True Discipleship John 8:31-47 I) Jesus reveals that there can be ___________ disciples II) Jesus reveals the ____________ with false disciples A) They don’t ___________ Jesus B) They are still in ____________ to sin C) They are really serving ____________ D) They won’t (can’t) ___________ to Jesus III) Jesus reveals what makes someone a _________ disciple A) They __________ Him! B) They listen to God’s ______________ C) They _________! IV) Jesus reveals what true discipleship ____________ A) _______________ B) _______________ 1) From __________ 2) From __________ 3) From __________ 4) From __________ 5) From __________
Proverbs 25-29 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Wow! We’re really down on wives here! Maybe, but remember the beginning of Proverbs?
“Listen, my son…” (1:10).
The NLT didn’t do us any favors with “listen my child.” It’s literally “son.” Proverbs is written from the perspective of a Father giving advice to his son. That means the comments about a “contentious wife” are geared to a husband, which also suggests that the opposite is true. It is also better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a contentious husband in a lovely home!
If you’re going to change “son” to “child,” why not change “wife” to “spouse?” I like the way the NLT reads, but it’s always better to use a more literal translation for study.
Psalms 19:9 “the fear of the LORD is clean,enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.”
Psalms 34:11 “Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”
Psalms 111:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:29 “Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,”
Proverbs 2:5 “then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.”
Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
Proverbs 10:27 “The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.”
Proverbs 14:26 “In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.”
Proverbs 14:27 “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”
Proverbs 15:16 “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.”
Proverbs 15:33 “The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.”
Proverbs 16:6 “By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.”
Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.”
Proverbs 22:4 “The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.”
Proverbs 23:17 “Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.”
Proverbs 22-24 (The Daily Walk Bible).
In addition to memorable images, word pictures, and clever language, we also have some humor to help us learn important lessons.
“The lazy person claims, ‘There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!”’
Now that’s funny!
Proverbs 18-21 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Proverbs 18:5-10 is a great sample of the wisdom in Proverbs:
“It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice. A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys. The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”
Proverbs 20:1 is a foreshadowing of some serious advice yet to come: “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
With so much wisdom, how can we absorb it all? We can’t like this. We can only get a taste. In order to fully embrace the wisdom in Proverbs it would be best to take a few verses at a time and meditate on them. There are 915 verses in Proverbs, which means you could take 3 verses a day and cover the entire book in less than a year!
Proverbs 14-17 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Our devotional points out the emphasis on the home, the tongue, and the heart. But there are also several proverbs that speak about the honor of old age.
Whenever you read the Bible you’re liable to find something that jumps out at you that never did before. Proverbs 15:17 was that verse for me today. I found it humorous as well as insightful, and the NLT perhaps made it even more interesting!
“Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.” (ESV)
“A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate. (NLT)
Proverbs 10-13 (The Daily Walk Bible).
As we get into more proverbial sayings, it might be important to review Biblical genres. It’s important to understand what we are reading in order to interpret it correctly. Is it a parable? Is it a narrative? Is it an epistle? Is it an apocalypse? Is it history? Is it poetry? Is it a proverb? The answer to that question will give us a starting point in our understanding of the passage.
It’s important to view proverbs as probabilities rather than promises. What I mean by that is proverbs are sayings that are usually true, but not always. For example, “God rescues the godly from danger, but he lets the wicked fall into trouble.” Is that 100% true all of the time? No. Sometimes the wicked don’t fall into trouble, and God doesn’t always rescue the godly. But it reminds us that God watches out for his people and that those who don’t follow him are much more likely to end up in trouble. Even proverbs that seem to be true all the time aren’t necessarily. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true there is life and joy.” We generally do have joy when our dreams come true, but sometimes our dreams don’t turn out quite the way we expected.
So, I suggest looking at specific proverbs as the most likely scenario, rather than the always going to happen scenario. We may find then that our hearts are more content because our hope won’t be deferred by something we’re sure is going to happen!
Proverbs 5-9 (The Daily Walk Bible).
So, where are the proverbs!?!?!?
I’m being silly. There are some in the first nine chapters, but it really starts to pick up in chapter 10. Here we once again have an emphasis on wisdom, with the reminder that God’s standards for sexuality are an essential part of that wisdom!
Our devotional reminds us that the wisdom depicted here became incarnate in Christ. It reminded me of a Charles Spurgeon sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:24 (“but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God”).
