Genesis 8:1-10:32, Matthew 4:12-25, Psalm 4:1-8, Proverbs 1:20-23
Today, is the fourth day of January, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful to gather around the Global Campfire together, today. There’s room for everybody. Let’s just kind of cozy up, settle-in and take the next step forward. Our fourth step together, which will allow us to talk about the book of Proverbs, when we get there today. And then we’ll kind of be moved into what we are reading right now. So, let's…let’s dive into the book of Genesis. We’re reading from the New Living Translation this week, and today, Genesis chapters 8, 9 and 10.
Introduction to the Book of Proverbs:
Okay, this brings us to the book of Proverbs. And this will be the last time until we reach another book that we’ll kind of dive in and talk. We normally just kind of take the next step forward and reflect back at the end. But we began four books on the same day, January 1st, just a few days ago. And so, we’re just moving in and so we’ve come to Proverbs. And we’ve spent some time in Proverbs over the last couple of days and we’re probably familiar with Proverbs as a book, and Proverbs as pieces of wisdom, which is largely what Proverbs contains, practical wisdom that has stood the test of time and lasted for thousands of years. The book of Proverbs, contained in the Old Testament of the Bible, is a part of a grouping of books in the Old Testament known as wisdom literature. So, like other books in the wisdom literature genre would be like Ecclesiastes, the book of Job, part of the book of Psalms. They’re called wisdom literature because they’re intended to speak a direct lesson, rather than a like a narrative story or allegory. So, like if we’re reading narrative, we’re listening to the story and gleaning meaning from what happens in the story. If we’re reading allegory than we’re looking for the symbolism that’s going on and how things are connected and sort of what's…what’s underneath the surface. Proverbs is speaking directly what has proven to be true, what wisdom has stood the test of time. And so, it speaks directly what it’s trying to teach, for the most part. As far as who wrote these Proverbs, most are attributed to the wise man known as Solomon, who soon enough, we will learn is the son of King David, who…who ascended to the throne after his father. He was the king of Israel. Although, there are other voices in the book of Proverbs. It seems like something like Proverbs, things that would’ve been passed around like through oral tradition, like we do today. Like, if we have a saying that brings wisdom and it’s like a proverb then we say it. I mean, we probably can remember Proverbs being recited to us all the way from children. Like, I don’t know, haste makes waste. It’s a proverb, that’s not in the Bible, but it’s a piece of wisdom that gets handed down through time and so, it’s likely that these Proverbs came over time. Many scholars believe that they may not have been put all into a collection until around the time of King Hezekiah, who we will meet later in the year. Most scholars think that some of these Proverbs certainly didn’t originate with Solomon, they predated Solomon, were passed down and collected by Solomon. But Proverbs is a book contained within the book of the Bible. And so, it’s wisdom as it relates to God, is obviously primary and center. And I’m just telling you now, there are…there are times where there’s one sentence that we read in the book of Proverbs, and it is saying pages of things into our lives. Proverbs, the Proverbs are not to be ignored. They are us. They are a rescue and immersing ourselves in the wisdom of the ages. Like, how much harm are we talking about? How much harm can we do by pouring unfiltered wisdom into our hearts every day. We’re only gonna do ourselves good by getting that inside of us, so that when we face situations, we can recall that the voice of wisdom is available and speaks to this. In fact, the book of Proverbs itself tells us whatever you do, get wisdom, because wisdom is more valuable than anything else. And so, I’ll just mention right here, there is a sister program to the Daily Audio Bible that you’re listening to right now, called the Daily Audio Proverb. There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs and Daily Audio Bible, Proverbs, the Daily Audio Proverb, goes through the book of Proverbs in its entirety, each month. So, that’s like less than five minutes a day. It’s like a vitamin before bed or something, we’re moving through the entire Bible here together as a community, but having that little vitamin, having that little five minutes to pour wisdom into our lives, is a valuable resource to have, and so, be aware of that. But we will be going through the entire book of Proverbs through the Daily Audio Bible this year. So, will be plenty of things to talk about along the way. So, that’s Proverbs. Let’s read from the book of Proverbs now, for our reading today, Proverbs chapter 1 verses 20 through 23.
