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 12, 2010

No Pain, No Gain

(Pro 12:1 KJV) Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

The idea that learning must be fun comes from the devil. We see repeated references in Proverbs that “instruction" (discipline NASB) (4148) is the way to “knowledge” (1847). The word for “instruction" (4148) is defined as “discipline, chastening, correction.” It is translated as “discipline” fifteen times in the NASB and as “instruction” fourteen times. Whether we talk about discipline as a verb meaning correction or a noun meaning a course of study of self control, it still is not something that comes easy. It is work. One of the reason so many children are coming out of school with no skills is that the educators have been sold the bill of goods that all learning is fun.

Proverbs is certainly not politically correct. We continue to see then when people are called “brutish" {stupid NASB” (1198). It seems to mean “like an animal.” The KJV seems to get it closer to the mark. Notice that this accusation can be applied to both the person who receives “reproof” (8433b) and the person doing the reproving. Today few adults are willing to accept the burden of being the giver of discipline. We are see the result on the streets.

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