Pathways Through Proverbs
January 22, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 22
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Following Scripture Verses
- A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
- The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
- A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
- Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
- Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
- The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
- He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
- He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
- Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
- He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
- The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
- The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
- The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
- Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
- He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
- Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
- For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
- That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
- Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
- That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
- Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
- For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
- Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
- Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
- Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
- If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
- Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
- Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
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One of the themes of the book of Proverbs is the proper way to raise children. Today's verse discusses some important aspects of discipline. There are three items here that we should notice. First, we see the nature of a child. He is born a fool. Modern psychologists want us to believe that children are born innocent and that if left to themselves they will turn out to be fine, upstanding citizens. The is contrary to what the Bible teaches. All men are born sinners, and thus are inherently foolish. This foolishness must be removed from the child or he is going to bring himself and his parents to grief.
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Second, note the method that is given for removing foolishness: the rod of correction. Solomon does not recommend screaming at your child, nor giving them the silent treatment. He doesn't advocate "time out", nor attempts to have a reasoned discussion with your toddler. He says to use the rod. Corporal punishment, or spanking, is taught in the Scripture, and any one who rejects this form of discipline is rejecting the Word of God. Notice also that it is the rod of "correction". It is not the rod of abuse, or the rod of uncontrolled rage, or the rod of self-centered vengeance. It is a spanking based upon a pure desire to train your child to obey you because you want him to grow up to obey God.
Finally we see the result of this mode of discipline. If done in accordance with the Lord's teaching, foolishness will be driven not only from the child's life, but from his heart. When his heart is pure, his life will be pure, and he will ultimately be the type of adult that is faithful to God.
Your child's future depends on how you deal with him today. God's way is the correct way.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery