What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. A related word "instruction" is used 30 times and would more accurately be translated discipline or correction.
After the fateful fall, we needed correction. Does the correction save us?
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It sets on a path, however, to receive the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. There are so many more keywords such as lips, mouth, and tongue which could be a whole other lesson in and of itself, for now, I will end this section with a final key phrase "the fear of the Lord". Out of 28 total Bible mentions 14 of them occur in the book of Proverbs.
Many times we have a problem with the idea of fearing God, but what if we thought of fearing God as being synonymous with faith. The Hebrew word for fear is rooted in the word meaning to see. What if we saw how truly awesome, majestic, powerful, capable, full of wisdom, glory, and grace He truly is.
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There were folks in the Bible who did and were so awestruck with wonder that they fell on their faces before Him. Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
The very first Psalm reads very much like a replica of the garden event, the Proverbs fatherly plea, and the end result in Revelation. There is a counsel of wicked, ungodly, sinful forces that seek to lead us astray that we will be blessed not to follow. We will become like a fruitful tree if we will but choose to plant ourselves by the rivers of water, Christ the tree of life.
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Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. I am blessed to know that the studies are helpful for teaching God's truth to others. It certainly meets the vision I have for sharing the discoveries. I very much understand what you mean about sharing insights. I have a bad habit of sharing everything I learn and have, at times, in my zeal for the revelation, assumed it was for all when, in fact, should have been a more personal lesson.
Chiasms are a way that the Holy Spirit links together texts in a way that one sheds light on another. I appreciate your further wisdom on The Genesis, Proverbs, and Revelation connection and adding to this conversation. Hi again.
The insights I received were more for me, and I am always hesitant to share with others, things that I receive, not knowing for sure if He intends for me to share things that are meant for My personal discipline instruction. If You think that may seem a bit selfish of Me, let me explain; I remember when I was given the first few words of 1 Cor , "All things are Lawful for Me". Now I understand the context of those words, and I don't discount context in the least, but just those six words I was led to meditate on. Think about it, "all things are lawful for Me", those words cry out for context but at the same time they stand alone and are one of the most awesome Truths in all of Scripture.
But telling others that all things are lawful is not something I feel led to do at least not without a lot of words of clarification, which would only water-down the richness of the Truth, in my opinion. I would like to share one thing though. Since My dedication to reading Proverbs I have found a "principle" that seems to apply to God's Word and the receiving of Wisdom through reading the Word.
I think I am a perfect example of a man, who in the natural lacks the common sense and wisdom found in so many others. Therefor, Proverbs is a superb fit for Me. I will try to explain this principle as best I can. I believe that through the study of Scripture We are often presented with ideas or thoughts that seem to be almost complete opposites but they are linked together in a text for some reason, and as we study the text, these thoughts or ideas become linked in our minds and form a new way of thinking about things that we never were able to come to on our own.
Typically We think of cross references with parallel text and similar ideas, but through a chiastic is that a word? I think that the book of Proverbs is itself a huge gateway to understanding all the rest of Scripture. Genesis and Revelation offer Obedience to Us, In Genesis we see the results of not being obedient, in Revelation We see the fruits of obedience. How do You classify the 4 verses in Proverbs the meat?
They seem to be a description of what the Tree of Life can be for Us, but I think there is more to it than that. How are these four linked to the Genesis Tree? How are these four linked to the Revelation Tree? I think to answer these questions could serve one well who struggles with obedience. The whole revelation amazed me as well. It made reading it more purposeful. At the time of the writing I was studying Chiastic structures of Biblical text and became curious as to why the "Tree of Life" was mentioned in these three specific places.
The beginning and the end of the Bible made sense, but why was it in the mixed bag of Proverbs? After much research the above was what I discovered. Since then, I have been learning that just about every Biblical narrative has ties to Genesis as well as the prophetic end. I would love to hear your additional insights if your willing to share them. I'm always wanting to refine my understanding. Interesting article. I have heard that Dr Ben Carson reads the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the date every day and again at night and I thought that sounded like an excellent plan for me as well.
This Tree of Life kept popping up so I googled it and found this article. Wow, you've certainly extrapolated much data and it is almost fantastical the way you tie the Tree, and Proverbs as a whole to the Genesis and Revelation Trees. Having just read some of what you wrote tying in Proverbs 1 to the Genesis narrative I really can not understand fully how you came up with this whole concept and why it not only makes perfect sense to me but I am seeing even a little more in the Word than what You've written!
Always keep your self and the spirit who made the world close to your tree of Life I'm glad you were able to glean from this study. I had no idea so much depth could be contained in the book of Proverbs. I'm learning that all of God's dots are connected and when we view His Word understanding these connections we can see a much larger picture. I'm glad that this study was a useful revelation. That's always my hope and prayer for it's sharing. I find God's revealed truth so beautiful and relevant and I'm so grateful for this format to share these facets of it.
This reading certainly gave me a new perspective on the book of Proverbs. It made me appreciate more how God's Word reveals His message and purposes. Thank you Tamarajo for an in-depth study. Thank you for taking the time to read. The Word of God is just so deep and rich with elaborate displays of the same truth and Gospel story. I find pure joy in connecting dots and even more so if anyone else is able to glean from the finds. As for the figs, I was equally surprised but I'm ok with eating a predigested fig wasp.
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Honey is the same. It is sugar that has been broken down and processed through being digested and then regurgitated by the bees. Another well-thought out and researched article, Tammy. You always bring so much to light. Thank for the lesson nad all its connecting point. Oh, and I'll never eat another fig!
Hi Dora, when I started I had no idea it would end up being so long but because the end is so connected to the beginning I opted not to break it up. I might have to consider doing that anyways. It does make for a really long read for a web article that includes so many details. Read through most of it. Interested enough to book mark for further reading. I like detailed Bible study like this one.
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To provide a better website experience, owlcation. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so. Proverbs and the Tree of Life Updated on July 4, Tamarajo more. Introduction Prior to this study, the book of Proverbs wasn't one of my favorite books of the Bible to read.