The 'BARKING OWL' always has something to say, and like the feathered version, can be either WISE...............or ANNOYING!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Project: Commenting January 3rd on Proverbs 3:1-4

January 3;   Proverbs 3:1-4

Christians looking for a simple way to review the Bible regularly have long been convenienced by the fact that the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters.  Each chapter includes multiple bite-sized verses (uhm, proverbs) and can be read through simply in one sitting, one appropriately numbered chapter per day through a month.  My simple mind balks at the idea of trying this pattern in any month with less than 31 days  (It just does, all right?), but there are 7 months every year that are suitable for the effort.

My idea here is to share about 1/7 of the verses of each day's chapter on my blog throughout this year, every time a 31 day month pops up, along with a few comments from The Barking Owl.  So in January, we will get through the first few verses of every chapter and then in March, the next group, so that by the time December comes around we can finally get to the last set of verses in each chapter and complete the book's reading.  If you  are smarter than I am, you will read the whole chapter related to each day, every 31 day month, and then you will have read the whole book 7 times this year!  By then you are guaranteed to be wiser than Solomon AND The Barking Owl together!

Proverbs 3

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, 
   but keep my commands in your heart, 
2 for they will prolong your life many years 
   and bring you peace and prosperity.
 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
   bind them around your neck,
   write them on the tablet of your heart. 

This admonition from Solomon to his son echos what our heavenly Father would want us to hear.  As my own Dad used to yell when Walter Chronchite started talking over our raucous noise at home: "LISTEN!"  But here Solomon starts to connect promises with his counsel.  Spock used to say "Live long and prosper" right?  But it seems he only suggested logic as the key.  And Solomon throws a life of peace in to sweeten the deal even more!

Then old Sol ups the ante by telling his sons to incorporate love and faithfulness in with the wisdom!  And I do mean incorporate.  These two ingredients should apparently be as intimate as our breathing and blood flow!

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