From Proverbs 13-15
What are your favourite proverbs?
This post is part of my bible in a year series.
Passage and Comments
Today I’ve chosen four proverbs for different reasons. This one at first glance appears left field;
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. (Pr 14:4)
What I think its saying is that sometimes you have to get a bit messy to produce anything good. Any other suggestions?
9 Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance. (Pr 14:9)
If you don’t know what a guilt offering is check out Lev 5.14-6.7. Do the fools not bother to make guilt offerings when they learn they have sinned? A contrast is made with the upright. Perhaps when the upright learn they have sinned, they make a guilt offering whereas the fool doesn’t. The upright are accepted.
29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. (Pr 14:29)
I think we can all learn from this one. Think first, pray a little, then speak.
25 The LORD tears down the house of the proud
but maintains the widow’s boundaries. (Pr 15:25)
The LORD has little time for the proud, but he has compassion for the down and out. This is a constant theme in the bible. Beware pride and remember the LORD cares for the lowly. Do we?
Story of Jesus
Occasionally Jesus taught his disciples things that require interpretation;
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Mt 5:3–4)
What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Is Jesus suggesting we should be poor in spirit?
What about mourning? Is it a good thing to mourn? What does it mean to be blessed?
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