Proverbs 26 7-26-18

If we are going to be stubborn, let’s be stubborn for being good for Christ’s sake. Go overboard!

Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!

This chapter has three categories:

  1. The Fool: one who knows better, but chooses wrong purposely;
  2. The Sluggard: One who puts off responsibility and shunts the blame to others;
  3. The Carnal Christian: one who persistently refuses to learn, or follow the Holy Spirit.
  • Verses 1, 3-11 deal with a fool. Verse 12 describes a mocker, which is a heightened category of fool. We are not even to be around him (22:10, 25:5).
  • Verses 13-16 deal with the sluggard.
  • Verses 17-19 are kind of random, but show the immaturity of a person who is not walking with God on a regular basis. NOTE: The maniac is a practical joker. Practical jokes destroy trust-as well as property!
  • Verses 20-26 describe a person who walks in the flesh. They are:
    • prone to gossip (it may be true, but it’s none of our business),
      Quarrelsome (6:19 says that God hates a person who stirs up dissension),
      Manipulative,
      Deceitful,
      Liars,
      Malicious,
      And, ultimately, wicked.

    Verse 27 is what I call boomerang justice; verse 28 reveals the truth about untruths.

    Here’s the thing: A person can be a fool, a sluggard, and carnal and still be a Christian! How? Because this entire chapter describes the sinful nature that we must learn to overcome! Paul tells us,

    Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    This fight IS the Good Fight of Faith:

    1 Timothy 6:11-12 (NIV)

    [11] But you, man of God, flee from all this (false doctrine, the live of money), and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. [12] Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

    Let’s be about our Father’s business today. Let’s be like Him by walking WITH Him through His Spirit.

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