As an old farmer was driving down the freeway, his cell phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife’s
voice urgently warning him, “Bill, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on
Highway 59. Please be careful!” He replied, “I have actual … More
King Lemuel (some think this was actually King Solomon however, we have no proof) was being taught the Word of God by his mother (v. 1). Her vows may mean that she made a vow as Hannah did, before his conception (I Sam. 1:11) or afterwards. She wanted him to know he was special to her. The most important ministry a mother (or father) has is training their children spiritually (see II Tim. 3:15). King Lemuel’s mother boldly warns him about what will destroy him, about sinful companions, strong drink and failure to obey God’s Word (vv. 2-3). Homes are unhappy and ruined by adulterous men or women and alcohol. Marriage doesn’t change a person’s character; that is the reason it is important to find out your prospective mates’ character before engagement.
Happy is the man or woman who has a God-fearing mother to warn him about sin and happier is that man or woman that heeds her warnings. Kings and leaders should not get drunk or even want to drink (v. 4). Drinking makes you forget your responsibilities, and you mistreat the poor (v. 5). Drunkenness might be understandable among dying people in great pain, but it is inexcusable for national leaders. Alcohol clouds the mind and can lead to injustice and poor decisions.
Lord help me to be warning my children and grand children about sinful companions and the dangers that they bring? What effect can alcoholic beverages have on the family?
The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
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Proverbs 28:1-10Refusing to Obey Brings Disastrous Results
Proverbs 28:11-18The Rich Are Often Filled With Pride
Proverbs 28:19-28Giving Needed Rebuke is Never Easy
Proverbs 29:1-11An Honest Ruler Makes a Nation Strong
Proverbs 29:12-18Biblical Discipline Brings Delight
Proverbs 29:19-27The Rod and Reproof Bring Wisdom
Proverbs 30:1-10God Chooses to Use Ordinary People
Proverbs 30:11-17We Are Never Satisfied and Always Want More
Proverbs 30:18-23We Will be Judged For What We do in The Body
Proverbs 30:24-28Anger Produces Trouble
Proverbs 30:29-33Pride And Anger Work Against Humility
Proverbs 31:1-9What King Lemuel’s Mother Taught Him
Proverbs 31:10-16The Ideal Woman is Rare
Proverbs 31:17-23The Wife’s Life Was Centered Around Her Home
Proverbs 31:24-31Her Children Call Her Blessed