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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for June 5, Prov 10-12

Today's readings are Prov 10-12. Tomorrow's are Prov 13-15. 

Here we have three chapters of contrasts. Notice, nearly every other line starts with "but". Many of them contrast the righteous with the wicked. While they are good and wise sayings that can guide us in making decisions and conducting godly relationships, they also serve to reveal godly character and nature and/or the character and nature of those who are wicked.

All of this pivots around Prov 12:28, 
"In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

Solomon exhibits exceptional wisdom here. It is exceptional not because Solomon is wise, but becasue God has made him wise. Solomon's wisdom is a gift from God. Eventually, Solomon will make this clear by making some very unwise decisions apart from God. 

In any event, Solomon's wisdom transcends his time. It will not be for another eon that we will hear where true righteousness comes from, Jesus Christ alone. In Him, there is life. Trues godly wisdom is a gift from God. So is His only Son, who brings His righteousness to us bringing us life.

We are unable to boast about any of this. We are not wise on our own. We cannot become righteous on our own. Solomon is the living proof of that. Wisdom and righteousness are gifts from God. If we ever begin to consider ourselves as wise and righteous, we should bear this in mind. 

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