The Issues haven’t change just the people

In Bible study this morning we studied Proverbs 26:1-22. The first section of this Proverb is all about the fool. You know who the fool is don’t you? He is the person who says, “There is no God.” Yes, that is a very foolish statement. The fool is also the person who knows what he should be doing, but refuses to do it. With that definition there are many fools. You can read about the fool in verses 1-12.

It’s the second section of this Proverb that caught my attention. Here are the various issues that we still face all these centuries later – they haven’t changed, just the people and locations have changed. Make sure that you get these issues:

  • Laziness – Prov. 26:13-16

The Lazy man is described in the following ways:

– Makes excuses as to why he can’t leave his home – vs. 13

– He stay in bed and tosses and turns – vs. 14

– He leaves his hand in a bowl, it wearies him to lift it to his mouth – vs. 15

– He believes that he is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly – vs. 16

  • Busybody – Prov. 26:17

The busybody who meddles in the affairs of others is is pictured as about as smart as a man who would grab a dog by the ears. If you grab a dog by the ears you just may get bit. If you meddle in the affairs of others you may have something worse happen to you.

  • Deception – Prov. 26:18-19

The person who uses deception is described next. Have you ever ben the victim of deception? He is pictured as someone who:

– Throws firebrands (fire balls, or arrows)

– Shoots arrows

– Death

Those are what the enemy of our soul desires to do. This is the tale tale signs of deception (See John 8:44). And note the deceiver seeks to deceive his neighbor. What? We are not to use, abuse, or deceive our neighbor. No, but this is what we find here in Proverbs.

Take a notice how this deceiver seeks to get away with his deception. He says to his neighbor, “I was only joking!”

When someone says that to you – take heed!

  • Talebearer – Prov. 26:20-22

What is a talebearer? It is a person who loves to find out information about you, so that they can share it with others.

Verse 20 tells us – “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.” Don’t give the talebearer and fuel.

Verse 21 tells us – “As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.” The point is that a contentious person is always stirring the flames.

Verse 22 tells us – “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles And they go down into the inmost body.” Some people just love to share information that they hear about others. Yes, for some it is like eating chocolate, yummy to their stomach.

All of these issues we still face today in our contemporary society. Time has changed, people have changed, but the issues remain. The only proper way to handled these issues is through a complete biblical worldview.

The Bible tells is to overcome laziness.

The Bible says to stop meddling in others affairs.

The Bible says not to practice deceit.

The Bible tells us not to be a talebearer.

Follow the Scripture and these four issues will not be a part of your life.


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