PROVERBS
LESSON THIRTEEN


Proverbs 6:20
     20. My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

     [A] My son, keep thy father's commandment
             [1] It is a God given duty for a parent to teach their children about God and the things of God
                     [a] All training, and all teaching should be Christ centered and biblically based
                     [b] A parent should never allow their child to do anything that is not according to the
                             teaching of the bible.
             [2] If a father is doing his duty, the teaching he is giving his child is according to the teaching
                     and the will of God.
                     [a] It is the father’s god given responsibility to see that the child is taught properly
                     [b] As the Spiritual head of the family, he must see to their training and be assured that
                             the child is being taught properly

     [B] Forsake not the law of thy mother:
             [1] Just because the father has the responsibility given him by God, does not mean the Mother
                     is exempt.
                     [a] She too has the responsibility to teach the child,
                     [b] Because she is with the child more than the father, she has the responsibility of
                             discipline placed on her - therefore the child is to obey the laws of his mother
             [2] Both parents are equally responsible in the eyes of God to train up their child in the ways of he lord,
                     and to instill in them the truth of God’s word.
                     [a] If either of the parents fail in their God given responsibility, the child is failed by
                             them, and does not learn what he or she is supposed to be taught.
                     [b] When there is a disagreement between mother and father, when on teaches Godly
                             values and one does not, it causes confusion in the child

Proverbs 6:21
     21. Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

     [A] Solomon continues in his teaching of obeying the teaching of the Father and mother

     [B] Bind them continually upon thine heart
             [1] The teachings of godly parents should be upon thy heart
                     [a] Hopefully the parent is godly, and the training and teaching they give their child will be godly
                     [b] One thing for sure, if the parent does not teach the bible to their children, the church who has
                             them only an hour or so a week will not be able to instill what they need in their heart.
             [2] It is only by as child being raised by parents who not only teach the word of God but live it as well that
                     a child will have the truths of God’s word instilled in them, and have gods word bound in their heart
                     [a] When the word is bound in their heart they will still err in their ways, but the word will bring them
                             back to where they ought to be,
                     [b] That word taught by their parents will always be there to steer them down the  proper road and
                             show them the way to return when they have strayed

     [C] Tie them about thy neck
             [1] Although this was something that God told the Israelites to do, I don’t believe it to be Literal
             [2] Instead I believe it means to keep the word and the teaching of our parents in the forefront
                     of our lives, so that we do not do wrong
                     [a] One of the things I told my children when they were in school, was this, When on of your friends
                             want you to do something you don’t what to do, tell them you can’t because your day won’t let
                             you.
                     [b] My oldest daughter used this many times. Even when a friend would call her on the phone, she
                             would turn to me and ask if she could, knowing I would say no, so she could tell here friend that
                             I wouldn’t let her. It made me look like the bad guy, and she never had to admit that she really
                             didn’t want to do whatever they asked here to do
                     [c] She kept the teaching of her dad in the forefront of her life, and used me to help here make it

Proverbs 6:22
     22. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall
           talk with thee.

     [A] Those Godly instructions we learn from our parents will lead us, they are the foundation of our lives, and
             the bases on which we build our lives.

     [B] When we do what we know is right according to our instructions, we can lay our head on our pillow and
             sleep peacefully
             [1] When we live and follow the instructions of Godly parents, we know in our heart that we are right with
                     God, and were we to die before we wake, our soul would go to be with Jesus
     
     [C] When thou awakest, it shall talk with thee
             [1] We go to bed happy, we sleep peacefully, and we wake with the Holy Spirit leading us throughout the
                     day.

     [D] Learning from Godly parents, having Godly parents show us how to live properly is the foundation we need
             to understand how to trust and follow God
             [1] If a child cannot trust their earthly father, how can they learn to trust their Heavenly Father  whom they
                     cannot see?
             [2] If they do not feel love from their earthly mother, how will they believe that Jesus loves Them?
             [3] IF they do not learn to communicate with their parents, how will they learn to communicate with God or
                     hear the Holy Spirit speaking to them?


Proverbs 6:23
     23. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

     [A] God’s word is a lamp unto our feet
             [1] We are living in a world of darkness and sin,
             [2] God word is light in the darkness
             [3] By having God’s words and his commandments in our heart, and as a part of our life, we can walk in
                     darkness and not fall

     [B] The law of God, which hopefully the parent has taught the  child, becomes light to them
             [1] Paul said the law was a schoolteacher
                     [a] It gives us instruction
                     [b] It shows us the proper way to walk
                     [c] It shows us what sin is
                     [4] It shows us what we are to refrain from doing

