3-2-2015             Raising “Stupid”

Proverbs 12:1: “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.” “Instruction” is discipline by truth, “knowledge” is acceptance of truth. A good student thirsts for “knowledge,” so Jesus Christ taught: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).  There is no learning where there is no discipline. Children whose egos are fed more than their desire to be taught are “stupid” (i.e., “brutish,” like an animal, with unused human ingenuity). “Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7). “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20). “I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You” (Psalm 73:22 NKJV)

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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(#73) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:24-It Doesn’t Take A Village To Raise A Child Who Has Both Parents!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 13:24: “He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”

The old “spare the rod, spoil the child” is truthful but not a quotation of Scripture. No amount of beatings can ever replace the effect of parental love, understanding, patience, and instruction. Children are to “obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1), but fathers are specifically commanded “do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Fathers must “bring them up,” not beat them down! Discipline includes instruction and enforcement of what is “right,” not dictatorial and tyrannical outbursts arbitrarily enforced with a “rod!” THIS PROVERB GIVES ABSOLUTELY NO PERMISSION TO ABUSE CHILDREN! Listen to the other proverbs on the subject: “Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction” (Proverbs 19:18); “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15); “Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die” (Proverbs 23:13); “The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother” (Proverbs 29:15); “Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul” (Proverbs 29:17). “The rod” is the last line of discipline to be applied (not the first or only line), but children must be reminded that there is a limit placed on their actions, beyond which they must not go in respect for parental authority. There is a time limit on good parental guidance, and that is “while there is hope,” or while the child is formative. It is “the rod and rebuke” that “give wisdom,” not just “the rod” without explanation and corrective instruction, but not “rebuke” without “the rod.” All the “rod of correction” is designed to do is sober up the child’s attitude and focus on the seriousness of the parent’s instruction, basically, “wipe that smile off your face!” Unfortunately, in this society filled with divorce and remarriage, custody battles, sexual relations without marriage commitment, a child is “left to himself.” The mother or father who thinks the child can handle things all alone is self-deceived and has abdicated the greatest authority on earth: nurturing a soul. They will give account on the Day of Judgment. Every child raised without proper discipline is a child raised without proper love, for discipline indicates loving care. The “father,” specifically, should be the obedience school for a child.

Every male who sires a child without a marriage commitment to its mother is: (1) profaning god’s sacredness of life; (2) disrespecting the mother of a life; (3) ignoring the God-given responsibility to properly instruct and guide the child’s life; (4) creating an illegitimate child without love (Hebrews 12:5-11); (5) and will be held accountable on the day of judgment for each and every soul he has neglected! It still requires a married couple (male and female) to properly raise every child.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #11

(#11) A Father’s Wisdom: Get Wisdom! 4:1-9

Verses 1-2: To “hear” a father’s “instruction” places a responsibility upon the father to give “good doctrine,” hopefully, because father knows better. Directing children’s’ attention “to know understanding” gives them a quest for knowledge, which should not be “forsaken.”

Verses 3-4: A father would certainly want to rightly teach his son, especially when he is “the only one” held as special in his mother’s eye. The father is responsible for setting his son on the right track by giving him information that, obeyed, causes him to “live.”

Verses 5-9: Get after “Wisdom” and “understanding,” these are the primary goal to be obtained. DO NOT forget by turning away, for we have short-term memories and must follow through our knowing Wisdom with action based upon that knowledge. The same application is made to “faith” in James 1:22-25. DO NOT forsake “her” to receive her blessing. Stated positively, “love her” in a close relationship. Wisdom is the “principal,” or primary achievement in life, all else pales into nothingness. While getting wisdom, get “understanding,” also, for lessons without application are useless. “Exalt her” is an admonition to keep her in her proper place. Wisdom should be the leading reason and predominant cause of all we do. Promotions and “honor” will accrue to those who “embrace her” because a wise person is of great value to every society. This was how Joseph was chosen by Pharaoh (Genesis 41:33-41); a city was delivered (Ecclesiastes 9:13-16); and Jesus was found (Matthew 2:1-18). A life governed by Wisdom will be honored by “a crown of glory.” In New Testament terms we read: “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12) “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:6-8) Clearly, a life lived in obedience to Jesus Christ is a wise life which will receive “the crown of life” and “of righteousness.”

