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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Locusts and Salvation

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

This is an ideal verse for a preacher to use to reinforce what he already wants to say.  I experienced this last Sunday.  The text was about the ascension of Jesus and the key point was the promise of the return.  It was the final sermon of a series started at Easter and looking at the resurrection.  There are a lot of important things to be taught from that context but somehow the sermon came out the way I think it always did, “Jesus could come at any moment.  Are you ready?” 

In the same way I would use this verse to talk about the unity of the Spirit and the community of believers.  The church does not need an earthly leader, we have a heavenly king.  We should not need a bunch of rules and drill sergeants giving orders.  Between the ability to read the word ourselves and the inner guidance of the Holy Spirit we should be able to work together and walk together.  We should be able to be as organized as locusts.

So?  I don’t see that happening.  One key difference is that we are created in the image of God and the locusts are not.  We have individual responsibility and the locusts do not.  We are creative and locusts are not.  We sin and locusts do not.  Which would bring the preacher from Sunday back to an altar call and invitation.  Jesus is coming.  Are you ready? 


Gorges Smythe said...

Suggested your reading a chapter of Proverbs a day to a young Canadian I talk to online and I think he's going to do it. I've done it for a while in the past, but I'm starting again to encourage him. Good post today.

Pumice said...

I find it worthwhile discipline. It amazes me how many themes run through the whole Bible.

Grace and peace