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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Simply Cynical

(Proverbs 1:22 KJV)  How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

The KJV uses the same root, simple, for the “naive” (6612a) and “simplicity” (6612b) of the NASB.  The difference in the Hebrew is that one is a noun and the other an adjective.  The Hebrew word for “simplicity” (6612b) must have a different meaning than the one the Richard Foster uses when he praises it in his book on simplicity. 

The concern is about people who always accept things at the surface level.  The simple person never looks beyond the superficial presentation.  We have had presidents who were this way.  They lacked discernment into human character.  It is not just for the lowly.  This is what Jesus was trying to get across.
(Matthew 10:16 KJV)  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
A bit of cynicism can be healthy when it comes to questioning what goes on in our world.  In reality it is being realistic even when people call you negative.

So?  All is not sweetness and light.  Sin is rampant.  We need to be alert, mature and discerning.  If we, God’s servants, are not alert, who will be? 

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