Keeping The Peace
32 “If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
33 For as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.”
When children fight, it will always come down to who started it. They will point fingers and say that somebody else started it. It is true that there is a child who did the first hitting, there is usually an instigator. In my family, it was usually the younger one who would provoke his older brother. He would say things or take something that would stir something up.
This type of behavior is not limited to children. It happens to marriages and also in the workplace. The last thing you would want to do is to be prideful and stick it in the face of somebody else, taunting them or provoking them to anger. This proverb teaches us that there is no point in stirring up anger. Did Jesus provoke the Pharisees to anger or vice-versa? Jesus was attempting to honour God, which the Pharisees were not willing to do with all of their traditional teachings. Jesus also reminds us that we should be the peacemakers.