Proverbs 7:2 (Mini Sermon)


2. Pro 7:2 - "Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye." A. Keep my commandments, and live; i. Having told his son to keep and lay up his commandments in Pro 7:1, Solomon now tells him why: to live. a. This was the nature of the Old Testament: if a man kept God's commandments he would live (Lev 18:5). b. If he broke God's commandments he would die (Rom 6:23). ii. The sin of adultery merited the death penalty (Lev 20:10). a. This is what Solomon is trying to spare his son from. b. Those who don't listen have death awaiting them (Pro 5:23; Pro 7:26-27). B. and my law as the apple of thine eye. i. God's law should the apple of our eye. ii. Apple n. - 7. a. apple of the eye: the pupil or circular aperture in the centre of the eye through which the dark retina is seen; so called, because it was supposed to be a globular solid body. Sometimes extended to the iris and pupil; or to the eyeball; but apparently only by misunderstanding. b. Used as a symbol of that which is cherished with the greatest regard. iii. The law of God should be cherished with the greatest regard compared with anything we have or could desire. iv. God's children are the apple of his eye (Deut 32:10; Psa 17:8; Zec 2:8). a. In other words, God cherishes us with the greatest regard. b. God showed us how much He loved us by dying for us in the person of Jesus Christ (1Jo 3:16). v. God's word should be the apple of our eye. a. We show God how much we love Him by keeping His commandments in His word (Joh 14:15). b. When we love the word of God (Psa 119:97) and live by it (Mat 4:4), we show that it is the apple of our eye.
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