- Proverbs 11:21-25
- Prov 11:21 (KJB)
- Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished:
but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
- Seed - Descendant
- This verse is extremely apropos for today as we see many groups in this
world which oppose Christianity. (Luke
23:12 KJV) And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for
before they were at enmity between themselves.
Herod and Pilate were both leaders and had differences with each other but
when it came to the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, they had combined their
efforts and even became friends on that day. This is the type of alliance
Proverbs 11:21 is speaking of. Just because many sinners join in a common
cause, even for philanthropy, they will not go unpunished. Many unsaved
groups today are against the church and Christians, and just because they
think that there is might in numbers and because of these leagues they make,
they shall not go unpunished. It does not matter how strong an alliance is,
if their goal is to fight God, they will lose, and on Judgment day will come
their final stand.
- The verse goes on to say the seed or descendant of the righteous will be
delivered. This does not mean that because the parents are saved, the
children are automatically saved. This means that if the parents are saved,
this house has become a Gospel home and the Gospel will be taught and
practiced there which means the children will have access to much Gospel
preaching. Dovetailing that in this verse we read about seed and there is
the parable of the sower where some of the seed fell on good ground and
sprouted. So those who have become saved by the seed of the Gospel, will be
delivered on Judgment Day, in fact, they will not even be there since all
their sins have been removed by Christ.
- Prov 11:22 (KJB)
- As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman
which is without discretion.
- Discretion - Discernment or good judgment
- If someone places a piece of gold jewelry on a Pigís snout, it will not
change the fact that it is still a pig. Outward adornment cannot change the
inward heart of anyone. The second part of this verse teaches the same
principle. If you have a very beautiful woman and she lacks discernment in
life, then no matter what you dress her in, it will not matter because her
true nature will eventually manifest itself. To the Israelites, the pig was
an unclean animal, one which represented an unsaved heart. The fair woman is
the same way, even if she is beautiful and lacks a changed heart, it matters
not what she wears.
- Prov 11:23 (KJB)
- The desire of the righteous is only good: but the
expectation of the wicked is wrath.
- Desire - Longing or delight
- Expectation - Hope
- The righteous or saved person takes delight in what is good. They desire
the best for people which is to see them become saved. Since their plans are
in accord with Godís plans, there is no wrath or judgment from God coming
upon them. However, the hope of the wicked is only the wrath of God. That is
the only thing they have to look forward to. The saved person looks forward
to eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ but the hope of the wicked will
be quashed, especially if they think that they have done much good works.
The problem is that the works of the unsaved are an abomination unto God.
(Prov 21:27 KJV) The sacrifice of the
wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with
a wicked mind?
- Prov 11:24 (KJB)
- There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that
withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
- Verses 24-26 are verses which teach the difference between being
generous and being stingy. In verse 24, we read about a person who scatters
and increases. According to the world, if a person gives their money and
goods away, they will not increaseth but will have less for themselves.
However, in Godís economy those who give, with the right heart and not name
it and claim it, will increase in goods and money to be able to continue to
increase their ministry. (Eccl 11:1 KJV)
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 states that if we cast our bread on the
waters, and that is the greatest form of scattering because the waters
represent the entire world. (Isa 17:12
KJV) Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the
noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing
like the rushing of mighty waters! The more we are
able to give, the more we increase. We increase by the number of souls we
reach and as the number increases, the number of those who are saved
increases. (Mat 19:21 KJV) Jesus said
unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and
give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come
and follow me. Now Jesus is not saying they must sell
everything and give to the poor but what He has in view here that after a
person becomes saved, whatever material goods and money thy possess, should
now be used for the sake of the Gospel. Before we used it for ourselves, now
we use them for the good of the kingdom of God.
- Then the verse contrasts the giving mindset of the believer with the
stinginess of the unbeliever. The unbeliever tends to find their security in
the worldly goods they possess. However, history has proven repeatedly that
worldly goods can be lost in a moment. The unsaved person tends to hoard as
much as they can believing they will be and remain rich and that somehow it
will extend their life. In fact just the opposite because the rich
continually worry about their wealth and how to keep it. It becomes the
focus of their lives. Then on Judgment Day they will find out that the
hoarding of wealth did nothing for them and the poverty they will experience
will be eternally in hell while the believer experiences the wealth of God
in His kingdom.
- Now let me just say a word about cheap Christians. I have known some of
these in my Christian walk who live only for themselves and they wonder why
they have financial problems. Many Christians do not know the dynamics of
giving and donít see it as a part of worship. They will always have enough
money for their wants but for missions, there is never enough. In fact, I
will end with this true story. A friend of mine went to a banquet sponsored
by Americaís Keswick (www.americaskeswick.org)
and one of the speakers stated that they came up short on the banquet
because some of the people came, ate the meal, and then left before they
passed the plate. In fact, in some of the places they held the banquet, over
60 people did not show up and it cost Keswick the price of those meals.
These people will come to poverty for what they did.
- Prov 11:25 (KJB)
- The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth
shall be watered also himself.
- The liberal soul - A person of blessing
- Fat - Figurative for prosper
- Watered - Satiated or soaked
- This verse is giving us an insight into the person who gives with the
right heart. (2 Cor 9:7 KJV) Every man according as he purposeth in his
heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God
loveth a cheerful giver. Those who give to the Lordís work and not some
phony preacher on TV or radio, will prosper in their life. These are
promises that God has made as He promised seed to the sower.
(2 Cor 9:10 KJV) Now he that ministereth seed
to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your
seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
The prosperity may come in material goods or money to be used for the
kingdom of God and will definitely be an increase in the people saved. God
here states that those who water, will be watered also, to the point of
being soaked, that is, blessed beyond what you can even think about. There
may come a time of testing in the life of a Christian who is a giver and
maybe their funds will dry up for a time but according to this verse, God
will water the individual who waters. It does not matter what the economy is
doing, God is above and beyond and has His own economy. I want to look at a
spiritual aspect of this verse. Those who study the Scriptures for hours,
will be made fat with the truths of the Scriptures and as he brings the
truth of the Scriptures to others, he is watering these people but the
advantage of being a teacher, is that we are able to be watered with the
truth first before we give it out to others.