     [C] Reproofs of instruction are a way of life
             [1] Again this refers back to the schoolteacher, or to proper training
             [2] God’s instructions are to become a way of life.
                     [a] They are to guide us
                     [b] They are to instruct us
                     [c] They are to correct us
             [3] His word shows us
                     [a] How we are to live
                     [b] How to be
                     [c] How to live properly
                     [d] It corrects us
                     [d] It rebukes
                     [e] It tells us of our reward for following Christ
                     [f] It tells us of the punishment for refusing to follow Christ
     
Proverbs 6:24
     24. To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

     [A] God’s instructions are to
             [a] Keep us from listening to the things Satan throws our way
             [b] Help us discern between right and wrong
             [c] To show us the right path and know the difference between the two

     [B] As we discussed in an earlier chapter
             [a] Solomon is using an illustration of a strange woman but he is implying anything that Satan tries to
                     entice us with
             [b] Satan speaks with a flattering tongue, making his darkness seem to be so good
             [c] He promises us great things is we will only follow him - but the ways of Satan ultimately brings eternal
                     destruction  


Proverbs 6:25
     25. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

     [A] Here is why one must have the word of God, and the knowledge of God in their heart,                     
             [1] Satan entices us with his beauty
             [2] He makes his darkness look so inviting
             [3] Unless one has the word in their heart, and a strong grasp on the things of God, they might
                     easily be deceived by the beauty of sin and fall prey to the wiles of Satan

     [B] Like the strange woman who has here eyes painted up to attract men, and who flutters her eyes to
             entice him, so Satan paints his evil things and makes them enticing to us as well
             [1] Unless one has the knowledge of God in their heart
             [2] Unless one has the laws of God around their neck
             [3] Unless one has received the proper instructions
             [4] Unless one is led and guided by the Holy Spirit
             [5] They might easily fall for the schemes of Satan an not realize their faults until it is too late

Proverbs 6:26
     26. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the
             precious life.

     [A] Sin brings down a man to poverty
             [1] Some lose everything they have to sin
             [2] Think of the Prodigal son, he left home a rich young man, but because of sin, he lost everything he had
     
     [B] Even if the sinner doesn’t lost his property, he quickly becomes desolate spiritually
             [1] Noting he has will satisfy him
             [2] Even though he is among the riches of the earth, he will feel poor and needy
     
     [C] The adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
             [1] The adulteress, in this case Satan loves to get a person in this fix
             [2] With all his wealth, he should be happy, yet he is wanting - so Satan can offer him more and more of
                     his evil things and the person accepts them making him worse off than before
             [3] His ways get more and more desperate, and he begins to hide his sorrow in alcohol and Drugs
             [4] The ultimate kick for Satan is to bring so much despair that the person will commit suicide and die in
                     their sins, with no salvation and not hope,
                     [a] Satan is as a roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour

Proverbs 6:27-29
      27. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
      28. Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
      29. So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

Verse 27. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
     
     [A] Is it possible to hold a burning fire to your chest, and not have your clothing burned and your skin
             as well?
             [1] There is an old saying, if you play with fire, you’re going to get burned
             [2] If you play with sin, you are going to be hurt by it
             [3] IF you tempt fate, you are going to eventually be hurt
             [4] You Don’t tempt the lord your God

Verse 28. Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

     [A] One could say, there are those who walk on hot coals and claim they are not hurt - but they are trained, the
             coals are prepared properly, and there is probable a trick to it as well, one we know nothing of

     [B] If you or I walk on hot coals, our feet will be burned, and we would suffer pain from it.

     [C] If we commit sins knowingly, sins God has forbidden us to commit, we will suffer as a result,
             [1] You can be forgiven, but the results of your actions follow you

Verse  29. So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

     [A] Verse twenty-nine just reinforces what we have already been saying

     [B] You cannot commit sin, and remain innocent for your sin

  I don’t want to leave this study on a negative note, because we know that God loves us so much that he sent his
only begotten son to the earth to become a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus came that we could have forgiveness for our
sins, and some day make it to heaven.

  Sin causes scars on our heart, and on the heart of others, but Christ will forgive us for what we do, if we confess
our sins, and turn from our wicked ways.

   In cases of adultery, or fornication, when a child has been conceived, Christ will forgive one for the act they
committed, but there is still a child who needs to be cared for, and nurtured. The result of the sin is still with you.  

    Many sins hold lasting consequences which remain even after we have been forgiven. Those are things we
sometimes will still be punished for under the laws of man, even though we have received forgiveness from God.

   Other sins, follow us through life. Even though we have changed, and God has forgiven us, man will not trust us,
and often will not allow us a proper place in society. It becomes us as we talked about in verse 26, and we lose all
we have because of the sin, often never to regain it again.

   The bottom line is, Sin never pays. It only brings heartache and despair. That is why it is it’s so important that we
draw close to God, that learn everything we can about him, that we fill our heart, and soul with his knowledge, and
that we hang his law around our neck. We don’t want to fall into a pit of sin, because you cannot fall in, and not have
the smell of sin on you.