Tag: Proverbs 18-21

Sluggards, mockers, and meddlers!

Scripture reading for July 8th: Proverbs 18-21

When we lived in Washington state near Olympia for six years, we  experienced slugs for the first time.  After a rain, which was almost daily, the slugs came out, crawling on the sidewalks.  They left slimy trails and if you picked them up, you felt slimy too!  They did not move very fast but inched along like a snail.  I imagine that the sluggard in the Bible is named after that slow and slimy animal!

The Bible talks more about the sin of laziness than that of drunkenness.  Proverbs 19:15 says that laziness and sleeping go together and the result is a shiftless man who goes hungry!  We are warned in Proverbs 20:13 that loving sleep results in poverty!  The lazy man is called a “sluggard” in Proverbs 19:24.  He is accused of being so lazy that he cannot even feed himself!  The sluggard is always craving but never satisfied because he refuses to work!  The sluggard is shouting “there’s a lion outside” or “I will be murdered in the streets.”  His excuses to keep from work are ridiculous! (Proverbs 23:13)

The mocker is the next term dealt with in today’s reading.  A mocker is someone who makes fun of God’s Word and ways, preferring to do things their own way.  Mockers deserve flogging because they lead others astray.  (Proverbs 19:25, 29) Mockers are often involved in drinking and mock when they are drunk with wine or beer.  (Proverbs 20:1)  Proverbs 21:24 names the proud and arrogant man “mocker”.  Mockers are fools because they lack discernment and fail to value God or His Word! God’s Word says to drive out the mocker to remove strife, quarrels and insults!  (Proverbs 22:10)

Meddling in affairs that are not yours often fills the time of a lazy person.  Proverbs 20:3 states that it is a man’s honor to avoid strife and quarreling.  Proverbs 20:19 warns against gossip and meddling as a source of trouble.  Guarding your mouth and tongue will keep you from calamity!  (Proverbs 21:23)  We are to seldom set our foot in our neighbor’s house because with too much of us, he will end up hating us!  (Proverbs 25:17)  If you want to really get into trouble, meddle in a quarrel that is not your own!  It will be like taking a dog by it’s ears!  (Proverbs 26:17)

Evaluate your own life and take appropriate action before it’s too late!  Are you loving sleep, meddling in others lives, or mocking God’s Word? Poverty, beatings, and a Doberman Pincer by the ears should be warning enough!

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Don’t be a lazy mocker!

Scripture reading for July 9th: Proverbs 18-21

When we lived in Washington State near Olympia for six years, we  experienced slugs for the first time.  After a rain the slugs came out.  They left slimy trails and if you picked them up, you felt slimy too!  They did not move very fast but inched along like a snail.  I believe that the sluggard in the Bible is named after them!

The Bible talks more about the sin of laziness than that of drunkenness.  Proverbs 19:15 says that the shiftless man who goes hungry!  We are warned in Proverbs 20:13 about loving sleep.   The lazy man is called a “sluggard” in Proverbs 19:24 and he is so lazy that he cannot feed himself!  The sluggard is always craving but never satisfied because he refuses to work!  In Proverbs 24:30-34 the field of a sluggard is in focus.  Thorns, representing the curse of Adam, are growing everywhere.  The ground is covered with weeds and the protective wall is in ruin.  The lesson is that laziness and too much sleeping leads to poverty.

A mocker is someone who makes fun of God’s Word and ways, preferring to do things his  own way.  Mockers deserve flogging because they lead others astray.  (Proverbs 19:25, 29) Mockers are often involved in drinking and mock when they are drunk with wine or beer.  (Proverbs 20:1)  Proverbs 21:24 names the proud and arrogant man “mocker”.  Mockers are fools because they lack discernment and fail to value God or His Word! God’s Word says to drive out the mocker to remove strife, quarrels and insults!  (Proverbs 22:1)

Proverbs 20:3 states that it is a man’s honor to avoid strife and quarreling.  Proverbs 20:19 warns against gossip and meddling as a source of trouble.  Guarding your mouth and tongue will keep you from calamity!  (Proverbs 21:23)  We are to seldom set our foot in our neighbor’s house because with too much of us, he will end up hating us!  (Proverbs 25:17)  If you want to really get into trouble, meddle in a quarrel that is not your own!  It will be like taking a dog by it’s ears!  (Proverbs 26:17)

Sluggards, mockers and meddlers are trouble!  Evaluate your own life and take appropriate action before it’s too late!  Poverty, beatings, and a Doberman Pincer by the ears should be warning enough!

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Sluggards, mockers and meddlers!

Scripture reading for July 9th: Proverbs 18-21

When we lived in Washington State near Olympia for six years, we  experienced slugs for the first time.  After a rain, which was almost daily during the 8 month rainy season, the slugs came out.  They left slimy trails as they inched along and if you picked them up, you felt slimy too!  I wonder if the sluggard in the Bible was named after that slow and slimy animal!

The Bible talks more about the sin of laziness than that of drunkenness!   Proverbs 19:15 says that laziness and sleeping go together and the combination brings hunger and poverty.   This lazy man is called a “sluggard” in Proverbs 19:24.  The “sluggard” was so lazy that he could not feed himself.   He put his fork in the dish but was too lazy to bring the food to his mouth!  The sluggard was always craving but never satisfied because he refused to work.  In Proverbs 23:13 the sluggard shouted “there’s a lion outside” or “I will be murdered in the streets.”  His excuses to keep from leaving his bed!

One of my personal favorites is from Proverbs 24:30-34.  In the field of the sluggard, thorns are growing everywhere.  The sluggard does not work to keep the weeds out, and the curse of thorns devours his harvest leaving him poor and hungry!

