Monday: A Toast to “Death”
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Read Proverbs 31:6-7. How are we to understand these texts? A quick reading of these verses gives the impression that Lemuel’s mother allows the consumption of wine or any other alcohol for the person who is about to die (Prov. 31:6) or for the person who suffers from depression (Prov. 31:7). This reading, however, would … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A “Toast to Life?”
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In many cultures, drinking alcohol is associated with life. People raise a glass and wish one another a long life, though the irony is that each glass works toward destroying life. Nicely designed bottles, poetic and funny drinking songs, clever commercials, and even some scientific findings all comfort drinkers in their idea that alcohol is good … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Lesson From Nature
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Bald Eagle in Flight

All through the Bible, imagery from nature has been used to teach spiritual truths. Here, too, using nature, the proverb teaches us lessons about humility. Read Proverbs 30:18-19. What is it saying here, too, about the limits of human understanding? Agur sees mystery in even many of the common things. It is a very fascinating … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Actions of the Arrogant
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Just as humility is positive and brings blessings, a lack of humility is dangerous and brings curses. After having encouraged the virtue of humility by showing its rewards and fruit, Proverbs 30 gives a stern warning about the dangers that come from pride. Cursing your parents (Prov. 30:11 & Prov. 30:17). Agur begins with this category, for … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Humility of the Wise (Mar 21, ’15)
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Neither Too Much nor Too Little
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Prov. 30:7–9 contains the only prayer in the book of Proverbs. It is not by chance that this request immediately follows the affirmation of God as the great Creator (Prov. 30:4) and the promise of His faithfulness (Prov. 30:5). Read Proverbs 30:7–9. Why would someone ask these things? Before we ask God for anything, it … [Click to read more …]