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Lesson # Prov. 10:13-14
Study Material - Prov. 10:13-14
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.
13 On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding. 14 Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
The lips are the outlet of the soul (not the eyes). You can't look into the eyes and determine what someone is thinking if they intend to deceive you. Many a person has been fooled by the gleam in the eye of a smiling face, when the intent is to take advantage of you.
Once a person speaks, then they reveal their true thoughts and intents. Comparison of speech gives a clear indication of the truth that a person speaks, or of their deception or duplicity.
The wise speak from the lips, as all persons do, but the lips are fueled by the content of the soul. In the soul of the wise, true wisdom is stored, Psa. 37:30-31. In the soul of the wicked, or fool, evil is stored. They love devouring words, Psa. 52:4. Both are revealed in due course.
The result of both? Blessing for the wise, misery for the wicked.
There are two kinds of people in this world. Here we are studying their classifications as either wise or foolish. This is not a distinction of believer and unbeliever. Of course unbelievers cannot have spiritual growth within their souls, but they can have academic knowledge of the Bible and its concepts.
Any unbeliever, any person who has rejected Christ, or simply has not believed in Christ, can learn the concepts of sound moral behavior. Morals were designed for the whole world, not just for those who have believed in Christ. Anyone can be kind and gentle, and compassionate. Anyone can observe the rights of others, be a law abiding citizen, and otherwise be a nice person.
By the same token, any believer can be a thorough jerk and ruthless to the core. So your thoughts and actions are not a function of whether or not you are saved, but a function of the content of your soul. The content of your soul is of course dependent on what you choose to learn in life.
These last few proverbs and psalms which we have recently studied, present a picture and a contrast between the repercussions from the choices we make in life. If we choose to study the Bible, and in so doing we gain Gods wisdom, then the results of our life will be blessing. If we choose to pursue anything other than Gods Word, and that should be repeated, if we choose 'anything' other than Gods Word, and that 'anything' includes everything out there in the world which excludes Gods Word, then our life will be headed toward misery.
You are either a wise person - you have decided to pursue a daily Bible study, and actually learn from what you study (you don't just go through the motions and in reality don't learn anything), or you are not a wise person - you have decided to pursue your own 'better' course of life. And of course your own 'better' chosen path is something that you have discovered or invented, which God has somehow missed.
Two categories - wise or foolish. Blessing or the rod. Blessing comes from God. God is the source of all provision in life. The rod comes from ones own stubborn arrogance. The rod can come from parents, from law enforcement, from teachers, from the judge on the bench, from ignoring safety issues while working around machinery (you injure yourself), from family, from spouse, from many areas in life. Continue to be a jerk, an opinionated jerk and life will reach out and hammer you. And, it will be your own fault. We already know that the fool will blame others.
Common sense continues in life. The wise continue to learn and grow up. They pursue Bible studies, naturally. They pursue continuing education studies in some field of interest, probably career oriented. They are positive in life and stay on top of current events. They store up knowledge and therefore wisdom in their souls.
The fool is headed for ruin. Many a person out there in the world may have a reasonable IQ, and might be street smart or even world smart in life. But if they lack Bible doctrine in their soul, then all that 'smarts' will be wasted because they failed to obtain the one true wisdom that they will need both for time and into eternity.
Remember that this world is a jungle, and we all live here. There are rules in the jungle, and there are rules that govern the spiritual life. It is far better to be living under the protection of the spiritual rules of life, than the jungle rules alone. The spiritual rules cancel out all jungle rules.
Good examples of jungle rules for day to day life comes from pre-September Afghanistan. Good examples of the violence of the jungle comes from 9/11 as well as the events in the Middle East these past couple of weeks. I should date this study so others who read this in the future will know that this is being written on April 5, 2002, and that the recent events of the Israeli incursions have followed those several suicide murders in recent weeks. What else does the jungle offer? Lets see. The families of suicides are being offered $25,000 from Iraq, $15,000 from Saudi Arabia (this one seems rather odd, I thought SA was our friend???). In Afghanistan, bounties are being offered for the killing or capture of any American soldier or news correspondent.
Of course we have our normal day to day problems - marriage/divorce, employment/unemployment, monthly bills, personal health, the list continues.
Let the jungle rule your life and it will swallow you up in time. Let God rule your life and there will be provision for everything. So which course in life do we pursue? Decisions, decisions!
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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