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Lesson # Prov. 10:5-7
Study Material - Prov. 10:5-7
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.
5 He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully. 6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 7 The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.
Summer is the time of production and harvest. Summer comes around once per year without fail. During ones life the summer years are the productive years. Perhaps those years between 20 and 60. That is a good range for making whatever you are going to make of yourself in life. You are out of school, maybe. You have not yet retired, maybe. Anyway from graduation to retirement, that is your summer.
Even before graduation, you have a period of growth. The high school years, or even those few years before high school. Some kids ignore their education. They do not study. They look at their immediate desires (social activities), rather than their long term life (career). This is a bad pattern of life to pursue.
During those productive years we work, we invest, we make many decisions that ultimately affect our retired years. Or we should be making those kinds of decisions. Some people just live from pay check to pay check, and never attempt to save. There is always another pay check!! Or so goes their attitude. Then disaster strikes and the hurt begins.
Likewise in the spiritual life, many deceive themselves. They think that they do not need Bile study. They think that they will study later in life, 'when I have more time.' Then disaster strikes.
Who gets the blessings? The righteous. Who are the righteous? Mature believers. How does one become mature? Bible study.
Now for verse seven. We all die eventually. A little touch of reality now. We all die. This should be clear and evident to us all. Whose memory will continue? The righteous. Whose memory will rot and fade into nothingness? The wicked. Who are the wicked? All unbelievers of course, but also anyone (even believers) who fail to pursue their spiritual life (and this will be a very large group).
Unbelievers will fade from memory. We ( believers) will all go to heaven and God will graciously help us to forget (permanently and completely) any unbeliever we might have known. As for believers who have been less than hot in their pursuit of their spiritual life, they will lose out on many blessings. See the first three chapters of Revelation and the crowns of blessing that await all who achieve spiritual maturity. Those crowns, by the way, are representative of tremendous rewards. If you were in the Olympics and won your event, receiving the gold, then that is followed up by many advertising contracts, and promotional contracts, and so forth, then we would say that you won the gold, meaning much more than just the medal hanging around your neck. The additional blessings are those contracts that attach to that victory. So it is with the crowns for the victors. Few will receive the crowns. Many will miss out on them.
That should be obvious. You have many summer months in your life. Summer is a time of plenty, a time of peace, a time of opportunity. You try out for the Olympics when you are young, not when you are old. You have more opportunities while young. If you wait until you are old, then you have lost ability, lost desire (perhaps), lost self discipline to train on a regular basis.
Spiritual growth takes self discipline. It takes a regular training schedule. You study today, tomorrow, everyday. Not a day goes by wherein you do not train (study).
Being a believer is great. You'll be in heaven. Being a mature believer is vastly superior. Life's aspects of being a mature believer are far better as well. More blessings come to the mature believer than to the immature believer. In fellowship with maturity, God gives you greater odds and blessings in life. Out of fellowship and immature, you are on your own, in the jungle, under its rules. Those are not good odds.
Good decisions produce more opportunities in life and certainly in eternity.
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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