Proverbs 26 – Fools

It is the 26th day of  the month and that would mean we all should be in the 26th chapter of Proverbs.  I notice that as I reviewed this chapter the word Fool stood out in the whole chapter.

Theme: “Different Types of fools”

The foundation is Verse 1 and this is the one that I will use to examine this chapter, and it states, “Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.”

Fool define – a person who acts unwisely or imprudently, a silly person

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Lesson #1: The Unwise and silly people found in this chapter

  • Fools (v.1)
  • People who curse those who don’t deserved it (v.2)
  • Lazy persons (v.13-16)
  • Interfering people (v.17)
  • People who lie to their friends (v.19)
  • Quarrelsome people (v.21)
  • People with wicked hearts (v.23)
  • People with hatred in their hearts (v.24)
  • People who set traps for others (v.27)
  • People who have a lying tongue (v.28)
  • People who use flattering words (v.28)

Lesson #2: Fools in general

  • Honor is not associated with them (v.1)
  • Guided by the rod on their back (v.3)
  • Full of foolish arguments (v.4)
  • Are wise in their own estimation (v.5)
  • Cutting of one’s feet or drinking poison is better than trusting a fool to convey a message (v.6)
  • As useless as a paralyzed leg is a proverb in the mouth of a fool (v.7)
  • Like an archer who shoots at random is an employer who hires a fool or bystander (v.10)
  • Just like a dog who returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his foolishness (v.11)
  • People who think they are wise prove that there is more hope for fools (v.12)

Lesson #3: Lazy people

  • Makes many claims of excuses that are unreal (v.13)
  • Lazy people turn over in bed just like a door swings back and forth on its hinges (v.14)
  • Lazy people are so lazy that they don’t even lift the food in their hand to their mouth (v.15)

Lesson #4: Interfering folks

  • Just as it is foolish to yank a dog’s ears so is interfering in someone else’s argument (v.17)

Lesson #5: Liars

  • One who lies to a friend is just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon (v.18)
  • A lying tongue and flattering words, hates its victims and causes ruin (v.28)

Lesson #6: Quarrelsome people

  • When a gossip stops the quarrels disappear (v.20)
  • Hot embers easily light charcoal or fire lights wood so do quarrelsome people start fights (v.21)

Lesson #7: Hateful people

  • Use smooth words to hide a wicked heart (v.23)
  • Some cover their hatred with pleasant words (v.24)
  • They use deception  to deceive others (v.24)
  • They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them (v.25)
  • Their hearts are full of many evils (v.25)
  • They use trickery to conceal their hatred, but their wrongdoing will be exposed in public (v.26)

Lesson #8: Trap setters

  • Get caught in the trap that they set for others (v.27)
  • They are crush by the very boulder they rolled down on others (v.27)

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 26:12 “There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.”

In one way or another these different types of fools are simpletons, and I wish I could tell you that I  have not had any of these issues.  Of course that would be a lie. That means that I need to repent  and run to prayer time.

How about you, see anything here that you may need to repent of, get rid of, and pray about?  Just Do it! No pun intended.

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It is Prayer Time!

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Live Bountifully

Source: Gen. 9:6-7Whoever sheds human blood,; Because God made humans in his image; You’re here to bear fruit, reproduce,;  lavish life on the Earth, live bountifully!”;  reflecting God’s very nature.

According to this verse we should not:

  • Shed human blood

We should :

  • Bear fruit
  • Reproduce
  • Lavish life on the Earth
  • Live bountifully
  • Reflect God’s very nature

 

Denial

Denial defined: refusal to recognize or acknowledge; a disowning or disavowal

Synonyms for denial noun dismissal, refusal of belief in:

Antonyms for denial

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15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high priest’s courtyard with Jesus.

