Unlearning Old Proverbs

Re: Verse reading–Ezekiel 18:1-18 (Day 6)
“What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: ‘The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?’ As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.”  (vs. 2-3).  Ezekiel knew it.  When God works in our lives, things change!  What we think.  What we expect.  Even old proverbs (unchallenged and oft quoted statements of truth) are discarded.  “God helps those who help themselves” is a modern example.  Those of us who have experienced God’s grace would never say it.  We are more likely to say, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.”  Just as Ezekiel predicted, encountering God teaches us new truths.  Old proverbs unlearned, check!  New ideas embraced, check!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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