Pathways Through Proverbs
March 25, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 25
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- These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
- It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
- The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
- Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
- Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
- Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
- For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
- Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
- Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
- Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
- A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
- As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
- As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
- Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
- By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
- Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
- Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
- A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
- Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
- As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
- If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
- For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
- The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
- It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
- As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
- A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
- It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
- He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
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The Bible teaches us that when a man receives Christ as Savior he becomes a new creature. He is now a child of God and is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. In addition, he is becomes a vessel fit to be used for the Lord. However, we find that the reality is that many believers are not being used by God. In fact, many of them don't seem to look much different than those who are yet unsaved. They may have been transformed from filthy rags into silver by the power of God, but they have allowed themselves to be covered in dross.
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Dross on a piece of silver takes away its beauty, desirability and functionality. It retains its inherent value, for it is still a finely crafted silver object, but it loses the charm and luster that it was created to have. This is a perfect picture of the backslidden Christian. He has been created in the image of God, and has been born again as a son of God. These are things that he will never lose. Yet he has allowed sin to mar his appearance. Instead of being bright and beautiful, he is now dull. He no longer stands out as a trophy of God's grace, but rather blends in with all the unsaved people around him. He is no longer fit to be used to accomplish the finer works that God wanted him to do, but simply is available for the mundane.
The solution to the backslider's problem is to scrub away the dross. This is accomplished through confession of sin. When we repent, God promises to forgive and restore to us the beauty that our sins had covered. Of course, we have the additional responsibility to remove the iniquity from our lives. Once this has been accomplished we can begin once again to reflect the glory of God in every aspect of life just as He desires us to.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery