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The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
    I shall be killed in the streets!”

Comment, from the Lutheran Study Bible:Sluggard. Lazy person…“There is a lion outside!”  Asian lions would not be found on a city street but in the remote wooded areas of Isarael; the excuse is ridiculous. Lazy people will use the most unreasonable fears to excuse their behavior.  I shall be killed.  Literally, “I will be murdered”-as if a person who asked him to go to work had criminal intent  These words further undercut the sluggard’s  credibility.”

I think that comment is correct and so this proverb is satire, but here is another take on the verse.  Let’s say one of those Asian lions did come into town.  Now reread the Proverbs verse.  He is willing to talk about the danger but only think about himself. It’s like the Yiddish story of a group of survivors of  ship that is sunk and a group arel in a life boat.  The life boat is being swamped in a storm and everyone is bailing water out.  But one man, sitting on his bench, takes out a drill and starts to drill a hole underneath him. Someone yells at him, Why are doing that?!  You’ll help the boat go down.  The man responds, “But it’s underneath my seat.”  He thought he was doing good in his utter self-centeredness. I shall be killed in the streets“.  He takes no measures to warn his neighbors.  He does not try to wound or kill the threat with a weapon he may have. He does not call out to his neighbors, Hey, let’s do something together!  He does not even think through the danger and instead of going in the streets, goes on the roof and throw some food to draw the lion away from the town…we do much talking and writing about the dangers we face.  We watch important television shows, blog on important blogs and get all concerned.  But the sluggard knows the danger is outside and does not want to face the danger, and all the while laud and praise, say, our soldiers and sailors.  It’s all talk.  We are informed and think we have done something by being informed. I know that’s important, but inaction is laziness.  “There is a lion outside!”  I may have to make an effort to fight the wrong with the Lord’s Word. Like the Chinese proverb: “Don’t curse the darkness.  Light a candle.”  The Light is shining in the darkness.  We are living in a moonless dark night of the world, but it makes no sense to those in danger in the night, for the Church not to use the light that has been given to us that we are holding and holds us.  

Lo! the hosts of evil ’round us,
Scorn Thy Christ, assail His ways.
From the fears that long have bound us,
Free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the living of these days,
For the living of these days.

Save us from weak resignation,
To the evils we deplore.
Let the search for Thy salvation,
Be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Serving Thee Whom we adore,
Serving Thee Whom we adore.

(Hymn:  God of Grace, God of Glory)

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