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.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Creative Curse

(Proverbs 20:20 KJV)  Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Are you looking for a creative curse?  This might meet the need:  “May your “lamp” (5216) go out in a time of darkness.”

Have you ever suddenly been without light in a very dark place?  Have you even tried to walk across a room in the dark right after you turned out the light?  It is amazing how quickly you lose your sense of location and direction.

I hope this verse brings to mind another that is more familiar to millions,
(Psalms 119:105 KJV)  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
The Hebrew has the same word for “lamp” (5216).  The promise here is that our promises can be cancelled.  While the “batteries” of the word will never run out of power, our ability to see and understand them can “go out” (1846).

So?  Here although the warning is about cursing our parents, the concern might go to other attitudes and actions as well.  Guard your heart and mind.  Don’t lose your way.

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