Proverbs 13:22

Leaving an Inheritance

Introduction:

1.) Vs. 21-25 for the most part speak of prosperity vs. poverty…

a.) vs. 21 – doing well vs. doing poorly…

b.) vs. 22 – leaving an inheritance…

c.) vs. 23 – food stored vs. food destroyed…

d.) vs. 24 – training a child to be hard working and prosperous

e.) vs. 25 – eating and being satisfied vs. lacking…

22a A good man leaveth and inheritance to his children’s children…

A.) A Good Man

1.) Good: good; appropriate; becoming; morally good.

2.) This is the good, moral, righteous man mentioned in the previous verse.

a.) Evil follows the sinner… the immoral man.

b.) But GOOD follows the righteous man… and he is repaid for his good.

c.) Prov. 11:31 – often times he is paid off in this life—in the earth.
• The good man is a hard worker… and his hard work pays off.
• The good man is a diligent student… and his studies pay off.
• The good man does things right—and thus is not investigated by the police and does not have his property repossessed… it pays off.

d.) Psalm 23:6 – Here the psalmist says, “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”

3.) The good man, who works hard, studies hard, does his best, practices the famous Protestant work ethic, is fair, honest, ethical, and upright in all he does NORMALLY does well.

a.) If he’s a business owner, that man’s business should do well.

b.) If he works for a company, that man will advance in the company.

4.) If he honors God with his life, he can expect God’s blessings in his life.

a.) Prov. 10:6 – ?Blessings are upon the head of the just…

b.) The godliness, honesty, uprightness, and integrity of this good man manifest themselves in diligence, hard work, high standards, and faithfulness in the workplace.

c.) That usually translates into doing well… prosperity… there is usually a monetary reward for that kind of a life.

d.) There are exceptions… often the wicked do well in the world and the righteous suffer… but those issues are not under discussion in this proverb.

e.) The good man does well…

5.) And when his life is over, his goodness… integrity… and uprightness keep on manifesting themselves.

a.) At the end of his life, he has something to show for all his labor.

b.) He was a good man. He didn’t blow all his money at the race track… or on drinking. Thus, he has set aside a little nest egg.

c.) He was a good man. He didn’t spend his money foolishly, but spend it wisely and frugally. Thus, it’s not all gone… he had a savings.

d.) Prov. 21:17 – he didn’t live beyond his means…

e.) He was a good man. And when the end of his days came, he had gathered a savings of some value.

f.) Prov. 12:27 – this man was wise—and counted as precious all the physical blessings God entrusted to him. He wasted nothing.

B.) Leaves an Inheritance to His Children’s Children

1.) Solomon states that this is what a GOOD man does.

a.) He leaves an inheritance to his children… so they will have something to leave to their children.

b.) His children and grandchildren benefit from his goodness… from his hard work… frugal living… wise investments…

c.) This isn’t worldliness or materialism. This is what a GOOD man does.

2.) Good men leave their inheritance to their children.

a.) It doesn’t say to leave your inheritance to the Temple or the church… or to science… or to a favorite charity… but to your children.

b.) I have received many solicitations from Christian organizations attempting to get me to leave my earthly goods to their organization…

c.) It is a great way to increase revenue.

d.) But could you imagine how WEALTHY the churches would be if everyone left their inheritance to the church?

e.) I don’t think God WANTS the church to be that wealthy. It didn’t do Laodicea much good.

f.) Matt. 23:14 – the Jewish wolves used to prey on widows in hopes of devouring their homes when they died… leaving it to them.

g.) Many charlatan evangelists do the same thing today—and it is equally despicable! God hated it—and rebuked the Pharisees for doing so.

h.) You may want to leave a portion of your inheritance to the Lord’s work… or to a charity… but the BULK of it ought to go to your children!

i.) There is nothing unspiritual or selfish about leaving your earthly goods to your children.