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (15)

Proverbs 10 is where the “pithiness” begins due to the mouthful of wisdom served on spoon sized verses. For this chapter I’ll only comment on certain verses that stand out (at least to me) instead of commenting on whole passages like I have done previously for Proverbs 1-9.  Bon appetit!

Verse 1: Interesting due to the bluntness of the statement. Building up the self-esteem of a child is an essential task of a parent, but psychologists today get it all wrong if they say any sort of guilt is bad. Solomon flat-out tells his child if he listens to his father he will make him a better child and he will make his parents proud – ignore the advice and he’ll remain a child of constant sorrow to his mother!

Verse 2: The Bible in Basic English translates this verse, “Wealth which comes from sin is of no profit, but righteousness gives salvation from death.” Reminds me so very much of what Paul said in Romans 6:23.

Verse 5: There is a time to rest and a time to work – don’t confuse the two! If only this nation’s parents taught more children this principle many of the problems that our young people face would simply fix themselves. Busy hands have a harder time getting into trouble!!!

Verse 10: When I read verses like this it reminds of how much the characteristics of sneakiness in people has not changed since the days the Bible speaks of. The devious, destructive and deterring “wink of the eye” still remains one of the quickest markers of something when it’s not what it appears to be.

Verse 12: A wonderful verse! Not only do I think so, but so did Peter and James! Peter quotes the verse directly while you can’t help but think of it when you read what James said. They were obviously both fans of the Proverbs.

Verse 13: It’s a ‘hard knock life’ for those who have a hard head – at least that’s how I’d sum it up.

Verses 15-16: Wealth is a tool! Some have more tools than others but we’re all responsible for how we take care of our own tools. Wealth does not always make things better. Use some tools with ignorance and you’ll end up getting hurt. Wealth is one of them! To the untrained heart physical wealth will replace the spiritual treasure of the heart (Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 16:1-14).

Verse 19: I quoted this verse just the other day…but I accidentally left out a word in my comment. I wasn’t following the verse per say; just made a mistake. Shutting a door and window – yeah, we’ve got that! Shutting our mouth – I wish I had it down as much as the doors and windows.

Verse 21: I think this is one of the most overlooked gems in Proverbs. How do the lips of the righteous feed others? Advice, encouragement, warnings, admonitions…it all feeds the soul.

Verse 22: Solomon has much to say throughout Proverbs about work, wealth and blessings from God. I wonder why? True financial blessings from God come without the sorrow…and the fact that all financial “blessings” are not without that issue reveals the source of some “financial aid.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10 preaches right along side with the Proverbs today as strongly as the day they were written. Solomon was a man who felt the sting of wealth and sorrow!!!

Verse 27: Accidents do happen to those who strive to live after the Lord, but foolishness happens to more people than you can shake a stick at. Watch the news! Foolishness affects our lives much more than accidents. Bottom line is a life lived in accordance with God’s will is most-often a life of wiser and more fulfilling days.

Verse 29: The Lord can be for you. But never forget that the Lord can be against if you chose to work evil! You can hear Solomon saying that we don’t want to be on the wrong side of the Lord.

Next up, Proverbs 11.

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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (14)

Proverbs 9 continues with the wisdom theme. Wisdom, simplicity, foolishness, reproving, instruction, fear, knowledge, understanding, life, death and destruction are all on the menu.

Verses 1-6: The wisdom that leads to life is built upon a strong foundation that does not originate with man. It metaphorically becomes a home not made with hands; Christians should find a reason to smile in this (Hebrews 10:11). Wisdom offers the invitation that leads to life…what do you know, it still does! (John 6:53-56; Matthew 11:28; Mark 16:15-16) Whatever was wise yesterday, will still be wise today.

Verses 7-12: There is one invitation to be wise, but there are two reactions to it. When it comes to the “scorners” of wisdom it is best to be silent sometimes (Matthew 7:6). Some refuse to listen because they don’t want to learn while the who want to learn will listen. No fear of the Lord??? No wisdom that leads to life!!!