Okay so, we we’re just talking about Proverbs, then we read through Proverbs but now let’s just take some practical wisdom that applies to our lives, spoken in the book of Psalms today and allow it to wash into our lives. We were told, don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. If we obeyed that piece of wisdom, advice given to us from the Scriptures, right here, right now in our everyday lives, how would that change things? Because what we’re ultimately being told is, don’t react. Imagine if, brothers and sisters all over the world just took this simple advice from the Bible and were able to observe themselves being captured and controlled by anger and then reacting in a way that they wouldn’t normally react or saying things that they wouldn’t normally say and that cannot be taken back. They’ve been given birth through our mouth into the world and there out there doing their business and it’s not good. What if we took the advice and realized, anger is arising me and what I want to do is lash out, but instead I’m not going to be slave to this. I am not going to be controlled by this. I’m gonna take a deep breath. I’m gonna go for a walk, I’m gonna take 10, I’m gonna catch my breath. I’m gonna get some perspective, I’m going to calm down and invite God and the wisdom of the spirit into my life, as I move forward. That’s a game changer. Like, it actually, like that being a game changer is a great euphemism, but it’s that…that was an understatement. This is a life changing piece of advice, like it will change our whole year, if we can catch ourselves when we’re getting mad, before we do something that’s more harmful. So, let’s just take that very simple thing, something we already know, but something that we really have to be intentional about, if we’re going to live it, and place that in our lives today and practice. Practice this today, not reacting when anger is emerging but rather think about it. Take some time. Be silent. Get perspective.
And so, Father, we invite You into that. We all can relate to that. And so, we thank You for that. We all understand what’s being said here, we all understand the path forward and we need your Holy Spirit because we live reacting to things an awful lot. And as we begin to pay attention to how much that is pulling our lives in all kinds of directions because we’re just reacting to things, like…like life is just coming at us, instead of the fact that we are living this life. It’s not happening to us. We are happening to it. And we have Your spirits guidance in our lives to show us the way that we should go. So, come, Holy Spirit, help us pay attention today, we ask in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
dailyaudiobible.com is home base and that is the website, that is where you find out what’s going on around here. The Daily Audio Bible app is available to put all that in the palm of your hand. You can find that at the App Store that works with your device, just look for Daily Audio Bible. And a lot of benefits with the app, you can keep track of…of the days, check off the days as we move to the different sections of the Bible, as we cross them, we get these badges that tell us we’ve completed a certain portion of the Bible. There’s a lot of features there so, check that out.
And while you’re checking out, check out the Daily Audio Bible Shop. Whether on the web or in the app, there are resources there for the journey that we are on, made for the journey, made for the rhythm of life, centered around being in the Scriptures every day, so check it out. A lot of different resources there, check out the Wind Farm coffee. We have well, coffee is a friend of mine. I love coffee pretty well and there’s pretty much not a day that I don’t have a steaming cup of Wind Farm coffee to my left. I drink tea, usually at night though, if I’m gonna drink tea, the Wind Farm Tea. But we have Wind Farm coffee and tea, and this just goes back, way, way, way back to the earlier years of the Daily Audio Bible. And I just realized this part of part of my rhythm but this is kind of the rhythm of most people, not everybody but a lot of people go through a drive through every day, get a couple coffee or tea or whatever, make it at home or whatever, it’s part of a life ritual, but it also works so well that I have that morning cup of coffee as we center ourselves in the Scriptures, or that steamy aroma of a nice cup of hot tea. And so, over time, all these years ago, we developed our own brand, Wind Farm. Which really comes from the book of Ezekiel and the 37th chapter, the valley of the dry bones. Where the prophet is invited to call from the four winds, the breath of life. And in so many ways, as we come around the Global Campfire, we are centering ourselves in the Scriptures and being transformed by them and we go back into our day. We all have this opportunity to bring life, to call forth life, to be the light in the darkness. And in some ways that makes us a Wind Farm, where we are continually praying for one another, where we are continually being challenged in our lives to look more and more like Jesus. And so, we called it Wind Farm. And we roast it fresh at altitude in the Rocky Mountains and send it to you fresh so that it lands, fresh, way fresher than anything nearby in a grocery store, where there are long distribution channels. This just comes right to you, and you can have it sent every month to you. And there are many different varieties that we have. Like if you’re getting it every month, you’ll get something new every month. You can look at them all and see what might tickle your fancy. So, check that out in the Daily Audio Bible Shop.
If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible. First of all, thank you, humbly. We wouldn’t be here. We wouldn’t be here if we weren’t in this together, and so thank you for your partnership. There is a link on the homepage at dailyaudiobible.com. If you’re using the app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or the mailing address is P.O. Box 1996 Springhill, Tennessee 37174.
And as always, if you have a prayer request or encouragement, you can hit the Hotline button in the app, that’s little red button up at the top or you can dial 877-942-4253.
And that’s it for today, I’m Brian, I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here, tomorrow.
