Study 3 of 13 on Proverbs
“Ruth. The best of what life had to offer, at that time, was where she was. Anywhere else was the unknown. Culturally, she fit right where she was. Her family was there for all the needed familiarity. Yet the comfort of Naomi and the truth that she demonstrated….lead Ruth to a land that was not her own…a land that may not have been as friendly as it should have. But despite that experience…the Biblical narrative illustrates the importance of this immigrant in the lineage of the Messiah. Truth leads you beyond where you are and lights your way to freedom from all that binds you in atrophying familiarity.”—Falvo Fowler
Scriptural Basis: Prov. 6:21, 23, 24, 30, 31; 7:2, 3, 26, 27; Matt. 5:21–30. Key Text: “The commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life” (Prov. 6:23, NKJV).
1. Generally speaking, what is the usual human reaction to the term “God’s law”? 2. According to Proverbs 6:23, how is the law related to “light”? 3. How can we be serious about the gravity of sin without falling into the trap of fanaticism? 4. What biblical examples do we have of those who chose to follow God’s law despite powerful reasons not to? 5. What can we learn from the obedience of these biblical characters? 6. What principles can we find in Proverbs 6 and 7 to help in withstanding temptation?