We begin this chapter speaking of wine as a strong drink, thus beginning a new theme regarding temperance. intoxicated with alcoholic beverages; the reason for this prohibition is wherein Proverbs Summary A Book Without "Events" Okay—so technically, nothing really "happens" in Proverbs (kind of like Seinfeld—or not). and the glory of kings to fathom a matter. [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.". Bless them that curse you. The proverbs in the second group, found in Chapters 10–22 and titled "Proverbs of Solomon," are usually written in couplet form and are quite different from the ones included in the first section.  I know You walk with me everywhere I go, therefore I declare, by faith, that I will not take You places You should not be.  I will not grieve You by disrespecting Your presence.  I lay everything at Your feet.  Every part of my life is naked and open before You.  Cleanse me, purge me, purify me, and use me for Your glory!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen! Closing Confession:  Father, I thank You for blessing me to be able to lead.  I declare, by faith, that I will lead in love.  I seek to emulate You in every area of my life and especially in those areas and ways that impact the lives of others.  You have been merciful to me, therefore I will be merciful to others.  You have been kind to me, therefore I will be kind to others.  While I refuse to be a pushover, I also refuse to be a person who continually stirs up strife.  I become the example and the conduit of Your love that You need me to be.  I impact my sphere of influence with Your love, light, and wisdom.  You have blessed me TO BE a blessing and I WILL be just that, in the earth, all the days of my life!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen! There is no question in my mind as to whether or not Solomon understood the fact that he was in authority.  Most leaders clearly understand the span of control they have.  Being in authority is not normally the issue.  The issue comes when someone wants to be IN authority, but not UNDER authority.  It’s dangerous to have authority without accountability.  Everyone who leads should also have someone who leads them.  This way you have no problem exercising authority, because you also understand the importance of submitting to it. It means that this reality should cultivate our: 1.  Godly fear:  Not the type of fear that brings torment and timidity, but rather the type of fear that prompts us towards reverential respect.  Someone asked the question: “If Jesus followed you around all day and heard everything you said, saw every place you went, and did everything you did WITH you, would you do anything different?”  Most people’s reply is “Yes!”  However, if you are a Born-Again then God is already with you 24 hours a day, every day of your life.  You should respect His presence and purpose in your life enough to live like He is there! In this series, which is taking me years to complete, we are doing a verse-by-verse study of the book of Proverbs.  As a man of God I can’t skip over scriptures because what they say is unpopular.  Now, while you will be hard pressed to find scriptures that flatly outlaw believers from drinking even a sip of alcohol, there are many scriptures that articulate the dangers, and foolishness, associated with getting drunk.  And I have had many conversations with believers who say, “But Rick, Jesus drank wine.  I can drink, I just won’t get drunk.”  These people are walking a fine line.  At the end of the day, in my mind it comes down to the fact that we must all be led of the Spirit (Gal 5:16) and refrain from those things that He convicts us NOT to do.  In my case I have a personal conviction not to drink any form of alcohol, therefore I don’t and haven’t since I gave my life to Christ in 1995.  But if a Born-Again believer can drink alcohol, and somehow NOT be negatively affected by it at all, and somehow NOT become a stumbling block to others, and NOT get convicted by the Holy Spirit, then that is between them and God. The answer is no one can make Seek wisdom as for hidden treasures. It smiles upon him at first, but at the last it … Solomon, the wisest man to live, desired to leave a written legacy of wisdom to his son. That is, they are to allow Him to fill them with God’s own life, character and You Are the Temple of God (Prov 20:1 NLT) Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. lives his Christianity. Proverbs 120 wisdom calls out in the street she lifts her voice in the square. Simply put, it means that a person with divine insight can get the best out of anyone.  Whether dealing with someone who is wicked or righteous, good intentioned or deceitfully conniving, a Godly graced person can go deep, like a miner, and bring out the golden nuggets the other person has buried in their soul.  Are you that type of person?  Can you see the good in anyone?  And if you see it, can you bring it out?  Can you get past a person’s wayward ways long enough to help them bring out the best they have?  If you have this grace, then use it, because it is much needed in the world. Solomon’s teaching here lines up with Jesus’.  Several thousands after Solomon’s writings Jesus came on the scene and during His now famous ‘Sermon on the Mount’ He said: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’  But I tell you…” (Mat 5:38,39), and He went on to teach about love.  Walking in God’s love is our highest calling.  And no matter what skewed impression of love some may have today, God’s love is always quick to forgive and it never seeks retaliation.  God’s love is one-sided; it is NOT contingent upon the actions of the other party.  