Should I Loan my Neighbor Money?

1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
       if you have struck hands in pledge for another,

    2 if you have been trapped by what you said,
       ensnared by the words of your mouth,

3 then do this, my son, to free yourself,
       since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands:
       Go and humble yourself;
       press your plea with your neighbor!

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Is there life on other planets?

Are there humans on other planets? 

Is it possible for another creature to have a spirit and is made in God's image?

How would you travel to get to another planet?

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Take out a blank piece of paper.  Write your standard heading in top right corner.

Write the title of the lesson across the top line.

Write down each question (green) listed in both columns in one color and the answers in another color.  Skip lines between questions.

Take a look at Proverbs 6: 1-3.  What is happening in these verses? Solomon's son co-signed on a loan and now he's having second thoughts about it. 

Why is a handshake important? a handshake seals the deal, it means both are in agreement, you can look into each other's eyes and know if the other is honorable.

Look at verse 3. How does humility work to get you out of difficult situations? When you're humble you admit that you've made a mistake and you want to do what ever it takes to make it right.  When someone sees humility, they tend to soften and work toward helping you make it right.

Look at verse 2  How are we trapped or snared by the words of our mouth? What does trapped or snared mean?  Read passage below.

Verses 1-2

In this poem, Solomon compares our mistakes to a hunter’s trap.  When a hunter works, he may build traps.  He hides his traps so that animals will not see them.  He hopes that the animals will fall into his traps.  Then he can kill and eat the animals.

In our lives, our mistakes can be like traps.  Perhaps we want to do the right thing.  Perhaps our plans are good.  But our best plans could fail.  Then, like a trap, our plans can destroy us.

In verse 1, Solomon’s son had good intentions.  He wanted to help his neighbor.  The son trusted the neighbor.  The son tried to do the right thing, but the neighbor would not do the right thing.  If his neighbor could not pay, Solomon’s son promised to pay instead.  Now, his neighbor has failed to pay.  The lender expects Solomon’s son to pay.  The son’s plan failed and now he is in danger.

Sometimes we place ourselves in danger.  Our own choices can become like traps.  Many people suffer from alcohol or from dangerous drugs.  Originally, they just wanted to enjoy themselves.  When they tried to stop, they failed.  Now they must ask God to help them.  They must remember that God is greater than them.  A doctor could also help them.

We all do wrong things against God.  This behavior is also like a trap.  We cannot free ourselves.  Paul wrote, ‘When I want to do good things, evil thoughts attract me.  My spirit loves God’s law.  But my body fights against my mind.  I am like someone in prison.  This is because evil behavior controls my body.’  (Romans 7:21-23)  But there is an answer to this problem.  God can free us.  If we ask God, then he will forgive us.  And he will help us to control our behavior.  He will teach discipline to us.  Paul continued, ‘Thank-you, God.  God frees me through Jesus Christ.’  (Romans 7:25)

Proverbs chapter 6

Verse 3

Be humble!  The Bible warns us not to be proud.  Jesus said, ‘If you are humble, like a little child, then you will be great in heaven.’  (Matthew 18:7)  James wrote, ‘Be humble.  Then God will give you honor.’  (James 4:10)

If Solomon’s son was proud, he could not escape.  He is like an animal in a trap.  He cannot free himself.  He must ask for freedom.  He must ask for help.

We have all done wrong things, against God.  We must be humble.  We must ask God to forgive us.  Only God can do this.

4 Allow no sleep to your eyes,
       no slumber to your eyelids.

 Verse 4

If we want freedom, then we must not be lazy.  We must not delay until tomorrow.  If we delay, then we might never take action.

God calls us to trust him now.  Do not be like King Agrippa.  Paul spoke to the king about Jesus.  Agrippa answered, ‘You cannot persuade me so quickly to become a Christian.’  He was not ready to trust God.  Perhaps he was never ready to trust God.  (Acts 26:28)

Earlier, Paul spoke to a ruler called Felix.  Felix said, ‘I will speak to you at a convenient time.’  Felix never trusted God.  He waited.  Although he spoke again to Paul, Felix never found the ‘convenient time’ to trust in God.  (Acts 24:25)

5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

Verse 5

We should act quickly, like an animal that runs to escape from a hunter.

6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
       consider its ways and be wise!

    7 It has no commander,
       no overseer or ruler,

    8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
       and gathers its food at harvest.

Verses 6-8

As Christians, we should work.  We might have a job.  We might look after people, for example our families.  We might do God’s work, perhaps as a church leader.  We might do various tasks.  Whatever we do, we should not be lazy.

Solomon writes about insects.  Ants are a common type of insect.  Ants work together, in groups.  They are wise because they store food.  They do not waste their time.

In 2 Thessalonians 3:10, some Christians refused to work.  The church gave food to them.  Paul told the church not to do this.  ‘If a man will not work, then he shall not eat.’  He added, ‘Do not get too tired to do the right things.’  (2 Thessalonians 3:13)

Paul obeyed this lesson himself.  Daily, he spoke about God to the people.  However, the church did not provide Paul’s wages.  Paul deserved money, because he worked for God.  Paul deserved money, but he did not accept money from the church.  Instead, he decided to work.  He made tents.  He earned enough money for himself, and also for other Christian workers.  He worked very hard.  Paul did this, because Jesus taught, ‘God makes the giver even more glad than the person who receives.’  (Acts 20:35)

We also must work to help other people.  ‘Belief is good, only if you do good things.  Perhaps someone has no food and no clothes.  You might tell him, “Go away!  I hope that you will be warm.  I hope that you get a meal.”  But then you do nothing to help.  This is not good.  Belief achieves nothing unless you help people.’  (James 2:14-17)

OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:

1. Identify the simple man

2. Explain the difference between the Wisdom and Knowledge

3. describe the

4. chart on a map the

5. define the terms

6. Explain the significance of

Knowledge: Recall of data.

Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.

Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the workplace.

Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences. 

Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.

Remember : Recognizing, Recalling
Understand : Interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, explaining
Apply : Executing, implementing
Analyze : Differentiating, organizing, attributing
Evaluate : checking, critiquing
Create: generating, planning, producing