Saturday, February 14, 2015

This week's lesson (February 14-20): words of wisdom

[Jesus said to his disciples], "Every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old." -- Matthew 13:52 (NIV).
Think of as it as Twitter -- Twitter for people who don't have electricity.

Read the Book of Proverbs, after all, and you'll notice:
  • It has short, punchy sayings -- just like the stuff you read on Twitter.
  • It has a definite attitude -- again, just like the stuff you read on Twitter.
  • But just like the stuff on Twitter, there's always more that could be said.
Take Proverbs 22:6 for instance: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

As a rule of thumb?

Great.

As a call to action?

Terrific.

As the definitive word on this subject -- an iron-clad promise that always comes true?

Well . . . the Bible itself has more to say about this.

A lot more.

But a proverb such as this is gives you a good place to start the conversation (even if it doesn't always finish it); it tells you how to take the first step (even if it doesn't tell you what the next step should be).

In short, Proverbs says a lot.

But just like Twitter, it can only say so much.

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