Today’s readings.. (Numbers 4), (Proverbs 1), (Luke 15)

Solomon’s proverbs begin with a very telling chapter on the need “to know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in …”

[v.2,3] It is a most appropriate message for all those who are in awe of God, “let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance” [v.5] writes Solomon.

Verse 7 states a vital principle, “ the fear (awe) of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” How vital to be in awe of the mightiness of the Creator of all that exists and aware of his all-seeing presence.

Solomon asks two “How long?” questions! First he says, “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?” [v.22] How are we to understand ‘simple?’ It has the sense of failing to understand the meaning of life. Solomon later makes the point, “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” [22 v.3]

Solomon’s second question is, “How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?” The knowledge he is talking about is “the knowledge of God”. The first 5 verses of chapter 2 describes the difficulty of acquiring “the knowledge of God” – most challenging verses we need to read and meditate on!

The way Solomon describes the state of mind of scoffers precisely fits the attitudes of many today. “I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, … you have ignored all my counsel …” [v.24,25] So “How long” will God allow this to continue? It reminds us of the words of Jesus, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you?” [Matt 17 v.17]

God causes Solomon to write, “because you have ignored all my counsel {today we can say, ignored the Bible} “I also will laugh at your calamity … when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come … then they will call upon me, but I will not answer” [v.25-28]

Finally, the last verse tells us, “but whosoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” Let us listen, let us read and pay close attention ‘hiding’ God’s word in our hearts – Psalm 119 v.10-16..

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

* Click verse text to see cross references.
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