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The Teaching Is Light

September 15, 2019


The Teaching Is Light

Proverbs are special sayings  with a very deeply understood truth  to them.     So, when we read the proverbs in the Bible,  we need to think about them  and understand  how they apply  to our lives.     It’s always something worth remembering  and taking to heart  because they are a good guide  to living  in fellowship  with our LORD.

Proverbs 6:20-23 says:

My son,  observe the commandment  of your father,

And do not forsake the teaching  of your mother;

Bind them continually  on your heart;

Tie them around your neck.


When you walk about,  they will guide you;

When you sleep,  they will watch over you;

And when you awake,  they will talk  to you.


For the commandment is a lamp,  and the teaching is light;

And reproofs for discipline  are the way  of life.


There’s a lot to think about  and remember in that.     The whole concern is about godly commandments  and teachings.     We can’t afford  to disregard and disobey  what is good and right  in God’s eyes.     He’s the one who is righteous and holy  in all things  —  certainly not us.     We need  to be kept safe  from the sinful hazards  in this world  that will rob us of eternal life.

So when this proverb tells us to “tie” the godly “commandment”  and “teaching” on our “heart”  and to our “neck”,  it is really emphasizing  how very important  and close  these commands need to be  to absolutely everything we do  in our daily lives.     Then,  no matter what is going on  in our lives,  these godly commandments and teachings  will “guide” us  in right thinking —  “watch” over us so we don’t do dumb things  that lead  to sin —  and give us a good “talking to”  when we are tempted  to sin.

Often times,  it is hard  to see what is the right thing  to do in life  —  especially when it seems  that everyone around us  is going the sinful way  of this world.     That’s why the Bible often talks about sin as being a darkness.     We just can’t see and figure out for sure what is the best thing  to do  in a tight situation.     So, God’s word talks about the “commandment” and “teaching”  as being a “lamp” and “light”.     Lamps help us get around  in the dark.     God’s commandments help us  to get around  in this dark world of sin and temptations.

That’s saying that God’s commandments and teachings are the most helpful and comforting things  we can have  to keep us  on the straight and narrow path  to our home  in heaven.     They are a “discipline”  for us  that is really good.     When we know we’re doing right  and are pleasing  in God’s eyes,  that “discipline”  in God’s word  assures us  of God’s loving care.

There is a special joy  in living  in God’s teachings  because they keep us in close fellowship with our Creator Redeemer.     That is when we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for faithfully guiding us through this life.     May we always stay close  to You.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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