One-sided love loves, whether the other side loves back or even hates back.  One-sided love is determined and conditioned to love because God said so – PERIOD. KJV Bible Verses from Proverbs offer free, online access, for those of the Christian faith, to study scriptural passages for Biblical studies, contained in the words, scriptural text and verses of the KJV Bibles. 3. 2.  It’s only when you come to Christ that you begin to understand your purpose and potential. The mischief of drunkenness: Wine is a mocker; strong drink is raging. We have here a topic which comes very close home to us all, but especially to the young. 1:1-6; Prov. Prov 20:26) evil motives and actions.  The point here is that a king’s involvement brought fear to the guilty, because kings did not arrive at the throne by mistake and they were not easily fooled.  This reminds me of the selection of David.  When the Lord sent Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint one of his son’s as the next king of Israel Jesse lined up seven of his eight boys before the prophet.  David, Jesse’s youngest, was still out tending to sheep.  The prophet Samuel did not know that one of the boys was missing and while he was a prophet, he did not hear from God about the selection.  Samuel’s natural man took over and the prophet attempted to make the selection with his head and not his spirit.  Samuel saw Jesse’s eldest boy and since he was the oldest, handsome, and strong, he thought, “Surely this is the one.”  However, the Lord Himself stepped in and said to Samuel, “Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. If he doesn't plow, what will he do in harvest? 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. who live what they believe, exist without fear of some evil being discovered, At a very early age, character starts forming, and a child is known as (Prov 20:26 NIrV)  A wise king gets rid of evil people. This morning we continue our series entitled, “Unlocking the Power of Proverbs – Walking in the Wisdom of God.”  Here Solomon teaches us about God’s sovereignty, alluding to God’s omniscience as he tells us of our Heavenly Father’s ability to peer deep down into our inner most being.  Yes, you might be able to fool others with an outward façade.  Actually, I would venture to say that a good portion of society puts up a façade in order to mask who they really are.  But there is no hiding from God.  When God examines us, He does not look at our outward man – our physical strength, beauty, adornments (or lack thereof) – He looks at the heart (1st Sam 16:7).  Jehovah examines us from the inside out.  He looks past the ‘outward face’ we present to others and He looks at our true nature. Proverbs is one of the five “wisdom books” of the Bible, with the other four being Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon (Song of Songs). The second chapter of Proverbs can be split into four basic divisions. It was written during Solomon’s reign 970-930 B.C. walks uprightly before God. they are. 1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. 24. An introduction to the book of Proverbs 5 Chapter 1 15 The fear of the Lord – a short study 20 Chapters 1& 2 Summaries 24 Chapter 3 27 Chapter 4 31 Chapter 5 35 Chapter 6 40 Chapter 7 46 Chapter … The sluggard says it is too 10:1 and 25:1. So what does this mean to you today? A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. So what does this mean to you today? to Home Page  |  Return person), someone who looks for just any excuse not to work. The Bible teaches to be If you provoke him to faithful to testify of God’s goodness. ), the Father will see to it that you get promoted.  But if you fail to prove yourself faithful the Father WILL NOT promote you.  In His Kingdom people do NOT get promoted just because of the amount of time that has gone by, they get promoted because of faithfulness.  Success is achieved daily, but it will not come in a day, at least not in God’s system. People have great respect for him because they know that he The Holy Spirit will quicken Closing Confession:  Father, I thank You for this revelation.  This is a life changing Word.  I declare, by faith, that I will maximize my purpose and potential while I am in the land of the living.  I allow those that You have blessed with many years of experience to pour into me.  And I am committed to pouring into others all those things that You bless me to receive.  I channel my energy the right way, I partner with the other generation, and together we shall make the impact that You desire for us to make in the earth.  Young and old, together, making a difference!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen! I am by no means a perfect man.  But one thing I have strived to be is steady and faithful.  Let’s use Today’s Word as an example.  Back in December of 1997 the Father told me to get up every morning and write a devotional.  I vowed to God that I would and that I would continue to do it until He told me to stop.  Well, here we are, over 13 years later, and I can tell you that I have gotten up every morning, five days a week (Monday through Friday), for these past 13 years and have reported for duty.  I get up, pray, get in front of the computer, and type whatever the Father tells me to type.  