A few years ago I preached a series through the book of Proverbs , and I learned a few things about it. First, Proverbs, reveal their meaning in a cumulative sense. Ie no proverb [isolated] gives you a complete picture. If a proverb, "who are morally correct life always do well" and later another proverb says, "sometimes suffer who are morally correct," we think it's a contradiction. This is because we think of each proverb as if it were a promise in itself. But they are not. All proverbs about the same subject should be read together, each modifying the other just as they do each other parallels. One gives you information on one aspect, then gives the following answer to the questions that have been raised first, or conditions and accentuates an earlier statement more generic type.
Chapters 10-15 tell us that the worker has enough to eat and the lazy will be poor. But at the beginning of chapter 16, the exceptions to how life works normally appear. There is an order that God has put in the things we should meet but on the other hand, we can not see everything and therefore we expect that have exceptions. An example of how we derive meaning in Proverbs As we accumulate is the famous proverb 16:25 - There is a way that seems right to man, but the end leads to death. 've never heard that this text is quoted unless what the preacher wants to tell his listeners is "do not trust your emotions." But before [this statement the same book] Proverbs says repeatedly - "The way of a fool is right in his opinion." That is, fools are a mess when it comes to making plans because they reject what is wise (not seeking advice, are not humble, do not watch his words or control their emotions, etc). But then we read that 16:25 tells us - "But the way that leads to destruction not only may seem right for a fool, but sometimes also to any man . " Even if you try to blindly follow the path of wisdom and do the best you can your plans - yet sometimes your life is disassembled! This is a broken world. The wise man knows that sometimes [no matter which way lame] things can go as badly.
So [in regard to Proverbs], we can not touch bottom. Only worth studying when you have in mind throughout the book and compare each other passages. What is the best way to do this? In community! Some commentators are of the opinion that the book of Proverbs was originally written as a handbook to be studied by a community of young men who had mentored by a group of older men - over a few years. Each proverb had to be discussed, considered and compared to the other. Examples of life [itself] is shared. In other words, it is possible that Proverbs was written to be the basis of a thorough and comprehensive process of personal growth through a community of mentors. Touching every one of the areas of life.
It is also worth noting that in Proverbs wisdom constantly makes its voice heard in the public spaces of the city - the market or place of business (where routes converge), the courts (doors, etc.). (Prov 1:20-21, 9:1-4). For years, something that has surprised me is how different it is to disciple people living with a call to faithfulness in their vocations [or jobs], I do discipleship in other contexts. When I try to disciple someone to work in the church, this occurs in one direction or sense (I am the expert on the Bible and minister) and [everything happens based on some information] (I transfer my knowledge). But how to disciple a Christian who is an actor to think [the right way] what kind of roles may or may not accept? Or how a Christian disciple [working in the world of finance] to know how to invest [in the right way and still] make a profit? The Bible gives us both a set of fixed rules, but rather to guide our motivations proverbs, so [we seek] and our values, to apply them to situations with wisdom [that we live daily] in the world. And that wisdom takes place more in the context of reflection of Scripture (especially texts like Proverbs) community.
What is the best way to integrate our faith and our work? I think we need more experienced people in certain areas who are able to meet younger people also involved in those same areas and work together in a book like Proverbs community, always applying the knowledge gained to their work in the world.
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