Big Hill Bible Studies
26 June 2018 Entry
Here we have an opportunity to see symbolism used to bring applied wisdom to light. As you read verse 1 what picture comes to mind? Do you see a set of scales? I remember the scales used at an old "Mom and Pop" grocery store. We'd go to the back of the store where the butcher's case was located and buy hamburger. The man (Ernie) would put down a piece of paper and begin stacking the hamburger until the scales weighed out what we wanted. He'd "fudge" some and give a little more than we had asked for - I'm sure that had something to do with why we always returned.
Solomon states "A false balance is an abomination to the LORD. . ." I'm sure we all realize he is not talking about the scales at the grocery store. What do you think is the meaning behind this mental picture? Consider the first six verses and watch as pride and dishonor are placed on the "scales" in verse 2. Integrity and crookedness are put up next in verse 3. As you put down the paper and stack up the attributes can you see the Lord's disappointment at the unevenness in our lives? How can we improve? Do we weigh our lives on these scales I believe as we continue reading this eye opening book we will catch ourselves considering these scales as we compare the two sides of things Solomon often presents to us.
I believe this is an excellent opening to the chapter that provides the challenge to go as deep as we can into comparing upright living to the wickedness in the world. Let me take just one passage in this chapter for your consideration.
Look with me to verse 25. This is a brief statement, which at first read seems to be a contradiction. Let's break it down and address the two thoughts presented.
First, "The generous man will be prosperous, . . ." How can a man give away his money and have an excessive amount of money? Let's stop here and consider a couple questions. Why did we immediately think of money? Is there any mention of money in this statement? We started there because that's where our thinking took us. We went straight to the worldly view of materialism, and our materialistic views center around money. Just for the sake of argument, what if Solomon was talking about love? Do you see how a person who loves is loved? Would we be able to see how someone could have many friends if he is friendly to others?
Secondly, ". . .and he who waters will himself be watered." Speaking from experience, if you turn a water hose on someone, they will find a way to get you wet too. But I don't believe this is what Solomon is saying. Jesus gave us the "Golden Rule" to treat others in way we would want to be treated. If a man (or woman) were to help others they would receive help in return.
Now, I want you to consider a deeper, or higher meaning to this proverb. Who will provide the prosperity for the generous man and who will provide the "water" for the one who will be watered. And more importantly Who will this draw us closer to. Boom! do you see how these seemingly quick fire, one liners can go very deep? We could read a chapter and day and read Proverbs in a month, or we could go deep in our study of Proverbs and spend a lifetime "mining for gold" within these pages. It depends on what you are looking for. And that's my challenge to you. What are you looking for? The Lord tells us to draw near to Him and He will draw near to us. The relationship we have with the Lord is determined by our desire to pursue Him. "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart." - Jeremiah 29:13