Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 34 Day 4

Our reading challenge for the day is Proverbs 6-10. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Proverbs 6 - Making ourself subject to others puts us at their mercy. So does laziness and inaction. Yet in our activity we should seek wise faithfulness before God. One of the most dangerous ways we can fall into bondage is adultery. It always causes harm. It shows a terrible lack of judgment.

Proverbs 7 - Wisdom keeps the wise from the adulteress, who seems to the example of all folly. the folly waits and watches for people to entice.

Proverbs 8 - As a contrast to the calls of folly in chapter 7, wisdom calls out in chapter 8. There is nothing secretive or deceptive. If we look at verses 22 and following we may see that wisdom is the firstborn, the one who was before creation, namely God the Son. see especially the claim in verses 35-36. Finding Jesus, God’s Son, is life.

Proverbs 9 - The call of wisdom from the high point of the city is also pointing to wisdom being God. The temple in an ancient city is always at the high place. Wisdom and folly both cry out. May we receive wisdom and live.

Proverbs 10 - Here we begin a series of very brief truisms. Notice they are not always foolproof. For instance, in verse 4 we can observe that there are some lazy rich people and diligent poor people. But the principles generally hold. That’s the nature of a proverb.

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