Only fools despise wisdom and discipline
Proverbs 1-3/Romans 10-12

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1:2-6 The purpose of these proverbs is to teach people wisdom and discipline, and to help them understand wise sayings. Through these proverbs, people will receive instruction in discipline, good conduct, and doing what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will make the simple-minded clever. They will give knowledge and purpose to young people. Let those who are wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. And let those who understand receive guidance by exploring the depth of meaning in these proverbs, parables, wise sayings, and riddles. THE PREMIER, ALL INCLUSIVE PROVERB

:7 Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline.

3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality.


10:4 For Christ has accomplished the whole purpose of the law. All who believe in him are made right with God.

11:11 Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! His purpose was to make his salvation available to the Gentiles, and then the Jews would be jealous and want it for themselves.

:25 I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud and start bragging. Some of the Jews have hard hearts, but this will last only until the complete number of Gentiles comes to Christ.

12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of the world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.

OT Flash Points

Wisdom and understanding
Planning and insight
Hang on to them
Don’t copy or envy violent people
What are we thinking when we watch a blood and guts movie or play a violent video game?
Does that count?

NT Flash Points

O what a wonderful God we have!
For everything comes from Him
Everything is intended for His glory
To Him be glory forevermore


Identification with the death of Jesus
Give your bodies as a living host for His glory
Overcome evil by doing good

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