31天之尋找智慧 (31 Days of Wisdom): Day 1

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Following the suggestion of a pastor that his church take the next 31 days and focus on seeking God’s wisdom, I, along with other department leaders here at the Aroma are reading a chapter of Proverbs each day and sharing with each other what sticks out to us. I decided to share my gleanings here.

由於某個牧師呼籲他的教會藉由聖經的箴言特地尋找神的智慧,因此在我教會的部門領導將趁31天一天讀一章的箴言書地尋找神的智慧,而要彼此分享。我會利用我的部落格來分享我從箴言學到什麼。

Proverbs 箴言 1:20-21

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
    she raises her voice in the public square;
on top of the wall[d] she cries out,
    at the city gate she makes her speech:

20 智 慧 在 街 市 上 呼 喊 , 在 寬 闊 處 發 聲 ,

21 在 熱 鬧 街 頭 喊 叫 , 在 城 門 口 , 在 城 中 發 出 言 語 。。。

在我教會這兩個禮拜講道者強調的主題是 讀聖經,怎麼讀聖經呢?他教大家如何用 歸納法 來讀聖經。歸納法有三個腳步:觀察(看看看!),釋義(為什麼為什麼為什麼?),應用(做做做)

畢竟誰都可以自己讀聖經:先不要想太多,就要看,觀察地方,名字,語氣,發生什麼事,然後要提問為什麼某事發生在那裡,為什麼這位說這句話,之類的問題,最後要思考怎麼把讀到的東西在你的生活做出來。應用就是讀聖經的目的。

我讀箴言第一章第20至21節的時候,我先觀察到智慧像一個人在外面叫大家向他注意,然後我來提問為什麼智慧需要這樣做,在寬闊處發出言語?最後,決定如果智慧正在這樣做,在外面發言語給大家聽的話,我必聽。

我讀到的看起來這麼簡單,不過,對我來說,這就是踏出我尋找神的智慧的第一步:

The speaker at church these last two weeks has been teaching on how to study the Bible. How do you study the Bible? He taught on the deductive method of Bible study. The deductive method has three basic steps: observation (look, look, look!), interpretation (why, why, why?), and application (do, do, do!).

Basically anyone can study the Bible. First, just read it, and observe things like places, names, mood, events. Then ask the question “Why?”; why did such and such happen in such and such place, why did so and so say such and such words – these types of questions. Finally, consider how you can live out what you studied in your own life. Application is the goal of all Bible study.

So when I read verses 20-21 of Proverbs chapter 1, I observed that wisdom is like a person, standing outside, trying to get people’s attention. I asked why would wisdom need to do this, stand outside in the public square to make a speech? And then I decided that if this is what wisdom is doing, I need to listen.

This sounds so simple; but for me, this is my first step in seeking God’s wisdom. Listen.

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