Proverbs 27 Commentary

Proverbs 27 Commentary

Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt. Verse 11. The son here may refer to the saint. The wise saint brings joy to the LORD’s heart.

But read it again and you begin to think the thought here may be referencing the Son. Because of His wisdom, the LORD has answered all our questions, including our conflicts. The world’s criticism of the Creator God is cleared by Calvary.

When low on energy and when faced with internal conflicts, the thought of Calvary clears everything. Won’t he who loved me so much, to the point of dying for me give me all things? And he owns all things!

What charge can humanity possibly bring against God? Any criticism?

Then we have an example of wisdom: Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. Verses 23 and 24.

The saint who knows the status of his income is thought wise. Is it in good shape? Will it sustain me in winter? Does it need care and maintenance? There is an expectation on the saint to examine his economic landscape and then decide appropriately.

Take care of your flock. It could be an income or a job, an investment or a project, education, or even an opportunity. Don’t be lazy about it. You will have plenty milk to feed your family and attend to your community. These are expectations of wisdom on the saint.

The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit. Protect the blessings of the LORD on your life. This could be an easy pick from here. However, these are proverbs with more jewels beneath. Whoever protects their master will be honored.

What will it mean to protect God, your master? When did you last defend God against ungodliness? Wisdom is calling.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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