PROVERBS
LESSON THIRTY

Proverbs 13:11
     11. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

     [A] Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished
             [1] Wealth that is not the result of honest industry and hard labor is seldom permanent.
             [2] All fortunes acquired by speculation, gambling, and at the cost and expense of other is
                     soon gone
                     [a] When one receives money easily, it is spent easily
                     [b] Many who win money in the lottery and so on, gamble away the money and are no
                             better off then when they started
                     [c] .Money often corrupts the holder of it and makes them become selfish and or evil

     [B] When anything is not received by honest ways, with God's blessing, it is not permanent

     [C] Those things that are gotten by honest design, and has God’s blessings on it, will continue to
             Increase.

Proverbs 13:12
     12. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

     [A] Hope deferred maketh the heart sick
             [1] When once a good is discovered, the want of it and the strong desire for possessing it
                     excites the soul excited
             [2] The excitement of what is to come, the promise of having something gives one hope
             [3] Delay in receiving what one is hoping for,
                     [a] Pains the mind
                     [b] Sickens the heart
                     [c] If delay sickens the heart, ultimate disappointment kills it

     [B] But when the thing desired, hoped for, and expected comes, it is a tree of life
             [1] It comforts and invigorates both body and soul.
             [2] It brings blessings to the soul and makes one want to continue on with their life

     [C] Herein is one of the problems in the world as to man’s walk with God
             [1] We live on hope, and believe in faith that someday soon Christ is going to come and
                     remove us from this world and take us to a better place
                      [a] This concept has been preaches and taught for two thousand years,
             [2] Because Christ has not come and raptured away the church, many have become
                     disappointed and lost their faith and hope in his coming
             [3] Because they have lost their hope, they have fallen away from Christ and live only by
                     falling prey to Satan and the world.  
             [4] We who understand the word of GOD know that the moment one dies, Christ has come for                 
                     them,
                     [a] Those who are prepared go with him
                      [b] Those who are not prepared will be sent to hell
             [5] For one to make it to heaven, they must have faith and hope
                     [a] One of Satan’s ploys is to cause man to lose their hope
                     [b] If man loses their hope, they loose their faith,
                     [c] IF many loses his faith, he is lost.
             [6] Our job is to help others keep their hope, so they will be ready when Christ comes for
                     them


Proverbs 13:13
     13. Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be
           rewarded.

     [A] Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed
             [1] God’s word is the key for us to eternal life
             [2] God’s word holds all revelation of God to man
             [3] Christ was referred to as the word in John chapter one
             [4] To despise the word, to reject the word is to:
                     [a] Reject the word of God to man
                     [b] To deny the power and Grace of God
                     [c] To deny Jesus Christ

     [B] He that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded
             [1] He that respects the word and obeys it and walks as this revelation directs him, shall be
                     Rewarded
                     [a] He who reads the roadmap and follows the instructions will make it to heaven
                     [b] He who regards the Word of God and follows it will have peace in their heart
                     [c] He who fears God and keeps the commandments will be rewarded with eternal life
             [2] God’s word is a lamp onto our feet
                     [a] Through the word of God we know how to walk
                     [b] Through the word of God we know what not to do
                     [c] Through the word of God we know what is expected of us

Proverbs 13:14
     14. The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

     [A] It would be better to translate this passage, "The law is to the wise man a fountain of life.”
             [1] God’s word to man, his law and his story of Grace is what we learn and know if we want
                     to follow him
             [2] A wise man understands this, and clings to God’s word, knowing it is his instruction book
                     and roadmap to heaven

     [B] To depart from the snares of death
             [1] Knowing God and following his Holy word is how we escape from death
             [2] Knowing the word, Jesus Christ and accepting him as our savior and following him leads
                     us to eternal life and an eternity in heaven

