Big Hill Bible Studies
22 June 2018 Entry
In the New American Standard Bible (NASB) there are subheadings above Chapter headings or for particular portions of Scripture. To begin chapter 10 the subheading is "Contrast of the Righteous and the Wicked." For the next several days we will probably be experiencing these "contrast" passages. I love these, primarily because they are single sentence comparative passages which may be easy to understand. The problem sometimes comes in the fact they are easy to understand. This is true for a couple reasons. First they convict our hearts very quickly. Secondly, it is possible to "blow through" a reading and miss the opportunity to "go deep" in its application. Let's use the opening verses of chapter 10 to show what I mean by this.
Read the first five verses at one time. What did you take in? Were these 5 distinct subjects, or do you see the connections of a common thread running through the verses?
Let's begin with verse 1 and the wise son being compared to the foolish son. As you will note, the first line in the verses compares to the second. In wisdom literature this is a common practice that makes obvious comparisons easy to spot. As in verse 1 we see a wise son makes his father glad while a foolish one brings grief to his mom. While this is apparently a wise statement which is plainly stated and easy to take in, consider a deeper thought process. As we look to verse 2 we see ill gotten gains do not profit while righteousness delivers from death. Are we considering a completely new thought, or are we still considering the two sons first mentioned in verse 1? Do the ill-gotten gains of the second son bring grief to his mom while the righteousness of the first son brings joy to the father? As a dad or a mother, can you relate to these statements? As a young man, are you taking this life lesson to heart? How do we as parents share these passages with our young sons?
Continue to dissect the remaining verses (3-5)? Are we continuing to teach the young son on his path to righteousness and obedient living, or are we teaching the foolish son the results of careless living? As an old man myself, I tend to look back at Proverbs and remember my younger days while reading these passages. I find myself saying, "Amen" and "that's exactly right" a lot. I try to pass on these nuggets to my son and the young men in the church as often as I can. I image we all can agree with what we read today. The thing I love most about this timely book is the ability to recall these "one liners" of wisdom.
It is said of the late Billy Graham that he noticed there are 31 Proverbs and usually 31 days in a month. He concluded that the Lords wisdom is no coincidence that this falls the way it does. If we were to read a proverb a day we will have read Proverbs 12 times a year and the odds are this may cause some of these to stick with us. I hope you enjoy the format and that you will share some thoughts with these entries.