Verses 13-18: The wise lady who represents the way of life has her counterpart – the lady who represents folly and foolishness that leads to woe. It seems as if Solomon is making a concluding statement about all these two women; wisdom is crying out in the streets to be heard, but non-sense/sin is walking around to be seen – we must choose wisely (2 Corinthians 5:7). It always does us good to remember where the guests at sin’s table end up when the meal is finished. The following article came from the email bulletin of the church in Wise, Virginia; the author of the article was marked as ‘unknown.’ I thought it fits Proverbs 9 well. Especially verses 13-18.

What Price for Foolishness?

What some will pay for a moment’s reckless folly is recorded again and again in the Book of Ages. Do you think these got their “money’s worth”?

1. ADAM and EVE, for one bite of luscious fruit when they were not even hungry, brought sin, suffering, shame and death upon themselves and the human race. (Genesis 3)

2. LOT’S WIFE, revealing her longing for the things that pertain to the earth, took one look back at Sodom and became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19)

3. ESAU, to satisfy one day’s fleshly hunger, lightly esteemed his birthright and forfeited his right to the ancestry of Christ. (Genesis 25)

4. ACHAN, for a garment he could not wear, and silver and gold he could not spend, paid with all his possessions, his family and his life. (Joshua 7)

5. SAMSON, for the caress of a hypocritical woman, lost his will, his strength, his liberty, his eyes and finally his life. (Judges 16)

6. DAVID, to enjoy another man’s wife, hands to posterity a tale of his life with adultery, shame, and tears, boldly written for all to read. (2 Samuel 11)

7. AHAB, coveted another’s little vineyard, permitted his wife to have its owner killed, claimed it for his own, and heard his funeral preached in these words: “In the place where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, shall the dogs like thy blood, even thine.” (1 Kings 21)

8. JUDAS for thirty pieces of silver, which he couldn’t find occasion or conscience to use, took his own life in shame and despair. (Matthew 27)

These examples could be multiplied but they are sufficient just here. Could these have called back their days after learning their lessons, how differently would have been the history of the world. When we consider the price paid for sin, WE MUCH CONCLUDE IT IS NOT WORTH IT! Surely we do not suppose ourselves smart enough to out-smart God, and get by with sinning and not pay the “wages” of it.

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“Proverbs Are The Piths” (13)

If Proverbs 8 reveals one thing it’s this: There may be no “I” in team but there sure is in “Wisdom!”

Verses 1-5: Wisdom is an equal opportunity educator (just think of chapter one’s lesson). If you compare the previous topic of the adulterous woman who kills to the current topic of the woman who cries out to give life you again see the Bible’s true purpose – contrasting darkness and light as well as sin and salvation. God’s word is the word of wisdom and life (John 6:63, 7:37 and Hebrews 12:25). God’s revealed wisdom has been given for our benefit (1 Corinthians 2:7-16 and Deuteronomy 29:29, 30:11-15).

Verses 6-11: Wisdom calls out for her words to be “marked.” Wisdom knows how to speak plain truth with plain talk. Plain talk that leads to plain truth caused many to reject Jesus (John 8:40-46). A key theme in these verses that will be reflected many times over throughout the rest of the book is that there are times when a person is better off not attempting to educate the ignorant because they will not learn – not because they cannot learn. Think “pearls and swine” for a moment.

Verses 12-31: Wisdom has many references on her job application. Intelligence, knowledge, proper thinking all come as benefits when we employ wisdom. This wisdom has little to do, actually nothing to do with diplomas on the wall! It has to do with living life according to the tried and true wisdom of God. This thought leads Solomon to say wisdom was around before the world got started. Science was science before the scientist ever thought anything about geology, meteorology, physical sciences, chemistry, etc. Intelligence is seen in the very existence of the world itself.

Verses 32-36: Wisdom’s ways are old-fashioned, but there is nothing new to find that she has not revealed. These verses remind me of Luke 13:23-24. If we want to find wisdom (and eternal life) it will take an effort! If we reject wisdom, then we’re only hurting ourself.

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When do my words go unheard? Usually whe…

When do my words go unheard? Usually when my wife doesn’t want to listen to any instructions that I’ve given her, and goes ahead and does what she wants to do anyway. 🙂

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