Note:

John that other disciple

Was one of the sons of thunder his brother James was the other (Luke 9:54) (the sons of Zebedee)

Strengths and accomplishments

  • Before following Jesus one of John the Baptist’s disciples
  • One of the 12 disciples
  • One of the inner three closest to Jesus
  • Wrote five New Testament books:
    • The Gospel of John
    • 1, 2, 3 John
    • Revelation

Weaknesses and mistakes

  • Along with James, shared a tendency to outburst of selfishness and anger
  • Asked for a special position in Jesus Kingdom

Lessons from his life:

  • Those who realize how much they are loved are able to love much
  • When God changes a life, he does not take away personality characteristics, but puts them to effective use in his service

 

16 Peter had to stay outside the gate. Then the disciple who knew the high priest spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and she let Peter in.

17 The woman asked Peter, “You’re not one of that man’s disciples, are you?”

“No,” he said, “I am not.”

18 Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself.

Note:

  • Natural though this was, and safe enough, had he only “watched and prayed that he enter not into temptation,” as his Master bade Him (Mat. 26:41) it was, in his case a fatal step

Mat. 26:40b and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

Mat. 26:41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Ref: Luke 22:32, 32 Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not

What does Prayer do?

  • Prayer makes me wait (Swindoll)
    • It forces me to leave the situation with God
  • Prayer clears my vision Neh. 1:5
    • It burns through the foggy situation
    • My vision will clear up so that I can see through God’s eyes
    • It clarifies any problem we may be facing
    • It clarifies God’s great power to help me and you
    • It clarifies the job that must be done
  • Prayer quiets my heart Ps. 62:3-6
    • It replaces anxiety with a calm spirit
    • Knees don’t knock when we kneel on them!
  • Prayer activates my faith Mark 9:29
    • It sets my faith on fire
  • Prayer demonstrates our reliance on God as we humbly invite God to fill us with faith and power

There is no substitute for prayer, especially in circumstances that seem unconquerable

Effective prayer needs both an attitude of complete dependence and an action – asked

(What prayer does thoughts from Hand me down another brick by Chuck Swindoll)

Results of Denial

Why deny your great friend?

Vital areas of our lives

Proverbs 24 More Sayings of the Wise

Today we will examine the 24th chapter of Proverbs.

Theme:  More Wise Sayings

So let’s get started with verse 23 which states, “Here are some further sayings of the wise:  It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment.”

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Lesson #1: Sayings of the Wise key2success

  • Don’t envy evil people or desire their company. (v.1)
  • A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables. (v.3, 4)
  • The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers. (v.5, 6)
  • Wisdom is too lofty for fools. Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say. (v.7)
  • A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker. (v.8)
  • The schemes of a fool are sinful; everyone detests a mocker. (v.9)
  • If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small. (v.10)
  • Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death.  Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you (v.11, 12)
  • My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short. (v.13, 14)
  • Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly, and don’t raid the house where the godly live. (v.15)
  • The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.  But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked (v.16)
  • Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble.  For the LORD will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them (v.17, 18)
  • Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked.  For evil people have no future; the light of the wicked will be snuffed out (v.19, 20)
  • My child, fear the Lord and the king.  Don’t associate with rebels, for disaster will hit them suddenly.  Who knows what punishment will come from the LORD and the king? (v.21, 22)
  • A judge who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations.  But it will go well for those who convict the guilty; rich blessings will be showered on them. (v.24, 25)
  • An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship. (v.26)
  • Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house. (v.27)
  • Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause; don’t lie about them. And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me! I’ll get even with them!” (v.28, 29)
  • I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. (v.30-34)
    1. It was overgrown with nettles
    2. It was covered with weeds
    3. Its walls were broken down
    4. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson
    5. A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest–
    6. Then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
    7. Scarcity will attack you like an armed robber

ref Proverbs 24:1‭, ‬3‭-‬11‭, ‬13‭-‬15‭, ‬17‭, ‬19‭-‬19‭, ‬21‭, ‬24‭-‬24‭, ‬26‭-34 NLT

Wisdom is the principal thing and real wisdom understands the list above and how important it is to your very life on a daily basis.

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 24:10 “If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small”

1eb7be86834c351f00d84c3db9cf2346   It’s Prayer Time!