3.) Again, this statement is NOT universal. It is a proverb. It doesn’t cover every situation.

a.) Some good men have no children to leave an inheritance to.

b.) And there are many good men who are poor—and have nothing to leave to their children… nothing earthly, that is.
• Ecc. 7:11 – wisdom is one of the best possible inheritances to leave behind to your children—the example of a life lived in the wisdom of God.
• Far greater than gold that perisheth is it for a father to leave his children an inheritance of a righteous example… of godliness… mercy… compassion…Christlikeness… charity…
• That is leaving behind is a true fortune… true riches…
• Whether you leave earthly goods behind or not—be sure you leave this behind in your portfolio… a godly heritage…
• One man may leave behind a valuable family heirloom: perhaps an antique grandfather clock… or a valuable picture… or a bed George Washington slept in. For years to come your children and grandchildren will remember you by that clock or bed…
• But far more important is it for them to remember grandpa as a man who loved the Lord… who read his Bible every day… and prayed for them every day… and was seen in the Lord’s House every Lord’s day. That’s a priceless inheritance to leave behind!

A.) A Good Man

1.) Good: good; appropriate; becoming; morally good.

2.) This is the good, moral, righteous man mentioned in the previous verse.

a.) Evil follows the sinner… the immoral man.

b.) But GOOD follows the righteous man… and he is repaid for his good.

c.) Prov. 11:31 – often times he is paid off in this life—in the earth.
• The good man is a hard worker… and his hard work pays off.
• The good man is a diligent student… and his studies pay off.
• The good man does things right—and thus is not investigated by the police and does not have his property repossessed… it pays off.

d.) Psalm 23:6 – Here the psalmist says, “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”

3.) The good man, who works hard, studies hard, does his best, practices the famous Protestant work ethic, is fair, honest, ethical, and upright in all he does NORMALLY does well.

a.) If he’s a business owner, that man’s business should do well.

b.) If he works for a company, that man will advance in the company.

4.) If he honors God with his life, he can expect God’s blessings in his life.

a.) Prov. 10:6 – ?Blessings are upon the head of the just…

b.) The godliness, honesty, uprightness, and integrity of this good man manifest themselves in diligence, hard work, high standards, and faithfulness in the workplace.

c.) That usually translates into doing well… prosperity… there is usually a monetary reward for that kind of a life.

d.) There are exceptions… often the wicked do well in the world and the righteous suffer… but those issues are not under discussion in this proverb.

e.) The good man does well…

5.) And when his life is over, his goodness… integrity… and uprightness keep on manifesting themselves.

a.) At the end of his life, he has something to show for all his labor.

b.) He was a good man. He didn’t blow all his money at the race track… or on drinking. Thus, he has set aside a little nest egg.

c.) He was a good man. He didn’t spend his money foolishly, but spend it wisely and frugally. Thus, it’s not all gone… he had a savings.

d.) Prov. 21:17 – he didn’t live beyond his means…

e.) He was a good man. And when the end of his days came, he had gathered a savings of some value.

f.) Prov. 12:27 – this man was wise—and counted as precious all the physical blessings God entrusted to him. He wasted nothing.

B.) Leaves an Inheritance to His Children’s Children

1.) Solomon states that this is what a GOOD man does.

a.) He leaves an inheritance to his children… so they will have something to leave to their children.

b.) His children and grandchildren benefit from his goodness… from his hard work… frugal living… wise investments…

c.) This isn’t worldliness or materialism. This is what a GOOD man does.

2.) Good men leave their inheritance to their children.

a.) It doesn’t say to leave your inheritance to the Temple or the church… or to science… or to a favorite charity… but to your children.

b.) I have received many solicitations from Christian organizations attempting to get me to leave my earthly goods to their organization…

c.) It is a great way to increase revenue.

d.) But could you imagine how WEALTHY the churches would be if everyone left their inheritance to the church?

e.) I don’t think God WANTS the church to be that wealthy. It didn’t do Laodicea much good.

f.) Matt. 23:14 – the Jewish wolves used to prey on widows in hopes of devouring their homes when they died… leaving it to them.

g.) Many charlatan evangelists do the same thing today—and it is equally despicable! God hated it—and rebuked the Pharisees for doing so.

h.) You may want to leave a portion of your inheritance to the Lord’s work… or to a charity… but the BULK of it ought to go to your children!

i.) There is nothing unspiritual or selfish about leaving your earthly goods to your children.

