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Lesson # Prov. 11:28
Study Material - Prov. 11:28
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.
28 He that trusteth [batach] in his riches [osher] shall fall [naphal] : but the righteous [tsaddiyq] shall flourish [parach] as a branch [aleh] . KJV-Interlinear
28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf. NAS
The negative person, negative toward God that is, places his trust in that which he can see, taste, feel, hear, smell, or by some mode of logic or empiricism, can determine through evidence or deduction, the integrity, ability, or character of someone or something. Thus negative people place their trust in what they can measure or evaluate.
Simple minded folk will trust in those things they can see or feel. They trust in the things around them, things they are familiar with, things they can relate to (can't beat the man, can't trust the system, etc.).
Folks of a higher analytical ability trust in their logic or theories or philosophies they invent or happen to agree with as invented by others (evolution, having connections in society, living in the right neighborhood, etc.).
To these (negative toward God) people, riches are that which they can acquire, use, and enjoy within the realm of their physical senses. Riches are things accumulated, status attained, reputation, education, culture, rank, position, honors received from society, and so forth. These are all things that are external to each individual. We do not maintain our tangible assets within the soul. Knowledge of them yes, but not the real things.
And what is in the soul? The knowledge of those things near and dear to each of us - our cars and homes, our jobs or businesses, our social life, our bank balances (actual and wished for), our clothing and accessories, our families, all that we perceive ourselves to be or wish ourselves to be.
These are all things, cars, family, friends, real estate, funds, etc. They are all things. All things are of this world and all things have owners (that is you) who are transient. Things remain here on earth in one form or another, but we, the owners, come and we go. We are born and grow up and we die. All we have during life is left behind at death. Death is the ultimate enemy of arrogance. Arrogance cannot overcome it.
The righteous person is one who understands this. He is a person who understands that there are two sides of life - the carnal side (of this world) and the spiritual side (of God). Most people live the former life and disregard their spiritual side. They live less than half a life. Why not half? Because the spiritual side continues forever and it comprises the greater portion of ones life. The carnal side exists only during our time here on earth, which may be 20 years or 100 years. Thus our earthly existence is a very short and small portion of our entire life existence, which includes eternity.
Each individual stands of falls on their own. We do not rely on spouses to get us through life. We do not rely on parents to get us through life. We do not rely on children or friends, or even strangers to get us through life. We all have to make our own decisions - to believe in God in the first place, and to study His Word in the second. Or, to not do these things. One way or the other we decide, either passively of actively, but we do decide.
The repercussions of our decisions? To trust in our world around us for that which we expect from life, means to fail miserably. But to trust in God through His Word, to provide whatever we need in this life and to further provide us with unbelievable riches in eternity, which means that we must study His Word daily and consistently in order to gain understanding and orientation to Gods Wisdom, then we will flourish.
He who grafts himself to the world, will wither with the world because the world has its limitations. You will die sooner or later. But he who grafts himself to Christ, will achieve a root which will never die, and consequently the believer will flourish forever.
Daily we study the Bible, and daily we see the contrasts of believers and unbelievers, of positive believers and of negative believers. The advantages of life always reside with positive believers who are obedient to Gods Word. The disadvantages always reside with those who play games with their spiritual life. Why then would anyone ignore something so great in their life.
We once imagined a mountain of gold. We have two paths to it. God gives us a map, light, a means of transportation, and even pilots our ship to that mountain. We cannot fail.
On the other hand there is a blank map, in total darkness, no transportation, no compass, and we have no clue where that mountain is, but we know it is there. Furthermore we have obstacles, barriers, sin and death waiting around every corner to keep us from our goal, and to take away from us whatever we might have. Even more, there is a great gulf, infinitely deep over which we cannot pass. We have no help, and therefore we are certain to fail.
Which is the smarter path to pursue?
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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