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Proverbs - On the Spiritual Life, Prov 2:1-22, 30:1-9
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:05


1. What makes Proverbs unique and different from other wisdom traditions?

We are all familiar with wisdom from other traditions. Almost every culture that I am aware of has some sort of collection of proverbial sayings:

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”

So what makes Proverbs in the Bible different and unique?

For the Lord grants wisdom!

From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Prov 2:6)

For wisdom will enter your heart,

And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. (Prov 2:10)


Proverbs is unique in that it is wisdom that comes through a relationship with a kind, loving, and wise God who revealed himself to us as Father. As well, not only is Proverbs good for insight, relationships, and a good life; it is pleasant to our souls. It nourishes our spiritual life and it satisfies the longings of our hearts. This is what makes Proverbs surpass other wisdom traditions (I Kings 4:30).


Last Updated on Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:44
Proverbs - On Food, Drink, and Eating Prov 9:1-6, 13-18; 23:19-21, 29-35
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 22 January 2018 15:44


From Genesis to Revelation, we see that the theme of food, drink, and eating runs through all of Scripture. From the very act that brought sin into humanity, to the rich meaning of the Passover meal, to the criticism of Jesus by the Pharisees, to the institution of the Lord’s Supper, and to the controversies in the early church, food, drink, and eating has deep spiritual significance.


Proverbs offer us some wisdom in this very practical area of our lives:


1. The company with whom you eat with.

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet

Than a house full of feasting, with strife (Prov 17:1)

This Proverb is found in a collection that speaks to the family; the word ‘house’ also implies the family unit. Today, there are many things that compete with a family in the simple ritual of eating together. Individualism has found its way to the dinner table. Wisdom tells us that it is important to guard one’s family meal times. Secondly, we can extend this kind of table friendship to others in the spirit of hospitality. The Latin word companion is made of com (with) + panis (bread). A companion is someone with whom you share bread with.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:59
Proverbs - On Wealth and Money, Prov 11:23-28
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:19


One of the major themes in the book of Proverbs is wisdom on handling our wealth and money. Steve began with the basic premise and starting point that Our Wealth is a Gift from God.


Three binaries that explain Proverbs’ teaching on wealth:

1. Righteousness vs. Wickedness (Prov 11:23)

Righteousness (tzedakah) means doing for another's advantage what is also for my own disadvantage. It is captured in the story of Joseph (Matt 1:18-19) when he wanted to protect Mary even at his own personal disadvantage. Conversely, wickedness would be someone who would do something for personal advantage at the disadvantage of others. This aspect of righteousness has a certain leaning towards the poor, disadvantage, and the vulnerable of our society. The early church would use the bulk of the tithe to help those in need. We also need to be careful that we don’t use our wealth to give favours to those who will pay us back; this is not righteousness in the Biblical sense but rather, a form of securing self-advantage. So Steve encouraged us to apply this wisdom in our situation and figure out how we might practice righteousness with our wealth.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:00
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