Proverbs 23

Can you believe how far we are in the Proverbs? They’re almost over! So is the year. Where did it go? Anyway, look at the first 5 verses: “When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for his food is deceptive. Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” The first 4 verses can be talking about eating too much, but it can also mean to discern truth from false, and how sin looks good, but how it’s truly deadly.

Now, look at 6-7: “Do not eat the food of the stingy man, do not crave his delicacies; for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.” These are the people who want you to see their wealth. They show off their fancy wealth to you and brag about how much it costs.

12-14: “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.” This is interesting. He won’t die, obviously, but so many people say that it’s child abuse. Well, the Bible mentions the word “rod” as punishment, so it just makes sense. This is so crucial to raising a child that it can’t be looked over too fast. Of course, I’ve never done this in particular, but information that I’ve gained from others who have makes this a very important point to talk about. So, compare at a person who’s been disciplined (you probably know a few), to a child that hasn’t been disciplined. If you observe them, you can tell a difference. What difference can you observe, though? The disciplined child is normally the one who obeys the first time, does things without having to be told, etc. The undisciplined child, however, is not that way. He runs around making lots of noise in a library, church, etc. and is rude and disrespectful. This is the situation most of the time.

This is good (17): “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.” How many times do you see unsaved people with the good, fancy, and expensive things. It’s easy to covet their belongings, but instead, pay no mind to them, and set your mind on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2).

Do journal work on 20-21. We’re going to do more talk about this later in this chapter.

Look at 23: “Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.” This truth is so important, do not sell it! Why not? It is priceless; it can’t be sold. I can’t go into enough detail about how important wisdom is to have!

Now, read verses 29-35. Look at these for a minute. 29 is asking the questions. 30 gives the answer. Stay away from wine, it is destructive. It causes car wrecks and deaths weekly, and (even worse) it’s unpleasing to the LORD. Look at 31 closer for a second: “Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!” See, this is deceptive. It leads you to think that it’s good. It looks so innocent, but it’s destructive.

This is all for today. I hope that you have a blessed day and honor the LORD in all you do.

Ryan
Mark 16:15

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