Sunday, January 2, 2011

Proverbs 1

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 1. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Proverbs 1 starts off telling us in verses 2-7 what we can expect from the book of Proverbs.
  • The main point though is that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” The word fear here does not mean scared but means reverence and respect. 
  • Verses 8 and 9 warn us to remember the things you learned from your parents.
  • Verses 10 -19 teach us to not intentionally set out to hurt people.
  • The rest of Proverbs 1 reads as if wisdom itself were calling out to us.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Did you notice that in Proverbs 1 the author tells us what we can learn from reading Proverbs. These are all things people seek after their whole life: How can I become wise? I need more understanding. What really is right and wrong? 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • We also start getting practical advice right away. The beauty of the Proverbs is that they are applicable even to people who are not followers of Jesus. You will notice as we continue our reading plan this year that the Bible is loaded with practical teachings that apply to every person.  So would you say you really fear (respect and revere) the Lord? Or do you see him as nothing really to fear? Are you willing to ask God to help you understand how to properly fear him more?

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