Morning Bible Study
The land deal where Searchlight would sell the property and we would need
to move, is OFF. Searchlight’s board has decided they will not pursue any
further offers on the property until there is actually a
need to move.
We will continue to pray, seek counsel, plan, and save, save, save for the
day that we will be able to purchase our own property.
The book of Proverbs is all about wisdom.
Wisdom is not about knowing facts.
Wisdom is about knowing what to do with what you know.
Wisdom is knowing when to do it.
Wisdom is knowing how to do it.
Proverbs are sayings, typically short, that give wisdom and insight into
They are intended to help you lead a better life.
They are not absolute promises, as in “if you do x,y, then z will always happen and your life will be
They are general principles – that if you do them your life will be
generally better than if you didn’t do them.
:1 Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
:1 wine … whoever is led astray by it
led astray – shagah – to go astray, to swerve, meander,
Sounds like a drunk staggering to keep his feet.
This could apply to things like marijuana as well.
The Bible actually says it’s okay to drink alcoholic
Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding (John 2)
Paul told Timothy to drink some wine for his stomach ailments (1Tim. 5:23)
31:6 NKJV) Give strong drink to him who is perishing…
Priests and Levites were told:
10:9 NKJV) “Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with
you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be
a statute forever throughout your generations,
This came because two of Aaron’s sons were killed during
worship, probably because they were a bit drunk when they showed up for church.
While it’s okay to drink, the Bible prohibits being drunk.
5:18 NLT) Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life.
Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,
If you are a person who cannot stop at one drink, but you drink until
you’re drunk, you shouldn’t be drinking.
If you are having trouble stopping, ask for help. Get into a program.
Alcohol is a product of amazing versatility.
It will remove stains from designer clothes.
It will also remove the clothes off your back.
If by chance it is used in sufficient quantity,
Alcohol will remove furniture from the home,
Rugs from the floor, food from the table,
Lining from the stomach, vision from the eyes,
And judgment from the mind.
Alcohol will also remove good reputations,
Good jobs, good friends, happiness from children's hearts,
Sanity, freedom, spouses, relationships,
Man's ability to adjust and live with his fellow man,
And even life itself.
As a remover of things, alcohol has no equal.
-- Ann Landers
column, The Columbus
Dispatch, March 25, 1992, p. 2E
:2 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever
provokes him to anger sins against his own life.
:3 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can
start a quarrel.
HCSB) It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool can
get himself into a quarrel.
Sometimes we get the idea that “real men” don’t back down from a fight.
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Solomon says there can be honor for a man who knows when not to fight.
:4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during
harvest and have nothing.
(Proverbs 20:4 NLT)
too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.
:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of
understanding will draw it out.
:6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a
There are plenty of people who will take the time to tell you how good they
are at something.
The rare person is the one who is the one you can actually count on.
:7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are
blessed after him.
(Proverbs 20:7 The
Message) God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much
easier for their children.
When you’re faced with the temptation to take a shortcut and not do the
honest thing, think of the legacy you’re leaving your kids.
:8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his
A godly court system should be dealing with evil-doers.
:9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”?
:9 I am pure from my sin
Solomon is giving us an example of something that just can’t be done. Nobody can say they are clean from sin all on
The Bible says that each and every one of us are sinners.
(Romans 3:23 NKJV) for all have
sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Some people will claim they no longer sin, but that’s not true.
(1 John 1:8 NKJV) If we say
that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
There are consequences to our sin.
Sin separates us from God.
(Romans 6:23 NKJV) For the
wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
While we can’t make ourselves clean from our sin, God can.
(1 John 2:1–2 NLT)
—1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not
sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the
Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself
is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of
all the world.
Forgiveness is made possible because Jesus paid the price
for our sins. He died for us.
We find forgiveness for our sins when we turn from our sins and ask God for
(1 John 1:9 NKJV) If we
confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Have you opened your heart to Jesus? I’m going to give you a chance to do that at
the end of the service.
:10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both
alike, an abomination to the Lord.
:10 Diverse weights and diverse measures
If you’re a scuba diver, you may want to rethink your use of weights… oops,
We’ve talked about this before – this is about not cheating people (see
Prov. 11:1; 16:11)
:11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure
:12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made them both.
I wonder if Solomon is saying, “You’ve got two ears, use them! You’ve got two eyes, use them!”
God has given you your senses, so be sure to use them instead of just
stumbling around in life without paying attention to what’s going on around
:13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and
you will be satisfied with bread.
:14 “It is good for nothing,” cries the buyer; But when he has gone
his way, then he boasts.
:15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies, But the lips of knowledge are
a precious jewel.
:16 Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger, And hold
it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.
It’s foolish to co-sign on a loan for someone you don’t know.
:17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his
mouth will be filled with gravel.
:18 Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war.
:18 By wise counsel wage war
Keep in mind that King Solomon is giving advice to his son, a future king.
One of the things that kings do is wage the wars of the nation.
A wise king will have a “war counsel”, advisors who will help him make the
right decisions when waging a war. A
wise king doesn’t make all the decisions on his own, but with advice.
And talking about waging war … before you get married it’s a wise thing to
get “premarital counsel”.
Good premarital counselling will help you face the realities of life in the
future, of what the differences in your personalities are, and how to “wage
Even after you’re married, sometimes we get into trouble and it’s good to
get good “counsel” to get through the battles.
:19 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do
not associate with one who flatters with his lips.
