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, August 30, 2013

E Pluribus Unum

(Proverbs 30:27 KJV)  The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

As I read this today I found myself again wondering what was wise here.  In looking over the four verses that demonstrate wisdom I noticed that there was a characteristic in each that we might overlook but is useful.  Here we see that the bugs know how to work together.

They go out in “bands” (ranks NASB) (2686a).  The root meaning of this word is to divide.  In the few places it is used it seems to refer to being separated from others more than cut in half.  This is something we can learn.  We are Americans.  We are rugged individuals.  We are macho.  But should we be?  It would seem that we need to take lessons in being one.  Remember what it says on our coins and paper money, E pluribus unum

So?  Work on the skills that mean working with others:  listening, courtesy, patience.  They seem to be tools of wisdom. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Careful there, that sounds sort of seditious during the "reign" of our current president.

Pumice said...

I am sure than any innuendo is in the mind of the reader.

Grace and peace.