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Welcome to Livin’ Light’s Bible-In-A-Year challenge of discovering God’s love for us and His purpose for our lives. Here is the format for this great adventure: The daily reading assignment is posted at 5 a.m. After each day’s reading, Leigh An Coplin, the blog host, shares observations and poses questions about difficult passages to Rob Fields, who studied Christian Education at Asbury Seminary and currently teaches Biology in the Orlando area. To start from the beginning, click on 365 Bible Readings and scroll down to Day 1. The reading schedule is taken from The One Year Chronological Bible NLT. 

Today’s Reading
Proverbs 22:17-24:22
(~950 BC) Click here for a timeline of the entire Bible.

Questions & Observations

Q. (23:1): Can you explain these verses?

A. I am not entirely clear, but the deception mentioned probably has something to do with being influenced by this ruler who is offering you food.  My notes indicate that this could mean that the ruler is trying to impress and influence you into going along with potentially dangerous decisions or schemes of this ruler.  The knife to the throat would be a way of saying, “limit your intake.”

Q. (23:13-14): We talked about punishment and spanking a few readings back.  This looks like the Bible supports spanking.

A. Oh I think that’s quite clear.  Not disciplining children via some form of physical punishment is a modern concept.  I leave it up to you to decide if such decisions are wise, but the Bible is clear on its’ recommendation of spanking.

O. (23:15-16): It’s nice to hear our good choices bring joy to God!  Now I am starting to feel that child-parent feeling toward God.  Being on both sides of parenting — being the child and the parent — I feel how God would just smile real big like I do when my kids’ delight me.  And, on the flip side, I remember living in fear of my parents.  I did not want to ever disappoint them, or to get spanked!

Q. (23:22): I find this verse odd, but I’m sure it can happen?

A. Remember that widows often were forced to live with their sons to survive.  It would be easy — but not socially acceptable in that era — to deny her a place to live and cast her out; but to do so would clearly be to despise her.

O. (23:26): I never thought of God asking for your heart.  But, the concept is real and the feeling is awesome.

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Tomorrow’s reading: Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) 1-8