Gangs were not developed first in New York or Los Angeles. I still remember the sermon given by my former associate pastor Steve LoVellette in the late eighties or early nineties. Steve showed us in Proverbs that gangs roaming the streets, involved in criminal behaviors were a reality 3000 years ago. They are described in Proverbs1:10-19 with explicit warnings that joining one of these gangs is not the route to success and happiness, but in fact, suicidal. Verse 18, …these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives English Standard Version
In sharp contrast, Proverbs tells us to pursue wisdom, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7) and the best source for most is parents. Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. (Proverbs 1:8)
I’m not assuming that most of my readers are about to join a gang, but I know that at whatever level, we choose our influences.
Read Proverbs from the Bible and gain the wisdom that leads to life.
Have you ever read the book that has had and continues to have the most influence in the history of humanity? Whatever your assumptions about the Bible, whether you consider it God’s Word as I do, or consider it just another collection of literature, you cannot deny that it has been a book of huge impact on the world.Let’s discover together why this is so.
Here’s the challenge:
Join me in reading one chapter each day from the Old Testament.Since I am in year two with the reading guide I’m using, we’ll start with the Proverbs on Saturday, March 14 and read one chapter a day.
You won’t be going at it alone. In 2008, I preached the historical books of the Old Testament at Faith Church. I was blessed to have several hundred in our church family read along with me in preparation for Sunday sermons.
Now we’re plowing through the second half of the Old Testament, primarily the books of poetry and prophecy. Although my Sunday morning preaching this year comes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, I hope to post a comment or two each week related to these Old Testament readings.
So dust off your Bible or if you don’t have one, buy one, and join me in Old Testament Discovery.
A note on the reading guide:
Since 1999, I have used this Bible reading guide developed about 175 years ago by Robert Murray M’Cheyne. D.A. Carson, introduced me to this great resource and has contributed to the delight of daily Bible reading with his two volumes of For the Love of God, A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word.