GOT KIDS? The Appeal of Proverbs
Looking forward to bringing the wisdom of Christ through Proverbs to parents starting tomorrow. The focus of the class will be how Proverbs first applies to yourself as a parent and then how to apply the wisdom to the issues of life for your child with emphasis towards teens. Here is where we will start understanding the Book of Proverbs.
Why is Proverbs so appealing to read? What hits us is the apparent practicality and how easily applicable it is to our life. Have you ever considered that much of Proverbs is so applicable and practical that it really applies to everyone, believer or not? What is the reason for this?
Much of the Book of Proverbs is written from what can be considered a theology of creation rather than a theology of redemption. What I mean by that is that most of the Proverbs are universal statements for all mankind of wisdom and foolishness of how do we live within the created order that God has given to us. Laws of the universe and universal moral laws established by God maintain that created order.
We constantly accept and act upon knowledge that is not distinctively Christian in its source or context in our lives. In looking at many of the proverbs, we find that other nations and cultures have the same proverbs guiding them. Some were even established in other cultures before the time of Solomon and so seem to be “borrowed.”
If that is the case, then one definition of wisdom can be stated as staying in the boundaries of God’s created order and universal moral law. Doing so will bring what can be called “proverbs life.” Foolishness is then breaking the boundaries of God’s created and moral order for all mankind and would be called “proverbs death.” To put it in a proverbial way, if you stick your hand in the fire, you will get burnt. Wisdom says don’t do that, the fool will do it and whether they are a believer or not, it will hurt.
Class begins tomorrow at Faith Bible Church at 10:30. We will meet in the south hallway for the first 10 minutes and when the kids clear out of Room H about 10:40, we will move in there.