Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week July 25-30, 2016

Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week
July 25-30, 2016
PROVERBS – Proverbs is a book of poetry in the Old Testament. It was written chiefly by Solomon. The last two chapters are ascribed to Agur and King Lemuel. Luther says this of Proverbs: “It may be properly called a book of good works, for in it Solomon teaches us how to lead a good life before God and the world.” The key word in Proverbs is wisdom. The basis for that wisdom is God’s grace in Jesus Christ. “Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (I Co r. 1:23-24) Read also I Cor. 1:30.

Monday, July 25, Proverbs 1
v. 7 – To fear the Lord is to stand in awe of Him and place His command above that of the human being. Without that fear of God, we can still develop a lot of head knowledge. However, without God to guide us on paths of peace and without God who alone gives us eternal life on the basis of Christ’s redemption, our wisdom offers us little to nothing in comparison to what God offers us.
vv. 8-10 – These words pertain not only to sons, but also to daughters. For these words to bear rich fruit, there must be Christian fathers and mothers who are dedicated to the truth of God’s Word and heed God’s inspired Word in Eph. 6:4, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”Also II Tim. 1:5, “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

Tuesday, July 26, Proverbs 2
v. 2 – True wisdom and understanding is found alone in Jesus Christ. He helps us walk on paths of righteousness, and most importantly, has won for us eternal life. Without that wisdom, the greatest earthly wisdom would never bring us real happiness. That’s because all who have no knowledge of Jesus are heading for hell. (Mark 16:16)
v. 6 – To live the high moral life God expects, it would be sheer folly to turn to man’s wisdom. It would plunge us into the depravity of sin and moral decay. Man’s ethics are, “You have your rights.” Only from the Lord’s wisdom are we given perfect moral direction (vv. 12-16). The power to live that life is found in the Gospel.

Wednesday, July 27, Proverbs 3
vv. 5-10, 15 – Is God’s wisdom in His Word more precious than rubies? God proves that, doesn’t He, in vv. 5-10? Read them carefully.
vv. 11-12 – The writer of Hebrews quotes these words in chapter 12:5-6. Through correction, God strengthens our faith. Heb 12:11

Thursday, July 28, Proverbs 4
v. 13 – The instruction we need to take hold of here is the Gospel. As Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom. 1:16)
v.23 – In the New Testament, Jesus said, “Out of the heart come evil thoughts.” (Matt. 15:19) To keep that from happening in our hearts, so we don’t swerve to the right or to the left, but walk on God’s straight and narrow path, we have to fill our hearts with God’s wisdom, especially the Gospel. Read Rom. 1:16 and II Tim. 3:15, 16. Doing that, our hearts will be the well-spring of life.

Friday, July 29, Proverbs 5
v. 15 – “Drink water from your own cistern” means find sexual joy and happiness inside, not outside, marriage. In vv. 15-19 Solomon is describing the joy and happiness of a God-blessed union of marriage. He warns us of the dire consequences of adultery in vv. 3-5. This is in keeping with God’s word in Heb. 13:4.

Saturday, July 30, Proverbs 6
vv. 16-19 – There are 6 sins which God hates and are detestable to Him. Two other sins besides that which God hates and which He discusses in this chapter are adultery (vv. 26-29, 32) and laziness (vv. 6-8). A sluggard is a lazy person. To deal with those sins successfully and live in purity, peace, love, kindness, patience and self-control, we need faithfully to use the Gospel in Word and Sacrament. Through them, the Holy Spirit will help us walk in the newness of life. Read I Cor. 6:11, Rom. 6:4 and Ephesians 2:8-10

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