Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’

 “Good doctrine”: There is no wisdom but that which is linked to good doctrine, which should be the focal point of all instruction.

Sometimes in the Proverbs, it seems as if we are covering the same ground all over again. Whether this is to drive home a lesson, or whether we are picking up extra fragments of truth and that is the reason for repetition is not clear. As we said in previous lessons, wisdom is the subject. We see here, also, that a doctrine (belief) has been established.

Instructions in God’s law came from father to son in these times. It was very important not to leave out even minor details in that law. We are told again here to remember in detail the law of God and to live by it (do not forsake it).  In fact, we should make it our doctrine or way of life as well.

One of the greatest responsibilities of parents is to encourage their children to become wise. Here Solomon tells how his father, David, encouraged him to seek wisdom when he was young.  This encouragement may have prompted Solomon to ask God for wisdom above everything else.  Wisdom can be passed on from parents and grandparents to children, from generation to generation.  Ultimately, of course, all wisdom comes from God; parents can only urge their children to turn to him.  If your parents never taught you in this way, God’s Word can function as a loving and compassionate parent to you.  You can learn from the Scriptures and then create a legacy of wisdom as you teach the next generation. 

“My son” tell us who this message is to. It is not to the world in general, but to the followers of God. God reminds us to not forget His teachings but hide them away in our hearts. God also reminds us to walk in His ways.

His “commandments” here are talking about all of His ways. Just as the commandment to honor father and mother promises that our days may be long upon the earth, we see the promises of length of days here if we follow in His ways.

When you know that you have done the right things, it does bring peace. Sin brings fear of punishment, but obedience brings peace.

The Bible teaches, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It is not our job to get even with him.

Let God fight our battles with him. We read in

2 Chronicles 32:8 “With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles,” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

You see, the Lord fights our battles for us; we do not need to fight them ourselves.  Revenge is the way the world operates, but it is not God’s way.

Proverbs 23:29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruised? Who has bloodshot eyes?

A question drives home a lesson. This is what we see here. The teacher is asking these questions to get you to thinking seriously about what really does cause all of this; and then from verse 30 through 35, the teacher gives us the answer.

Proverbs 23:30-31 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.  Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!

This describes wine when it is especially desirable and when it is most intoxicating, perhaps as “strong drink” or mixed with spices only and not water, as opposed to the “new wine”, which was fresh and unfermented or less fermented.

Proverbs 23:32 In the end it bits like a snake and poisons like a viper.

This recounts the hangover, but also the more than likely destructive consequences.

Proverbs 23:33 Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.

The delirium and distortion of reality are part of the drunkard’s miserable experience.

Proverbs 23:34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.

Here is the warning about the dizziness, sickness and confusion of the drunkard, like being seasick at the top of the mast, the most agitated point on a ship in strong seas.

Proverbs 23:35 “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?

The drunkard’s lack of sense is so severe that his first waking thought is to repeat his debauchery and dangerous sin.

These last six verses are talking about people who drink too much.

Alcoholism, drunkenness, and drugs are a real problem today. The hangover from alcohol is like the serpent’s bite the next day. The drunk cannot remember the terrible things he did under the influence of alcohol.

One of the worst things now is driving while drunk. When the driver of a car is under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the car becomes a deadly weapon.

Drugs can cause a hangover that lasts for literally years. Drug flashbacks can be devastating.

We see above that even though the person who was drunk was beaten severely, he wasn’t even aware of it at the time, because he was unconscious and didn’t notice. That part of his life is a blank. He can’t remember. He doesn’t even know who he was with, so he doesn’t know who beat him. This should surely convince you to leave drugs and alcohol alone.

Proverbs 23:29-35 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.  Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.  Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.  You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.  “They hit me, “you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I do not feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?”

The soothing comfort of alcohol is only temporary.  Real relief comes from dealing with the cause of the anguish and sorrow and turning to God for peace.  Do not lose yourself in alcohol; find yourself in God.

Be alerted to the dangers of wine (drinking) It dulls the senses, it limits clear judgment, it lowers the capacity for control, and it destroys a person’s efficiency.  To make wine an end result in itself, a means of self-indulgence, or as an escape from life is to misuse it and invite the consequences of the drunkard.   

We see, in the first part of this, a man who puts out tremendous work in his business. He puts every skill he has to the task. He works long hours and many days to make his business prosper.

Most young people today will not put out the effort that it takes to make a business a real success. They spend too much of their time doing other things and neglect their business. For the king to take notice of your business it must be very successful and the business community has to have great respect for your ability and dedication to duty.

He will not be foreclosed upon or taken to court, because his dealings will be fair and upright. No mean men will judge him

This Scripture is closely related to (verse 28). This to me, is speaking of those who scorn judgment here will face the Judge of the entire world. The word “prepared” here, to me, indicates that this will happen in the future.

 (In Proverbs 10:13b), we were told that “a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding”. Meaning this is a reference to corporal punishment applied to the backside and recommends it as the most effective way of dealing with children and fools.

 Fools many times, break laws and are punished for their law breaking. I believe fools will face the eternal Judge and pay for their evil deeds. The only way to avoid that punishment would be for the fool to become wise and accept Jesus as his Savior. Proverbs 19 Continued Quest

This is an absolutely true statement of young men. They are proud that they are strong. Young men will pump iron or exercise to make them even stronger. Paul warns about putting too much emphasis on the bodily exercise.

1 Timothy 4:7-8 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old vives tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8For Physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

The beautiful grey hair of an old man shows wisdom and experience. For a man to live long enough to have grey hair, God would have to have blessed him.

This proverb highlights several benefits of keeping quiet: (1) It is the best policy if you have nothing worthwhile to say: (2) It allows you the opportunity to listen and learn; (3) It gives you something in common with those who are wiser.  Make sure to pause to think and to listen so that when you do speak, you will have something important to say. 

Self-control is superior to conquest.  Success in business, school, or home life can be ruined by a person who has lost control of his or her temper.  So, it is a great personal victory to control your temper.  When you feel yourself ready to explode, remember that losing control may cause you to forfeit what you want the most.  

Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

You see, not only are we to be slow to anger, but we are to put anger away from us. The spirit must rule over the body. The spirit ruled by the Lord has eternal life to look forward to.

This scripture is saying that he that is righteous is better than one who is mighty but not necessarily wise. The mighty can overtake and destroy a city or an army, but he that rules his spirit is mightier than he.