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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #16

(#16) Six Hasty Misjudgments of Youth: 6:1-7-27 – ONE AT A TIME.

6:6-11: (2) Don’t Be Lazy!

Verses 6-8: After pointing out the danger of being too hasty in co-signing and participating in agreements without proper thoughtfulness, Solomon now turns to those who make no plans at all! “Sluggard” is the term for a person who moves like a “slug,” or shell-less snail. This is not meant to be complimentary! The “sluggard” doesn’t like to move, so the verse urges “go to” and “consider” the “ant.” This parallel is instructive to anyone who will put out effort to learn it. The “ant” is a very small, but effective teacher of God’s Wisdom, which is seen in the Creation (Proverbs 3:19-20). The ant colony has no “captain” (leader), “Overseer” (superintendent), or “ruler” (authority figure). Who has given ants such knowledge, but God? Ants are industrious, organized, adventurous, and efficient. Ants show that an organized society is possible as long as its’ members follow God’s Wisdom. Ants are orderly and opportunistic, because they take advantage of the seasons, gaining “supplies” in the summertime when plentiful, and “gathering food” in “harvest” when ready.

Verses 9-10: “How long” is a question that puts emphasis upon ending the practice, in this case, of sleeping. “When” puts emphasis upon a time limit of “sleeping.” The point is, that sluggards must make a choice to end their slothfulness. The lazy person’s response to these questions is to plan more of what is already being done: “sleep,” “slumber,” “folding of the hands to sleep.” A lazy person takes “little” steps, and thereby feels no twinge of conscience at being lazy. The sluggard rationalizes him/herself into further laziness, which is a by-product of being lazy!

Verse 11: Laziness overcomes a person subtlety, as a “prowler,” and creates “need” (steals) like “an armed man” (robber). Laziness robs one of opportunity, passion, determination, progress, individual strength, and family. God worked six days in creating the world and then rested (Genesis 2:1-2); God ordered Israelites to work six days and then rest (Exodus 20:9-11); the Apostle Paul worked to support himself so that the Thessalonians would not be burdened (2 Thessalonians 3:7-9). Then Paul said: “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). God’s solution in exterminating “sluggards” is to let them starve to death! Every society whose “takers” outnumbers and outvotes the “earners” is doomed to crumble. Politicians who cater to “sluggards” and penalize the “workers” are in direct contradiction to the Wisdom of God. “Go to the ants” and see what we once were and could be again.

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

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Psalm 121 Who Is Our “Keeper?”

There is uncertainty regarding the author, time, or circumstances of these Psalms, but it is apparent Psalms 120-134 work together, and are called the “Songs of Degrees,” and sometimes “Songs of Ascension.”

Verses 1-2 raise a cardinal point of faith;

Verses 3-8 reassure the believer that God is the Keeper.

Verses 1-2: (Verse 1) The Temple in Jerusalem was on “the hills,” so it would be natural for an Israelite to look that way for help. So commonly was this believed,even the Syrians said: “The LORD is God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys” (1 Kings 20:28). Then the question is asked: “From whence comes my help?” (Verse 2) The believer knew then (as now) that “my help” is “from the LORD” and no one else! “LORD” represents the Hebrew name “Jehovah” who identified Himself to Moses (Exodus 3:11-15), and also was the Creator of “heaven and earth” (Genesis 1:1). The belief that the Creator and the Israelite God are different is a false belief.

Verses 3-8: (Verse 3) God doesn’t allow the foot to slip back into continuous sin as the believer obeys His Word (1 John 3:6). That God provides for believers to falter from time to time is evident from 1 John 1:6-2:5. (Verse 4) The Keeper of Israel (under Moses’ Law) will not “slumber” nor “sleep,” there being little, if any, difference in the two. God is clearly not a sluggard (Proverbs 6:9-11)! (Verses 5-6) God is the cooling “shade,” protecting from harsh rays of the sun and dangers that come under the “moon.” God works 24/7 on behalf of His people. Today He calls His people “Christians” (Acts 11:26) who have been baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:26-29). (Verse 7) God “keeps” His people from “evil.” This is not a promise to protect them from what evil-doers may do to them, but keep them from regular evil desires and practices. By their obedience to His Word, He keeps their “souls” from being lost (today is through Jesus’ death, Romans 6:1-14). (Verse 8) God “keeps” the way the obedient will go free for coming and going (daily life) “from this time forth.” Jesus echoed this promise of security in the incident in Luke 11:27-28: “And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!’ But He said, ‘More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’” (Luke 11:27-28)

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

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