THE MAN OF UNDERSTANDING
Instruction, Transgressions and Authority – Proverbs 13:1-25
Verses 1 – 6 – Once again we are dealing with the issues of the “mouth”. Eating here seems to be speaking of much more than physical food; but rather of self-control with food and with the tongue.
Also speaking of control of one’s work habits; and speaking the truth.
Verses 7 – 8 – When one makes themselves “rich” they are usually poor in many other ways. Jesus said of the poor; “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
Riches are counted, by God, to be much more than material gain or wealth. When the wealthy pay “ransom” in fear for their lives; they are genuinely poor.
Verses 9 – 19 – Verse 13 is the central part of these verses; and words to be heeded by all who will trust the Lord.
“Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.”
The instruction of God’s Word gives wisdom, grace, knowledge, salvation, fellowship with God, Peace with God, and peace with Mankind.
Verses 20 – 21 – How many times have parents guarded the people their children hang out with? Good parents will keep watch. “Evil communications corrupt good manners” 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Communications” in the KJV can be interpreted “companionship”
All Christians need to learn and know that there is much to be said about who you keep company with. You can be known by who your friends and who your enemies are.
Verses 22 – 25 – There is work and labor involved in caring for our future. It begins by self discipline, and teaching our children.
“Prov. 13:24 Physical discipline is a common theme in Proverbs (see e.g., 10:13; 17:10; 22:15; 23:13–24; 29:15). It is viewed as an important part of the correction and training of a child, to teach him to avoid wrong behavior, to embrace what is right, and to build godly character. Equally important, physical discipline is an expression of love for a child, while the one who spares the rod hates his son. Taking into account all of the teaching of Proverbs, physical discipline of a child must never be severe and must always be exercised in love. Cf. Heb. 12:5–11.” ESV Study Bible note.
The rod spoken of in verse 24 is one that speaks of “authority”. The shepherd had a staff with a crook on the upper end; the king held a sceptre. Both of these were signs of authority.
Our children need to learn to recognize authority. When we have some who yell about corporal punishment as teaching children violence they are teaching children to disrespect authority. Those who are in authority have the power to discipline. God is the ultimate Authority.
-Tim A. Blankenship