Thirty Nuggets of Wisdom for 2013
Proverbs 22:17-28 NIV
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the lord, I teach you today, even you. Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve? Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the lord will take up their case and will exact life for life. Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared. Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.
Section of wisdom within the Book of Wisdom (Proverbs 22:17-24:22)
They are words we need to share (Verse 18)
Causes our trust to be in the Lord (Verse 19)
Excellent can be translated thirty (Verse 20)
Truth to live by and to answer others (Verse 21)
Today we will begin the process of examining those nuggets of truth that will cause us to trust the Lord and obey His will
Care for the NEEDY
Proverbs 22:22-23 NIV
Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.
GOD'S thoughts about the poor
Proverbs 14:21, Proverbs 14:31, Proverbs 17:5, Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 21:13, Proverbs 22:2, Proverbs 22:9, Proverbs 22:16, Proverbs 28:27, Proverbs 29:7, Proverbs 31:9 NIV
It is a sin to despise one's neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy. Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. Rich and poor have this in common: The lord is the Maker of them all. The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty. Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses. The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Our RESPONSIBILITY to the poor
Galatians 2:10, James 1:27, James 2:5-8, James 2:14-17 NIV
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
The responsibility of the POOR
Proverbs 6:6, Proverbs 10:5, Proverbs 12:11, Proverbs 13:4, Proverbs 13:11, Proverbs 20:4, Proverbs 20:13, 2 Thessalonians 3:10 NIV
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow. Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat."
Avoid the Company of HOTHEADS
Proverbs 22:24-25 NIV
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
God's thoughts about those easily ANGERED
Proverbs 12:16, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 15:18, Proverbs 16:32, Proverbs 19:11, Proverbs 19:19, Proverbs 29:11, Proverbs 29:22, James 1:19-20 NIV
Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city. A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense. A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again. Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
The problem of evil ASSOCIATIONS
Proverbs 4:14, Proverbs 22:24, Proverbs 23:6, Proverbs 24:1, 1 Corinthians 5:11, 1 Corinthians 15:33, 2 Corinthians 6:14 NIV
Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies; Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
Do Not CO-SIGN For Others' Debts
Proverbs 6:1-5, Proverbs 11:15, Proverbs 17:18, Proverbs 22:26-27 NIV
My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion— and give your neighbor no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler. Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe. One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor. Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
Do Not Move BOUNDARY Lines
Proverbs 22:28 NIV
Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.
This speaks to Biblical lines GOD has drawn
Proverbs 23:10-12 NIV
Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you. Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
We move the boundary lines when we COMPROMISE the truth
Matthew 7:24-27, John 8:31-32, Romans 10:17, Colossians 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:12-13, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12 NIV
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
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