Encourage0gram June 6, 2017
To my fellow-soldiers in Christ,
Greetings in the mighty Name above every Name – Jesus! Let us walk in the light as He is in the Light! 1 John 1:7
Today we are reading Proverbs 6. This is another insightful chapter of wisdom. It covers subjects like money management, laziness, deadly sins, judgment and adultery.
6:1-5 Warns us against putting up money for another’s loan. The command to free ourselves is dramatic. Go and humble yourself! Free yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter. Sound warning from the Lord.
6:6-11 The sluggard is a tragic yet comic character in this book. Ants do not need a commander to be diligent in their work. They are well fed. The warning against a “little sleep” is issued because the sluggard is prone to taking long rests and never working. His laziness will lead him into the shock of poverty and there will be no escape.
6:12-15 This is another example of Solomon’s warning about joining with scoundrels and villains! A scoundrel is a worthless person who accomplishes nothing! A villain is simply wicked and evil. These type of warnings remind us of the words of Paul that bad company corrupts good character. (1 Corinthians 15:33). Just like the lazy one the judgment will come suddenly on these scoundrels.
6:16-19 The seven deadly sins are detestable to our holy God. Pride leads the list and no doubt sparks the fire of the remaining six sins listed. Pride caused the fall of Satan and Adam and Eve in Eden.
6:20-35 This is another long warning about adultery. Since Solomon is writing to his sons, it should not surprise us that he gives them extensive warnings on this subject. I find the picture in 6:27-28 as a stern warning against pornography. Do you agree?
For me this morning, 6:20-23 were a huge blessing as I gave thanks for the godly training I received from my father and mother. We should never underestimate the power of our teaching and influence on our children.
NLT Proverbs 6:20-23
My son, obey your father's commands, and don't neglect your mother's instruction. 21 Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. 22 When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. 23 For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life.
“Walk with the King today and be a blessing!” Dr. Robert Cook