Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. 8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail. 9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
The Bountiful Eye
Of God's Grace
Today's verses are pretty self explanatory I think. Let’s take a brief look at each one in a physical and spiritual context then look for the link between them.
Ok, so… a borrower is slave of the lender right? I mean, we may not think of it like that but the truth is.... if you have a $500 monthly car payment and a $1100 house payment then lets say you make $100 day... if so then you are really working 16 full 8 hour days every month for your lender... and likely for many years… and if you don’t pay they will take disciplinary actions like someone might do to a slave… Surely not as severe but still the message is clear… borrowers are slaves in some context to lenders.
A spiritual application to borrowing money from a lender to obtain something we desire might be thought of like this. Consider all the different kinds of sinful things that tug on our hearts promising to fulfill our deep spiritual desires. And no, their not for free. They all come with a price want us to be paying them off for the rest of our life. We become slaves to the lender and the products we receive don’t even satisfy but rather lead us to destruction.
Next Solomon says injustice will not win the day.
8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.
Look, the path of injustice has the same end as every other path. They all end in true justice. So injustice does not have the last say. Even in this life in places where there is at least some kind of justice with laws that protect the vulnerable and those who cannot defend themselves... In these places injustice is short lived. That's likely how it was in Solomon's kingdom. But its not to say that any society does not fall short… we all do. Still, injustice is to be brought to justice and some societies just do it better than others. But nevertheless, on Judgement Day all injustice will be judged with true justice.
Finally Solomon speaks of a bountiful eye being blessed. A bountiful eye is a cool phrase. Bountiful means generous and openhanded… unselfish and giving. You know, I can see that being related to a persons heart or their deeds but its not everyday that we hear of someone with a bountiful eye.
Solomon gives us a clue to its meaning though… he says the person with a bountiful eye shares his bread with the poor. So I take that to mean that he has an eye for the needy and he already has made up his mind that he is going to lavish them bountifully in some way that will be a great help to them. Sometimes I think we get so wrapped up in our own problems as we walk through this broken world that we cant see the needs of those on every side of us. The person who has an eye for the poor and oppressed stays alert and aware always on the look out for those who are overlooked by society that they might show them compassion and bless them in the name of the Lord. Solomon says that these people will be blessed.
So all these verses today go hand in hand in pointing us to Jesus.
Remember in verse 7 we learned that the borrower is servant of the lender and sin comes with an eternal payment due.
In verse 8 we saw how injustice cannot escape judgement day and all sin will face justice.
Then finally in verse 9 we looked at how the bountiful eye will be blessed and shares his bread with the poor.
Well, that's a charge for us sure… but you know… that's what the Lord did for us. He had a bountiful eye towards us and blessed us when we were needy.
In Mark 2:17 Jesus said: …“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
He showed us our need of Him and his beauty as the greatest treasure in the Universe… We looked to him in faith and were blessed In Christ Jesus.
So in closing... yes I know these are proverbs with appiable meanings for life and living... but they are not ordinary proverbs... they are Gods word. And in so being they agree with the rest of the Bible and they point us to the truth. And since Jesus is the ultimate truth that is pointed to in all his works these proverbs of Solomon can't help but point us to Jesus as well and I believe that is how God means it to be.
So again; He is the one who sets us free from our debt to the law because of sin. (vs 7)
And justice is done in that Jesus is the one who takes the wages due us for our sin… (vs 8)
It’s all because of his bountiful eye towards us because of his glorious grace through Christ Jesus. (vs 9)