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Saturday, January 16, 2016

How to be a Fool

Some Context
A while back I wrote about how those who do not acknowledge Christ are fools.  However, there are those who say that they do acknowledge Christ who are fools as well.  Read through Proverbs 1 – 3.  Note what Solomon says his purpose was in writing the book, Proverbs 1:1 – 6.  Note his exhortation on how to get wisdom in chapter 2.
How to be a Fool

How to get Wisdom
Now take a closer look at Proverbs 1:7, specifically the second half of that verse.  Where do we get wisdom?  If you read Proverbs 1 – 3 as suggested, you held the source in your hand, unless you were reading on line.  The importance of the Bible in our gaining wisdom is one of the purposes of Proverbs.  Chapter 2 describes what we should be doing with the Bible to mine wisdom out of it.  The mining metaphor that Solomon uses looks a lot like work, does it not.

What We Gain
We do not gain knowledge, understanding, and wisdom by osmosis.  It takes work.  We will not get to know Christ through His Word if we are not, as He requires in John 15:7, abiding, remaining, dwelling consistently, in His Word.

What Doesn’t Word
It is not enough to have others, like our pastor, Sunday school teacher, or favorite Christian author, study and tell us what they found.  They got the primary benefit from their study, we get the crumbs.

The Importance of the Bible
2 Peter 1:2 – 3, tells us that through His promises, which by the way are in His Word, we become partakers of the divine nature.  One implication of that is that when you are reading His Word you are being exposed to His nature.

Our Choice
Solomon’s advice in Proverbs 1 – 2 is to dig, mine wisdom out of the Word of God.  Admittedly it is work.  What in life that is worth doing is not?

Solomon has a term to describe those who do not take his advice, fools.  All it takes to be one is to leave your Bible closed.  All it takes to move away from that category is to open and learn to study your Bible.  Your choice.

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