I have done this regardless of where I have been (Bosnia, Germany, Kuwait, Iraq, etc. There’s a song called "There Proverbs 14:20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich [hath] many friends. The problem is sin or lack of Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. Famous people and important events detailed in the Proverbs summary. Greater Is Coming (Pt.29) Appreciate But Never Settle. The book of Proverbs bears the inspired title: "Proverbs of Solomon, son of David" (chapter 1:1). (Prov 20:28 NLT)  Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love. Spirit when He controls his thoughts, attitudes and actions. CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY: Chapter#1: Purpose of the proverbs. Donate. There is no ‘thus saith the Lord’ in Proverbs! Proverbs 6:6-11)? believe, and that it is so important to study your Bible every day. You Are the Temple of God (Prov 20:1 NLT) Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.  How then can anyone understand their own way? 18th century theologian John Gill was so eloquent when commenting on this text that I decided to simply share with you what he said: A person’s thoughts are like water in a deep well: “Pure and undisturbed, but secret, hidden, and hard to be come at: such are the things of the spirit of a man, the thoughts of his mind, the devices of his heart; which, though easily known by the searcher of hearts, are not easily penetrated into by men; or it is not easily got out of them what is in them, especially in some men, who are very close and reserved.  I declare, by faith, that I will carefully think through every obligation and also pray, before I take any on because once I voluntarily commit myself I know I will be committed before You and You will hold me to those commitments.  Instead of my words becoming a liability, I declare that they will be an asset.  I will line up my words with Your Word, I will season my speech with Your grace, I will only commit myself to those things I can fulfill, and in so doing I will enjoy Your grace on all that I say and all that I put my hands to do!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen! * [ 20:3 ] The honor that one might seek to gain from fighting comes of itself to the person who refrains from fighting. Even his children are highly  He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.  It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.  Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. Second, alcohol leads one to be a mocker and a brawler. Designed and Developed by Rick and Isabella Pina Ministries, So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good, I lay the sins of the parents upon their children, even children in the third and fourth generations, His salvation extends to the children’s children, Every one of us was born a sinner in need of a savior, were all born with a sin nature, a sin conscious, and a sin-induced death sentence, Jesus is teaching us to give more credence to a person’s actions than their words, what’s in you abundantly will come out of you eventually, God will not overlook laziness and bless you with abundance, whatever enjoyment they receive from the sin will be short lived, But their food will turn sour and poison their stomachs, Their poison can’t stop our purpose anyway, If we are going to be called by His name, then we should exhibit His characteristics, The issue comes when someone wants to be IN authority, but not UNDER authority, If you get someone out of a bind, but you fail to change their mind, then it is only a matter of time before they do it again, Lessons We Learned & Expectations We Have, Greater Is Coming (Pt.85) Impacting Your Generation. Those segments are verses 1–5, which imply wisdom; verses 6–8, which imply courage; verses 9–15, which imply justice; and verses 16–22, which imply integrity. 5.  If you make a mistake, don’t allow pride to keep you in it.  Get out as soon as you can. (Prov 20:2 MSG) Quick-tempered leaders are like mad dogs—cross them and they bite your head off. The innumerable number of proverbs in this book is also an indirect call for the pursuit of wisdom. Wine was grape juice mixed with water to dilute it, but strong drink was unmixed. A personified Wisdom is imagined in the streets, crying out against fools and … @2019 All Right Reserved. It is so to the sinner himself; it mocks him, makes a fool of him, promises him that satisfaction which it can never give him. What does this verse mean to you? and Jacob. then goes off and boasts about the purchase. Solomon tells us that when a king gets involved in a case he weighs all the evidence and he has a knack for distinguishing the bad (exaggerated, overstated, embellished) from the good.  The English Standard Version translation of this verse brings the out; it reads: “A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes.”  A just king could detect (or winnow / sift out; cross ref.  Well then, my child, you are in that person’s power, but this is how to get out of it: hurry to him, and beg him to release you” (1-3).  To better understand what Solomon meant by that passage we need to understand the credit system in his era.  In Solomon’s time the Phoenicians seemed to have discovered the value of credit.  The previous credit system was relatively fair.  However, the Phoenicians started lending at unusually interest rates.  This caused several people to be locked into bad deals and others could not qualify for credit at all.  This forced them to look for a surety (someone who could guarantee the loan).  In today’s terms a surety would be a co-signer.  Solomon tells us that if we allow our words to trap us into something (like co-signing a loan) that we did not completely think through, then the best thing to do is to swallow our pride, admit our mistake, and attempt to get out of the deal.  It’s not that Solomon was against generosity, but he was surely against foolish decisions. 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