the third the third of the month you read chapter three is the fourth of them every day from 1 to 31 read that chapter in the morning and what you read at night then before you retire go back to that chapter and find the verse that turned out to be the most relevant for your first day of those verses I suspect will emerge as principles for your day write them down in the The second month I want to do the same do exactly the same and what you will discover I think your personal discovery will be the most relevant it will have adapted to your specific day, in other words, each day will be different and you will begin to understand the supernatural structure on book of proverbs there isn't really a chapter on a particular topic here and there there is some emphasis but it's almost a hodgepodge of different ideas many of them similar in different chapters they say the same thing in a different way but give it a try for yourself and see what the Lord does, see what the Holy Spirit does with that and I think you will find it enlightening now that we just finished chapters 25 through 29 we have two chapters left in the next session we are going to focus on chapter 30 because we have one more final one to summarize chapter 31 and maybe make a summary of the whole book and but the po is looking forward to your next session your task is to read the next two chapters s olo not to worry about five now we are dealing with two proverbs 30 and 31 but here is your homework I want you to summarize for yourself any ideas you can glean from the first verses that is your challenge and say well that is not difficult you are things are so obvious, there's here and there, the book of proverbs is a couple that are probably a little twisted, but overall they're pretty straight forwardpreach. look at the first verses the words of Ag or the son of Yaqui even the prophecy that the man said to EPL even to the Ethio a new cow really my God surely I am more brutish than any man and I do not have the understanding of a Man what It means that?
I neither learned wisdom nor have knowledge of the sacred, so why am I reading you? What is this all about? ook you won't find that in any commentary I could find but I've made sure you're on solid ground it was important to have a rabbi point this out to me and I double checked this and it's theirs it's going to be funny so i'll see you next time that represents a final word of prayer the challenge to all of us from this book in our studies it's time for each of us to start taking our faith seriously for many of us we tend to participate in the rut we tend to to feel comfortable in a certain way, but this is a time for all of us to reexamine our priorities to really think about how important Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and all that is in our lives, day by day, moment by moment. increase our commitment to prayer take seriously opportunities to study the word and seek what God is calling you to do bow our hearts father we only praise you for who you are we stagger when we begin to understand that you care so much for each of us us to give us your word and give us your word d incarnate in Jesus Christ to have gone to such extremes that we could have access to you, we only thank you Father for these incredible gifts and opportunities, but father, we ask that you increase in each of us a hunger and an appetite for your word so that through your Holy Spirit you illuminate that word so that we can discover specifically what it is that you want from each of us so that your purpose is fulfilled in each of our lives not by power and our might but by your spirit so that we can be more fruitful stewards of the resources and opportunities that lie before us so that we can be be faithful stewards fruitful stewards by entrusting this night without any reserve into your hands in the name of Yeshua our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ amen

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