11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
the messenger of death will be sent against them.
Although our sin and rebellion separate each of us from God, he offers mercy and grace through the shed blood of his Son. We compound our defiance when we refuse to accept his atoning work on our behalf. If we continue to reject God’s love, then we will be subject to his justice. Continue reading “Episode 103: Belligerence, Quarrelsomeness, and Injustice”
6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.
What a beautiful symmetry! Just as grandparents take immeasurable pride in their grandchildren, godly children grow up to brag about their parents. The Lord intends for children to honor their parents for all the love and sacrifices made on their behalf. In doing so, we learn to worship our Heavenly Father for the infinite grace he extends to us. Continue reading “Episode 102: Grandchildren, Integrity, Forgiveness, and Correction”
17 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
As Solomon says in 15:16-17, simplicity with peace is better than prosperity with strife.
2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
The king warns his sons against a false sense of entitlement. Though born a prince, the disgraceful son risks forfeiting his inheritance and having it given to the faithful servant who truly honors the king. This principle is best exemplified in Joseph who, though a slave in Egypt, would ascend to the immense power and prominence because of his trustworthiness.
Continue reading “Episode 101: Lives of Peace, Faithfulness, Truth, and Respect”
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.
Some people build bridges; others burn them. Solomon criticizes the bent person who delights in discord and the gossiper who destroys friendships. Whether by intention or accident, we should avoid being the source of broken relationships. Continue reading “Episode 100: The Righteous Difference”
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
and their lips promote instruction.
Time and again, Scripture declares that what’s in our hearts will inevitably come out. That’s why both Jesus and Paul teach that superficial legalism can’t change what’s really inside. But when we are inwardly transformed by God’s grace and truth, our lips and mouths bear powerful testimony to godly insight and instruction. Continue reading “Episode 99: The Power of Wise Words”