Tag: Proverbs 23:13

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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