Luke, it’s wonderful to have you posting on here. I enjoyed this one so much. I’m sorry to hear that you are in a caffeine-sustained blur of endless work at the tender age of 17. I’d say that is a hereditary malady (and also has to do with Genesis 3:17 as well). As you know, becoming a monk (that’s what I understood from the idea of dropping all your school and reading the Bible 24/7 until your heart’s back in the right place) or a missionary is not likely to cure it. Even if all your frantic work is for a “kingdom cause,” it is still wrong. However, I’m hardly one to address this subject with any kind of moral authority. I’ll pray that you’re able to cut back on school soon and sleep. And please do post again soon. 🙂

Katie, thanks for the stories! They were great and well told.

Nessa drew a beautiful color picture this evening of the “whole world.” It featured a queen standing beneath a sunny blue sky and looking up at a giant apple tree with an owl on the top and a rabbit and worm beneath it. Around the outside edge, she wrote a very sweet note to Elizabeth (that she dictated to me and then copied onto her picture). Nessa took me by surprise yesterday when we were listening to “Peter and the Wolf” on a CD in the car. When the music for the father came up, Nessa said, “That music is for the boring old father. He never says anything interesting.” I could hardly believe my ears and asked her where that idea came from. She clearly thought it was hysterical but couldn’t say where she’d gotten it. 🙂

I want to brainstorm for a list of ways to read Proverbs redemptive historically:

  • We are children in God’s kingly household which is typified by the princely household of the Davidic line. As such, when we read Proverbs, we sit under the tutulage of God the Father who holds up our older sibling, Christ, as the perfect example of godly wisdom.
  • Christ’s teaching style (along with that of his brother James and the rabbinical style in general) closely imitates that of the Solomonic royal sage–speaking with earthy imgary, parables, proverbs, riddles and sharp counter-questions.
  • Just as Christ lived a perfectly righteous life and gives that divine righteousness to us as a free gift, so also Christ conducted a perfectly wise life and gives us God’s wisdom as a free gift that we might act wisely and that He might pour out His blessings upon us.
  • Wisdom, in its highest human expression, involves governance and kingly rule. We see this in the cases of Joseph and Daniel as well as Solomon. In all three of these examples, their wisdom also blesses the forgein nations. God set mankind up as subkings, representing Him as vassal-lords over the earth. Our pursuit of wisdom is closely connected to our calling as kings over creation and to the gracious spreading froth of the gosple into all nations.

Well, there is a lot more to brainstorm on that topic, but I should go to bed.

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