Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hokhmah and Musar

September 2

Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 1 – 2

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 1:7 – “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.”

In about 900 short pithy statements, maxims, and stories, Solomon and some other collaborators give us inspired precepts dealing with life. The key word used in this book is wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to see things as God sees them, or how to live a godly life in an ungodly world. A proverb only takes a few seconds to read, but it takes a lifetime to apply the truth given.

We are embarking in this book to discern wisdom and instruction (1:1a). Wisdom (Hebrew hokhmah) means “skill,” and instruction (Hebrew musar) means “discipline.” Thus, we are reading a book that speaks to developing skill and discipline in our lives.

Prayer: Father of Life, thank You that You have given us precepts for living a godly life in an ungodly world. Empower us to read and apply these nuggets of truth in our lives. Amen.

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