Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Keys to studying Proverbs

Expository Thoughts is loaded with solid ideas this month; Paul Waymeyer's three-part series on studying the book of Proverbs is especially helpful. Here's a sampling from Part 3:

Proverbs are not to be understood as unconditional promises but rather as practical principles to follow as one seeks to fear God and live wisely. In other words, they are poetic guidelines for behavior, not legal guarantees from God, for proverbs state what generally takes place in certain circumstances, not what always takes place in those circumstances.

Part 1 and Part 2 are also helpful.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Nicholas Cardot said...

Hmmm. I've never thought of them in quite that light, but it makes great sense. I will have to chew on it for a while. Thank you for the post.

9:22 AM, December 26, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're quite welcome, and I hope you find helpful insights in Mr. Waymeyer's series.

I've been thinking about this very topic today. When we look at, for example, Prov. 26:4 and 26:5, we see right away that Proverbs is more than a book for simply extracting a proverb here and there to apply to every situation. Proverbs is a means of training the mind unto wisdom. As with all the Scriptures, Proverbs are intended to infuse our mind with the Word (Prov. 1:1-7) so that we ourselves begin to think with the mind of Christ.

10:09 AM, December 27, 2006  

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