I attended the First Baptist Church this last week. The message the pastor shared was from the book of Proverbs. This is the Old Testament of our scriptures. This is the Hebrew Bible – which is regularly used in the Baptist Church. The passage taught this week was “32 “My children, listen to me. Blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Listen to my teaching and be wise. Don’t turn away from it. 34 Blessed is the one who listens to me. He watches every day at my doors.
He waits beside my doorway. 35 Those who find me find life. They receive favor from the Lord. ” (Proverbs 8:32-35). The Old Testament was incorporated into the service by the Pastor in way of introduction. The pastor will stand before the congregation and ask them to turn to a certain passage. The passage he directed us all to this week was Proverbs 8:32-35. The passage is talking about finding wisdom – wisdom in the Lord. The Pastor taught on how that
passage is just as true to the listener today as it was in times past. When we find that wisdom – we listen to that wisdom – and we remain obedient to that wisdom – then we receive favor from the Lord. This applied thousands of years ago when the Hebrew King David wrote the Proverbs – and it applies today. The writings of the Hebrew Bible are as applicable today as they were thousands of years ago. The God of our Bible – Old and New Testaments – is the same today and yesterday.
Applying the lessons from His scripture is the right thing to do -as much today as yesterday. Verse 33 in the reading directs the reader to not turn away from wisdom. That applies to everyone’s life. Makes no difference if one is a believer in the writings of the Hebrew Bible or not. Hanging on to wisdom is a smart thing to do. Bibliography Proverbs. (2009). Bible Gateway. New International Readers Version. Retrieved 20 March, 2009, from, http://www. biblegateway. com/passage/? book_id=24&chapter=8&version=76