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(#163) The Proverbs of Solomon 23:15-16-Learning or Losing?

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 23:15-16: “My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice-indeed, I myself; Yes, my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak right things.”

True success in education is seen when the pupil has learned to “speak right things,” that is, by giving right answers (Luke 10:27-28), speaking truth in love (Ephesians 4:14-15), and “hungering and thirsting after righteousness” (Matthew 5:6). The teacher is rewarded, not by government salary set by union standards, but by personal, internal rejoicing, a feeling of accomplishment, being satisfied to see another soul determined to know what is best. “The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, And a good report makes the bones healthy” (Proverbs 15:30). This is the reward for parents of a child: “Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old” (Proverbs 23:22); especially when the parents have been good examples of their teaching: “My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways” (Proverbs 23:26).

The “no child left behind” philosophy is a false standard purely designed to feed the egos of politicians! That idea has little to do with true education, but of keeping children within their own artificially-determined age group, herded along with “social promotions” as a group, for the sake of “body counts” in the classroom, so that tax monies may be distributed according to politically-established parameters! Education is a matter of sparking inquisitiveness, sharing knowledge, and exercising thought processes which help the mind distinguish limits, laws, and license. “Education” which does not ignite the fires of knowledge within the pupil is falsely so-called. “Education” which is designed to tell children what to think, rather than teaching them to think, is “propaganda.” “Teachers” who are simply teaching to some politically-driven “standard test” not only are missing the real thrill of teaching, but are falsely advertising themselves as “educators.”

This proverb (23:15-16) should remind us of why students have been eager to go to school, and why “home-schooling” numbers have burgeoned in recent decades.

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

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(#28) The Proverbs of Solomon 10:19-22-A Fool And His Money

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

10:19-21: It is truth that the mouth speaks what is in the heart, and the heart speaks through the mouth. The more words a person uses, generally, the easier it is to sin with the mouth, and, the greater effort is being put in to hide a sin. Not an earthen heart (dirty) but a “righteous” heart produces words as precious as “choice silver.” On the other hand, if the “heart” is “wicked,” the words it uses will be of “little” value. “Lips” speaking from a “righteous” heart “feed many” (produce much good), whereas, the heart that “lacks wisdom” speaks “foolishly” (has no worth). This is a theme carried out in other Proverbs: 12:17-words of “truth” from a heart of “righteousness,” or a heart of “deceit” speaks “false witness;” 14:5-a heart of “faithful witness” speaks “no lie,” or the heart of “false witness” will speak “lies;” 14:25-“true witness” in the heart “delivers (saves) souls,” but a “deceitful” heart speaks “lies.” Lying, falsifying information, comes from within. Those known for their lying are “liars,” not just slips of the tongue. All liars are children of the Devil (John 8:44) and bound for hell (Revelation 21:8) unless they repent. Jesus absolutely taught this: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil of the treasure brings forth evil things” (Matthew 12:34-35). There are occupations that are notoriously associated with lying, such as, lawyers, used car salesmen, politicians, contractors, advertisers and journalists. One wonders why people keep putting so much trust in them without thoroughly checking out their statements! Why depend upon lawyers to establish truth in legal matters? Why re-elect politicians who are deceitful? Why buy papers/magazines that misrepresent information so? Why spend time and money on shopping trips when the merchandise is not “as advertised?” Why buy cars from those whose claims cannot be trusted without a “second opinion?” Why let contractors sell their agreements to build to others who aren’t under the original contract? When lying is accepted as “the way everyone does business,” then whom can anyone trust?

10:22: True wealth come from the LORD’s “blessing,” and He “adds no sorrow with it.” When life is lived according to God’s Wisdom, blessings abound, and there is no regret. But sorrow comes with those who obtain wealth by their standards, not God’s: Proverbs 13:11: “Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase;” Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous;” Proverbs 20:21: “An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end;” Proverbs 28:22: “A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, And does not consider that poverty will come upon him.” Dishonest wealth “will be diminished,” that is, easy come, easy go. The sinner’s wealth “is stored up for the righteous,” that is, it will not remain in the family’s hands for long, since righteous principles are not passed along with the wealth. It is criminal for all who make it difficult, or impossible, for “a good man” to leave his “inheritance to his children’s children.” Inheritance taxes, “death taxes,” are against God’s Will!

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

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