The last 9 chapters of Proverbs have been intense, and they have probably been hard going for most of us. We have been brought through Solomon’s teaching to obey fathers, seek wisdom, flee immorality, avoid evildoers, and fear God, all in detailed form. That is the part of Proverbs that mostly gets ignored when we search for a quote from this book. We are much more familiar with most of the rest of Proverbs, I dare say. As you can see, this is why I chose to go through this book as it reads. This way we don’t leave out the hard or intriguing bits!
Chapter 10 starts with all that’s familiar from Proverbs, and that’s the sayings. You know, Solomon’s little sayings that are logical and that present both sides of the coin, both for the wise and foolish, the righteous and wicked, the prudent and lazy, and so on. They are both frustratingly black and white and wondrously powerful. Having had the charge to seek wisdom and flee sin from the first 9 chapters, lets read and wrestle with these sayings with God’s help.
Let’s consider this Solomon’s catchphrase. Godly parents want their children to be godly themselves, and so when that is the result of their hard work and prayers, they rejoice. If their children are steadfastly disobedient and unwise, they will grieve over them as wasted time and tears. It’s not always the parents’ fault when their child is unrepentant, but they will feel responsible, nonetheless. It is a parent’s role to teach their child the fear of God and way of obedience, yet it is the role of the child to obey his or her parents. They are similarly responsible.
“2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.”
What are the blessings of wickedness? Diddly Squat. Living a sinful life does not profit in the long run. This is because God is holy, and since He gives life, living in evilness is rejecting our Maker and only accepting His blessings. This may seem to work here in this life, but God will judge us after this life, and condemn the unrepentant to Hell, where there are none of His blessings, only cursing. When God sees instead sees a repentant man clothed in righteousness, the man will be safe from that fate.
Our desires say a lot about us. They show where are hearts are at, and God notices. The man who seeks God and wants wisdom will be blessed by Him. The man who seeks his own ends and forgets God will not get aid from Him. God is always involved in this world. The whole Bible is clear on that. What we do has an impact on how God treats us. We couldn’t expect anything else. We need to rely fully on the grace God provides through Jesus if we ever expect to be seen as righteous. Amen.
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Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.