An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, July 22, 2024

Know the Difference

(Pro 22:3 KJV)  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

As I was reading Moffatt’s translation this morning, I came across this verse, and it made me stop and think.  He starts off,

    “a cautious man sees danger and takes cover.”

That is basically the same statement, but I thought it was interesting that he use the word cover instead of hiding.  If you ever look into how to keep yourself safe out on the streets or in life, you will notice that there is a difference between cover and concealment.  Cover is going someplace where there is an obstacle between you and danger, it keeps you safe.  Concealment is simply a matter of covering up so that you can’t be seen.  It may keep you safe, it may not, it all depends on whether the person creating the problem sees you or not.

The King James has the idea of making yourself invisible.  Moffett has the idea of removing yourself from the danger and keeping yourself safe.

So?  You decide.  Do you just want to hide, or do you want safety.  When you come to Jesus, you’re not hiding, you’re finding safety.  He covers.

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Does It Matter?

(Pro 21:1 KJV)  The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

As I read this this morning, I found myself wondering if it made any difference whether the king was devout, or whether he was rebellious.  For some reason, I thought it would make a big difference.  In reality, God has the power to direct minds and influence decisions if He chooses to.  The question is, “Will He choose to?”

The Providence of God is always a mystery.  Sometimes He chooses to act in very obvious and powerful ways.  Other times He might decide to work quietly and behind the scenes.  I think He tends to go with the quiet more than the obvious.

So?  When you look at the political situation, and you wonder if there’s anyone in authority with moral integrity, keep in mind that God can prevail if He chooses to.  Our part in this is to lift people up in prayer and to be in contact with God Himself, so that we make sure we’re on the right side.  He is still on the throne. 

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Immunity

(Psa 112:7 KJV)  He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

(Proverbs 20 also read)

Sometimes I think it’s a good thing that I don’t have a daily newspaper I can trust nor a source of news that I consult regularly on the Internet.  The reason I don’t is because there are so few places where you can trust what you hear or what you read.  Sometimes I think we avoid reading it because everything is bad news or as this verse says “evil tidings.  We don’t like what we hear.  It seems so negative.

That’s not healthy.  We need to keep gathering information, reading, listening, and thinking.  And we need to do it in the spirit of trust and faith in the Lord God Almighty.  As someone said, “He’s got this”.  We need to remember that we need to live in anticipation because of that.

So?  Live in boldness.  Live in confidence.  The news may be bad, but God is in the business of taking sinners and turning them into righteous believers.  You can do the same with the daily news.  

Friday, July 19, 2024

Blame Game

(Pro 19:3 KJV)  The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

Moffett again has an interesting interpretation.

“A man’s own folly ruins his affairs —
Then he gets angry with the Eternal!”
Think of the times you’ve been walking down a street or sidewalk and you either trip or stub your toe.  What I usually do is turn around and glare at the ground to see what the ground did to make me look like a klutz.  Most of the time I can’t find anything unusual, and if I am being honest with myself, I admit I did it.  Too often in life we are only looking for other people to blame and God seems to be a good target.

There are times when God puts difficult times in front of us, so that we can grow.  I think that most of the difficulty we have, though, comes because of our own folly.

So?  It always helps if we work on being honest with ourselves and honest with God.  It’s pointless trying to cover things with God and will help us to be honest with Him if we don’t try to cover them up to ourselves. 

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Modifiers

(Pro 18:5 KJV)  It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

We need to be careful when we read the translations of more modern times.  I realize that Moffett is not really modern because it comes from the early 1900s, but compared to the King James and Geneva Bible, it is modern.  I guess it would be better to say to be careful of people who tend to paraphrase and look for cool ways of saying things.

We run into that problem in this verse with Moffett. He starts this verse off this way,

“It is not fair to favor the guilty,”
At first, I thought that sounded pretty good, but then I did a little bit of digging.  I did a search in my Bible software on the word “fair”.  It seems that the word is used in the King James only to refer to being attractive or good looking.  I may have missed a place somewhere but that seems to be what’s going on.  The concept of being fair in the sense of balance is not a Biblical concept.   We run into it a lot in our political discussions and with people who want to manipulate our system.  We might run into it in our discussions of theology, or not.

God is not concerned about being fair as we have defined it.  He is concerned about justice, truth, righteousness, and a host of other Biblical concepts rooted in His character.

So?  Make sure that you understand the meaning of words in the Bible when you try to apply them to the teachings of the Bible. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Literal Hope

(Mat 17:18 KJV)  And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

As we were looking at this verse in our Wednesday night Bible study, I noticed that the King James was much more literal than the New American Standard.  When I compare them, the final phrase in the new American standard was,

    “...and the boy was cured at once.”

The footnote for the New American Standard said it literally should be translated the way the King James has it.  Interesting.  There are times when the literal is the best.

What I didn’t see until I compared them to note the difference was that the King James brings the hope for the future.  It points out that the boy was not only healed, but he was healed from that very hour.  This tells me that it was a permanent healing, not just a psychosomatic involvement.

So?  God offers us hope for the future.  He does things in the context of history.  He does things in the context of eternal life. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

The Best Laid Plans…

(Pro 16:1 KJV)  The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

I would say that Moffatt does a good job of translating, or paraphrasing, this verse.

    “A man may think what he will say, but at the moment the word comes to him from the Eternal.”

This is true in every day life but where it speaks to me most is in the area of preaching.  It is hard to express to people what preaching is like, because as much as I prepare, as carefully as I think it out, as detailed as my outline is, it’s sometimes comes out totally different.  I often say things that I had not planned on saying.  I frequently leave out things that I thought were important.  Sometimes I’m aware of the changes.  Sometimes I’m not.

You could lay this down to personality, insight, editorial changes, or anything else but when it comes to preaching, at least, I think it has to do with the leading of the Holy Spirit.  That is the way preaching should be.  We should prepare and pray and be ready.  We need to allow the Holy Spirit to take our preparation and present it in His way.

So?  I guess it also applies to every day conversations.