Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Proverbs: A Manual for Living - June 1, 2010

Proverbs 1:1-6 (The Message)

1-6 These are the wise sayings of Solomon,
David's son, Israel's king—
Written down so we'll know how to live well and right,
to understand what life means and where it's going;
A manual for living,
for learning what's right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes
and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There's something here also for seasoned men and women,
still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

During the course of our lifetime, we accumulate alot of knowledge; some of it is good and some is not so good. In fact these days, we are accumulating knowledge at such a rapid pace, that it is difficult to sort out what is good or not. During the month of June, since school is out for those of us that have children and grandchildren, I felt it was good for us to continue our education. We will explore knowledge and wisdom from the wisest man in the Old Testament of the Bible. As we do, we will explore eternal truths that many of us already know, but it is also my hope that we will learn something new, or in a new way.

The Proverbs were written by David's son, Solomon, who reigned in Israel from 971 to 931 B.C. and was the builder of the First Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. It is interesting that King Solomon is recognized for his wisdom in both the Bible and the Quran, and his noteriety is shared by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is interesting to note in the description of him in the passage below that Solomon was known as a songwriter as well as a Botanist and a Zoologist. Since his wisdom is considered without equal, we will take a look at a few verses during the month and learn how we can best apply them to our own lives.

I would hope that with the living Word of God, that these proverbs and sayings will breath new life into our Next Worth Living.

1 Kings 4:29-34 (New Living Translation)
29 God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. 30 In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite and the sons of Mahol—Heman, Calcol, and Darda. His fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations. 32 He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs. 33 He could speak with authority about all kinds of plants, from the great cedar of Lebanon to the tiny hyssop that grows from cracks in a wall. He could also speak about animals, birds, small creatures, and fish. 34 And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.

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