Monday, March 2, 2009

Proverbs: Chapter 1: 8 & 9 (NIV)

Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom
8 Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

As parents speak to their children, God would speak to us about His wisdom. He created a situation that, in a perfect world, a child would have both a father and a mother as the scripture from Matthew 19:4-6 says. “Two people joined as one” because, in general, there are two types of personalities involved: men see things from “one angle” and women see them from another. When put together properly, they form a team that will work together to teach children what they should know.

Things in this world are very seldom the way God meant for them to be, BUT God is the ultimate PERFECT parent for us when we allow Him to be. Verse 8 speaks of parents both instructing (teaching) and “laying down the law.” This is what the children we love and/or make contact with, need… both laws (limits) and teaching. As they take in the proper teaching, and grow in wisdom, they will need less and less of the “laws” because it will become a part of them. This is the way God teaches us.

Galatians 3:24 & 25 (New King James Version) Purpose of the Law
24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

Psalm 19:7-11 (New King James Version)
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.

Hebrews 8:10 (New King James Version)
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Those verses talk about how important the law is… how it was a “TUTOR” to guide us into the “full” life that God wants us to have. I add the following scriptures because Hebrews 8:10 (above) talks about the “house of Israel,” but these verses talk about how gentile Christians (wild olive branches) have been “grafted into” the family of God (the root and fatness of the olive tree), and gives us a warning not to “pick on” God’s chosen people, for they will be brought back into His family (grafted back into their own olive tree), and it was to give US the chance to get to know God’s chosen one, that they went their own way (also, thereby, taking themselves out from under God’s protection until they come back to Him…)

Romans 11:17-25 (New King James Version)
17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness,
if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? 25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
Verse 9 simply says that taking in these teachings/laws, and making them a part of your heart, will be like beautiful things that make you look/act/feel better and others will look and want to know more about what you have. At least, that is what I get out of this verse.

1 comment:

  1. thanks Linda!! I've said it before, but these are all very good lessons; thanks for sharing them with us