- Proverbs 22:6-10
- Prov 22:6 (KJB)
- Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will
not depart from it.
- Train - Dedicate
- Here is a good verse with a double meaning. First, we raise our children
according to the principles of Scripture and by doing this we are training
them as the next generation. The things that children learn when they are
young will definitely be carried over into adulthood and into the golden
years. The word “train” carries with it the meaning of “dedicate” and
whatever we dedicate our children to, right or wrong, will go with them
throughout their lives. Secondly, this verse carries a spiritual meaning.
When a person becomes saved, they are a spiritual baby and they need to be
guided into the Christian life. If a new Christian is properly trained in
how to read and understand the Bible, they will begin on a good footing. As
they grow they learn about missions, giving, getting involved with the Great
Commission, finding their spiritual gift(s), finally the ministry that God
has prepared for them. If we train a new Christian just to go church, jump
up and down in the pews, go to religious rock and roll concerts, and read
counterfeit versions of the Bible, then we are not training them for success
but for total failure and this is why so many Christians walk around as
nothing more than spiritual zombies. Christianity is a Faith which requires
full involvement by all Christians, not just a few.
- Prov 22:7 (KJB)
- The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant
to the lender.
- Servant - Slave
- This verse gives a serious financial principle which everyone should
heed before they borrow money or set out on some type of venture. Whenever a
person borrows money, you become the servant to the lender. This means, that
until the debt is paid, whatever you own can be sold and the proceeds given
to the lender. If you borrow and they call in the loan, you must pay off
that loan or if you do not have the money, then you must divest your earthly
goods. This is why it is so important that people do not abuse credit.
Credit is not money, it represents debt and if you misuse it, it can get you
into serious trouble. It is also a danger when you borrow too much and cause
your income to go to the lenders. You will be unable to give to the Lord’s
work and it may suffer. The problem in our present world is that many
Christians see the things others have and borrow to try and keep up with
others. Why buy a car for $30,000 when one for $18,000 will do. Why buy a
house for $500,000 when a house for $250,000 will do. Christians, of all
groups of people, should heed the warning in this verse and not act simple
and pass on and be punished. If you purchase a house that is priced above
and beyond your financial capabilities and you default, you are out on the
street. These things must be taken into consideration. While money is
neutral, it can be engaged for good or evil.
- Prov 22:8 (KJB)
- He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his
anger shall fail.
- Shall reap vanity - He will harvest calamity
- (Gal 6:7 KJV) Be not deceived; God is not
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
The first part of this verse speaks of sowing and
reaping. Those who sow iniquity are going to reap a crop of more iniquity.
Galatians 6:7 speaks of the fact that whatever you sow, that is, good or
bad, you will reap the results of what you sowed and keep in mind that seeds
are sown, which are small items. When the seeds grow, they grow into a plant
many times the size of what was sown. This means, that if you sow just a
little iniquity, you can expect a crop of problems and sin, many times
bigger than you expected. The second part of this verse is a comfort to all
those around the one who sows iniquity because it states that eventually his
rod of anger will fail. He will not hold on to whatever sway he has over
someone because he will lose the ability to hurt another. This may pointing
to an oppressive government regime or it may just be someone who yields
local power like a town boss. This can also refer to Satan who sows iniquity
in this world and has a great hatred for Christ and Christians. Someday his
rod of anger will fail when he is judged and cast into eternal hell.
- Prov 22:9 (KJB)
- He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of
his bread to the poor.
- Bountiful - Good or pleasant
- Here we have one of those good verses with double meanings. First, this
person gives of their bread to the poor, not selling it to them, but giving
it to them and as a result, his generosity will be blessed of the Lord. This
should not be done just around holidays because people get hungry the rest
of the year too. If a Christian can help a poor person, it brings honor to
the Lord and deepens your testimony as a child of God. Secondly, this has a
great spiritual application. Every true Christian has been given the Bread
of Life, which is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. As Christians, we should
not keep this bread to ourselves but give it out to others.
(Eccl 11:1 KJV) Cast thy bread upon the waters:
for thou shalt find it after many days. When we
give to missions, we are casting that bread upon the waters of the world,
and as the Lord uses it to bring others into the Kingdom, we will find that
the Lord will bless our giving, so we are able to continue giving, which is
one of the great dynamics of the Christian life. We must realize how much
living bread we have and that amount never runs out, so we can continue to
give out the Gospel to any and everyone we can.
- Prov 22:10 (KJB)
- Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea,
strife and reproach shall cease.
- Cast out - Drive out
- Contention - Strife
- The words “cast out” is in the imperative which means that it is not a
suggestion but a command. People that live to cause trouble should be
avoided at all costs. They are the root causes of much strife. Once the
scorner or mocker is driven out of a group, business, church, or whatever,
troubles within that organization will cease. Mockery tends to destroy
friendships and can alienate friends. When the trouble maker is rooted out,
peace can once again be restored. Many problems in many churches can be
traced back to a single individual who spreads their vileness like wildfire.
Scorners only serve themselves and their own interests and that is why they
cause trouble, hoping to divide people and then they cling to the side where
they can gain the most advantage. If you throw out the lighter, the wood
will not burn.