Talks for Growing Christians
Wisdom in Conscience
Lesson Number 47
- The Proverbs are wise advice for everyday living.
- Don’t give up moral absolutes!
- Under the Law, were the children of Israel permitted to charge interest on loans to their own countrymen? Note a passage of Scripture to substantiate your answer. Does verse 8 give an indication of where ill-gotten gain could bring about good?
- Does God always hear the prayers of a believer? Would the truth found in the proverb in verse 9 apply only to Old Testament times, or could it also apply to believers today?
- The wisdom taught in verse 10 is in the form of warnings. What are the two warnings?
- Under the Law, the children of Israel were forbidden to charge interest (usury) on loans to their own countrymen, clearly stated in Leviticus 25:35-38. God teaches in this proverb that such wrongly gained riches may end up in the hands of those who would be compassionate toward the poor and use the money to help them.
- The proverb here in verse 9 indicates that the prayers of one who turns away from the law (God’s Word) become an abomination to the Lord. Psalm 66:18 makes clear that the Lord will not hear one who “regards iniquity” in his heart. Isaiah teaches this same truth. The truth taught in this proverb is just as applicable today as it was when Solomon wrote it. James 4:3 says that prayer requests made with selfish motives are not fulfilled by the Lord.
- The first is the warning not to lead a godly person astray with your behavior or lifestyle. The second warning is not so obvious – don’t think that a godly person cannot be led astray. Blessings are in store for godly persons who keep themselves from being led astray and who remain faithful with righteous living.
- Discuss the most obvious sources of relativistic thinking and practice in our society. Detail specific consequences that have resulted from a departure of the principle of absolute truth. Consider the potential of moral relativism creeping into the church and into Christian families.
- Are you bold in the stand that you take regarding moral absolutes? Or do you flee into the culture of relativism that is so prevalent in our academic and political circles? Ignoring or forsaking God’s moral standards has serious consequences. Be bold! Don’t give up moral absolutes!
- “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1
- “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.” Proverbs 28:5