Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 22:10 Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend. 12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the traitor.
The King As Your Friend
Today we find some good words for leaders in various organizations… business owners… governments… even close knit type circles of friendship… Drive out a scoffer…
First who is a scoffer? That would be a person who’s always ridiculing in a scornfully derisive or mocking way. Some people just hold this way of looking at life and relating to others at their core. Its not that they are not capable of change… it does not mean Jesus does not love them or did not die for them… its just that they will cause all kinds of trouble in your business or organization and your group will struggle to accomplish great things. Typically I think the scoffer buddies up and builds up those he is with at the time but then he puts them down when he is around others. He is one who sows discord and division.
Jude 1:18 recounting what the apostles have said puts it like this: …“In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.
Look, we all need struggle and we all need our ideals to be challenged… It’s ok to disagree with others and its good to offer constructive criticism. But scoffers seldom meet privately to offer their ideas… They usually tear others down behind their back and if they do so to their face it is usually done in view of others so they will be seen as tough. Don't be that person who is always backbiting and gossiping about someone else. Even a scoffers close friends will likely soon understand that they are being belittled behind their own backs as well. Solomon likely drove out scoffers from his own administration in hopes to prevent an attempted overthrow and secure a godly kingdom.
Then verse 11 encourages us in what seems to be the opposite of scoffing. Solomon says how a godly king will count those as his friend whose speech is gracious (rather than scoffing) and those who love purity of heart.
Finally in verse 12 we find how that in all these things Solomon has been saying God is calling us to emulate himself…
That's what its all about.
2nd Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
So we are transformed as we see Gods glory... we are taking on his characteristics and attributes... things like the fruit of the Spirit... Love, Peace, Joy, Long suffering etc.
Let me read 12 again: The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the traitor.
IF we look at this verse as describing two men with opposite natures… one who has knowledge that Proverbs speaks so highly of for the wise man of God. The Lord keeps watch over him. This is the man who loves purity and whose speech is gracious in verse 11. He is the one who will have the king as his friend which I think points to us who have a heart for God… a heart he has changed… we will have him… the King of Kings as our friend.
Solomon then says how the Lord himself will overthrow the traitor. The Lord will drive out the scoffer who claims to be his servant when he is around believers but then like a traitor he sides with darkness and scoffs at godliness. He is a traitor and divider and turns people away from the kingdom. He will be driven out.
In Luke 13:28 Jesus said it like this: “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out”.