Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 15:5 A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. 6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked. 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
So Solomon cares about his own sons… right?... much of Proverbs is addressed to them. He seems to be telling them “Don’t despise my words… Don’t be a fool! Be discerning with the things you hear in the world… where you go, who you hang out with… what you are drawn to". He shows them the outcome of the two paths they have to discern between… One results in much treasure and the other speaks of income as well but with much trouble.
Then finally verse 7… let me read that one again.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.
Did you notice that Solomon speaks of the wise spreading knowledge with their lips but when talking about the fools he emphasizes not the lips but says not so the hearts of fools… This seems to equate lips and the heart as being interchangeable or at the very least they are linked somehow. I believe not only our mouth but actually all of our body are synced and linked to our heart… Its just that the words that we speak are many times the first and quickest view to the true estate of our heart.
In Matthew 12 Jesus addressed this very thing. In verse 34 he said: …For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
That's the way it works… we can try to hide our heart but it always finds a way to surface through our lips… Many times our heart is clearly implicated even in the inflection or emphasis of our words.
Solomon says how it is the wise who spreads knowledge and not the fool… Look we are all spreaders of some sort. It may be gossip or it may be good news… The Pharisees of Jesus day were spreaders of burdens to the people… calling them to legalism to keep the letter of the law not motivated out of a heart for the ways of God; but we are called to spread the freedom from that burden and the ability to keep the law of God with great joy.
The treasures of the Pharisees were found in the praise of men… like our text indicates, it was accompanied by trouble… a strict, burdened, bitter, prideful, ungrateful heart not happy in the Lord. But those who love their fathers instruction… and for us our Father in heavens word… a house laid up with much good Spiritual treasure in Christ which we spread and share with others as we go.