Prayer and Encouragements:
This is Marissa from southern Ohio just calling for Jonathan, I think, from Denver said he was struggling not feeling…not really feeling like he’s being made new and everything. I just wanted to tell you I heard a really great analogy. If, let’s just say there’s an off-duty police officer and he goes into a gas station and there’s a robbery occurring. Does the robbery stop just because the police officer is there. No. The police officer has to exercise the authority he’s been given and do something. And I just wanted to encourage you. Christ has given us authority to trample on the works of the enemy. So, use the authority you have. Don’t allow the enemy to make you feel these ways. Don’t believe and go along with the lies of the enemy. You can just say in the name of Jesus I renounce the enemy that’s, you know, making me believe whatever it is. I no longer agree with or will continue to behave in ways if these things are true. I’ve really found that to be helpful in just taking back…you know…I mean we have the authority. Christ gave it to us to be able to rebuke the enemy. And so, just really exercising that authority. I think it’s great that you called in for prayer because I think that other people praying for you helps you…it’s like emboldens your Spirit. It gives it gives you that in our motivation. So, anyways hope that makes sense. I’ve prayed for you, and I will again as soon as I hang up. So anyway. Blessings. See ya.
Hey, my Daily Audio Bible family this is Mary from Virginia and I just wanted to call and just remind you all to share the Daily Audio Bible with family, friends, those you know that may just benefit from this…this app. I’ve shared it with my family and I’m just praying that…that they will take the time to download the app and listen to it. I’ve been listening for a few years now, since 2020, and it’s had a really positive impact on my life. And, so, just praying that my family…I’ve been sharing it with them for a few years now. So, hopefully just one of them will listen to it. But just remember, especially starting the new year to just share it with…with…yeah with everybody that you can, family, friends, coworkers whoever you can that you think will, you know, just benefit from it. Alright. With that, happy new year. Bye.
Good evening, DABers this is Donna from Pennsylvania. I’m calling to thank Brian for the wonderful sleep album. I’ve been listening every night. It’s just beautiful and helps me. I’ve had sleep issues for years and it helps me go right __ when my head hits the pillow. And thank you Diane Olive Braun for the beautiful analogy of the sensitive massage horse. And isn’t that just how we are supposed to be, sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit just as the horse responds to the lightest touch of the hand communicated from the reign to the mouth and to thighs knees and heel. And also, to Marilyn who was riding motorcycles with her husband and would be separated by cars getting between them so she couldn’t see him and would become anxious and isn’t that what Jesus does just as your husband does. He waits for us and he will turn around and seek us. What…how blessed we are. And I’ve got a story of my own. When I was praying, I noticed that the twinkling Christmas lights were on my window some of them were off but some of them were brighter than ever and that was because it was morning, and the sun was shining by lighting them up so much brighter than they ever could sign on their own battery power. And isn’t that just what the Holy Spirit does with us. He works and shines through us so that we can light up way brighter than ever we could under our own power. So, blessings to you all. Happy new year. Love you. Donna from Pennsylvania.
Good morning DAB family this is burning Bush that will not be devoured for the glory of our God and king. Today I listened to the DAB. Just before the years end, I heard a lady call in for her son Darian I think, Dorian, who got into drugs and then got arrested for that. My sister, I want you to know that my heart goes out to you and I’m praying for your child. I’m praying that God will protect him in the name of Jesus and heal him, deliver him from addictions. I pray for all parents right now that are dealing with kids who are struggling with addictions or behavioral problems. Father God, I pray that You give us the strength O Lord to parent like You parent us Father to love O God to not give up on our kids but Father God to be strong Father. Help us O Lord. Give us wisdom as we move forward. I pray for these kids as they are moving forward under foreign management. Father, I pray that in the name of Jesus You will deliver them by the name of Jesus, Father God. Protect them Father while they’re away, while they’re prodigal. God give them grace. I prefer deliverance in the year of 2023 in the name of Jesus. And until then Father, give the parents wisdom O Lord to trust You Father. These are Your children first and foremost. We didn’t cause anything to happen, we can’t change, we can’t control, but we…we trust You Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Hi Daily Audio Bible this is Riptide currently in Ohio. I just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and although it’s cloudy outside, God we know that above the clouds the sun is always shining God. So, we just thank You. I just ask for wisdom and mercy to be over us in the new year, that we would seek You in all of our ways. You know how they say Matthew 33. Seek the Lord in all Your heart in all these things. That means all. Underline. All these things will be given unto You. And that saying that people say at Christmas time a lot, that wise men still seek him. So, we thank You God. We are wise. We are wise sons and daughters and under Your name God the living God we plead Your blood over our family God and our nation. We thank You in Yeshua’s name Amen. Blessings. Happy new year.
Hello DABes, this is Tom from West/Central Indiana. I have been a listener since August of 2006 and have never called in. I have a prayer request on the Prayer Wall before, but never called in. I have friend of mine whose wife has been diagnosed with lymphoma and I was hoping I could get the prayers of the thousands of DABers out there. Her name is Anna. She is also a friend of my wife. She’s an amazing woman, a good Christian and I just pray Lord, you will give the doctors the wisdom to have a cure for her disease.