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