Pastor Roger Anghis
February 27, 2011
As we continue the study of how God wants us to prosper our next verse speaks of the results of godly wisdom and understanding. Proverbs 24:3-4 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: (4) And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. The wisdom spoken of here is NOT worldly wisdom. Proverbs chapter 4 instructs us to get wisdom and understanding. This is Solomon speaking to his son. Solomon knew where wisdom came from and it wasn’t from man. He was the wisest man in the world and his prayer to God was to give him wisdom for governing Israel. 1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.
The Hebrew word for “understanding” is tabunah and it means intelligence, discretion, reason, understanding. The only place to get real intelligence, discretion, reason and understanding is from God. That is where all wisdom lies. The Hebrew word for “filled” is male (maw-lay) and it means to furnish, replenish, satisfy, fullness. The Hebrew word for “precious”is yakar and it means costly, excellent, precious. Webster defines precious as of great price; costly; as a precious stone. Of great value or worth; very valuable, highly valued; much esteemed.
The Hebrew word for “pleasant” is naiym and it means sweet, pleasant. The lexicon states that in this verse it means delightful of wealth. The Hebrew word for “riches” is hown and it means wealth, riches, substance. Also note that verse states all precious and pleasant riches. The word “all” is the Hebrew word kowl (kole) and it means any or every, all manner, the whole, whatsoever. It must be understood that God is willing to give the believer all the good things that they desire when the believer is faithful to God. God can be too much. I must again point out that as we attain this wealth it is NOT for us to hoard. We are to be a conduit for God with these resources and do with it what God tells us to do with it. Our wealth is to help others and show the goodness of God to the masses.
Our next verse is Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. God is declaring that a man that is true to Him will be blessed mightily. The Hebrew word used for “faithful” is emunah and it means stability, firmness, fidelity, faithful. The lexicon states that in this verse the word means steadfastness. Webster defines steadfastness as firmness of standing; fixedness in place. Firmness of mind or purpose; fixedness in principle; constancy; resolution; as the steadfastness of faith. This is speaking of a man/woman that does not waver from his faith. They stay on course. Paul calls us to stay strong in the ways of God in 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
The Hebrew word for “abound” is rab and it means exceedingly, full, increase, much, multiply, plenteous. This describes the amount of blessings the faithful man will receive. The Hebrew word for “blessings” is berakah and it means prosperity, liberal. We have seen this word many times before and we will see it again, but we learn by repetition. The next part of this verse references those that attempt to get wealthy with quick schemes, by cheating, lies and deception, ponzi schemes and underhanded tactics to gain wealth. These people will always be found out. The Hebrew word for “maketh haste” is uwts (oots) and it means to make haste with an understanding of deception, i.e. being crooked in your dealings with people. The Hebrew word for “innocent” is naqah (naw-kaw) and it means unpunished. So we are being told that the person who cheats, lies, steals and deals corruptly to gain wealth will not go unpunished.
Our next verse is Ecclesiastes 2:24, 26 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. The literal translation states: Is it not good with a man that he should eat and drink and cause to see his soul good in his labor? This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. In the literal translation the word used for “good” is tobe and it means pleasant, best, bountiful, wealth. In this verse it carries the meaning of welfare and prosperity. The first thing spoken of here is prosperity being good. The rest of the verse consists of enjoying that prosperity and it finishes with the declaration that the “good” that a man enjoys is from the hand of God. I have to wonder that if money is so bad, which many preachers teach, then why does God give it to believers that are industrious and faithful to His Word? Either the Bible is lying or the preacher is confused. I have to believe that the preacher is confused.
In verse 26 we see where this “good” comes from: For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Hebrew word used for “wisdom” is chokmah (khak-maw) and
it means skillful, wit wisdom.
There is one reason why God gives a believer wisdom and that is to be prosperous, to have an advantage over someone so that you will be the head and not the tail. The word used for “knowledge” is da’ath and means cunning, knowledge. Webster defines cunning as knowing; skillful; experienced; well-instructed. It is applied to all kinds of knowledge, but generally and appropriately, to the skill and dexterity of artificers, or the knowledge acquired by experience; wrought with skill; curious; ingenious. Again, this is given to a believer so that he will be able to compete and be the best at what he does.
The word for “joy” is simcha and it means exceeding joy, gladness, pleasure. None of these are the attributes of poverty, or just barely getting by, living from paycheck to paycheck. These are attributes of living in abundance. Then God says that to the sinner he gives travail. The literal translation states: To the sinner He gives the task of gathering and collecting to give to the good one before God. The word used for “gathering” is acaph (aw-saf) and it means to fetch, gather in, put all together.
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The word for “collecting” is kanac (kaw-nas) and it means to heap up, gather, collect. God has given the job of gathering wealth to the sinner for one reason only, so that he will give it to the believer. He may think that he is doing it for himself, but there will come a time when he will have to give it to the believer. And it will be such a strong urge that he will not be able to sleep until he has given it to the believer that God has told him to. We saw this in the exodus from Egypt. When the Israelites asked for something, the Egyptians gave it and even gave them more than what they asked for.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFreeSpeech.org