While the Scriptures decry sadism, brutality or bullying, they do teach corporal discipline for children. The second half of today’s reading covers the parent-child relationship from the child’s perspective with some good wisdom for children of whatever age.
“Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”
Truth. Wisdom. Instruction and Understanding.
These make up characteristics of God’s people living in God’s kingdom under God’s rule.
Jesus speaks of purchasing truth in Matthew 13,
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
God’s kingdom is one of truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding.
It is the greatest treasure!
So let us live accordingly.
* Father God,
Please set our hearts on things above, and not on earthly things.
May we be a people of Your truth, seeking Your wisdom.
Please help us with the desires of our mortal flesh, longings that can clamour so loud.
Please mark us as a faithful people, who do what You tell us to do (because we love You).
We would see Jesus today and walk in His way!