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Proverbial Sobriety (8 of 11)
INTRODUCTION: Your bible is 66 individual documents compiled into 1 book. Among those 66 documents there are several different GENRES of literature. Each Genres has it's own rules for interpretation, comprehension and application. Not understanding that can cause you a lot of trouble.
This is why when people set out to read through the bible they start in Genesis which is a historic narrative, it's a story, it's easy to read. But when you come to leviticus you find it very difficult. That's because the genre has shifted into legal discourse, but your mind is still in historic narrative mode. When you understand the genre of legal discourse and you apply the proper interpretive tools - the book of leviticus comes alive.
The same is true of the book of Revelation it is in the genre of Apocalyptic literature. You don't read it like you read the gospel of Mark for example. It has it's own rules. But when you understand the rules, the books message is clearly understood.
NOW - Proverbs is a unique genre. It's called WISDOM literature. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and a few other sections of other books are considered Wisdom Literature. There are several unique aspects to wisdom literature, but one of the main aspects is that it tends to tackle the most difficult questions in life.
Wisdom literature deals with the paradox's of life. It deals with those questions that can't be answered with a "yes" or a "no". It seeks to evaluate and weigh the rest of the scriptures.
And you really need to learn how to do this. Because you will find as you learn the bible, you will be placed in situations where one verse tells you one thing, and another verse tells you something else and you will need to be able to discern which command is the weightiest.
• EXAMPLE: Satan comes to Jesus and says, "if you are the Son of God turn this stone into bread". Jesus says, "It is written, man sha ...
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