3.) Again, this statement is NOT universal. It is a proverb. It doesn’t cover every situation.

a.) Some good men have no children to leave an inheritance to.

b.) And there are many good men who are poor—and have nothing to leave to their children… nothing earthly, that is.
• Ecc. 7:11 – wisdom is one of the best possible inheritances to leave behind to your children—the example of a life lived in the wisdom of God.
• Far greater than gold that perisheth is it for a father to leave his children an inheritance of a righteous example… of godliness… mercy… compassion…Christlikeness… charity…
• That is leaving behind is a true fortune… true riches…
• Whether you leave earthly goods behind or not—be sure you leave this behind in your portfolio… a godly heritage…
• One man may leave behind a valuable family heirloom: perhaps an antique grandfather clock… or a valuable picture… or a bed George Washington slept in. For years to come your children and grandchildren will remember you by that clock or bed…
• But far more important is it for them to remember grandpa as a man who loved the Lord… who read his Bible every day… and prayed for them every day… and was seen in the Lord’s House every Lord’s day. That’s a priceless inheritance to leave behind!

A.) A Good Man

1.) Good: good; appropriate; becoming; morally good.

2.) This is the good, moral, righteous man mentioned in the previous verse.

a.) Evil follows the sinner… the immoral man.

b.) But GOOD follows the righteous man… and he is repaid for his good.

c.) Prov. 11:31 – often times he is paid off in this life—in the earth.
• The good man is a hard worker… and his hard work pays off.
• The good man is a diligent student… and his studies pay off.
• The good man does things right—and thus is not investigated by the police and does not have his property repossessed… it pays off.

d.) Psalm 23:6 – Here the psalmist says, “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”

3.) The good man, who works hard, studies hard, does his best, practices the famous Protestant work ethic, is fair, honest, ethical, and upright in all he does NORMALLY does well.

a.) If he’s a business owner, that man’s business should do well.

b.) If he works for a company, that man will advance in the company.

4.) If he honors God with his life, he can expect God’s blessings in his life.

a.) Prov. 10:6 – ?Blessings are upon the head of the just…

b.) The godliness, honesty, uprightness, and integrity of this good man manifest themselves in diligence, hard work, high standards, and faithfulness in the workplace.

c.) That usually translates into doing well… prosperity… there is usually a monetary reward for that kind of a life.

d.) There are exceptions… often the wicked do well in the world and the righteous suffer… but those issues are not under discussion in this proverb.

e.) The good man does well…

5.) And when his life is over, his goodness… integrity… and uprightness keep on manifesting themselves.

a.) At the end of his life, he has something to show for all his labor.

b.) He was a good man. He didn’t blow all his money at the race track… or on drinking. Thus, he has set aside a little nest egg.

c.) He was a good man. He didn’t spend his money foolishly, but spend it wisely and frugally. Thus, it’s not all gone… he had a savings.

d.) Prov. 21:17 – he didn’t live beyond his means…

e.) He was a good man. And when the end of his days came, he had gathered a savings of some value.

f.) Prov. 12:27 – this man was wise—and counted as precious all the physical blessings God entrusted to him. He wasted nothing.

B.) Leaves an Inheritance to His Children’s Children

1.) Solomon states that this is what a GOOD man does.

a.) He leaves an inheritance to his children… so they will have something to leave to their children.

b.) His children and grandchildren benefit from his goodness… from his hard work… frugal living… wise investments…

c.) This isn’t worldliness or materialism. This is what a GOOD man does.

