Blogging the Bible

Exodus 17-20; Proverbs 2

So much of what I write and teach presupposes that one considers the Bible a source for truth and teaching for life. As I read these texts today, I realized that if you don’t consider the Bible truth it would be hard to gain much from today’s readings. If you are like me, and consider the Bible a source of truth, then today’s readings set the foundation of a life of wisdom.

Solomon continues his introduction into wisdom by calling it treasure and something that we should call out for. He suggests that if we pursue wisdom and knowledge our life will be filled with joy because we will save ourselves from so much folly. It will protect us from people who wish to do us harm and the consequences of foolish decisions.

So HOW do we do this?

It starts with the most basic of teachings. When we turn to Exodus 20 we find the 10 Commandments. Ten foundational rules that set the boundaries for a life that pleases God. It all starts with #1, putting God first in all things. If you figure that one out the rest take care of themselves. The 10 Commandments cover everything from our relationship with God to all of our relationships with others. If we deal with others honestly and truthfully we will show wisdom and live lives that honor God too.

Listening to and following others who follow Godly wisdom will also help us live lives that please God. Even Moses listened to his Father-in-law’s advice about how to handle the people’s issues.

God teaches us wisdom in many different ways. Sometimes through words. Sometimes through the examples of others. The key is to be open to the teaching however it may come and to accept it into our life so that we can be more like Jesus.

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~ by mikefoster on February 5, 2016.

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