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Reading: Proverbs chapter 3 verses 1-6.

• A primary rule in Bible study is to always determine the context:

• So scan with me quickly over the surrounding chapters:

• Chapter 1 verse 8 “Listen, my son, your father's instruction...”

• Chapter 1 verse 10: “My son”.

• Chapter 1 verse 15: “My son”.

• Chapter 2 verse 1: “My son”.

• Chapter 3 verse 1: “My son”.

• Chapter 3 verse 11: “My son”.

• Chapter 3 verse 21: “My son”.

• The context is Solomon (the wisest man whoever lived):

• Is giving some wise 'fatherly advice' to his son in this section of his book.

Ill:

• A Father and his small son were out walking one day;

• When the lad asked him a question.

• “Dad, how does electricity could go through the wires stretched between the telephone poles.

• “I don’t know,” said his father. “I never knew much about electricity.”

• A few roads farther on, the boy asked what caused lightning and thunder.

• “That too has puzzled me,” came the reply.

• The youngster continued to inquire about many things,

• None of which the father could explain.

• Finally, as they were nearing home, the boy said,

• “Dad, I hope you didn’t mind all those questions.”

• “Not at all,” replied his father.

• “If you don’t ask, how else are you going to learn!”

The context is Solomon (a father with something to say):

• Giving some wise 'fatherly advice' to his son.

• These first seven chapters of he book of Proverbs.

• Are intensely potent and practical.

• They contain vital information on how to live a stable, wise, well-balanced life.

Observation

• Before we break down these verses into smaller parts;

• There are three initial observations to note:

(1). There are four verbs in these two verses.

• Verbs are action words;

• And therefore of special interest to all who want to live an active spiritual life.

• “Trust” (verse 5).

• “Lean” (verse 5).

• “Acknowledge” (verse 6).

• “Make straight” (verse 6).

Notice:

• That three of these terms are imperatives;

• In other words, they are commands, not just suggestions.

• They are directed to the child of God (therefore to us as Christians).

• They are our responsibility: “Trust . . . do not lean ... acknowledge ...”

The last term is a simple declaration of a promise.

• It declares God's part in the verse.

• It states His responsibility: “He will make your paths straight”.

Notice: How they fit together:

MY PART

• “Trust in the Lord” (verse 5).

• “Don’t lean on your on your own understanding” (verse 5).

• “Acknowledge him in all your ways” (verse 6).

GOD'S PART


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