April 25 - Proverb 25

By Pastor Scott

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you. – Proverbs 25:21-22

This would have had greater meaning in Bible times. Back then when one needed coals to reignite a fire for cooking or heating, they would borrow them from their neighbour and carry them back in earthen jars on their heads.

Thus, the motivation was not to wipe someone out, but to warm someone up – not about blasting, but about blessing.

This Proverb today is one that is repeated by both Jesus and Paul in the New Testament. For that reason I believe there is great value to the lessons learned here!

Many other of the Proverbs suggest kindness toward enemies (14:29; 19:11; 20:22; 24:17, 29), but this one takes the idea the furthest. Similar sentiments are also expressed in Exodus 23:4-5

Exodus 23:4-5 NKJV

(4) "If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again.

(5) If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden, and you would refrain from helping it, you shall surely help him with it.

I will leave this for you to personalise for your own life. I do encourage you to do a study in the passage where Jesus tells us to ‘Go the second mile’.

11 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

"Money Matters" - 1 Timothy 6

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Words of Jesus - Matthew 6:21 NKJV ) Chapter 6 is the final chapter of Paul’s letter to Timothy. Paul finishes where he started, giving Ti

"Family Matters" - 1 Timothy 5

Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity. Honor widows who are really widows. (1 Timothy 5:1-3

"Shape Up" - 1 Timothy 4

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT) Ancient Greek and Roman culture put a high value on