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.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Two Invitations, Two Terminals

(Proverbs 9:16 KJV)  Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

This is a repeat of the call in verse 4.  The words are exactly the same.  In both cases you have two margin references of literal meaning.  “Naive” (6612a) is “simple”  and “understanding” (3820) is “heart.”

Beware of isolated verses.  They seem to be the same statement, yet they are given for exactly the opposite reasons.  The first is an invitation given by Wisdom and leads to life.  The second is given by the “woman of folly” and leads to death.

It is really important that we look beyond the surface of remarks and promises.  We need to understand who is making the offer.  If a panhandler walks up to you in a parking lot and asks for a “loan” you know you will never see the money again.  If you are out to eat with a good friend and he finds he left his wallet at home, you would not hesitate to slip him a few bucks. 

The world makes promises.  The world looks good.  You need to look, as in search, even better.

So?  You can’t afford to turn off your mind nor abandon your discernment.  Evil abounds.  We must be wise and walk in righteousness. 

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