[Below is the outline I used to teach yesterday evening at Kosmosdale Baptist Church
from Proverbs 11:23-27
Am I generous toward others?
Making the honest answer line up with the true answer
Again, what do we desire?
If our desires are righteous– if they are just– if they line
up correctly according to God’s plan, they will end in good.
This is true, even if we do not get what we expect or want
The absolute end is God’s favor and our reward.
On the other hand, as the Geneva Bible
notes, “[The wicked] can look for nothing but God’s
vengeance,” and as Matthew Henry says, “[The wicked] expect and desire mischief
to others, but it shall return upon themselves; as they loved cursing, they
shall have enough of it.”
Often, the wicked appear to prosper (Psalm 73
), but if they do
not repent and come to Christ, then they will face the judgment of God.
Generosity (vv. 24-26)
These verses are thematically related.
These verses speak against miserly hoarding.
Seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness will bring favor
before God and others (at least before others who are humble), as illustrated
from the verses on generosity.
Evil will come to those who seek it; the selfish will be
isolated, the lazy will be unemployed, the adulterer will be betrayed, and those
who seek wrath will find it,
Christ is uniquely desired good and had righteous desires.
Christ uniquely poured Himself out on behalf of His people.
We must be clothed in Christ’s righteousness.
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