- Proverbs 18:16-20
- Prov 18:16 (KJB)
- A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before
- Room - To be wide
- Great - Noble
- Here is a gift, in not necessarily a negative light. A man may give a
nice gift and that may expand his opportunities and eventually may allow him
to come before noble or great men, those with much influence. This verse
also has a great spiritual lesson. When a person becomes saved, they are
given a spiritual gift and when that gift is exercised properly, it will
widen the opportunities for ministry and as a result may get them noticed by
those in higher positions who may promote them as they continue to minister
in the gifts which God has given them. This is why we want to minister with
our spiritual gifts properly, so we may have doors opened for us to widen
our ministry and spiritual influence.
- Prov 18:17 (KJB)
- He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his
neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
- Have you ever had a situation where someone came to you and told you
about a situation they are going through and how they tended to blame
someone else. Remember also how you tended to agree with them UNTIL you
received another side of the story stating how the other person caused their
own problems. This Proverbs verse is basically stating that even though
someone comes to us, and maybe it might be someone we care about, and tells
us about a situation they are in and then they start blaming the other
person, we must be on our guard. This verse is telling us that we must be
careful about taking sides to soon before we hear both sides of the story.
Normally, the first person to tell their side will embellish the story
toward their side but when the other party challenges it, it may bring other
facts to light that the first party neglected to state. Whenever we get
caught up in these types of situations, our reputation will also be on trial
in the eyes of others.
- Prov 18:18 (KJB)
- The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
- In the days when this Proverb was written, the lot was cast and the
parties abided by the decisions because they realized that the decisions
came from God Himself. (Prov 16:33 KJV)
The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of
the LORD. If you recall, Matthias was chosen a
disciple after the suicide of Judas and they used the lot. (Acts 1:26
KJV) And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he
was numbered with the eleven apostles. In Proverbs 18:18,
we read that their could be contentions over a certain subject and if these
contentions are between two powerful men, then a private war could erupt and
people will get hurt. However, if they cast the lot and accept that the
answer has come from the Lord, then two things will take place. First, the
contentions over the matter will be resolved, secondly, the two mighty men
involved will then separate, thus avoiding any further possible chance of an
erupting war. It will quell the fighting and bring things back to normal.
- Prov 18:19 (KJB)
- A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city:
and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
- Offended - Having been transgressed against
- Castle - Citadel or stronghold
- Contentions - Discord or dispute
- If we offend someone and then realize that we were wrong, if we try to
win them back, we may find that we will run into a situation that makes it
hard to win that person back. One of the reasons that we have trouble
winning them back is because a person has feelings where a city does not.
This verse teaches us that contentions are akin to bars of a castle. That
is, the bars do not let anyone in or out. The contentions are just like
those bars. They are strong steel and no human can break them. It is like a
contention, if no one gives in, then they are like a steel bar, separating
the two people. This is why we must be careful of our actions as well as our
words, so we will never get into that type of situation. We may offend
someone whom the Lord may use at a later time in our life and if we have
offended them, they might not be so eager to help us. We must never
sacrifice the future for the present so we must learn to hold our tongues.
- Prov 18:20 (KJB)
- A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and
with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
- This verse is not speaking about food but it is speaking about the words
which come out of our mouth. It is building upon the previous verse that we
must not offend others, however, this does not mean that we are not to give
the Gospel which is an offense. The type of offense given here is for
personal gain or notoriety. It is the type of offense which exalts us and
belittles the other person. We are to make sure that the words coming out of
our mouth are edifying or encouraging but never compromising. When we bring
an encouraging or edifying word, it is like eating a good meal, it is
satisfying to both the speaker and the hearers. As the word continue to
edify or even mollify a situation, it is like the continued eating of that
good meal making us feel filled. That feeling is a feeling of gladness and
contentment in helping to avoid a possible volatile situation.