“But he is equally ‘the wisdom of God.’ The great things that he did before all worlds were proofs of his wisdom. He planned the way of salvation; he devised the system of atonement and substitution; he laid the foundations of the great plan of salvation. There was wisdom. But he built the heavens by wisdom, and he laid the pillars of light, whereon the firmament is balanced, by his skill and wisdom. Mark the world; and learn, as ye see all its multitudinous proofs of the wisdom of God, and there you have the wisdom of Christ; for he was the creator of it. And when he became a man, he gave proofs enough of wisdom. Even in childhood, when he made the doctors sit abashed by the questions that he asked, he showed that he was more than mortal. And when the Pharisee and Sadducee and Herodian were all at last defeated, and their nets were broken, he proved again the superlative wisdom of the Son of God. And when those who came to take him, stood enchained by his eloquence, spell-bound by his marvelous oratory, there was again a proof that he was the wisdom of God, who could so enchain the minds of men. And now that he intercedeth before the throne of God, now that he is our Advocate before the throne, the pledge and surety for the blessed, now that the reins of government are in his hands, and are ever wisely directed, we have abundant proofs that the wisdom of God is in Christ, as well as the power of God. Bow before him, ye that love him; bow before him, ye that desire him! Crown him, crown him, crown him! He is worthy of it, unto him is everlasting might; unto him is unswerving wisdom: bless his name; exalt him; clap your wings, ye seraphs; cry aloud, ye cherubim; shout, shout, shout, to his praise, ye ransomed host above. And ye, O men that know his grace, extol him in your songs for ever. for he is Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
How can I live in the Spirit? (Part 1) Galatians 5:16-18 I) What is the role of the __________ in the Christian life? A) The Spirit enables us to ___________ in Jesus! B) The Spirit ___________ our relationship with God C) We are _____________ into God’s family by the Spirit D) The Spirit provides ____________ for our new lives E) We become a part of the___________ through the Spirit F) The Spirit ____________ the Christian community G) The Spirit _____________ us to work together II) Having the Spirit doesn’t mean we don’t _____________ to live for God III) But we can be _________________ through the Spirit! IV) How do we ___________ in the Spirit? A) There is a difference between being filled and being __________ of the Holy Spirit B) We walk in the Spirit by giving the Spirit something to __________ with! C) We walk in the Spirit by not engaging in ______________ activities
Proverbs 1-4 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Here’s a mini synopsis of the first 4 chapters of Proverbs:
Wisdom is essential.
Your elders can help you become wise.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
There’s a lot of other good stuff in there, but these main ideas will serve us well as we go through the rest of the book.
From John Kitchen’s commentary on Proverbs (because I think it’s important):
“Understanding Proverbs requires appreciating the nature of Hebrew parallelism and the purposes for which it is employed. Though some proverbs have three lines (e.g. Prov. 1:27; 6:13; 19:7; 27:10; 30:20), a few have four (e.g. 30:14, 15, 17, 19), and one has six (30:4), the standard form of the Hebrew proverb is two lines. These two lines are designed to stand in some kind of parallel relationship with one another, in order to achieve a desired affect.
Several kinds of poetic parallelism are employed in Proverbs. Antithetical parallelism sets the two lines in contrast to one another. The contrast is intended to make a point by moving the reader to reflect on the differences. Proverbs 10:7 is an example: ‘The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.’ Consider also Proverbs 12:27: ‘A slothful man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.’ This is the most common type of parallelism in Proverbs and it dominates the scene in Proverbs 10–15.
Synonymous parallelism takes the lesson of the first line and restates it in only slightly different words in the second. The restatement aims at impressing the observation more powerfully upon the mind of the reader. An example is Proverbs 18:7: ‘A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul.’ Another is Proverbs 17:4: ‘An evildoer listens to wicked lips, A liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.’
Synthetic parallelism uses the second line to amplify or expand upon the lesson of the first: ‘The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds persuasiveness to his lips’ (Prov. 16:23). Also: ‘A man lacking in sense pledges, And becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor’ (Prov. 17:18). In addition, the ‘how much more’ proverbs fit here (Prov. 11:31; 15:11; 19:7; 21:27). This form of parallelism is most common in Proverbs 16:1–22:16.
Emblematic parallelism employs a simile or metaphor in one line to cast light upon the other: ‘Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him’ (Prov. 10:26). Or: ‘Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters’ (Prov. 25:13). Such proverbs bring us nearest to the root meaning of the word (‘to be like’; see in ‘Proverbs within the context of Hebrew poetic literature’). The goal is to move the reader to meditate on the similarities of the two subjects.
Formal parallelism generally appears to be a full sentence merely expressed in two lines. The ‘better than’ proverbs fit this description, such as ‘Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice’ (Prov. 16:8; cf. 12:9; 15:16, 17; 16:16, 19, 32; 17:1; 19:1; 21:9, 19; 25:7, 24; 27:5; 28:6).”