We revisited the purpose of the Proverbs prior to reading the verses this morning.
The word “Proverb” originates from the Hebrews and means “to rule or to govern.” Solomon wrote the Proverbs to provide the people of Israel with divine wisdom and moral instruction.
The PAX identified the following takeaways from today’s readings.
Proverbs 17:5 ~ Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
Takeaway ~ Be fair to all of God’s people. Mocking people who are poor, weak or different is mocking God who created all of us.
Proverbs 17:8 ~ A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers.
Takeaway ~ The bible condones bribes as stated in Exodus 23:8 And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted.
Proverbs 17:24 ~ The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
Takeaway ~ Are we focused on God’s wisdom? Reassess your goals to ensure they are aligned with the eternal game plan.
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Have a great weekend and prepare your minds/hearts to review Proverbs 18 next Friday!