LET THE PEOPLE REJOICE! REFLECTIONS ON PROVERBS 11:10-11

PROVERBS 11

Proverbs 11:9-14

“The theme of the relationship of the individual to the community, especially through the use of words, runs through these proverbs but they are not a carefully structured cluster” (Lucas, 98).

Today I will be focusing on verses 10 and 11.

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The Most Extravagant, Blessed Wage Gap: Some Thoughts on Proverbs 10:12, 15-16.

SOME CONCLUDING THOUGHTS ON PROVERBS 1-9

There are sure ways to follow so as not to gain wisdom and life:

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REPROVE A WISE MAN AND HE WILL LOVE YOU – PROVERBS 9

The weekend is over, and so my posts on Proverbs continue. As it is July 9, I will be discussing Proverbs 9.

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THE SIMPLE ARE FORCED TO COMMIT

Here is wonderful news for the “simple.” Just as the truth is often hidden from the supposedly “wise and intelligent” and is revealed to “infants” (Matthew 11:25; see also 1 Corinthians 1), so here we find teaching that is for the simple. But how will such teaching be received – with open humility or with prideful resentment?

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Proverbs 6:1-5

Vv. 1-5 – Caught in a Pledge [be quick to escape]

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I haven’t had much time for Proverbs 6 today. But here are some good, helpful quotes from Ernst Lucas and David Hubbard, followed by some of my own brief reflections.

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PROVERBS 5 : BITTER KISSES AND INTOXICATING FIDELITY

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PROVERBS 5

The scene in this chapter is more practical and grounded than some of the previous chapters about wisdom. The focus is on a man’s union with a woman. However, this is analogous to the student’s/son’s union to Lady Wisdom. And so the two are situations are tied together. Faithfulness to one’s wife and faithfulness to Lady Wisdom go hand-in-hand; the women are reflections of each other and faithfulness to one is faithfulness to the other.

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Proverbs 4:1-9

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Arranged Marriage?

We cannot live a good life on our own. Much of who we are is due to our heritage – to a “tradition which has been lived out and tested down the years” (Lucas, 66). What does this mean for those who have come from evil, wicked, daft parents? It means that what we receive and pass on is important; and it is important that we receive and pass on is important, too.

As Brown writes, “… a path can only be formed by the passage of many feet” (46). I would add, with Lucas, that this also takes place “down the years.”

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PROVERBS 3:13-20

THE PLAN

I’m hoping to go through the book of Proverbs here for a few months in a row. The idea is to post some reflections from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the day of the month (i.e., today is July 3 and so I am posting reflections on a section of Proverbs 3). There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, so this works out especially in July and August.

The idea is that repeatedly reflecting on the book over and over will lead to initialization and greater insight, undergirding the Spirit’s satisfying work in us as we listen to Him in His Word.

This also means that my own reflections will not be complete or thorough, but likely halfway formed.

Feel free to read along with me! Grab your Bible.

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Let Your Heart Be Troubled: Making Much Of God’s Kindness – Sermon on Romans 2:1-6

I thought I’d share the audio from the sermon I preached on Sunday. All of the text below are the notes that I was (loosely) working from.

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PART TWO: “WHAT IS HIS NAME?”

What follows flows from the first reflection on Mark 14:53-65. Familiarity with the gospel portion and with the first reflection is highly encouraged. That first reflection focused on Jesus’ silent faithfulness to His Father and the necessity of Christ’s silence for the unfolding of His love for us. Reflecting on Jesus’ silence during his great trial helps us to trust in Him even amidst trouble. We also see that, out of faithfulness to God and love for our neighbour, we, too, may be called to reflect His faithful silence.

In the current reflection, Jesus breaks his silence with a sonic boom. This word repels some in horror; but for those with ears to hear, Jesus’ redefinition of what it means to be “messiah” evokes the greatest hope.

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WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE HERE? WHO IS ON TRIAL?

In contrast to Jesus’ quiet faith, the high priest is losing his cool. The high priest is controlled by the flesh. His salivating has slowed, for now he seems worried that his meal will somehow get away. Here is one of a few inklings that point to the fact that “the real trial is not the apparent trial. Not Jesus but the Jews who accused and “tried” Jesus are on trial” (Leithart, Delivered from the Elements of the World). Perhaps it is not the cheese that is being hunted, but the rat.

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PART ONE: “MY SOUL WAITS IN SILENCE FOR GOD ONLY”

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PART ONE: “MY SOUL WAITS IN SILENCE FOR GOD ONLY”

The scene is striking. The Sanhedrin – the Jewish governing council – finally have Jesus within their grasp. Some wanted to destroy Jesus much earlier on in his ministry – for doing good on the Sabbath (Mark 3:6).

Now, they have successfully tempted one of Jesus’ closest friends to betray him, they have intimidated the others so that they scattered. Now they have Jesus right where they want him. Now they are in control. Now they are able to follow through with their heart’s desire. It is as if they have made arrangements at an exclusive restaurant and have prepaid for the exquisite meal; their mouths are watering.

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