The word despise may not be as harsh as we think. If you’re like me, you think that it’s a terrible word and only applied to things that you absolutely hate. That may be the way I use the word most of the time, but that isn’t how the Bible uses the word. In fact, the word translated as despise in Proverbs 1.7 only means “to look down upon something or someone”. You don’t have to hate something to despise it; you just have to think it’s not useful or helpful.
That changes things, doesn’t it? All of a sudden, we’re must more likely to find ourselves despising the things that God tells us. If we think that we know better than God does about something, then we despise his wisdom and instructions. In fact, I would go so far as to say that everyone has done this at some point in time. Everyone has found God’s word to be useless and trusted in their own wisdom instead. When we do this, we’re acting foolishly.
Gray hair is a crown of glory. Gray hair, a symbol of age and wisdom, is to be honored and held in high regard. Gray hair shouldn’t be covered but showcased.
Many people have questions about the Sabbath. While it’s clearly something that was commanded under the Old Testament, do Christians have a Sabbath that they need to observe? Is Sunday the Christian Sabbath?
First, we need to learn a little bit about the Sabbath that was given to Israel in the Old Testament. I am a firm believer that God doesn’t do things without reason; our God is a God of purpose. When we look at the Old Testament, we can not only see what God tells Israel about the Sabbath, but we will also be able to see why he commanded it.