Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

When Little is Better

Proverbs 16:8


1.     Provide a working definition of “righteous” and “injustice” for this verse.

2.     What literary tactic is Solomon using by comparing “little with righteousness” with “great revenues with injustice”?

3.     Why is the word “better” important in this context?  Why doesn’t he use “best” or “good”? What are some other examples in Proverbs of the “better…than” teaching?

4.     Give a snapshot example of perfect righteousness.

a.     Why can’t you and I ever meet that standard?

b.     How might you and I meet that standard?

5.     Why is it important to view most proverbs as “snapshots” of daily life as opposed to theological promises?

6.     Do you agree that it’s typically better to do the right thing for the right reason than it is to not do the right thing at all?  Why or why not?

7.     What does “Your seconds reveal your firsts” mean?

8.     Can you explain the challenge of understanding the role of wealth in the Old Testament when it was both promised as a blessing from God and condemned as an idolatrous pursuit by most of the prophets?

9.     In what way have you had to choose a “better than” lifestyle throughout your life?

10.  If you’ve gained “great revenue” through unjust means, how might you begin to reconcile with