Hey there! Let’s start in verse 2 today: “Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the maker of them all.” That’s true. You’re no different from a poor or rich person in God’s eyes. You know, this shows God’s extreme love for us, how most people favor the rich over the poor. They ignore the poor, and treat them poorly (no pun intended). But God watches over them especially. God watches over the poor, the weak, the unimportant, the regular, the average, and the normal. Look at 1 Samuel 16: 6-12. Notice what it says in particular in verse 7: “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” This is powerful. This is an example of God using the weaker, instead of the stronger.
Look at verse 6: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he shall not depart from them.” This is good. If you look at some larger families, the older kids are more behaved, modest, etc. But the younger kids are wild, crazy, and just not a joy to be around. This is because the parents got lax with the younger kids; they didn’t have the time or energy to train them. Thus, they grow up to be irresponsible.
Take a look at verse 9: “A generous man himself will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.” I used to wonder (a LONG time ago) how, if you gave everything away, you would get more. Well now I know that the more earthly desires you give away and get rid of, the more crowns and treasures you receive in heaven. What a joyous thought!
Look at verse 12 for a second, this is very interesting: “The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but He frustrates the words of the unfaithful.” Look at the second half of that: “He frustrates the words of the unfaithful…” Now go to Genesis 11 and read the first 9 verses of the chapter. Interesting, isn’t it? God frustrated the language of the people, and turned it into many languages.
Look at the next verse, 13: “(KJV) The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.” This is interesting. The slothful man makes up excuses to not do something. It’s like saying, “I’ll get in a car-wreck and get killed if I go there, so I’ll just stay home”. There’s a possibility of you dying at any second; a car-wreck could just make it a little quicker.
Do journal work on 15 (for those of you who don’t keep journals for this study, just do personal thoughts and don’t write it down. I highly encourage the journal or notebook, though).
Look at verses 17-19: “Pay attention and listen 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.”
It helps to memorize the Word of God, so that if someone challenges you, you can be prepared to come back with Scripture. Now, don’t do it just for the ability to prove someone wrong, but do it for knowledge and instruction.
These words are interesting: “Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of council and knowledge, teaching you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to Him who sent you?” These words are interesting. Why? Because notice the last section: “so that you can give sound answers to Him who sent you”. Who is this “Him” that sent us? It’s, of course, God (thus the capitalization). Now, when will we need to give sound answers to God? Look at Hebrews 9:27: “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,” This is when you’ll need to give sound answers to Him.
24-25: “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” Don’t hang out with who you don’t want to be seen with or act like. There are some people that used to be my friends, but I just talk to them now. You need to either be friends with them and become like them (which you shouldn’t), or just get rid of them all together.
28: “Do not move an ancient boundary stone by your forefathers.” Why? They made an agreement with their neighbors on where their land ended and started, and it would be cheating your neighbor if you did it.