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, December 12, 2021

Spiritual Anesthesia

(Pro 12:1 KJV)  Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

If you compare the two translations I am using you see either “instruction” (4148) (KJV) or “discipline” (NASB).  These two words seem to be used interchangeably in the Bible but this is another area that runs counter to our popular culture.  I hope you notice how often that takes place.  How are they different?  One of the common phrases you hear now in education is that learning should be fun.  I will concede that on the lower levels it is possible to construct games that will teach.  There are times when it will be fun but that is not something to build a philosophy of education on.

The Hebrew word used here has the idea of the old song that has the line, “taught to the tune of a hickory stick.”  One of the sad truths is that people often need some reinforcement in order to focus on learning.  Did I say “often”?  I should have said “usually.”  

So?  Be careful what mindless drivel you parrot from the public square.  It may feel good but that may just be an anesthetic, not a vitamin. 

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