Monday, August 2, 2010

Proverbs

I've also been trying to read a chapter from Proverbs every day as well.  There are 31 chapters, which works out well in a given month.  The book of Sirach, which is much like Proverbs, is not set up as easily.

Additionally, a friend recommended I go through and write each verse, write what it means in my language, and then write what it means to me.  This sounded like a terrible waste of time until I did it.  As mentioned earlier, I read too fast for my own good and this method forces me to slow down and look at everything.  I've picked up a lot more!  I am absolutely fascinated by the idea wisdom in Proverbs.  There is plenty of wisdom there, but it also talks about wisdom as an idea in opposition to other ideas such as the world.  It helps to make sense why the message we get from the world doesn't line up with the message of the Bible.  It is not the other way around, as the world claims.

Pro 1:1  The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
Pro 1:2  To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
Pro 1:3  To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
Pro 1:4  To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
Pro 1:5  A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Pro 1:6  To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
Pro 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.


All wisdom comes from God, and an understanding of God should be the basis for our understanding of everything else.  Everything else did not make God - God made everything else.  Refusal to use God as this basis makes one foolish and predisposed to ignoring God's work and complete control.  This leads to disaster.

Consider the theory of evolution, which has not been proven and is still much up for debate, even if the scientists who say such things are ignored.  Evolution plus a lack of God leads to articles like I read on CNN the other day.  This editorial claimed since we have evolved from monkeys, and the monkeys we are closest to like to have group sex, that we were never meant to want a monogamous relationship.  Societal constraints have led women to think we only want one man and vice versa.

There is absolutely no way to square that with the Word of God though.  I suppose that's not a problem for people who don't believe in God, but for those who are to fear the Lord, it is a significant issue.  People who have no such fear do not like to hear that though.

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