Fear of death is what drives the wickedness of the wicked, but there is no escape from it. Hope for God’s justice is what motivates the righteousness of the righteous, and it is inescapable.
If you do these things, reading either chapter-by-chapter or verse-by-verse, you will be on your way to a far more effective and enriching reading of the book of Proverbs than, I suspect, most people usually experience.
Foolish and wise people do different things for fun: the fool thinks doing mean and destructive things is a joke, while the wise person actively delights in gaining wisdom.
Paul’s augmented rebuke of Peter says: if you’re going to live by the law at all, you have to live by it in total. But to do so would be pointless, since even we Jews know that we are not justified before God by that law, but by faith, specifically the faith of Jesus. So there is no place, the implied argument goes, for tiers within Christ’s followers based on adherence to Jewish customs.
What a righteous person says is food for the souls of all those around them, while a fool cannot even feed his own soul. Taken with Proverbs 10:20, a progression appear: a wicked person’s thoughts might be worthless, but a fool is completely thoughtless.
While the Bible is perfectly accessible in translation, there are good reasons to learn the Bible’s original languages.
In Paul’s understanding of the gospel, compromise on circumcision would not simply have been about unity. Rather it would have undercut the integrity of the entire gospel and of Christ’s work on the cross.
Whether you fear God or not, your hard work is not guaranteed to provide for your needs, let alone make you wealthy. God, who honors hard work, causes it to rain on the just and the unjust alike. It is the fool who says, “God did not make me wealthy. I made myself wealthy through hard work.”
Keller’s answer to the question “What is good preaching?” is almost exclusively focused on the content of preaching rather than on its structure or rhetoric, and this, I think, is why I find this book so satisfying, stimulating, and challenging.
Part of teaching the Church to love Bible Study is teaching them how to read the Bible closely. In that spirit, this is something I wrote a few months ago for my church's blog: As I have been teaching Romans and Galatians on Sunday mornings these last several months, I have also had occasion to…