Proverbs 21:17 - Teaching / Study NOTES
About the Proverbs:
The Proverbs describe life and what you can normally expect in life (whether good or bad). [See www.journal33.org/bible/html/prov-abt.html for more about the nature of Proverbs.]
The "parallel concepts" in Proverbs 21:17 (NIV)
He who loves
will become poor;
wine and oil
will never be rich.
What does it mean by "wine and oil"?
A similar concept in other verses:
About the "oil":
WHAT DOES THIS VERSE MEAN?
THE PRINCIPLE (first line) - The specific teaching or principle found in this verse deals with values. It focuses on a love for pleasure, and perhaps also on the issue of "instant gratification" (as contrasted with "delayed gratification"). As a way of life, Scripture frequently associates such a focus with folly and with a disinterest in the values of God's kingdom.
THE ILLUSTRATION (second line) - This is an illustration from their situation, back then (nearly 3000 years ago). Based on comments given above, you can explain what the wine and oil represent.
AN ILLUSTRATION based on OUR situation today - Discuss: How could the second line be written to illustrate the principle (or teaching), if it were being written in today's context? [We have other ways of "partying," besides "wine and oil."]
"HOW AM I TO APPLY THIS VERSE?" [POSSIBLE QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION]
What is God telling us about how we are to live? (Focusing here on commands and facts.)
What will most likely happen if we ignore God's Word?
How will the wise person respond to such a proverb? How will the fool respond? WHICH ARE YOU GOING TO BE?
When you receive some money, what do you normally do? [What you do with your money often reflects your attitude or character - and whether or not your lifestyle is wise or foolish.]
What are some specific things you can do in your life, to obey God's teaching in this matter? [How can you apply the commands and facts (revealed in Scripture) to the way you live?]
You may want to discuss some specific examples in which people responded wrongly or rightly in a situation.
You may also want to discuss the temporary nature of living for the present moment. The "partying" may be fun, but the next day, it's all over and your money is all gone...
SOME NEW TESTAMENT VERSES ABOUT THIS MATTER
(You are welcome to look for more verses!)
Dennis Hinks © 2004
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