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Lesson # Prov. 10:1
Study Material - Prov. 10:1
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
Prov. 9 spoke of our needed response to wisdom verses our reaction to folly. Both response and reaction are in the feminine sense. Response being the preferred, and reaction not being desired. When we deal with the two calls of life - wisdom and folly.
Now we turn to Prov. 10 and deal with our daily activities and how we deal with others. Someone once wrote me (long, long ago) that this was there favorite proverb. Well we have arrived - finally. But not before we have learned that there are rules for conduct of all aspects of the universe. Whether through physics or through social morals, God has laid out everything that we need to know in order to function in life.
We have seen that as we grow up spiritually we need to apply what we know to our daily life. This reinforces in ourselves the truths and standards which we are to live by. In life we face several confrontations. The first is with our own thoughts (which overflows to our mouth's - sometimes). That is resolved by learning Bible doctrine and replacing those carnal thoughts, words and actions, with divine thoughts, words and actions.
The second source of conflict is in our dealing with people. We cannot get away from people in life. No hermit can get far enough away in the mountains. No person can remain far enough inside themselves. People in our lives are here to stay, so we need to learn to get along with them, to put up with them, and to not get taken advantage of by them, and these proverbs speak a great deal to this issue.
The third and fourth sources of problems come from the systems of the world that we deal with (bureaucracy, government, social structures and such), and disasters that we might face, whether natural from storms or personal like medical problems and such.
These are the proverbs of Solomon. Solomon speaks to us as though we were children, and indeed we as students of Gods Word, are the subordinates to its teaching. Bible study is not a dialog. It is not a, 'what does everyone think about this verse or that verse?', kind of study. Bible doctrine is instruction in righteousness - Gods righteousness. And that includes not only the concepts of the gospel and salvation, but also the concepts of moral conduct in our daily lives.
Both fathers and mothers are the ultimate starting point for teaching the child the basics of Bible doctrine. When parents are not available, then whomever is the substitute figure in a child's life, is responsible. If the child is a street wanderer, then it falls back on his own volition and ability to hear and discern life through the instruction he/she receives from the streets. God does not limit His word to the inside of magnificent churches, not from the source of men with credentials from the world and wearing flowing robes. We have seen in recent news stories the problems that the Catholic church is having with homosexuals and child abusers and such. In every profession there are those who would be experts, as well as those who fail in their professions. That is why we have insurance for professional screw-ups. I guess this is common in the medical field.
Anyway, parents are the starting point for raising and teaching children. We cannot force our instruction on children, we can only lead them in the proper directions. Children will ultimately respond and accept Bible instruction or they will not. Hopefully they will at least believe in Christ and be saved, and from there they will lead their own life when they get out on their own, and learn from the world what reality really is.
Wisdom brings happiness. Folly brings grief. That is the short answer to life. Unfortunately most people do not pay attention to Bible study instruction so they miss the points almost entirely. Too many are looking for that genie or magic spell that will solve all their troubles instantly. And that is not going to happen.
Children may make their parents happy or sad, but now we need to look inside ourselves and see whether we are making our Father in heaven happy or sad. Of course God is always happy. It is a part of His eternal essence, but His policy toward us depends on our spiritual status. Spiritual growth - blessing and happiness. Lack of spiritual growth - discipline or judgment and misery. The choice is always ours to make as to where we wish to be in life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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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