     [C] The only way to know how to receive eternal life is through God‘s word

     [D] The only way to know how to follow him is through the word as well

Proverbs 13:15
     15. Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

     [A] The way of transgressors is hard
             [1] Most sinners have more pain and difficulty in getting their souls damned, than the                         
                     righteous have, with all their cross-bearings, to get to the kingdom of heaven
             [2] The way of the cross caused many hardships, but we have Christ waling with us, and other
                     Christians around us to help
             [3] The sinner is in it for himself.
                     [a] The drunk suffers hangovers, loss of family and friends, as well as many other
                             things, yet he continues to drink
                     [b] The drug addict gets high for a short time, but ruins his body with the drugs, steals
                             to buy more, and constantly gets deeper and deeper into sin
                     [c] The murder is constantly looking over his shoulder, and wondering when someone
                             will kill him. He has no peaceful dreams
                     [d] All sin requires much struggles and difficulties, much more than what we have to
                             suffer in order to make it to heaven - and still there is hell awaiting them in the
                             end

     [B] Good understanding giveth favor
             [1] Knowing God, and understanding his word gives us freedom
             [2] Knowing what is expected of us, and doing it gives us knowledge of what we have waiting
                     on the other side and allows us not to fear death or whatever may come along.

Proverbs 13:16
     16. Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

     [A] Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge
             [1] A prudent person - a person with smarts, a person who is able to save and has good
                     common sense knows how to deal with knowledge
             [2] A prudent person seeks knowledge in order to better themselves

     [B] A fool layeth open his folly
             [1] A fool doesn’t have enough sense to try to help himself
             [2] He continued on in his folly refusing to hear any advice or seek help

Proverbs 13:17
     17. A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

     [A] A wicked messenger, who, being sent to negotiate any business, is false to him that employed         
             him, reveals his counsels as he tries to help himself instead of his employer.
             [1] He cannot expect to prosper
             [2] He will certainly fall into some mischief
             [3] He will eventually be discovered and punished.
     
     [B] An ambassador who faithfully discharges his trust, and serves the interests of those who employ         
             him, is health;
             [1] He is health to those for whom he is employed,
             [2] He heals differences that are between them
             [3] He preserves a good understanding
             [4] He is health to himself, for he secures his own interest

Proverbs 13:18
     18. Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof               
           shall be honoured.  

     [A] If one is unwilling to receive instruction, they will never learn
             [1] As a result, they will never have those things that they need
             [2] They will never have  honor and wealth

     [B] He that is willing to learn, and seeks instruction
             [1] Learns how to better themselves
             [2] Grows in wealth
             [3] Receives honor because he deserves it.

Proverbs 13:19
     19. The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

     [A] There are in man strong desires for happiness
             [1] God has provided for the accomplishment of those desires, and that would be sweet to the                   
                     soul, whereas the pleasures of sense are grateful only to the carnal appetite.
             [2] The desire of good men towards the favor of God and spiritual blessings brings that which
                     is sweet to their souls

     [B] It is abomination to fools to depart from evil, which is necessary to their being happy.  
             [1] When Satan has a hold on ones heart, nothing thing truly sweet will come to their souls to
                     persuade them to leave their sins
             [2] What little pleasures they have are like a morsel of candy, good for a moment, then gone.

     [C] The knowledge of God is better than any morsel of food, better than a bank full of money, and
             better than a castle on a hill.
             [1] Nothing is sweeter to the soul than knowing that Jesus is with you and that your soul is
                     secure in him
             [2] Nothing makes life worth living more than knowing the moment you die you will be with
                     Christ
             [3] Nothing makes death more promising than knowing you will be with Christ in heaven the
                     moment you close your eyes in death

     [D] We learn of these promises from Gods Holy word - the wise man or woman studies to show
             themselves approved unto God and takes what they learn and acts upon it.
             [1] As a result there is joy in their heart
             [2] There is contentment in their soul
             [3] There is a burning desire to see Christ
             [4] There is a desire to serve him and do as he desires us to do
             [5] We learn that Christ is the sweetest thing we can ever have