Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Proverbs 1-3

Day 167

Wise words for living!!!  That is what Proverbs is about--little snipets of wisdom and observations about life....a marvelous source of insight for daily living.  This was compiled by King Solomon and others......see if you can write any of them down on a postit note and memorize at least ONE NEW (not the one you already know!) Proverb while we read it! :)   Just try....

Chapters 1 and 2 remind us that we can only make sense of life when we make the Lord our foundation for wisdom.    As you can see, verses 1-7 state the purpose and theme of the book and then continues with warnings about enticement and warnings about rejecting wisdom!!  In Jewish society, instructing the children in the Torah and the ways of God were traditionally the responsibility of the father and King Solomon urged his listeners to equally take to heart the teachings of the mother.  In fact, this book of the Bible pays tribute to mothers more than any book of the Bible.  Verse 7-19  the teacher addresses his pupils as a wise father would his son. 
The young man has a vital choice to make:  between the right course and the wrong one; between wisdom and follhy; between going God's way through life and going his own.  

FEAR THE LORD!!! An important recurring phrase in Proverbs.  It describes a wholesome awe and respect (reverence) for God which expresses itself in obedience, reliance on God and deliberate avoidance of evil!!   Chapter 2..."If you listen"........wisdom is to be found through
 knowing God.

Chapter 3  "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."  One of my favorite scriptures and one I actually do have memorized....so now I have to find a new one! HUm.....  :)  This proverb is telling us to take wise teaching to heart; stay humble and  trust God.  Wisdom gives you peace, happiness, and security....all things money can't buy.

tomorrow:   4-6

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