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Lesson # Prov. 8:15-21
Study Material - Prov. 8:15-21
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15 'By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. 16 'By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly. 17 'I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me. 18 'Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness. 19 'My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield than choicest silver. 20 'I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, 21 To endow those who love me with wealth, That I may fill their treasuries.
True leaders rule by means of Gods wisdom, not their own educated wisdom from life or political expedient. But God appoints all persons to their posts regardless of what those posts may be, regardless of what abilities they may have, regardless of their social standing or even their financial standing. Government is a divine institution established by God for the purpose of administrating justice to all who live under their respective governments. Those who are ultimately placed in positions of authority are commissioned by God, and are accountable to God. Of course we know that most leaders throughout history are failures. And regardless of their failure, their abuse of power and authority, God still is able to maintain control of history, securing the human race, promoting positive believers, and punishing those to whom punishment is due.
Whether understood or not, whether recognized or not, all leaders of the world and throughout history gained their positions by the grace of God. God controls history, and He does it in three ways. He controls history by direct intervention - He created the universe, He parted the sea, He determines when each one of us will be born into this world, and when each one of us will depart from this world. He controls history by indirect intervention - He permits mankind to do His bidding in accordance with His divinely appointed rules of establishment. Men of wisdom will come and go and they will rule or accomplish things in life through their own initiatives. God controls history through His permissive will - He allows evil and wickedness to run rampant. At times one evil group will rise up and destroy another evil group. Thus, God even maintains a balance in humanity even through the use of negative peoples.
But by far the favorites of God are those who seek Him. Believers advancing in their spiritual lives. By gaining wisdom we also gain riches and wealth and in several ways. We gain riches by the common sense application of what we know of life in general. We choose between options wisely. We know how to avoid getting taken for a ride in a sales gimmick. We know how to promote ourselves in job seeking, in sales promotion, in product advertising. We use common sense, and many of the things we have learned in life, which are made even clearer because of the Bible doctrine in our souls. We know how to avoid bad crowds and the bad activities they pursue in life. Regardless of the abilities we may have, whether mental or physical, or even the handicaps we may have in life, God overrides any deficiency or advantage and brings blessings to us during the course of our daily life.
Not only in this life is Gods blessing better than any gold, silver, or gem, but especially in the next life. In eternity, there is tremendous blessing, for eternity far exceeds our current life obviously. Its mere duration of infinity makes our blessings far greater, but more than that, if we persevere in or advance to spiritual maturity, and maintain it, then we have stored up for us in heaven blessings and riches far in excess of anything that we can imagine. Moses had the riches of Egypt at his fingertips. He was the Prince of Egypt and heir to the throne of Pharaoh, but he turned his back on those riches because the riches of Gods promise, riches he had never seen, were far greater in his mind than those riches he could see in Egypt. What were those riches he turned his back against? Imagine having the opportunity of being Pharaoh over these United States of America, where all its wealth was at your disposal, all it military power You would have total rule over the trillions of dollars that pour into the government coffers each year. No congress to deal with since your rule would be absolute. So was the power and riches of Pharaoh in Moses' time, yet Moses turned his back on it all and went off into the desert to learn more about His destiny.
And so God too, bestows these riches and blessings on those who seek Him, His wisdom. Verse 21 is clear. To endow with wealth, and to fill the treasuries. This wealth is Bible doctrine. And your treasuries are in your soul, the production of your soul (your thoughts, intents, actions). As you learn Bible doctrine you build a temple, a palace, in your soul. Its structure grows up from Bible doctrine. As you apply it to life, you then generate furnishings in your soul (gold, silver, and precious stones). These are divine furnishings, treasuries for your life now, and more importantly, in eternity. In contrast the soul furnishings of unbelievers and negative believers (believers out of fellowship) are wood, hay, and stubble. Things that are of no lasting value and will be burned away in eternity leaving these folks with nothing but empty souls.
Unbelievers of course will go into the lake of fire while negative believers will go into heaven in their resurrection bodies but they will have nothing to show for their life on earth, nor will they receive any 'additional' blessings in eternity.
This path is a narrow path, with righteousness and justice on either side. These boundaries make up Gods holiness, and that is the ground on which we are to live our lives. Absent sin, absent human good.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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