Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Proverbs 24:10-12

If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.
 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
 does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not repay man according to his work

 

1. Verse 10 says, "If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small." Do you think the author wrote this as a side comment, an indictment, and/or a call to action? (hint: Proverbs 4:7-8 is a major theme of the book and applies in this case).

 

2. Verse 11(a): Is it possible for us to accomplish the rescue of all who are being carried away to an unjust death? Since it is not possible given our human limitations, what is our responsibility before God?

 

3. Verse 11(b): Do you tend to view those who have gotten themselves into trouble in a more harsh light than those who are innocent? In the light of God's grace toward us as sinners, should you reevaluate who is the recipient of your grace and under what conditions?

 

4. Verse 12(a): What excuses are you liable to give when confronted with God's command in these verses? How do excuses differ from valid reasons? Aren't you glad that God considers your limitations with a heart of grace? Doesn't it sober you to know that God accepts no excuses?

 

5. Verse 12(b): Since God is so faithful at keeping your soul, do you not have an obligation to look out for your neighbor? What Bible stories address this teaching? (Genesis 4:9, Luke 10:29 and 37 among others).

 

6. How do you reconcile the end of verse 12 with the doctrine of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone? (hint: 1 Corinthians 1:30)