PROVERBS
LESSON TWENTY-THREE

Proverbs 10:21
     21. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

     [A] This verse is a continuation of the last verse we looked at last time, yet it stands alone with a lot
             we can look at and discover in it.

     [B] The lips of the righteous feed many
             [1] A righteous man or woman has much things they can share with others.
                     [a] The goodness of God
                     [b] The peace God gives one who follows him
                     [c] The things God does for us on a daily basis
                     [d] A testimony and witness about the things of God
                     [e] The plan of salvation to the lost
                     [f] Hope and encouragement
             [2] Indeed a righteous person had much to feed others,
                     [a] It is the food of salvation
                     [b] It is the food of hope
                     [c] It is the food of God’s Holy Word

     [C] The fool die for want of wisdom
             [1] The fool even though he may have much to say, has little to say that will be meat for the
                     lost.
             [2] Even though the fool may have much education, and much learning, the learning he or she
                     has is not the learning and teachings that will show them the way to heaven therefore
                     they die for want of wisdom
                     [a] It’s sad to think that some people spend their entire life learning, but the things they
                             learn is not going to help them get the heaven
                     [b] It’s sad to think that the Bible is available to all, yet many are so foolish that they
                             disregard the teaching of the bible and consider it to be in error, while they                           
                             believe things that man makes up, which is literally impossible.
                     [c] It’s sad to know that literally millions of people who are searching for wisdom, fall
                             for the false wisdom Satan offers, and refused to believe the true wisdom of
                             God - They are indeed a fool

Proverbs 10:22
     22.  The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

     [A] Worldly wealth is what most people have their heart set upon, but they err in thinking that it will
             make their life good, and that they will be happy and content with what they have - They often
             find much sorrow in it.
             [1] Worldly wealth comes in several ways
                     [a] One inherits it - getting something for nothing
                     [b] One gets it dishonestly by cheating others -
                     [c] One gets it by putting their whole life into earning it, making their work and their
                             money the first priority and a God to then
             [2] When one has worldly wealth, they have the potential for much sorrow
                     [a] They must spend their energy trying to protect it
                     [b] They usually try to live a life that shows others what they have
                     [c] They spend their free time trying either to make more money, or in trying to buy
                             happiness.

     [B] The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich
             [1] The greatest riches anyone can possess is the treasures we lay up in heaven.
                     [a] It is not worldly riches that make one happy, it is the knowledge of what awaits us
                             in heaven
             [2] Knowing your heart is right with God, knowing there is not a single person who you have
                     bitterness against, knowing Jesus is with you always, knowing you have eternal life                 
                     and no-one can take it from you, all these things make you rich in heavenly things
             [3] God’s blessings which he pours out on us, are worth more than all the money in the world.

     [C] He addeth no sorrow with it
            [1] God pours out his blessings on us, yet with those blessings he gives us nothing to cause us
                     sorrow.
            [2] You might say I have a lot of heartache and sorrow
                    [a] To that I say, God does not give you heartache and sorrow, Satan does,
                    [b] God is there through the heartache and sorrow giving us help, hope and comfort
                             during our struggles.
                    [c] Even though we have thing put on us by Satan, God still pours out his blessings,
                             and gives us all we need to make it,

     [D] The greatest riches we can have are those we receive from God both here and what we have
             awaiting us in heaven
             
Mt 6:19.  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,             
                     and where thieves break through and steal:

          
   Mt 6:20. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth                   
                     corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

             Mt 6:21. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

             Lu 12:21. So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Proverbs 10:23
     23. It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

     [A] It is as sport to a fool to do mischief
             [1] It is like laughter to a fool to do mischief
             [2] It is as natural to him, and as pleasant, as it is to for man to laugh.
                     [a] When there is no fear of God, there is noting to stop an person from sinning
                     [b] To say there is no God allows someone to sin exceedingly and to enjoy doing so
             [3] The fool sins as a way of enjoyment.
                     [a] They have become a tool of Satan
                     [b] Satan has convinced them that sin is to be enjoyed.
             [4] Hitler though he was doing good thing by killing the Jews
             [5] Our Government thinks it is doing God may taking away our Christian rights

     [B] But a man of understanding hath wisdom.
             [1] A person who knows Christ, and who has studied the word knows right from wrong.
                     [a] They have wisdom
                     [b] They fear God
                     [c] They love their fellowmen and desire to help not hinder them
             [2] One who has understanding of God, will live their life for God3

Proverbs 10:24
     24. The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.        
     [A] It is here said, and said again
             [1] It shall be well with the righteous
             [2] But Woe to the wicked

