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, January 19, 2014

On Keeping Your Soul

(Proverbs 19:16 KJV)  He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

In a reread of this verse I notice that “commandment” (4687) is singular, not plural.  I wonder if that is significant.  The obvious answer is “Yes.”  Everything God does in transmitting His word to us is significant.  Many of you will automatically know how Jesus dealt with this.  He was asked what was the greatest commandment.  His answer was twofold.
(Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
These are really two sides of the same coin.  Our culture tries to define love without the love of God as a foundation.  Culture is falling apart.  Too often the church ignores their neighbor.  The church becomes weak.  Blessings come from keeping the commandment.

So?  It goes against everything you see and hear in the world around you but focus on God, let it overflow into your neighborhood and keep your soul.  Sounds like a good deal to me. 


Mamahen said...

It only our leaders still believed in Gods word!

Pumice said...

It would certainly make a difference. Have you noticed that this is becoming a problem in the church as well as politics?

Grace and peace.