Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of How to Be the Wisest Man in the World
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 3:5-6

Week 20: Day 1

This week’s sermon, How to Be the Wisest Man in the World, with Robby Gallaty, focuses on 1 Kings 3:1-15. We have divided this sermon into three parts for you to watch throughout this week (Days 1, 3, and 5). Please watch the first part today.

Today’s F260 Bible reading:  Proverbs 1-2

1:1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: 2To learn wisdom and moral instruction, to discern wise counsel. 3To receive moral instruction in skillful living, with righteousness, justice, and equity. 4To impart shrewdness to the morally naive, a discerning plan to the young person. 5(Let the wise also hear and gain instruction, and let the discerning acquire guidance!) 6To discern the meaning of a proverb and a parable, the sayings of the wise and their riddles. 7Fearing the Lord is the beginning of discernment, but fools have despised wisdom and moral instruction. 8Listen, my child, to the instruction from your father, and do not forsake the teaching from your mother. 9For they will be like an elegant garland on your head, and like pendants around your neck. 10My child, if sinners try to entice you, do not consent! 11If they say, “Come with us! We will lie in wait to shed blood; we will ambush an innocent person capriciously. 12We will swallow them alive like Sheol, those full of vigor like those going down to the Pit. 13We will seize all kinds of precious wealth; we will fill our houses with plunder. 14Join with us! We will all share equally in what we steal.” 15My child, do not go down their way, withhold yourself from their path; 16for they are eager to inflict harm, and they hasten to shed blood. 17Surely it is futile to spread a net in plain sight of any bird, 18but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush their own lives! 19Such are the ways of all who gain profit unjustly; it takes away the life of those who obtain it! 20Wisdom calls out in the street, she shouts loudly in the plazas; 21at the head of the noisy streets she calls, in the entrances of the gates in the city she utters her words: 22“How long will you simpletons love naiveté? How long have mockers delighted in mockery? And how long will fools hate knowledge? 23You should respond to my rebuke. Then I would pour out my thoughts to you; I would make my words known to you. 24However, because I called but you refused to listen, because I stretched out my hand but no one was paying attention, 25and you neglected all my advice, and did not comply with my rebuke, 26so I myself will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when what you dread comes, 27when what you dread comes like a whirlwind, and disaster strikes you like a devastating storm, when distressing trouble comes on you. 28Then they will call to me, but I will not answer; they will diligently seek me, but they will not find me. 29Because they hated moral knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, 30they did not comply with my advice; they spurned all my rebuke. 31Therefore they will eat from the fruit of their way, and they will be stuffed full of their own counsel. 32For the waywardness of the simpletons will kill them, and the careless ease of fools will destroy them. 33But the one who listens to me will live in security and will be at ease from the dread of harm.” 2:1 My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands inside yourself, 2by making your ear attentive to wisdom and by turning your heart to understanding, 3indeed, if you call out for discernment— shout loudly for understanding— 4if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, 5then you will understand how to fear the Lord, and you will discover knowledge about God. 6For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. 7He stores up effective counsel for the upright and is like a shield for those who live with integrity, 8to guard the paths of the righteous and to protect the way of his pious ones. 9Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity—every good way. 10For wisdom will enter your heart, and moral knowledge will be attractive to you. 11Discretion will protect you; understanding will guard you 12to deliver you from the way of the wicked, from those speaking perversity, 13who leave the upright paths to walk on the dark ways, 14who delight in doing evil; they rejoice in perverse evil, 15whose paths are morally crooked and who are devious in their ways, 16to deliver you from the adulterous woman, from the loose woman who has flattered you with her words, 17who leaves the husband from her younger days and has ignored her marriage covenant made before God. 18For she has set her house by death and her paths by the place of the departed spirits. 19None who go in to her will return, nor will they reach the paths of life. 20So you will walk in the way of good people and will keep on the paths of the righteous. 21For the upright will reside in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it, 22but the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be torn away from it. (NET Bible)

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