Original Posting At https://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2018/08/30/how-will-they-know-3/
This will be on the back page of the Fishkill UMC bulletin for Sunday, September 02, 2018 (the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B).
It is interesting that the Scripture readings for this Sunday come at a time when schools are starting in the area and have begun in many other areas of the country.
The “Song of Solomon”, along with the companion books in this section of the Old Testament and James in the New Testament are called the “wisdom” books. The emphasis in these books is not so much what we know about God but how one lives in response to God.
Jesus chastises the “learned” ones for forgetting why the law was the law. There were reasons why things were done but those reasons had become tradition.
When we teach something and say it must be learned but give no reason why it must be learned, it becomes something for the moment and quickly forgotten.
Our lives in Christ cannot simply be blind obedience to a set of laws set down so many years ago. Rather our lives must be a true reflection of the nature of God.
Wisdom is more than just learning material; it is knowing what to do with it. ~~Tony Mitchell