Proverbs Chapter 30

Proverbs Chapter 30 #Relationships #Behavior #Wisdom #AllOfCreation

 

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships With People

  • 10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
  •  13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. Only a conceited person would believe that they are sinless. Proverbs 20:9 (KJV) Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?  Proverbs 21:4  (KJV) “A high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.”
  • Proverbs 16:2 “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.”  
    14There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. It is a privilege to be able to take care of the poor. Proverbs 14:31 (KJV) He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
  • 11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. 12There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness
  • 17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.Proverbs 20:20 (KJV) Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.Harsh? Well, let’s see. If a child will not think twice about hurting their parents then NO ONE is safe. Parental abuse is reaching epidemic proportions, but the shame brought on by these actions lead to less parents reporting the incidences. God does not look lightly on this problem. In Proverbs 20:20 (KJV) He declares “Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.” Researchers Spitzberg and Cupach (2007) include an entire chapter of their book that addresses the abuse of parents by teenagers. “I’d back up, yeah. And then sometimes I would be the aggressor. If he’d come at me, I’d go at him and then he didn’t like it and he’d back off. So, it was almost like a dance, you know. You just figure it all out and it’s a routine. —Mother, age 41″ (p. 363″ The researchers continued “The terms
    • “parental abuse/violence,”
    • “battered parents,”
    • “youth who victimize their parents,”
    • “parents abused by their teenage children,”
    • “adolescent-to-parent abuse” and
    • “adolescent violence toward parents”

are used interchangeably (Bobic, as cited by Spitzberg and Cupach,2002). Because of the confusion, these terms create in identifying a specific form of abuse, this study adopts the term adolescent-to-parent abuse(AtPabuse) to provide a directional descriptor of the abuse.[.The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication p. 364.] [1]We have a huge problem that is under society’s radar. It is being addressed in Europe. On the other hand, we rarely hear about it here in the USA.  In Europe, there are even TV shows that demonstrate what happens to parents who are experiencing “parental abuse.” God’s position? Exodus 21:15  (KJV) And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.

 

 

To willing abuse, anyone is a disgrace, but the heart that takes care of the poor, the elderly, and those who are in need have a good name among the community. They stand up for the kingdom work of God and He is pleased.

 

 

  • 20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness. Case  describes this behavior as:
  • Verses 18-20: Hypocrisy is illustrated by 4 natural analogies of concealment:
  • (1) An eagle leaves no trail in the air;
  • (2) A slithering snake leaves no trail on the rock;
  • (3) A ship leaves no trail in the sea;
  • (4) a man leaves no marks after he has slept with a virgin.
  • These actions are all concealed and thus serve to illustrate the hypocrisy of the adulterous woman who hides the pieces of evidence of her shame while professing innocence.
  • 32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth. The mouth will only speak what is already embedded in our minds.
  • 33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife. It is important that we take the time to address the personality difficulties that we are experiencing. When we don’t address them they become a snare to us. We will find ourselves “forcing anger” because it has become part of our spiritual DNA to be embroiled in drama and strife. Pray without ceasing for God to erase this character trait and He will.

 

Our Relationship with God

  • 1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, 2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. Only God can give us the ability to discern what is right in every situation. Only He can give us the wisdom we need for every situation.
  • 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Never attempt to add to God’s word. It displeases Him. Deuteronomy 4:2 (KJV) Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lordyour God which I command you. 
  • 7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:
    • 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: WHY? 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

 WISDOM

15 The horse leach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. Whining does not get us what we wants. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:

  1. 16 The grave; The one place that is always accepting residence is the grave. It is never satisfied. All man will meet their appointment with death. Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
  2. and the barren womb; Women who are unable to conceive always have an internal ache that just does not completely go away.
  3. the earth that is not filled with water; In my garden, while it is storming huge puddles will present themselves. However, a couple of hours after the rain has stopped it appears as if it has never rained. David talks about his soul hungering and thirsting for God. That is the frame of mind that we should have toward His word. Psalm 63:1-2 (KJV) O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
  4. and the fire that saith not, It is enough. Just look at the fires in California right now. It is almost impossible to quench the first of that raging inferno. A person who has no control over their anger is like a raging fire.

Cayes describes the behaviors in verses 18-29 quite aptly. Verses 18-20: Hypocrisy is illustrated by 4 natural analogies of concealment:

  • (1) An eagle leaves no trail in the air;
  • (2) A slithering snake leaves no trail on the rock;
  • (3) A ship leaves no trail in the sea;
  • (4) a man leaves no marks after he has slept with a virgin.

These actions are all concealed and thus serve to illustrate the hypocrisy of the adulterous woman who hides the pieces of evidence of her shame while professing innocence. [2] (Case, n.d.)

  1. 19 The way of an eagle in the air; the eagle soars above all else on the earth. Similarly so does God. He sees and knows all and is not affected by it at all.
  2. the way of a serpent upon a rock; A serpent will slither off the surface of a rock quite quickly because it does not like the heat. A sinful person will use whatever they need to as slither out of any situation and that includes lies.
  3. the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; This is an interesting analogy. After a ship has left an area on the ocean one cannot tell that it was there. Unlike the Holy Spirit when His work of transformation begins in a person’s life it is evident – even if it is not immediately evident it will be obvious to those who knew the person before.
  4. and the way of a man with a maid. This analogy is impossible to interpret. It is quite a mystery. When a person chooses a mate based on God’s will and purpose no one understands why – including the couple.

  1. 22a For a servant when he reigneth; When an unqualified person become the ruler everyone is in shock. Normally the immediate access to power by a servant goes to their head and they will do whatever they need to do to keep the power that they have acquired.
  2. 22 and a fool when he is filled with meat; When a fool is blessed beyond his abilities he will over indulge.
  3. 23 For an odious woman when she is married; a quarrelsome and unpleasant woman will not remain married. Likewise 23 and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress. The handmaid will disrespect her mistress because she will forget where she has come from.  This is a common occurence. “A sudden large lump sum of money even changes people. Money gives them status and makes them feel powerful. Suddenly an air of arrogance sets in” [3]

  1. 25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; strength does not determine wisdom.
  2. 26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; In the eyes of men these animals are weak. However, they are wise because they live where it is safe for them to exist.
  3. 27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; Unity is the first sign of wisdom in any community, group, team, business. Everyone works toward the intended goal. No one person is seeking recognition.
  4. 28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces. This insect can be found anywhere even in the palaces of kings. Sin can and will be found anywhere even in the heart of a king. David and Beersheba. Never become so conceited that one thinks that they could never carry out an action. Anything is possible because we are human. That is why staying near the cross is so important.

  1. 30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; He is fearless and will not back away.
  2. 31 A greyhound; an uncatchable animal.
  3. a he goat also; “King of the goat-herd.”
  4. and a king, against whom there is no rising up. I am sure that many leaders which that they had this in their government, organization, team etc.,

 

We are all forgiven people. Due to our human nature we will become a prey of the devil. His purpose is to create contention, division, and dissension. When we stay focused on the Word of God it keeps our mind in the right perspective. We are not forgiven because of anything that we have done. We are forgiven because of His amazing grace.  If you have any question just click the Contact Us button below.

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References

[1] (Spitzberg, B. Cupach, W. (2007). The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication. New York: Routledge.)

[2]Cayce, Ken. n.d.  http://www.bible-studys.org/Credits.html

[3]Norling, Deevra (2017) . Money Is Not About Finances, It’s About Emotions. Accessed July 30, 2017. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/deevra-norling/money-is-not-about-financ_b_7579746.html

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