Proverbs 24:11-15
Prov 24:11 (KJB)
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
Deliver - To save, rescue, or extricate
Those that are ready - Totter or falter
This verse is basically a command for the Christian. The word “rescue” in the Hebrew is in the Imperative tense. It is a command to rescue those who are being drawn unto death. In the second part of the verse, we read about those who are faltering or tottering. This describes the unbeliever well since they vacillate continuously concerning the Gospel. Most of the times they do not even give it much thought. Since they are ready to be slain, we bring them the Gospel before their appointed time of death, we have done our job as following.
First, the Christian brings the Gospel to the unsaved, since they are the ones being drawn closer to the second death. If any of those become saved, then the Holy Spirit will implant wisdom into them and they will cease activities which can cause them physical death. (Jude 1:23 KJV) And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Proverbs 24:11 lines up perfectly with Jude 1:23, that the responsibility of the believer is to bring the Gospel to the unsaved. We bring the true Gospel and it is God who does the saving. How many times I have heard statements such as, “If only I would have witnessed to them more.” This is a guilt trip that Satan likes to put on the believer. If we have brought the Gospel to a person that dies shortly thereafter, we have done our job by bringing them the Gospel which is also a warning of impending judgment. If they did not become saved, then they were not of God’s Elect. We must never place a guilt trip on ourselves that we must witness to someone repeatedly. If they come back to us with questions, then we can continue the dialogue.
Prov 24:12 (KJB)
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
Pondereth - Examines
Consider - Discern
Render - Will return
This verse carries with it two meanings. The first one is that we are to care for our neighbor. (Prov 3:27 KJV) Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. If we have the ability to physically help someone that is in dire need and we do not do it, do we honestly think that we are justified in doing so? God examines the heart and discerns the motives and the actions or non-actions derived from those motives. God knows everything that we do and we cannot hide anything from Him, even with all the rationale our minds can produce. (Jer 17:10 KJV) I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. The last portion of this verse states that God is going to render or return the works according to what he has done. If a person is generous, they can expect a blessing but if they are cheap and self-centered, then someday they might be in the same position and when they call out for help, then others will turn a deaf ear to them.
The second principle found in this verse is specifically for Christians. We must never refuse to partake in the Great Commission by stating that we did not know the spiritual condition of the heart of the unbeliever. We must never think that someone else will give them the Gospel and we don’t have to. God knows our heart and He discerns the situation. Those who do not bring the Gospel or support legitimate Gospel ministries, will be embarrassed in Heaven that they will not have any spiritual fruit. We are commanded to go forth with the Gospel and it is not a suggestion. If the Lord has given us material goods for the purpose of sending forth the Gospel, and if we do not use those things for that purpose, it is His right to take those things away and give it those who are sending forth the Gospel.
Prov 24:13 (KJB)
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
In ancient times, honey was the most potent sweetener there was and the honeycomb was also very tasty. In those days, they did not know the health benefits of bee products. Today honey is used for healing and many other valuable uses. Honey, therefore, is very good for the human body because of all the natural ingredients found inside it. It contains magnesium, potassium, B-vitamins, calcium, zinc, and a host of other nutrients plus Honey does not spoil. If you have a jar of it sitting around for a while and you are unable to open it, all you have to do is place it in hot water and it will be like new.
Prov 24:14 (KJB)
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Expectation - Hope
Just as honey is good for the physical body and it is interesting that God likens the knowledge of wisdom to honey. Since honey, as a physical food does not spoil and it is likened to the salvation of the soul which is never lost. The great reward that the believer has is found in Luke 18:30. (Luke 18:29-30 KJV) And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, {30} Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. The believers are promised eternal life and that is why the hope of the believer is never cut off or extinguished because when we leave these mortal bodies, we go right into the presence of the Lord, that is, we continue on with our glorified spiritual bodies without any hiatus. Just as honey has no expiration date for the body, salvation has no expiration date for the soul. The next time you look at a bottle of honey, think about this.
Prov 24:15 (KJB)
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
Spoil - Ravage
Resting place - Home
Here is a warning against any violent acts aimed at the righteous. The wicked man loves to try and destroy the righteous because when the righteous are out of the picture, they can get on with their devious lifestyle unhindered. God is warning here that the wicked man better not make an attempt to spoil or ravage the house of the righteous or saved man. In this life we will have tribulation and it is unfortunate that the evil men do not heed the warnings but continue on in their evil pans.