- Proverbs 19:16-20
- Prov 19:16 (KJB)
- He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul;
but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
- Keepeth - Observes or guards
- Despiseth - Regard with contempt
- Those who are saved will keep the commandments of God and as a result,
they not only teach us to walk properly but they guard our souls. When one
continues to learn the Scriptures, their soul is constantly being fed in
contrast to the lazy person whose soul is very lean because they do not
study the teachings of Scripture. The one who regards with contempt, the
teachings of Scripture, are those who are unsaved and this will lead them
into the Judgment of eternal damnation. Those who fight against the
teachings of Scripture and seek to have God expunged from every area of
society are doing it not only to their own destruction, but to the
destruction of all society.
- Prov 19:17 (KJB)
- He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that
which he hath given will he pay him again.
- Pity - Compassion
- Here is a great promise which the Lord gives to the person who has the
vision of giving. Whenever we send forth the gospel, we are having
compassion upon those who are unsaved and when they come under the hearing
of the Gospel, some may become saved. This verse may also have a connotation
of helping those who have hit hard times and when we help them, we are doing
it in the name of the Lord and not for our own glory. As I looked at this
verse, the word “lendeth” had me a little baffled but then the Holy Spirit
opened my understanding. When a bank lends us money, they charge us
interest, which means their return is more than what they lent. Here the
Lord is giving us a great principle that when we give, God will increase the
return, according to His will. (Luke
6:38 KJV) Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down,
and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you
again. God promises us that He will bless us if we give
and with the right motives. God, in His timing, is promising that He will
repay what was given and including the word “lend” in there means that God
promises that the return will be more then the initial gift.
- Let me give a personal testimony on this principle so it is not hearsay.
Back in the 1980’s I received a letter from America’s Keswick that they were
$30,000 in arrears. So I had $2000 in my savings account and the Lord laid
on my heart to give $1000, which was half of my worldly stash. I sent it in
and a few days later my aunt calls me and asks me to come and see her. At
that time she gave me $1800 in Savings Bonds that she placed in my name when
she worked. That is not all, some of the bonds were dated as far back as
1954 and when I went to the bank to cash them in, the total was $5500. So
God took my $1000 and turned it into $5500. I knew nothing about those bonds
until my aunt called me. So here is just one revelation in my life about the
faithfulness of God. Now we must realize one thing, that we never give money
and tell God that He owes us! He will repay if the money is given with the
proper motive and in His will and timing. There is no such thing as name it
and claim it in the Bible. That is something devised by the Prosperity Pimps
on TV who preach about money and not salvation.
- Prov 19:18 (KJB)
- Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for
- Chasten - Discipline
- Here is a clear mandate to parents. It is never to early to discipline
your children. The time to start disciplining them is when they are young as
this is the time that there is still hope because they will fear you much
more than they will fear their friends who will lead them into troubles.
When you discipline them, if they cry, don’t allow your emotions to supplant
your better judgment. They will cry, but afterwards, if you tell them that
you love them and hold them, they may understand a lot better for the reason
they were disciplined. The time for hope is over when they place him in the
electric chair or close the cell door behind him. This is why you cannot let
your emotions override what you know is best for them. God chastens His
children and when we cry the blues, sometimes God turns up the heat a little
bit more until we realize we are being disciplined for a good reason and
when we begin to start learning from that discipline, God begins to loosen
it up a little bit until we completely understand where we went wrong.
- Prov 19:19 (KJB)
- A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver
him, yet thou must do it again.
- Punishment - Penalty
- A person who has a temper will always get into trouble and the problem
is that if you deliver him or help him, the reality is that he is going to
get into trouble again. Anger creates a vicious cycle in a person’s life
because anger is what motivates the unsaved person. An angry person is never
appeased and will always find something to be angry about. One day their
anger will get them into trouble and they will not be able to be delivered.
The problem is that if we keep bailing a person like this out, then we are
never allowing them to face their problem. They must learn to deal with the
anger and if we keep coming to their rescue, we will be doing them more harm
than good. It is like a parent making an excuse for their children every
time they get into trouble. Excuses can lead to far greater consequences.
- Prov 19:20 (KJB)
- Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be
wise in thy latter end.
- Hear - To understand or to obey
- Receive - Accept
- Latter end - In your future
- Here Solomon counsels that a person, while young, should hear counsel
and not only understand it but accept it and live by it. If a person lives
by wisdom in their early years, they will live by those learned principles
as the years go on. Many have not learned discipline when they were younger
and as they became older, they found it hard to place strictures on their
lives and that is why they continually seem to be in trouble or hard times.
The whole idea of good counsel is to abide by it so it will become
well-entrenched in our thought processes. This way any time a situation
arises in our life, we will be able to filter our response through good
adopted counsel. That is why there seems to be people who just cannot get
their lives in order and those who just seem to never get their lives out of
order. The harvest will always be what was initially planted. You can’t
plant tomatoes and then expect to harvest potatoes. We reap what we sow and
that is why we need to be very careful what we sow.