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Lesson # Prov. 10:11-12
Study Material - Prov. 10:11-12
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.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.
The mouth of the righteous verses the mouth of the wicked. Throughout the proverbs and the psalms (really the whole Bible) the righteous and the wicked are contrasted. Because of the recent new events from the Middle East we have an opportunity to see first hand the reality and truth of these statements.
The righteous we should know by now, is a reference to the mature believer. A mature believer is not instantly born into this world, but is created step by step, through Bible study. That Bible study is something that he/she voluntarily seeks out in order to learn and grow up spiritually. There is only one true spiritual life's source - the Bible. All those other religions are false as you should well know by now. We covered them all in the past and I believe there is a summary on one special study - found on the Index page.
The righteous has in his possession a deep well, Bible doctrine resident in the soul, from a long and steady and consistent program of daily study. That wisdom which has been developed becomes the content of the mind, and from the mind we speak that which we think. Doesn't this seem so simple? You cannot speak of that which you have no knowledge. There has to be something up there in the brain, before you can speak to it.
Doctrine is the foundation of wisdom. From it comes reliability, usefulness, believability, dependability. The mouth is the portal to the soul (not the eyes). Sooner or later you will say what is really on your mind. If doctrine, then your statements are clear, pure, fluid, not muddied, not ambiguous.
The wicked, on the other hand, is a person who has no Bible doctrine, or very little, in their soul. The wicked can be an unbeliever for sure, but they can be believers as well. Those believers who have believed in Christ at some point in their life, then just went negative toward God. They just became disinterested for whatever reason. This is probably true of you at some point in your life, as it is true of all of us - 'all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.'
The wicked speak with double tongues. They conceal their true motives and intents. They deceive regularly, lie regularly, pretend concern and cooperation. Their actions contradict their words. They pursue violence, disguise their mischief. They are unbelievable, unreliable, undependable. They cannot be trusted.
Have you noticed, and maybe it is my imagination, but it seems like there a lot of talk shows on these days. People speaking their various opinions regarding the violence of the Middle East. The terrorists pursue violence without objective. They have no goal, but to destroy anything and everything. Listen to the words of the terrorists and those who support them. They say all the right things on the air, and pursue all the wrong things in concealment (when the cameras are not watching).
Their hate is a constant stirring of trouble. They do not wish to negotiate, but to destroy. They are not happy unless they have their way. Their appetite is insatiable and if anyone gives in to their demands, the demands will keep increasing until the good people are squeezed to nothing. The wicked pursue violence and the only thing that they will respect is a greater violence forced on top of them. God allows a lot of rope to be let loose on those who would practice evil, but sooner or later that rope is snapped tight and the neck of the wicked is snapped.
In contrast the righteous use not violence as their pattern of living but love. Now do not get gooey on me. Love is not forgive and forget. This is impersonal love, 'ahabah', in the feminine for friendship and tolerance. The mature believer is tolerant of others - to a point. In social settings there is allowance for the opinions of others, without argument, without violence, without harsh feelings. The mature believer is calm and poised I life. When the actions of others cross the line into crime, then other laws rule - law and order, due process, and so forth. When the actions of others cross the line even further such that nations are involved, then military actions come into play.
Cancer starts small and grows. As it becomes greater and greater, as its threat becomes more severe, then the cure has to grow accordingly. You do not send in the Marines to catch a thief. You send in the local police. When several countries sponsor terrorism, pay 'prize money' to the families of suicide bombers, and otherwise hide behind the press in public but practice their evil in secret, then greater force becomes necessary. If the problem is not resolved, then the problem grows to greater proportions, and many more innocents will be hurt.
So we see in these current days the actual application of this proverb. Many words are said to a naive public. Do not be naive, remember Prov. 9:4, lest you be fooled by the deceptive propaganda coming out of the radio and TV these days. But be wise, and discern the right things, the truth that comes off of the airwaves.
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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