Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 21

Text: Proverbs 17, 18, 19

Highlights – Various subjects are dealt with in today’s chapters including material contentment, good and bad wives, the chastening of the Lord, humility, the tongue, etc.

17:3 speaks of the Lord testing the hearts of men. To what process does he compare this?  How do you think God does this to men today?

What is worse than meeting a bear robbed of her cubs?

Comment on any others you find especially interesting.


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May 20

Today’s reading:  Proverbs 14, 15, 16

Highlights: These chapters continue with various proverbs.  Warnings include the dangers of being quick tempered, being rash with your tongue, and laziness   Admonitions include being concerned for the poor, and having a willingness to seek and heed counsel.

Proper attitudes toward material things is a frequent topic in the Proverbs. Chapter 15:16-17 says “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure with trouble. 17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred”

Proverbs 15:27 says “He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.”  How does one greedy for gain trouble their own house?


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May 19

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 11, 12, 13

Highlights: Note how each proverb here is a statement of contrast made by using the word “but”.  For example, 12:15 says “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise”. Each one is something to think about that will make our life easier.

What is stated about the way of unfaithfulness in 12:7, 12:21, 12:28, 13:6 and 13:15?


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May 18

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 8, 9, 10 .  Reminder: Our current schedule for Proverbs differs from that in the “Daily Bible”. For an explanation see here.

Highlights: Chapters 8 and 9 continue an “introduction” to the Proverbs, then in 10 we begin the classic proverbial statements which address a variety of practical topics.  In chapter 8  wisdom is personified.  “She” prepares a feast and invites the simple.  “She” was present with God at the creation of the world.  Now she wants to advise us.

Chapter 8 tells us that “wisdom” was present during the creation of the universe – there beside God as a “master craftsman”. How can this fact encourage us to trust the advice found in this in our day to day lives”?

What else in today’s reading was especially meaningful to you?


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May 17

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 5-7

Highlights: Several topics here including the foolishness of becoming a guarantor of someone’s debt, laziness (look at the ants!), and six things God hates. But the main theme is pleading with a young man to avoid sexual immorality. Each chapter vividly describes the temptations and devastating consequences of sexual sin.

Solomon’s tone about sexual sin is such a contrast to the “casual sex” and “friends with benefits” thinking that is common today. Is Solomon overstating his case? Would these principles apply to all sexual sin or just adultery and prostitution? Another question, why are these thoughts directed to a young man vs a young woman (there is no similar in depth warning directed at women)?

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Note About Reading Proverbs

Today’s reading begins 10 days in the book of Proverbs. In Proverbs we have practical wisdom for life from God who created us, loves us,  and wants us to experience lives of peace and joy.  We will be blessed if we apply it to our lives!

You may notice the reading schedule in our blog differs from the readings in the the book “The Daily Bible”.  The “Daily Bible” does something interesting in Proverbs –  the verses are arranged topically.

Because many of our readers do not use “The Daily Bible”, for the next 10 days our readings in Proverbs will be according to the normal chapter order found in the Bibles. Our questions each day will also be based on the schedule found here.

We know some will enjoy reading the Proverbs arranged topically, but we also invite you to read the chapters in order and participate in the discussion.


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May 16

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 1-4

Highlights: Today begins 10 days in Proverbs. We read recently about Solomon’s gift of wisdom and how he wrote 3000 Proverbs and 1005 songs. Some of that is preserved for us in Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.

Today’s reading an introduction to the book which urges us to listen. Repeatedly he tells us we will be blessed if we receive wisdom and we will suffer if we refuse to listen. Some of this sounds like the advice of a wise father to his young son.  The phrase “my son…” occurs 23 times in the book.

The book boasts concerning its wisdom, “her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her” (3:14-15).   The next 10 days we will learn things that can improve our lives immensely.

Two questions: Do we really believe that the Proverbs are that valuable?  If so, what should we do with information such as this?


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May 15

Today’s Reading: I Kings 7:1-12, 2 Chron 7:11-22, 1 Kings 9:10-28, 2 Chron 8:1-11, 1 Kings 4, 1 Kings 10,  Psalm 72

Highlights: When Jesus used the phrase “Solomon in all his glory” (Matthew 6) he could have been referring to this description of Solomon’s reign.  Today we read about his buildings, magnificent throne, his cities, and the peace and prosperity the nation enjoyed during his reign.  We also read about his knowledge and wisdom. The queen of Sheba visits to see for herself and her conclusion is “the half has not been told”.  Amidst all the material glory is a warning from God that if they forsake God great calamity including destruction of the temple will come from the Lord. Psalm 72 is written by Solomon and it describes the nation being ruled righteous king.

The amount of gold and silver and the expensive materials in this reading is staggering!    Why would God bless Solomon with such material abundance when this will in fact be a part of his downfall?

Tomorrow we begin reading the proverbs of Solomon!


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May 14

Text: 2 Chron 5:2-14, 2 Chron 6, 1 Kings 8:54-61, 2 Chron 7:1-10

Today’s reading is about the dedication of the temple. Solomon moves the ark of the covenant into the temple and the temple is filled with the glory of God, similar to when Moses set up the tabernacle for the first time.  The dedication seems to coincide with the feast of tabernacles.  Prayers of dedication are offered to God. The prayers consist of praising God for keeping His promises to Israel and David, and petitions to God to be compassionate towards the nation in the future.  The reading concludes by saying Solomon sent the people away to their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the good that the LORD had done for David, for Solomon, and for His people Israel (2 Chron.7:10). Certainly a high point in the nations history and the reign of Solomon.

2 Chronicles 7:4,5 says 142,000 sacrifices of bulls and sheep were offered on this occasion.   Why so much sacrifice at a joyful time such as this?


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May 13

Texts: 1 Kings 5:1-18, 2 Chron 2:1-18; 1 Kings 6, 1 Kings 7:13-51, 2 Chron 3:1-14, 2 Chron 4:1-22, 1 Chron 8:12-16

Highlights – In today’s reading Solomon begins building the temple. He contracts with Hiram King of Tyre to provide lumber from Lebanon. A man named Huram, also of Tyre, is the “master craftsman” for much of the construction.  A labor force of 53,000, comprised mainly of “aliens”  is organized and it will take 7 years to build the temple.  The temple is modeled after the pattern of the Tabernacle but everything is on a grander scale and much more expensive. The Holy and Most Holy places are twice as big.  Instead of being a tent, this was built of wood and overlaid with gold and silver.

What does 2 Chronicles 2:5 say about why the temple had to be great?  What is God’s temple today and how can we make it beautiful?


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