Call To Die

Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Follower of Christ, husband of Abby, member of Kosmosdale Baptist Church, and tutor/staff member at Sayers Classical Academy.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Proverbs 9:1-6, Initial Observations

[I intend to teach this passage for the prayer meeting tonight at Kosmosdale Baptist Church.]

Translation
1 Wisdom has built her house; she has carved out her seven pillars.
2 She has slaughtered her meat, she has mixed her wine, and she has set her table.
3 She has sent out her maids; she calls out from the tops of the heights of the city,
4 "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" She has said to the one who lacks willpower,
5 "Come, eat some of the food and drink some of the wine I have mixed.
6 Abandon naivete and live, and advance in the way of understanding."

Notes
1 There is some controversy among the commentators concerning the identification of the "seven pillars."
2 This verse obviously indicates preparation for fellowship with guests.
3 Wisdom is calling out through her female servants in a way that her call is inescapable throughout the city.
4 "Inexperienced:" simple, naive, 'green,' unacquainted with the ways of the world and thus easily fooled. "Lacks willpower:" literally "lacks heart;" often translated "lacks sense/understanding;" this phrase is used of one who is immature and does not know what to do with himself.
5 Parallel with verse 2: notice Wisdom's gracious demeanor toward the rather silly person and the comparison/contrast between Wisdom's invitation and the invitation of the harlot, recorded earlier.
6 "Advance:" "walk," "step," "proceed," "go straight."

Parallel: James 1:5-7. Note the generosity of wisdom and the danger of double-mindedness.

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