Posted by: Larry Hoekman | July 23, 2016

Proverbs — Proverbs 31:1-7

Day 2221:  Last chapter of Proverbs!

Scripture:  These are the sayings of  King Lemuel, an oracle, that his mother taught him.  Oh my son, Oh son of my womb, Oh son of my vows – do not spend your strength on women, or your ways to that which destroys kings.  It is not for kings, Oh Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink.  For they will drink and forget what the law decrees and be unable to give justice to those who are oppressed.  Give strong drink to those who are dying, and wine unto those who have heavy hearts.  Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.  Proverbs 31:1-7

Thoughts/questions:  Like Agur in Proverbs 30, King Lemuel is probably a poetic reference Solomon gave for himself.  Solomon was the second son of David and Bathsheba.  Their first son had been conceived because of broken vows and had died.  Bathsheba, now married to David and staying true to her vows, could have surely spoken like this.  Her warnings focus on time proven ills, which have regularly gotten the best of many – adultery, which was very familiar to her and David, and misuse of alcohol.

Adultery – the repercussions speak for themselves, yet we still seem to be caught in its web. Shake off the shackles of anything which might lead you there!

Alcohol – although not always a sin, it is something we MUST handle with care!  Proverbs states that the use of alcohol has its place, but that when making decisions, which include behavior with the opposite sex, alcohol can NOT be involved. Take the warnings of Proverbs seriously and make any adjustments you deem necessary!!!

Suggested Prayer:  Lord, help me to apply the wisdom of Proverbs in these two important areas in my life . . .

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