Topic: Reduce To Writing [Friday April 21, 2017]
Text: Proverbs 25:1-15
Key Verse: “These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out”(Proverb 25:1).
Can you imagine a world without history, without writing and without documentation? Most important events and persons would have been lost forever! Today’s text starts with the introduction of how the entire chapter 25 of Proverbs came to be. It was copied out by the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah. The basic difference between divinely inspired truth and mere history is that all divine truths started out with the glory of God in mind and God was involved in moving men to write.
Though most historical writings are at best to preserve knowledge, divinely inspired truths are well beyond history. The entire verses of this chapter are laden with eternal truths that are still relevant to us. Verses 2 to 7 speak about relationships with God and leadership. We are taught both spiritual truths and intellectual insights as to how to act before dignitaries. Verse 8 through to 12 focuses on best practices in interpersonal relationships and mediations. Verse 13 through to 15 speak about personal communication skills to acquire, to make one succeed in both godly and interpersonal relationships.
All these rich insights and honey-like revelations would have been lost if the men of Hezekiah were too busy or too lazy to copy them out? Most Christians today, are either too busy or too lazy to take notes during a Bible Study or a Church Service. While some think it not necessary, others think, who will ever read it? It is good to take down notes for emphasis, reference and remembrance. It is also very important to preserve scriptural knowledge and beliefs for the next generation.
In this age of information overload, most of the real tenets of our faith might be overshadowed by a host of other junks from the Internet if we don’t make efforts to preserve the truth by taking copious notes and right living. One way to preserve our common salvation and the faith that was once delivered to the saints is to reduce it to writing. A Christian who dies without declaring to his progeny his/her beliefs and a rich man who dies without a valid will, are both alike: men without far-sighted purpose and focus in life.
Thought for the day: He who preserves eternal truths, expands the frontiers of the gospel.
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