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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Shama on You

(Proverbs 19:27 KJV)  Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

The Hebrew word for “listening” (8085) is shama.  It is a significant word because it is used to describe possibly the most important verse revealed in the Old Testament.  It is called, strangely, the Shama.
(Deuteronomy 6:4 KJV)  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
In a world of pagan, polytheistic cultures the ancient Jews needed to be reminded of this every day.  We are again surrounded by culture that has revived the many forms of paganism and now has the power of the printing press, TV, radio and the internet.

The KJV and the NASB phrase it differently but the message is clear:  Stop listening to the slop that drives you away from God.  Instead, listen to what God is trying to tell you.  Keep in mind that the remote has an off button as well as a way to channel surf.

So?  We really are responsible for the intellectual and spiritual food we consume.  It really does make a difference what you hear. 

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