Pathways Through Proverbs
September 29, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 29
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- He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
- When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
- Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
- The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
- A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
- In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
- The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
- Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
- If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
- The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
- A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
- If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
- The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
- The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
- The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
- When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
- Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
- Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
- A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
- Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
- He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
- An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
- A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
- Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
- The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
- Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.
- An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
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There are two important principles given to us in today's proverb. The first is that just men will find unjust men to be abominable. I believe that one of the great problems that we see in Christianity is the acceptance of evil. Many seem to have adopted the philosophy that as long as they themselves are not committing the sin, that it doesn't matter if others are doing it. We see people who would never have an abortion themselves tolerate it in the life of someone else. Those who would not practice sodomy will nevertheless not be bothered by the pro-homosexual leanings of society. This toleration is very similar to the situation in the church of Corinth where the congregation was very pleased with their ability to accept the immoral member (I Cor. 5). Paul says that their attitude was wrong, and that they should have grieved over the adulterer and then disciplined him for his actions. If the workers of iniquity are not an abomination to us, then there is something wrong with us.
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The second half is equally important and relevant. It states that righteous people ought to be an abomination to the wicked. Not only is Christianity plagued by a toleration of sin, but it is also overwhelmed with a desire to be acceptable to the ungodly. The modern church growth movement is powered by this philosophy. The services are structured in such a way so that the unsaved will not be bothered by the music, the prayers, the standards, or the preaching. The church may be growing, but it is not pleasing God. We all want to get along with everyone, but the fact is that my life ought to be so committed to God, and my speech should be so centered on God, that the ungodly will either want to receive my Savior or they will want to reject me completely. My life and conversation should bring conviction to the unsaved, and that conviction will either drive them to the Lord or away from me.
What do you think about the ungodly, and what do they think about you? The answer will help to reveal your level of commitment to Christ.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery