25 February 2011

Proverbs 14:9

Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.

Fascinating and instructive.

Translation: The fool--in Proverbs, the one who obeys his own instincts and resists any word outside his own little internal world of self-generated impulses--rejects and ridicules the notion of substitution. The upright--literally 'the straight,' those whose self-perception is not skewed through stubborn autonomy--enjoy the release of atoned guilt, which breathes new life into them.

Wisdom: opening yourself up to an offering made on your behalf.

Interesting, too, that the guilt offering was the offering that dealt with unintentional guilt (see Lev 5-7). It was the offering sought out by those who knew that their waywardness went well beyond their own immediate moral awareness. It was the offering appreciated by the wise.

. . . how much more will the blood of Christ . . . --Hebrews 9:14

3 comments:

Drew said...
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Dane Ortlund said...

Thanks for the comment, Drew. Hope you are well brother.

If you want to interact with the substance of the post, I'm happy to dialogue.

Frankly, brother, I'm a bit at a loss--your comment is so aggressive, and tangential to the post (which was a reflection on a Bible verse), that I'm not sure how to respond.

At the moment, the only person I can point you to who listens too much to his own little self-generated impulses is me.

Blessings to you.

Drew said...

Yes, you're right Dane. In looking back on it, my comment was too aggressive and tangential. I wouldn't know how to respond to it if I were you either.