(Proverbs 20:19 The
Message) Gossips can’t keep secrets, so never confide in blabbermouths.
Someone has said, “You can’t believe half of what you hear, but you can
Be careful about sharing too much of your life with someone who is always
giving you the latest dirt on other people.
They will probably be sharing your story with others.
:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in
:21 An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at
:22 Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.
:22 I will recompense evil
(Proverbs 20:22 The
Message) Don’t ever say, “I’ll get you for that!” Wait for God; he’ll settle the score.
A man was just told by his doctor that he had rabies, and he took out a
piece of paper and started writing on it.
The doctor said, oh my, he’s making up his will. And he said, “What are you doing, making up
your will?” The man said, “No, I’m just
writing down every person I’m going to bite.”
Some people take years to plot their revenge.
There’s an old saying that seems to have originated around 1850 that goes
something like, “Revenge is a dish best served cold”.
The idea behind the quote is that revenge is sweetest when
you let the heat of the moment cool down and wait until the other person
doesn’t expect it.
I think Don Corleone said it in “The Godfather”.
In the movie “Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan”, the
superhuman named Khan had been accidentally marooned on a hostile planet, and
blamed Captain Kirk for it.
After many years, he had his opportunity for revenge.
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Revenge is a dish best served cold
In the early years before becoming king, David was greatly offended by a
man named Nabal.
David gathered his men and had decided he would wipe out Nabal and his family when he was stopped by Nabal’s wife. Abigail
talked David out of taking vengeance on Nabal, and as
David cooled off, he realized that Abigail had kept him from doing something
stupid – taking revenge. David said,
(1 Samuel 25:33
NKJV) And blessed is your advice and blessed are you,
because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging
myself with my own hand.
David would take his men back to his camp, and meanwhile
when Nabal heard about what Abigail had done, he had
a heart attack and died.
God took care of Nabal while
David didn’t have to.
NLT) —19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger
of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,”
says the Lord. 20 Instead, “If
your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to
drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of
shame on their heads.” 21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
You may want to destroy your enemies, but what if God
wanted to be gracious to them, maybe even save them? Would that make you mad?
Sometimes in marriage we can fall into the revenge trap –
feeling justified about doing something mean because we feel we’ve been
Be careful about taking things into your own hands.
:23 Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, And dishonest scales are
:23 Diverse weights are an abomination
There’s that scuba diver thing again like vs. 10.
Don’t cheat people.
:24 A man’s steps are of the Lord;
How then can a man understand his own way?
HCSB) A man’s steps are determined by the Lord, so how can anyone understand his own way?
Most of us want to know what is in store for us in the future.
People have all kinds of ways to try and figure out their future.
Some people will look to the stars (astrology).
Others will have their palms read.
Others take a more thoughtful approach and do meticulous goal setting.
It’s not bad to make plans for your life, but ultimately
there’s no guarantee that your plans will ever come to pass.
God can override anything you might cook up.
If you want the best way to think of your future, it starts here:
(Romans 12:1–2 NLT)
—1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your
bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy
sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship
If you want to find God’s will for your life, it starts by
giving yourself to Him.
Learn to live for Him.
Learn to live a pure, holy life.
2 Don’t copy
the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new
person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will
for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Finding God’s will for your life will involve changing the
way you think.
Be careful about learning the ways of the world and
thinking the way godless people think.
The best way to change your thinking is to study and get
God’s Word into your brain.
As you do these things, you will discover God’s will for
you step by step.
And you will find that God’s will isn’t a bad thing. God’s will is good, pleasing, and perfect.
:25 It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as
holy, And afterward to reconsider his vows.
(Proverbs 20:25 The
Message) An impulsive vow is a trap; later you’ll wish you could get out of it.
Sometimes we don’t take enough time to think of what we’re saying, asking,
A couple had been married for 25 years and were celebrating their 60th
birthdays, which fell on the same day. During the celebration a fairy appeared
and said that because they had been such a loving couple for all 25 years, she
would give them one wish each.
The wife wanted to travel around the world. The fairy waved her hand, and
Boom! She had the tickets in her hand.
Next, it was the husband’s turn. He paused for a moment, then said shyly,
“Well, I’d like to have a wife 30 years younger than me.”
The fairy picked up her wand, and Boom! He was ninety.
It’s not bad to make promises to the Lord.
Just be careful that you’ve thought it all out and you are ready to keep
your end of the deal.
:26 A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over
:27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.
NLT) The Lord’s light
penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.
God uses His light to expose us for what we are. Jesus said,
(John 3:20–21 The
Message) —20 Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and
illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. 21 But anyone
working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be
seen for the God-work it is.”
:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his
Mercy and truth are a key to enduring leadership.
:29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the splendor of
old men is their gray head.
NLT) The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of
experience is the splendor of the old.
At 64, Francis Chichester sailed alone around the
world in a 53-foot yacht.
At 65, Winston Churchill became British prime minister for the first time
and started the epic struggle against Hitler.
At 72, Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel.
At 81, Benjamin Franklin skillfully mediated between disagreeing factions
at the U.S. Constitutional Convention.
At 96, George C. Selbach scored a 110-yard
hole-in-one at Indian River,
And on his 100th birthday, ragtime pianist Eubie
Blake exclaimed, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken
better care of myself.”
Growing old isn’t all that bad.
:30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner
depths of the heart.
NLT) Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies
There is a place for discipline.