Hey Relentless Students! Sorry for the low volume of content last week. As we begin to gather more regularly I will be slowing down on videos and writings to put more time into the face-to-face meetups! But I will try to have a least a few of these Devos out each week.
We are continuing our journey through the Bible. Today's stop is the book of Proverbs. This is the book of wisdom. King Solomon, son of David, was on a quest for wisdom. He devoted his life to becoming the wisest man on earth. His goal was to know all there was to know. Not omniscience like God, but an understanding of how the mind and "heart" work. An understanding of God and how to build relationship with Him. Solomon's quest was to help him grow in God, but also to show the people what would not satisfy. Then, he compiled the wisdom he gleaned from experience and from other sources to create the book we have in front of us today.
Proverbs can be broken down into a few different sections. The book can be broken down by the way Solomon was trying to get across his message of wisdom. In the beginning, it's about the importance of wisdom and how wisdom is avoiding sin and keeping the commandments. From there, the book becomes more poetic with comparisons of good and evil, right and wrong, righteousness and wickedness. Solomon then takes those comparisons into more details over the next couple of chapters. Then we have a few additional proverbs (likely added at later dates) and proverbs from other people, including Proverbs 31 about the virtuous woman.
The way that Solomon wrote encouraged people to truly understand his message. The metaphors can feel dated, but the truth remains. He gives us examples of the good and the bad, letting us know what actions are taken by each. The goal was to give the people examples so that they could avoid sin and embrace God without having to experience the sin themselves. Solomon is like a father that slaps your hand away from a hot burner because he's been burned and knows how much it hurts. Granted the people didn't listen to well, they fell into sin several times and eventually were exiled due to their actions...awkward.
For us today, we look at this book as great advice from someone who knew way more than we do/likely will. The church will look at this book as a guide for great wisdom for all ages. People also use this book as a one month devotional. The fact that it is only 31 chapters is perfect to do one chapter a day as a Devo for a month. The format is much easier to read than the books pertaining to history, the comparisons help us see clearly what the author intended, and with Google, his metaphors are easily understood.
For more information on the book of Proverbs check out this video: