“Excuse Me!” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – December 6

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Proverbs 29:9-11   Excuse Me!

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Boy, these verses make me mad!!!!  Well, excusssseeee me!  There was a comedian that used to say that.  But I think it was fake anger.

In verse 9 Solomon is saying that there is no use trying to reason with a fool.  Remember, in Proverbs, that the term “fool” is a technical term for an unbeliever.  Non-believers do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them.  So there are some things that they just don’t understand (cf. Rom. 8:6-9; 1 Cor. 2:12-14).

Non-believers react in one of two ways, usually (v. 9b).  They either get mad or they start laughing.  I was trying to explain some things last night to someone.  In the course of the conversation, he “mooned” me and a few minutes later he “flipped me off.”  Sometimes some people don’t get the truth.

If the anger rises to a certain level, they try to assassinate believers (v. 10).  I know as a minister some wanted to murder my reputation, at least.

As a pastor, I realized that the best thing I could do when things became heated, the best thing I could do was to keep my composure (v. 11).  I think I rose my voice only three times over ten years.  Twice it was when my wife was insulted.

So excussseeee meeeee!!!  I’m sorry.

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