By Pastor Bill Farrow
 "Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.” -
Proverbs 19:15 (6:9–11; 10:4).
          “Slothfulness” or idleness is a well-used word or concept in the OT and especially in Solomon’s writings.  It can speak of anything from laziness to unusually slow are non-energetic movement, to the refusal or failure to use the needed or called for energy in getting a job done.  Depending on the context used, it adds the concept of an “enjoyment” of the failure to be diligent in a task, hence the idea of laziness as one would “rather” be still and easy than hard working.  
         There is actually a LOT of discussion about this idea throughout the Bible, virtually ALL of it in a negative sense:

I.    Sloth is a Forbidden Quality or Indulgence
         First of all, it is both clear and obvious that Slothfulness is a forbidden quality or indulgence for those who have any desire to be all that God intends for them to be.
Rom 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
Heb 6:12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
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Various Selected Scriptures

          We’ve looked at several pieces of Prophecies from the OT thus far, as well as seeing their NT fulfillments:
          1.      The Messiah Would Be Born of the Seed of the Woman
          2.      All Nations Will Be Blessed Through Abraham and His Seed
          3.      The Messiah Would Be Born of the Tribe of Judah
          4.      The Messiah Will Be of the Offspring of Noah and His Children
          This brings us to a fifth piece of Promised Prophecy of the coming Messiah in the OT:

1.    The Messiah Would Be Born In The Town Of Bethlehem Of Judea (Judah)
This brings us to a fifth piece of Promised Prophecy of the coming Messiah in the OT:
          A.    Old Testament References ·
                    -  Micah 5:2-5:
But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”...

3      Therefore He shall give them up,
Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth;
Then the remnant of His brethren
Shall return to the children of Israel. 
4      And He shall stand and feed His flock
In the strength of the
In the majesty of the name of the
Lord His God;
And they shall abide,
For now He shall be great
To the ends of the earth; 

5      And this One shall be peace.

Judgment on Israel’s Enemies 
When the Assyrian comes into our land,
And when he treads in our palaces,
Then we will raise against him

Seven shepherds and eight princely men. 

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“House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.” - Proverbs 19:14 (Cp. 18:22).
Perhaps one of the most common misconceptions in our society today concerns the love of money and the pursuit of material possessions throughout life.  In the Bible we see that gold and silver were used as money, to buy and secure various necessary items.  When describing various things and people throughout the Bible, those descriptions quite frequently included gold and silver as a part of the description.
Gen 13:2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.

Num 22:18 Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more.
          In both of these illustrations, Abram on the good side, and Balaam on the negative side, silver and gold are not meant to understood and stuff kept in collection or as investments, etc.  It is meant to be seen as what it was at that time - a kind of “coin of the realm” so to speak, both falling into the abundance category.  
         Interestingly, is was at the time of the Romans that copper was introduced as money or useful for expenses and other desirable things.  we can see this a bit in the beginning of the days of Jesus...

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"Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.” - Proverbs 19:10 (26:1, 8; 30:22).
          There are times when the Scripture can be a bit less than clear in what is trying to get across to us.  This is especially true and understandable when we consider the differences between the languages it was written in and the languages we are reading it in.  Fortunately, God has given a solid and reliable, ongoing series of interpreters, translators to take those original languages and provide them in the different modern languages to make it possible for any and everyone to read and understand God’s Word.  
         This verse is a fairly good example of what I am talking about.  “Delight” here is not speaking about happiness or the like.  It is the Hebrew word “ta’ănȗg” (pronounced - “
taʿanugah”) and speaks of the idea of luxurious wealth.  It is not even talking about the pleasure that richness brings.  Rather it is talking about the ;personal property of being wealthy and of the luxury it brings.  
         Solomon’s point is another one that contrasts the fool with the wise.  As we have seen, this is a part of a section that speaks to the matter of personal conduct.  What Solomon is getting at in the first part of the verse is that which he already said a number of times.  The fool is not rewarded for his foolishness.  Rather, it is most often so that he/she suffers all of the results of his/her foolishness, and none of those are wealth and what comes with it. 
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“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” - Proverbs 18:16 (Cf. 17:8; 19:6).
          This verse is another in an approximately two-chapter series of maxims concerning generalized “good conduct” (Ch. 17-18).  The proverbs in the immediately surrounding verses (15-19) could be applied to many settings in life, though here they seem to be particularly focused on a courtroom-style setting. In hearing a case in life, one should seek with one’s heart (Hb. leb, not meaning emotional response to a matter but speaking of “reason, emotions, and will”) to acquire knowledge, and likewise with one’s ear to listen carefully to what is being said, for this is the way that the wise (person) seeks knowledge
          One reason for this is the danger of bribery (condemned in 15:27) - that is, because of the
gift that makes room for him, providing access to the great. Thus the warning of 18:17 not to be easily swayed by the person who states his case first; rather, the wise person examines the evidence in a careful, probing manner (cf. v. 13). Still, in some cases it is impossible to reach a verdict, because the matter is hidden and there is not enough evidence to make a well-informed judgment. In such cases (v. 18), it is better to settle quarrels by means of casting a lot (“before the Lord”), thus leaving the outcome in the Lord’s hands, rather than allowing powerful contenders to do violence to each other. Even so, whether by means of a lot or judicial determination, the reconciliation of one brother to another (i.e., reconciliation of close friends) is difficult to achieve. A brother offended can be more unyielding than a strong city—for the resolution of quarreling meets with resistance like the bars of a castle.
           Just to take a more careful look at the verse and what exactly it is saying we should note, the verse starts with the phrase “a man’s gift…”.  Once again, as we have noticed before, this is not speaking of only “males”, but is referring to mankind in general.  We should also begin with the observation that the reference to “a man’s gift” is not the word for a bribe (cf. 17:23), but rather the word for a present given to someone (cf. Jacob’s gift, Gen. 32:20, 21; Joseph’s gift, Gen. 43:11; David’s gift, 1 Sam. 17:17, 18; and Abigail’s gift, 1 Sam. 25:27).  We ought to understand it as referring to generosity and not to the giving of a gift in order to secure favor with the one to whom it is given.  It seems clear that Solomon is speaking of an innocent courtesy. It is clear that he refers to and points out to us that legitimate favor can smooth the way for a person (cf. 1 Sam. 17:18).  Again, we are not speaking of any effort to use the gift or act of giving to sway the opinion of the receiver.  Rather this is a simple observation that developing the habit of generosity has no negative result, but, rather a positive one.

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We're continuing our Christmas Season look at the Prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the Promised Messiah... the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is the second installment.

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For this holiday season I think we'd like to take a look at some of the OT Messianic Prophecies that God gave us (and those alive from the time of giving of the Prophecies all the way until the actual coming of the Lord Jesus.

The first one we'll look at is the Promising of the "seed" that God told Adam and Eve would arise from their descent.

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