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Wise Guys

How to Read the Bible

Joe Riddle | November 24, 2019

Wise Guys By Pastor Joe Riddle

“If we are not good readers, we will not get the point of the sayings of the wise.”
– Robert Alter

Two types of wisdom literature in Proverbs:
1. Proverbs
2. Instruction

Proverb: a short, general truth for doing life well.

PROVERBS 13:4 (NRSV)
The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing, while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.

Proverbs are preventative care for a life well-lived.

Instruction: passages intending to persuade me to adopt or abandon specific attitudes or direction for my life.

PROVERBS 22:22-23 (NASB)
Do not rob the poor because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate. For the LORD will plead their case and take the life of those who rob them.

Instruction passages expect absolute obedience.

PROVERBS 1:20-23 (NASB)
Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square; At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings: “How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing and fools hate knowledge? “Turn to my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.”

You will not walk in wisdom by obeying the word of God only when you agree or it is convenient.

See the WHY behind the WHAT.

How to Walk with Wisdom: “This passage commands me to _______ because ________.

If the enemy cannot keep you from the Word of God, he will work to keep you from handling it wisely.

PROVERBS 22:6 (NASB)
Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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