So Do You Really Want an Ox?

So Do You Really Want an Ox?

“Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.” (Proverbs 14:4)

I am not a farmer. I do not have a manger. And I own exactly zero oxen. But I know this much about animals…They eat. And then they get rid of the waste from what they have eaten. And any time food and the...shall we say...“byproduct” of the food…are involved, you have a mess on your hands. Maintenance will be required. For every additional animal that takes up residence in your nice, weather-protected manger, you can expect to tack on some additional time of daily labor (of the back-stooping and smelly variety) if you want your oxen and other animals to remain in a healthy environment. 

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The Traits of the Wise

The Traits of the Wise

If you spend much time in the Book of Proverbs, you might imagine these teachings portrayed visually as a series of caricatures - most notably the WISE MAN (OR WOMAN) and THE FOOL. Jesus uses this same character dichotomy to tell a story of choosing foundations for one’s house (Matthew 7:24-27). Here’s some of how Proverbs presents the traits of the wise man. He knows the value of…

  • Tact (15:1)
  • Confidentiality (11:13)...
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