- Proverbs 15:6-10
- Prov 15:6 (KJV)
- In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the
revenues of the wicked is trouble.
- In the revenues - Gain, profits, or yield
- The house of the saved will yield much treasure, sometimes God blesses
His children with abundant goods. One of the treasures of the righteous
house is harmony and peace because God is the one who is worshipped there
and He watches over the house of His children. The house of the wicked will
have many troubles, not only in the gaining of profits, but also in family
issues and troubles for others, as sinís effects, affects others. The wicked
may gain much but their attitude toward those riches will cause much trouble
as they try to cling to them as their security. The spiritual picture here
is that in the house of the redeemed there is much treasure of the Gospel
but in the house of the wicked, where the gospel is absent, is nothing but
trouble and eternal damnation at the end of that trouble. So the wicked have
nothing but trouble in this life and the next one.
- Prov 15:7 (KJB)
- The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the
foolish doeth not so.
- Disperse - To scatter or to winnow
- This is a very interesting verse. The word ďdisperseí carries with it
the meaning of not only widely scattered knowledge, which is the word of
God, but their words winnow. Winnowing is the process by which the wheat and
the chaff are separated. You can see this done by throwing the wheat into
the air and the air current carries away the chaff, so all you have left is
the wheat. (Luke 3:17 KJV) Whose fan
is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather
the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire
unquenchable. The fan was used to separate the
wheat from the tares. When the wise, the saved, preach the true Gospel, the
word of God separates the wheat (the saved) from the chaff (the unsaved).
(John 10:27 KJV) My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them, and they follow me: We hear the
voice of the Lord Jesus Christ through the teaching of the Word of God and
those who are elect of God, will hear and understand and become saved,
making them the wheat. The heart of the foolish does not bring the true
Gospel, instead, they create their own belief systems along with works and
since people normally do not follow them in droves, they have a very small
following and will not scatter their word because they see that their
followers are wheat and would be afraid to compare their teachings to the
true teachings of Scripture. False teachings never stand under the scrutiny
of the Bible.
- Prov 15:8 (KJB)
- The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD:
but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
- Abomination - Detestable thing
- Delight - Favor or pleasure
- Under the Mosaic law, those who came to the temple with the right heart
to offer a sacrifice to the Lord for whatever offense they committed, was
accepted by the Lord. Those who came to sacrifice just because it was an
appointed time, without the right heart toward God, was considered an
abomination or detestable thing by God. This principle may also be applied
to all those who attempt to work their way to Heaven. This would also be an
abomination to God because they would be saying that they could do a better
job pleasing God by their works than the work on the cross of the Lord Jesus
Christ. This is why no work will ever supplant the sacrifice of the Lord
Jesus Christ. Then the verse goes on to say that even the prayers of the
redeemed are a pleasure to God. That is because they have come to Him
through the Lord Jesus Christ and He accepts their prayers through the
intercessory ministry of Christ. Those who are the redeemed in Christ are
delightful to God because they have no spot of sin upon their soul.
- Prov 15:9 (KJB)
- The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but
he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
- Way - Manner
- (Psa 5:5 KJV) The foolish shall not stand
in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Psalm 5:5 unequivocally teaches that God hates all
workers of iniquity. This means He does not love the sinner and hate the
sin. Since all of the unredeemed are enemies of God, He hates the manner in
which they conduct their life as they conduct it in sinful ways and do what
they can to avoid God. The way of the wicked is trying to be independent of
God and that independence leads to a life of continual sin which is in total
opposition to the righteous ways of God. This is why on the last day God
will judge these unbelievers and sentence them to hell. Then on the other
hand, those whom God has redeemed through the Lord Jesus Christ are loved by
Him. (1 John 3:1 KJV) Behold, what
manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called
the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him
not. This shows the great separation of the wheat
and tares. God loves the wheat, the saved, and hates the tares, the unsaved.
This is why the word of God is preached because when the Elect hear the Word
of God, they have been qualified to hear the word of God and be saved by it.
The unbeliever was not given spiritual ears and therefore the teaching of
Godís word is just babble to them.
- Prov 15:10 (KJB)
- Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh
the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
- Correction - Chastisement or discipline
- Forsaketh - Abandons
- Grievous - Bad or evil
- Let us look at this verse in two ways. First, the believer who has
abandoned the ways of God and has walked in their own counsel. We can see
such an incident in the life of David when he committed adultery with
Bathsheba and then had Uriah, her husband murdered. He lived this lie for
about a year until Nathan came to him with the Word of God and his
unconfessed sin cost the people of Israel many lives and caused the sword to
never depart from his family. Godís method of bringing David back to the
ways of God may have seemed very harsh to him and can be considered
grievous. God will have to match, in correction, the seriousness of our
departure from Him and His method may be very strong but it will be designed
to bring us back to repentance. Secondly, the unbeliever who forsakes the
law of God and walks in his own way may be brought back to obedience of the
law by means of a very harsh correction. Sometimes it has to be as strong as
prison or loss of everything. It does not mean they have become saved but it
means they are being corrected according to the laws of society, to make
them useful citizens once again. Those who hate correction and avoid it at
all costs will find that death is the only way they can be reconciled to
society. The chastisement of God may be the last act of kindness of God
before He takes the offender off the scene. This is why we do not refuse
chastisement because it is basically a buffer between life and death.