Proverbs 25:18-20 Emotional Consequences of Foolishness

18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
    is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot
    is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,
    or like vinegar poured on a wound,
    is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

 Emotional Consequences of Foolishness

I have seen reports that say today’s generations are becoming more and more immediate and sensate.  What does that mean?  They want it all and they want it now.  In a democracy, they get to vote for having it all now.  They think that they should have dessert first.  Then, still being hungry, they order dessert.  The results for the future are bleak.  When people who chose to party get old, they look old, they get lung cancer, they wheeze as they carry a little shopping.  They feel awful as a whole.  Those who sleep their way around te world die aone.  The Rock Star Icon that we have created is incredibly selfish and incredibly lonely.  Although I am not generally an Adam Sandler movie fan, the movie Funny People (2009) shows the tragic side of having it all.  Those who rely on Adam Sandler’s selfish comedian find that they to have their lives hurt and damaged.  In this celebrity world, though, it is not Jesus who is held up as the icon to be like but the Bachelorette, or Ozzy and Sharon.

Questions

  1. What is relying on someone who is untrustworthy compared?
  2. Is the passage warning against being untrustworthy or warning against trusting the untrustworthy?
  3. How do people become undependable?
  4. On a scale of 1-10 how dependable would people say that you are?
  5. Do you depend on those who are not dependable?  What if you are married to someone whose habits are not dependable? 
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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