The Reading for Today: Proverbs 23
In an age of frequent child abuse, teachings about “beating with a rod” are hard to take. Though there is controversy today over the appropriateness of spanking, the selected verse intends nothing more than this. Spanking a child as a release of a parent’s anger is in no way condoned. This comes from revenge, and is totally outside of the intent of the proverb.
However, here is another interpretation. In addition to being a stick with which to strike, a rod is also a “measure,” a standard to gage anyone’s behavior. For example, when a child is consequenced by removing his or her stereo, the child is “hit” by the absence of music in the room. This reminds the child that he or she did not follow a proper standard of behavior.
Be jolted by the “rod”—the standard of God’s Word.
The Reading for Today
This is the second of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.” In this season we read Proverbs 22&mash;23; 2 Kings
and Ecclesiastes 5—8