Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 20 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 31
Food for Thought: Prov. 31:10-31
God’s Word is beautiful, complex, deep, and educational (Yes! In every discipline!), and its literary value is immeasurable. Many of the dynamics of the Bible go unnoticed unless someone with knowledge of the Hebrew language points out its multiple layers of genius of the Old Testament and understanding of the Greek used in the New Testament to explain the richness of the words selected.
Such is the case of Proverbs 31:10-31. Apart from the its invaluable offering of inspiration especially to wives, it is interesting because it is written as an alphabetic acrostic in Hebrew, as is Psalm 119. God didn’t have to use that particular devise, just like He didn’t have to create the wide variety of colors in nature, but He did. He enjoys literature as much or more as anyone, and presents His Word in a way that would be appealing to the reader on so many levels, and by doing so reveals that He is the author. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (II Tim. 3:16).”
The Bible also contains, among the obvious, amazing poetry, humor, irony, epics, short stories, proverbs, songs, history, and prophecy (some of which is hidden for a certain time until the Lord chooses to reveal it). Even each Hebrew letter has great significance and application, like a diamond with many facets and a rose with many petals, each one revealing more and more, and teaching deeper and deeper concepts.
The more we look into the writings of our Lord, the more we discover His greatness and unlimited, creative abilities and wisdom. That is why we could read the Word every day and never come to the point of discovering it all. The deeper we dig, the more marvels He reveals about Himself. That Bible in your hands is a prized treasure, and one to be held in the greatest esteem in your heart, especially for its amazing capabilities to dramatically change a person’s life, all the while doing so with great literary genius.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):