June 9th

Proverbs 22-24

  • 22:1— Being worthy of respect is far more valuable than money
  • 22:2— Both the society of the original hearers of these proverbs as well as our current society tend to rank people. Money is one of the biggest ranking scales. But God sees beyond our monetary wealth.
  • 22:3-4— Throughout Proverbs there is a continual juxtaposition between the wise and the foolish, their actions, and their results. These verses continue to spell this out.
  • 22:6—It is difficult to guide and discipline a child. In our society, it is even harder to assure they are raised in the faith. As difficult as it is in the moment, it is the easiest way to assure they will be faithful for a lifetime
  • 22:8-9— These verses give the consequences of the actions mentioned in yesterday’s proverb and then offers an alternate option
  • 22:11-12— Kindness and graciousness will always gain you favor, while hateful words are eventually found out
  • 22:15— It is not the fault of the child that he is foolish. It is his nature. It is the job of the parent to discipline him and lead him to wisdom
  • 22:16— God does not take kindly to the powerful oppressing the weak in any circumstance. He calls us to care for the poor, the widow, the orphan, the child, and the one who is new to the faith
  • 22:17-19— When we have words of wisdom on our lips, they are the ones that come out of our mouths first. This is the same reason we want to have Scripture memorized
  • 22:22-23— The poor and powerless are easy to steal from and oppress but this proverb reminds us that God has their back and will right the wrongs done to them
  • 22:24-25— We have to be careful with the company we keep. They can tend to influence us into their own sin if we have any weakness in that particular area.
  • 22:26-27— This advises against making promises you can’t keep
  • 23:4-5— Though wealth seems to bring earthly status, it is fleeting and not worth spinning our wheels over.
  • 23:6-8— This is a warning against false kindness and false generosity
  • 23:10-11— Moving a landmark amounted to stealing it. Entering the fields of the fatherless would be to wrong someone who is powerless. These wrongs would be avenged.
  • 23:13-14— Though we may not agree with the method, it is clear that the Proverbs believe in disciplining and teaching children the right way.
  • 23:15-16— It is a parent’s greatest joy to see their child walk faithfully
  • 23:17— We often do envy sinners. Life seems easier for folks who actively engage in sin and it sometimes seems like they have all the fun. We are to look to something greater and longer term.
  • 23:19-21— Solomon did not advocate laziness.
  • 23:25-28— Here the proverb tries to warn of the temptations and consequences of lust.
  • 23:29-35— Warnings against indulging in alcohol in excess. We lose our ability to control ourselves and thus cannot give God control
  • 24:1-2— A sinful life often looks glamorous, but it leads to trouble and should not be envied
  • 24:5-6— Wisdom and knowledge are more than just nice things to have. They benefit us in a variety of practical ways. War was a big deal to the culture the proverbs were originally written for.
  • 24:8— This goes further than don’t do evil. Don’t even plan to do evil.
  • 24:10— This verse calls out all those who feel strong in their faith or otherwise who then topple over when difficulties come. The strength of our faith is determined when tested
  • 24:11-12— We cannot claim ignorance and pretend not to know that people are moving towards death and destruction. If we ignore them, it says God will do the same to us
  • 24:13-14— This portion makes a very tangible comparison of how wisdom benefits us
  • 24:15-16— This warns against sliding into a pattern similar to those who seek to harm righteous people. Those unhealthy patterns ultimately lead to destruction
  • 24:17-18— Everyone is God’s child. We should not gain joy from another’s misfortunes
  • 24:21-22—Kings were chosen and anointed by God. If you weren’t on the side of the king, you weren’t on God’s side and would most certainly face destruction. Just think back on how David handled people who mistreated Saul even after Saul was unfaithful and rejected by God
  • 24:24-25— Call a spade a spade. If someone is sinning, don’t compliment them for it or tell them it’s ok. Call out the sin
  • 24:30-34— It is easy for us to become lazy and to fall into destruction. It usually starts small and builds without us noticing.

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