Wisdom Calls

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Proverbs 8-11 In chapter 8 and the first part of 9, Wisdom continues to call us to follow her teachings so that we may avoid folly and experience blessings. In the last part of 9, folly is also personified as a woman who calls in the same way, but who calls to the wrong kind of life which ends in death. Both call, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here” (9:4,16). Still today, God calls us to …

My Son, Be Attentive

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Proverbs 4-7 Solomon wants to be sure that we take his message seriously. Again and again he calls his pupil to be attentive. He is concerned about the reception of his message because he is convinced that it will make a real difference in the life of the reader. And it will! The major theme of this section is that we are to avoid adultery because of its tragic consequences. In vivid language we are warned about sexual …

My Son, Listen

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Proverbs 1-3 Proverbs are short sayings meant to tell the reader how to live. They show that the commands of God are proven to be valuable in practical experience. Like the Pentateuch and the Psalms, the book is divided into five parts. Solomon begins by calling attention to the fact that if we are to be truly wise, we must begin at the right point, which is a deep respect for God. He calls upon his pupil whom …

Praise the Lord

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 144-150 Verses in Psalm 144 are similar to those in several other psalms, especially Psalm 18. Common themes run through the Psalter as well as through the whole Bible. Psalm 145 is the last of the psalms attributed to David and the last of the acrostic psalms. I have often read this psalm to the mothers of newborn infants, for birth is surely a “wondrous work” and parents are called to pass the faith on to the …

The I–Thou Relationship

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 138-143 David had a very personal relationship with God. In Psalm 138 this is especially noticeable with the constant use of I, me, my and even more thou, thee, thy. This is biblical religion. It is also expressed in Psalm 139 where the psalmist is conscious that he lives his life in the presence of God. In Romans 3:10-18, Paul draws most of his witness to the depravity of man from Psalm 140. In Psalm 141 David …

In Victory and Defeat

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 132-137 Psalm 132 describes the devotion of David to God and of God to David. We are to serve God whatever the cost, but what He does for us is far greater than what we do for Him. Psalm 133 exemplifies the biblical practice of comparing in the most vivid terms spiritual realities with the physical, and here this literary form describes how refreshing it is to live together in harmony, which should have a very high …