     [B] The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him
             [1] The wicked spend their life looking over their shoulder
                     [a] They are in fear of retaliation from those they harm
                     [b] They are in fear that someone will take from them all that they have gained
                     [c] Their life is not a happy one, instead it is a life of fear and want
             [2] Maybe they will not receive their just reward here on this earth, but eventually, unless they
                     turn to Christ, they will receive all they feared and much more, when they are cast into
                     outer darkness, to suffer for ever and ever.
                     [a] I believe part of the punishment of the wicked will be the constant knowledge of
                             having a chance to accept Christ and follow him, and refusing
                     [b] I also believe that a part of the punishment will be the knowledge of all they left                       
                             behind, all the comfort, all the money, all the material things, all of which                           
                             meant nothing, while they suffer in hell, with no comfort, no money, and                                 
                             nothing to call their own.        

Proverbs 10:25
     25. As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting
           foundation.

     [A] As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more
             [1] When the whirlwind passes, it leaves destruction in it’s path
             [2] The whirlwind destroy what was there, leaving only memories of its destruction
             [3] When it is over, it is over, and we try to forget and put it in the past

     [B] When the wicked passes, they leave noting behind we want to remember, all they worked for and
             all they obtained is lost to them leaving behind only bad memories, and destruction

     [C] When the righteous pass, their memories linger on with us.
             [1] The memories of their good serves as an inspiration to others.
             [2] Their words and deeds are talked about and recorded
             [3] Others desire to live their lives in the same manor they did theirs
                     [a] Probably we all know righteous people who have left us, yet their memories linger
                             on,
                     [b] We know people who lived their lives in such a manor that we and others were
                             touched by them, and showed us how to live for Christ
                     [c] We probable all have known people who while they were dying showed such  
                             Godliness that we will never forget them
             [4] The righteous leave behind an everlasting foundation for us to build our lives upon.
                     [a] It started with Jesus
                     [b] It was handed down through the disciples
                     [c] It continues in us today

Proverbs 10: 26
     26. As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

     [A] As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes,
             [1] As vinegar in one’s mouth is unpleasant and makes one’s teeth stand on edge (per say)
             [2] As smoke is an irritant to the eyes making them red and watery

     [B]  So is the sluggard to them that send him
             [1] He is worthless, no more than an irritant to him
             [2] He is not worth the time and effort of telling him to do something

Proverbs 10:27
     27.  The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

     [A] The fear of the LORD prolongeth days
             [1] A relationship with God makes a person worry less, therefore they will have less heart
                     problems, and or other stress related diseases
             [2] When one has a relationship with God they have hope
             [3] Whether or not they will live a longer life than the wicked I do not know, but the righteous
                     will life a more fulfilling life, and one that is good for them and those around them
             [4] Furthermore, the righteous does not have to fear death, because they know they they are
                     going to be with Jesus and live forever.

     [B] The years of the wicked shall be shortened
             [1] In our society of many medical miracles and drugs, I am not sure this is true but the evil
                     person stands a much bigger chance of dying early than a righteous one
                     [a] They do not have peace in their soul
                     [b] They have much to worry about
                     [c] They have much to fear
             [2] Even if they outlive the righteous, can their life really be called living?
             [3] Than when they die, they will be cast into hell for ever that certainly is not life.

Proverbs 10:28
     28. The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

     [A] The hope of the righteous shall be gladness
             [1] Although the righteous may not live in riches here on this earth, they have hope in things
                     to come as we discussed earlier
             [2] When one’s hope is placed on earthly things, that’s all one has
             [3] When hope is placed on heavenly things, there is much awaiting us
                     [a] A mansion being built by Christ for us to dwell in
                     [b] Living forever in the presence of Christ
                     [c] No sickness
                     [d] No pain
                     [e] No suffering
                     [f] No sadness
                     [g] He will wipe the tears from our eyes
                     [h] No memories of the evils that were in the past
                     [i] Joy
                     [j] Peace
                     [k] And it is all summed up as gladness

     [B] The expectation of the wicked shall perish
             [1] The wicked place their hope on the here and now
                     [a] They strive for earthly gain
                     [b] They strive for earthly pleasure
                     [c] They strive for satisfaction in what they have
             [2] The wicked like the righteous will eventually die
                     [a] Whereas they have spent their life accumulating wealth - they will leave it all
                             Behind
                     [b] Whereas they have spent their lives striving in earthly pleasures, they will be cast
                             into hell where there is no pleasure only suffering
                     [c] Whereas they have spent their lives trying to find earthly satisfaction in the things
                             of the world, it will all be lost and they will suffer dissatisfaction for ever and
                             ever
                     [d] All the wicked tried to achieve is for nothing
                     [e] All the righteous did not have will be given to them.