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, October 5, 2012

Oil Consumption

(Proverbs 5:3 KJV)  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

This is the same word for “oil” (8081) that is used about contentious women being hard to deal with (Proverbs 27:15-16).  The word is defined literally as “fat, oil” but when you look at the different uses and nuances you find that this oil is used for food preparation, medication, ointments, lamps, and for anointing.  Do you notice what is missing for us modern folks?  Lubrication, but they probably used it for that too.

The point I am making today is that we need to think “outside the box.”  What words mean to us may be totally different than their original meaning.  Since the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit we can still receive meaningful teaching but learn to look beyond the surface.  One of the steps of preparing to teach the word is to ask yourself, “What did this mean to the people in that day?”  It isn’t a bad step for personal study and worship either.

So?  Don’t forget to think today.  It may be painful but it never hurts. 

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