A mocker is someone who makes fun of God’s Word and chooses to do things their own way.  Mockers deserve flogging because they lead others astray.  (Proverbs 19:25, 29) Mockers are often involved in drinking and mock when they are drunk with wine or beer.  (Proverbs 20:1)  Proverbs 21:24 names the proud and arrogant man “mocker”.  God’s Word says to drive out the mocker to remove strife, quarrels and insults!  (Proverbs 22:10)

Meddling in the affairs of others is foolish.  Proverbs 20:19 warns against gossip and meddling as a source of trouble. (Proverbs 21:23)  We are to seldom set our foot in our neighbor’s house because  too much of us brings hatred and strife!  (Proverbs 25:17)  If you want trouble, meddle in a quarrel that is not your own!  It will be like taking a dog by it’s ears!  (Proverbs 26:17)

Sluggards, mockers and meddlers are warned against in the wisdom of God!  Evaluate your own life and take appropriate action before it’s too late!  These warnings about poverty, beatings, and taking a Doberman Pincer by the ears should get our attention!

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God Cares for the Poor

Scripture reading for July 9th: Proverbs 18-21

“He who is kind to the poor, lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.” (Proverbs 19:17)  King Solomon was a very rich man as well as a wise one.  The proverbs have lots to say about the poor and needy and God’s concern for them.  God used a rich man, Solomon, to express to us His concern for those who had little.  He used His own Son, owner of all creation, to come to earth and preach to the poor and needy! (Luke 4:18-19) He wants us today to be kind to the poor and to give them what they need to make them rich! This proverb of Solomon tells us that if we will be kind and give to the poor, we are really lending to the Lord that which really belongs to Him anyhow.  God will reward us when we do that.  God’s rewards are out of this world!

“Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man’s friend deserts him.” (Proverbs 19:4)  “A poor man is shunned by all his relatives–how much more do his friends avoid him!  Though he pursues them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.” (Proverbs 19:7)

Friends are hard to come by.  Wealth draws people who want to be your friend.  Often their motives are just for your money.  The poor do not attract people and often have few friends.  Even relatives of the poor avoid them because they do not want to meet the needs that will be evident when they get close enough to talk!  The poor are often lonely and find help hard to come by.  This causes despair and sometimes death.

God cares about the poor.  Some people become poor through no fault of their own.  They may be born into poverty or because of sickness or accident, their ability to work is restricted.  Some may have jobs that produce little income or lack ability to hold or keep a job.  God wants His people to reach out to them and be their friends.  The lazy are also poor, and God rebukes them!  “Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.” (Proverbs 19:15)  God wants us to do what we can to help ourselves.  He promises to take care of those who trust in Him and He uses those who will be generous with their money and hearts.

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Sluggards, mockers, and meddlers!

Scripture reading for July 9th: Proverbs 18-21

When we lived in Washington State near Olympia for six years, we  experienced slugs for the first time.  After a rain, which was almost daily during the 8 month rainy season, the slugs came out, crawling on the sidewalks.  They left slimy trails and if you picked them up, you felt slimy too!  They did not move very fast but inched along like a snail.  I imagine that the sluggard in the Bible is named after that slow and slimy animal!

The Bible talks more about the sin of laziness than that of drunkenness.  Proverbs 19:15 says that laziness and sleeping go together and the result is a shiftless man who goes hungry!  We are warned in Proverbs 20:13 about loving sleep.  It will result in poverty!  This lazy man is called a “sluggard” in Proverbs 19:24.  This verse accuses the “sluggard” of being so lazy that he cannot even feed himself!  He puts his fork in the dish but is too lazy to bring the food to his mouth!  Now that’s lazy!  The sluggard is always craving but never satisfied because he refuses to work!  In Proverbs 23:13 the sluggard is shouting “there’s a lion outside” or “I will be murdered in the streets.”  His excuses to keep from working or leaving his bed are ridiculous!

One of my personal favorites is from Proverbs 24:30-34.  In these verses, the field of a sluggard is in focus.  Thorns, representing the curse of Adam, are growing everywhere.  The ground is covered with weeds and the protective wall is in ruin.  The lesson is that laziness and too much sleeping instead of working leads to scarcity and poverty.  This is the truth in practical terms!

The mocker is the next term dealt with in today’s reading.  A mocker is someone who makes fun of God’s Word and ways, preferring to do things his  own way.  Mockers deserve flogging because they lead others astray.  (Proverbs 19:25, 29) Mockers are often involved in drinking and mock when they are drunk with wine or beer.  (Proverbs 20:1)  Proverbs 21:24 names the proud and arrogant man “mocker”.  Mockers are fools because they lack discernment and fail to value God or His Word! God’s Word says to drive out the mocker to remove strife, quarrels and insults!  (Proverbs 22:10)

Meddling in affairs that are not yours is also spoken against in this book of wisdom.  Proverbs 20:3 states that it is a man’s honor to avoid strife and quarreling.  Proverbs 20:19 warns against gossip and meddling as a source of trouble.  Guarding your mouth and tongue will keep you from calamity!  (Proverbs 21:23)  We are to seldom set our foot in our neighbor’s house because with too much of us, he will end up hating us!  (Proverbs 25:17)  If you want to really get into trouble, meddle in a quarrel that is not your own!  It will be like taking a dog by it’s ears!  (Proverbs 26:17)

Sluggards, mockers and meddlers are warned against in the wisdom of God!  Evaluate your own life and take appropriate action before it’s too late!  Poverty, beatings, and a Doberman Pincer by the ears should be warning enough!

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