2.) Good men leave their inheritance to their children.

a.) It doesn’t say to leave your inheritance to the Temple or the church… or to science… or to a favorite charity… but to your children.

b.) I have received many solicitations from Christian organizations attempting to get me to leave my earthly goods to their organization…

c.) It is a great way to increase revenue.

d.) But could you imagine how WEALTHY the churches would be if everyone left their inheritance to the church?

e.) I don’t think God WANTS the church to be that wealthy. It didn’t do Laodicea much good.

f.) Matt. 23:14 – the Jewish wolves used to prey on widows in hopes of devouring their homes when they died… leaving it to them.

g.) Many charlatan evangelists do the same thing today—and it is equally despicable! God hated it—and rebuked the Pharisees for doing so.

h.) You may want to leave a portion of your inheritance to the Lord’s work… or to a charity… but the BULK of it ought to go to your children!

i.) There is nothing unspiritual or selfish about leaving your earthly goods to your children.

3.) Again, this statement is NOT universal. It is a proverb. It doesn’t cover every situation.

a.) Some good men have no children to leave an inheritance to.

b.) And there are many good men who are poor—and have nothing to leave to their children… nothing earthly, that is.
• Ecc. 7:11 – wisdom is one of the best possible inheritances to leave behind to your children—the example of a life lived in the wisdom of God.
• Far greater than gold that perisheth is it for a father to leave his children an inheritance of a righteous example… of godliness… mercy… compassion…Christlikeness… charity…
• That is leaving behind is a true fortune… true riches…
• Whether you leave earthly goods behind or not—be sure you leave this behind in your portfolio… a godly heritage…
• One man may leave behind a valuable family heirloom: perhaps an antique grandfather clock… or a valuable picture… or a bed George Washington slept in. For years to come your children and grandchildren will remember you by that clock or bed…
• But far more important is it for them to remember grandpa as a man who loved the Lord… who read his Bible every day… and prayed for them every day… and was seen in the Lord’s House every Lord’s day. That’s a priceless inheritance to leave behind!

22b And the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

1.) On the other hand, the wealth of the sinners is NOT passed on to his children’s children.

a.) This man may have spent his money foolishly…

b.) He may have wasted his money living above his income…

c.) He may not have made much money because of laziness… he didn’t want to study… he didn’t want to work hard… and thus he never advanced… and neither did his salary.

d.) He had nothing to leave to his children and grandchildren.

2.) His wealth is laid up for the just…

a.) Laban’s wealth was laid up for Jacob; Egypt’s wealth was laid up for the poor slaves of Israel; Haman’s wealth was laid up for Esther and Mordecai.

b.) How did the wealth of the sinner end up in the hands of the just or the righteous?

c.) The righteous man is one who does things right…

d.) The foolish man may have spent all the money he could have saved by eating out at a restaurant run by a righteous man…

e.) The sinner may have been involved in illegal activity—and had all his possessions repossessed… and turned over to men more righteous than he.

f.) Ecc. 2:26 – this thought HAUNTS the ungodly… the thought of an atheistic father having to leave his wealth to a God-fearing son!

3.) There are a lot of inequities in our present economic system. Many things are not fair. The poor are not dealt with fairly…

a.) Should we redistribute the wealth as some are pushing for?

b.) This passage seems to imply that wealth IS redistributed… it goes from the unjust to the just… from the lazy to the diligent… from the foolish to the wise…

c.) Of course this was written for Jews and was intended primarily to be practiced within Israel—it was not intended to be the basis of some United Nations initiative…

d.) But within a city, a region, a smaller society or a tribe… Solomon hit the nail on the head. Wealth often changes hands… and it seems to end up in the hands of good men.

4.) Even the good man may leave his wealth to his son—but his son’s son may end up being a fool.

a.) Ecc. 2:17-19 – wealthy men are also haunted by thoughts of having to leave their hard earned money to their son… who may be fool… and blow it all… ruin the family business…

b.) That son could quickly LOSE all the hard earned wealth his dad and granddad left him…

c.) Ultimately, all that wealth could end up in the hands of men in the region who are wise, diligent, and hard working.

d.) The poor fool of a son may have to sell the farm… and all of dad’s hard work is now in the hands of a stranger… no longer in the family. That’s a shame—but it happens every day.

5.) One thing is sure—you can’t take it with you.

a.) You are never sure how your hard earned wealth will be used…

b.) But if we leave behind a heritage of godliness—that can never be wasted…