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.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Here's Lookin' at Me

(Proverbs 6:17 KJV)  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

One of the interesting items in history is the names people are given.  Often they are very descriptive.  Some of my favorites are Charles the Simple, Pepin the Short and Henry the Quarrelsome.  How would you like to be called Harry of the Haughty Eyes?  Again we have a word picture that says so much:  “proud" (haughty NAB) (7311) “look" (eyes NASB) (5869).  “Proud" (haughty) means exalted or high and lifted up.  In this case I think the idea is what we would call “looking down your nose” as someone.

This word is usually positive in its meaning.  The most familiar use is,
(Proverbs 14:34 KJV)  Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
This is another case of a blessing that, when misused, becomes a curse.  When God lifts us up, we are blessed.  When we lift ourselves up, we are cursed.  When our eyes are on Jesus, we are lifted up.  When our eyes are on ourselves we are condemned. 

So?  Is Jesus number one today?  What have you planned for your weekend?  What are your priorities for the next week?  One of the hardest things for us to see is our own weaknesses.  Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them and give you the grace to change.  Happy growing.

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