(#199) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:27-Sticks and Stones and Intimidation

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 29:27: “An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.”

There has always been bitter antagonism between those who practice evil and those who practice good. The explanation for the first murder in the world (Genesis 4:1-15) is clearly given in the New Testament: “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks” (Hebrews 11:4); “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you” (1 John 3:10-13).

Which is exactly why it is useless and wrong for those who follow God’s Way (the righteous) to seek the approval and acclaim from the worldly. Ungodly teachers refuse to let righteous students get good grades if they have written truthfully about the Bible, Jesus Christ, or moral goodness! Ungodly entertainers ridicule the righteous who speak out from their honest, godly convictions! Ungodly parents punish and discourage their righteous children from Bible classes or studying the Word of God! Ungodly propagandists who use overwhelming headlines to “beat back” any and every attempt of the righteous to uphold and defend the existence of God! Ungodly Evolutionists and Global Warming fanatics who falsely label as “unscientific” any and all who use scientific facts to debunk and discredit those attacks on Bible faith! Ungodly accrediting boards set materialistic standards which, when “Christian Schools” accept and meet those standards, have made “Christian schools” nothing more than another worldly school!

Jesus offered His reward to the righteous: “Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets” (Luke 6:22-23).

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

 

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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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