B90X- Proverbs‏

Good morning Saints, Jesus bless you today~
 
I have something to admit, I got behind just a bit and am having to catch up.  It is not too hard to catch back up, but it did a number on my spirit not reading daily as I had done for the 45 days straight prior to yesterday.  When one is in a habit, it just feels different when that habit is not maintained.  My spirit felt just a bit drier not flowing with what it had received before.  The Word of God is so important to our souls and spirits, eh friends?
 
No one has answered the CRBC trivia question from a few days ago- “What three words we focused on in Luke 6 that propelled us to do Mashal March last year?”
 
Because we are flying through some short books here, you will be receiving a short note on each of them rather than a humongous, long one.  Let’s see how it goes~
 
Wisdom literature does not operate like the commands of the law or the plot of narrative.  It is not set forth as “Thus says the Lord” as in the prophets, nor is it even like the exhortation of the New Testament letter.
 
The first important point to establish is that a proverb by definition is a generalization.  A generalization is considered useful when it is true most of the time and so reflects a value that can be affirmed.  A generalization does not offer a guarantee or a promise.  For instance, we consider the proverbial statement, “Crime doesn’t pay” to be true.  The adage is a generalization, and we accept it as that.
 
Biblical proverbs work in much the same way.  When Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it,” it is not making a promise or offering a guarantee.  It is generally true that children will adopt in large measure the values they were raised with.  As a proverb it advises the wise parent to raise a child well, and it offers a sense of confidence that the result will be a responsible adult ready to pass the value system on to the next generation.
 
Proverbs not only teach wisdom, but require a certain level of wisdom when applied.  Wise words must be used wisely by wise people in order to result in wisdom.  Proverbs says as much when it observes: “Like a lame man’s legs that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool” (Prov 26:7).
 
The purpose of Proverbs is to collect the wisdom of ancient Israel, offering insight into the wisdom that results for fear of the Lord.  This wisdom functioned to shape character and develop virtue and was intended to promote a secure and functional family and society, both founded on fear of the Lord, which is to be at the center of their worldview.
 
As you ponder Proverbs, let them resonate in your spirit and feed your daily life.  The words of wisdom regarding our tongue, our temper, and our character are there to further reflect the nature of our Heavenly Father whom we so strive to reflect. 
 
Remember whose story all of this is.
 
(Some of the information above comes from Walton, Stauss, and Cooper, The Essential Bible Companion.  I have really enjoyed this small book which encapsulates a fine summary of the Bible.  Additionally, Paul E. Kotkak in Proverbs: The NIV Application Commentary, has provided some great insight.)