Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Christ in the Proverbs: Proverbs 18:13

Proverbs 18:13
If one gives an answer before he hears,
it is his folly and shame.

Impatience is the mark of a fool. As Bruce Waltke points out, the implied speaker the fool interrupts is the wise man, "since the sage considers it folly and shame to listen attentively to the self-opinionated fool."

Just as good reading takes time, so good learning takes time. The word "before" is temporal. Do we take time each day to sit at the feet of Jesus to learn from the One preeminently wise?

When I read this proverb, it is hard for me not to think about those hearers of the gospel whose hearts are likened to a hardened path. Their foolish hearts prevent them from learning, because they cannot set aside their own foolish desires long enough to listen and learn. G. K. Chesterton spoke of Christianity as not "tried and found wanting," but "not tried and not wanted."

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