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, October 13, 2020

Hickory Sticks

(Pro 13:18 KJV) Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

The KJV talks about “instruction” which is an important point but the more accurate translation is the “discipline” (4148) of the NASB.  In trying to figure out how this came together I want to something called, the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament.  In the quotation musar is a derivative of yasar

“From the usage and parallels in the OT, one must conclude that yasar and musar denote correction which results in education.”  TWOT, volume 1, page 387
We must be open to learning and growing through that learning.  I think part of the point being made is that learning is not always fun, easy or appreciated.  The picture I get would be summed up in the words of that old song, School Days, which goes “learned to the tune of a hickory stick.”

So?  God may be forced to teach us the hard way if we refuse to learn or listen.  Welcome it. 

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