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  • Eugene Adkins 8:16 am on 2016-06-12 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , fear God, , spiritual benefits   

    A not so between the lines wise tip from the Proverbs 

    Some advice in the book of Proverbs is rather plain and in your face with a stand-alone section of scripture, while some advice is a little more “between the lines” because the words of wisdom are sprinkled throughout the book within individual verses. But there are times in the book when the “tip” (however stand-alone it may seem) goes from being hidden between the lines to standing right out in the open because of the numerous amount of times that a particular phrase gets used.

    For example:

    • there are 31 “chapters” that make up the book of Proverbs
    • a particular attention getting word (I’m not talking conjunctions here) is used 28 times in the 31 chapters (which includes the first and the last chapter)
    • along with that particular word, another specific and vital word shares space in the same sentence 19 times
    • to me, the tip that’s being shared goes from being “between the lines” to an out in the open theme

    So what is this not so between the lines wise tip from the Proverbs? Well, the theme shares multiple admonitions either at the beginning or the end of the verse, but the main thrust is, “…The fear of the Lord….”

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)

    (As a side note, the admonition to fear God/the Lord isn’t limited in any way to Proverbs. The admonition is replete throughout the scriptures, both in the Old and the New Covenant – including the Gospels when Jesus taught a specific lesson on the topic in Matthew 10:28.)

  • TFRStaff 4:51 am on 2015-10-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Pleasing God (Steve Preston) 

    Not everyone is concerned with pleasing God, but they should be. At some point, all people will appear before God (2 Cor. 5:10). When you stand before God it would be to your advantage to have had a life that was pleasing to Him. Hebrews 10:31 tells us that “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (More …)

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