Study 6 of 13 on Proverbs
“Bryan Duncan sings “Joy is a Singable Thing.” How does that really work? Most times piety…especially in Christian History is depicted like Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic. In fact…it wasn’t till recently that we see pictures of Jesus smiling. Think about it…most pictures of Jesus is the suffering Jesus on the Cross…and that suffering is often reflected in the face of His followers. But for children…to approach the Messiah…he had to be a fun, joyful, person…don’t you think?…The ways of humans often restrict joy because of some bygone tradition…but the leading of truth past our contorted human history….leads us right back to the origin of the gospel…where truth met restrictive tradition and set us all free. Until you go back to the source, it isn’t the gospel…it is the way that seems right to man…and we all know where that leads.” –Falvo Fowler
Scriptural Basis: Proverbs 14; 15; Isa. 5:20; Dan. 7:25; Matt. 20:26–28; Mark 12:30, 31. Key Text: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12, NKJV).
1. Proverbs 14 talks a lot about fools. What characteristics of a fool does it describe? 2. What do we learn also from Proverbs 14 about the wise? 3. According to Proverbs 15, how would you define “joy”? 4. What is the place of ambition in human success? 5. Why is it important to understand the reality of human free will and free choice, even if God is ultimately in control? 6. What are some practical things someone could do that could help open his or her heart to God’s love?