Any resemblance to real people in this post might just be intentional
Welcome back! Look at verses 4-5: “Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can create a vessel; remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established.” Now, this isn’t saying run through the government with a fine toothed comb and get all of the wicked officials out. This is more saying choose your officials wisely, you can detect dishonesty in a person if you know what you’re
Look at verses 6-most of 7: “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.” This is a passage that requires thought. First, let me ask you something: When is a time you’ve gossiped? Don’t say, “Ugh, gossiping! I don’t do that.” Yes, we all do. I do it a lot. But, when is a time you’ve gossiped about someone? For example, “They hit a note too flat there”. Then, you wonder, “Was I singing that good?” It gives you a guilty feeling inside. Well, this is kind of what this verse is talking about. If you nominate yourself to greatness, it will be super embarrassing when you get corrected in front of everyone.
The rest of 7 and 8 also display an embarrassing situation: “What you have seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?” Now, most of you have never been to court, but it’s also the same when you run into the living room and yell, “Mom! Timmy was drawing on the wall again!” Then Timmy runs into the living room and yells, “Yeah, but I asked Jimmy if it was okay first, and he said it was and brought me the crayons!” Jimmy is bringing Timmy to Mom for punishment, until Timmy reveals to Mom the rest of Jimmy and Timmy’s story.
12: “Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.” If you are like me and get corrected, you kind of
grumble a little afterward sometimes, then just drop it. But, doing this leads to longer and longer periods of grumbling, and soon it turns to outright rebellion. Grumbling on the inside is still rebellion. But if you have an ear that is aching to hear truth and correction, you’ve got no problem accepting any correction!
16: “If you find honey, eat just enough – too much of it, and you will vomit.” This goes for several things. Desserts, bragging, lies. Too many of these, you’ll be caught, you’ll be avoided by your past friends, or you really will be sick. This is a good verse that talks about moderation – and this is a trouble I have. I don’t know when to let something go, like an old pain, or a joke with a friend.
17: “Seldom set foot in a neighbors house – too much of you, and they will hate you.” We have a past friend who did everything. She could climb pretty much any tree, she had a way of “flying”, she could do everything. She also knew everything. We saw her a lot. We got sick of her. We avoided her. She still makes us a little irritated, and there are a lot of people like that. But, the point being, too much of you, or too much of your things, can make a person not really care for you anymore.
I want to skip on down to 21 & 22: “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” Let me just say off the bat, this is not what it may seem like. Your goal shouldn’t be to heap coals upon his head. It should be to care for him. In doing so, you will “heap burning coals upon his head”.
One fact about the Bible that’s interesting is that it can speak metaphorically; sometimes it doesn’t flat out say its meaning. That’s because some verses have more than one meaning, possibly. So, when it says “heaping burning coals upon his head”, it doesn’t actually mean that, as you know. But, it means that if you treat your enemy to your firstfruits, and give him the best of your flock, then he will feel guilty of the wrongs he has committed against you. Or not – he might never feel guilty. You do what you are commanded and let God deal with your evil enemy.
26: “Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.” Whoa, the righteous can fall? Can be persuaded by evil? Any believer in Christ can fall. Lose his Salvation? No. His Salvation is secured under the blood of Christ. But he can fall to the ways of the world. They can slip back into the way of the world. Or, they could have never left the way of the world.
Look at 28 in the NKJV: “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” Notice the last line: “without walls…” It kind of just slaps that on there, doesn’t it? It is slapped on for a reason, though. It puts emphasis on that section. A man who has no rule over his own spirit has no protection from the enemy’s flaming arrows that are raining down on us daily. He will fall, like verse 26.
The reason I brought out the walls was because a city without protection,
like walls, can easily be invaded. Can you imagine a castle without a wall? The attackers would have full access to the keep. So, a person without control of his protection has no protection.