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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for June 2, Prov 1-3

Today's readings are Prov 1-3. Tomorrow's are Prov 4-6.

Proverbs is a collection of sayings attributed to Solomon. There are probably a number of authors or editors of the sayings and there are different ways to view the groupings. There is, throughout, a strong emphasis on gaining wisdom. It is the predominate theme of the entire book. But there are other themes as well that are frequently stated. Speech is strongly emphasized but in positive and negative way. Obviously our wisdom, or lack of it, is connected in many ways to our speech  (the things we talk about, the things we focus on). Righteousness is another theme that pops up repeatedly, linking godly wisdom with righteous living. Justice, discipline, diligence, character and conduct are all mentioned over and over again. Clearly, all these attributes are a reflection of wisdom, all supposedly coming from the wisest man ever to exist. 

Proverbs should not be read as a list of commandments. They are intended to be expressions of practical wisdom  for God's people in leading lives life that put God on display. As believers, we are to b set apart. Proverbs helps us understand exactly what that looks like. 

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