Nov
20

The Misery Of A Miser – Bible lesson

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The Misery of the Miser

 
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(NKJV) 

Proverbs 23:6 Do not eat the bread of a miser,[a]
      Nor desire his delicacies; 
       7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. 
      “ Eat and drink!” he says to you, 
      But his heart is not with you. 
       8 The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up, 
      And waste your pleasant words. 
 
(NIV) 
Proverbs 23:6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, 
   do not crave his delicacies; 
7 for he is the kind of person 
   who is always thinking about the cost.[b] 
“Eat and drink,” he says to you, 
   but his heart is not with you. 
8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten 
   and will have wasted your compliments.
 
(The Message) 
Proverbs 23:6-8 Don't accept a meal from a tightwad; 
   don't expect anything special.
He'll be as stingy with you as he is with himself; 
   he'll say, "Eat! Drink!" but won't mean a word of it.
His miserly serving will turn your stomach 
   when you realize the meal's a sham.
 
Introduction- Have you ever tied the meaning of the word "misery" in with the word "miser." Yes, misers are miserable people. Why? Because they are basically bitter in the middle of their blessings. They can't enjoy what they have for fear of losing it and feeling like they will never get it back. They do not understand the blessing of giving but are bound by the torture of hoarding.

1. The Warning to Avoid Receiving or Requiring anything of a Miser  v6
When a miser shares anything, he does so with regret and resentment. As a result, you feel "dirty" in the middle of a good meal.
 
2. The Truth of the Power of Our Perception  v7
What is in the well will come up in the bucket.
 
3. The Shallow Soil of Hypocrisy  v7b 
There is no root or substance to what a miser says.
 
4. The Miser's Free Meal is not Free  v8
You end up sick and realize the conversation, the meal, and everything was a sham. You realized the good things you thought and said about your "host" were not accurate or rooted in truth.

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