Friday, April 1, 2016

Christ in the Proverbs: Proverbs 19:10


Proverbs 19:10
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,
    much less for a slave to rule over princes.

The Book of Proverbs extols wisdom and our need for it.  In the first line of verse 10, wisdom is needed so that we handle wealth rightly.  Wealth can prove to be the very worst thing for the heart of a fool:

            “See the man who would not make                God his refuge,            but (trusted in the abundance of his riches              and sought refuge in his own destruction!” (Psalm 52:7)
In the second line, wisdom is needed in order to rule.  Wisdom and knowledge is even needed to rule over our own spirit, so it goes without saying that wisdom and knowledge is needed to rule well over others.

One of the things we learn from this proverb is our need of trials and discipline.  A problem free life of luxury is not what is best for people prone to foolishness and sinful lusts.  Our fallen hearts by nature are foolish and inclined to sinful desires.  Our heavenly Father, disciplines us and knows the right way to lead and guide his children to the wealth of heaven above.  His discipline is for our eternal good.

We also can learn from this proverb the need to take hold of the new covenant promise of the Holy Spirit.  In adopting us as his children, the Father lifts us from servants of sin and lust to be a royal priesthood in his kingdom and joint heirs with his Son (1 Peter 2:9-10), who will be called to judge the world with Christ! (1 Corinthians 6:2).  But in raising us from foolish slaves to co-heirs with Christ, the Father has promised to change our hearts.  We must be purged of our foolishness and given a new spirit.  But this is what the new covenant promises:

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses,     and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (Ezekiel 36:25-27)

Do you pray to the Father for more and more of the Holy Spirit?  This should be a constant longing and prayer in our hearts as the Heidelberg Catechism teaches:

116 Q.  Why do Christians need to pray?
A.  Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us. And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray             continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking him for them.


                                                                                            
                              


                           





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