THE Proverbs of Solomon are speeches of wisdom, and much profit is gained by reading them and in meditating upon them. Many of them have a literal meaning good to observe, yet there is a spiritual application to each one far more important to the church. The children of the Israelites were instructed in the law, and there was special reward to the children who honored their father and mother. This would seem the literal application of the text under consideration. Special things are mentioned as abominable, and the son exhorted to refrain from those things, which under the law were forbidden. But it seems more necessary, in trying to answer our brother’s request, to make mention of what seems to us the spiritual import of the text. First, we will call attention to the fact that a “son,” a child, an heir, is addressed, and is reminded of his father’s commandment and of the law of his mother. The commandments of our Father are given to none save his sons and daughters, and the law of our mother (the church) is the rule of life only to those born of her. Verse twenty-three says: “The command is a lamp, and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” It is indeed wonderful to behold the perfection of the Scriptures. The command a lamp and the law light; these perfectly united. No lamp without the command, no light without the law. These are found in the church of God, therefore having the lamp and light the children of God are not ignorant concerning the commandments of God the Father and the law of their mother in the gospel dispensation. We have no hesitancy in saying that the law of Zion, the church of the firstborn, was in the mind of Solomon when he wrote the words of the text. A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and the sowing of discord among brethren, are an abomination unto the Lord, hence are enumerated in the command of the Father and in the law of the mother, and reproof is sure if we depart from the lamp and light governing the department of all who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord in this respect is no respecter of persons, but rewards every man according to his works.
Hoping this explanation may be satisfactory to brother Smith, we leave the subject. K.
Elder H. C. Ker
Signs of the Times
Volume 82, No. 8
April 15, 1914