I cannot believe we have ended the book of Psalms already! Alas, it brings us to yet another great book of the Bible in the Old Testament: The Proverbs.
The book of Proverbs is a roadmap, if you will, of the “Wise/Dark Sayings” of the second son of King David and Bathsheba—Solomon.
- Solomon means “peaceable.” God’s blessing name—Jedidiah—“beloved of the Lord.”
- He asked for a wise and understanding heart to rule over God’s people. God also promised him riches, honor and long life.
- He wrote two of the Psalms, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon, as well.
- His father committed murder, he was the one instead who built the Temple of God in Jerusalem.
- His downfall: the influence of his many wives whom he allowed to worship and set up altars to their many gods.
What lessons are to be learned in the Proverbs? The answer and explanation is given right at the beginning in chapter 1, verses 1-6.
- To know wisdom and instruction
- To recognize the words of understanding
- To receive instruction in wise dealings, in righteousness, justice and equity.
- To give prudence to the naive/simple
- To give knowledge and discretion to the young.
- That the wise and understanding may hear and increase in wisdom and sound counsels.
Wisdom begins with God
What is Wisdom?
- first PURE
- then peaceable
- easy to be entreated
- full of mercy and good fruits
- without partiality (favoritism/respect of persons)
- without hypocrisy (pretense)
5 Types of People in the Proverbs:
- Wise— fears God, wins souls, turns from evil, listens to godly counsel, good influence on others, mature, shows and brings joy and happiness to others
- Foolish—doesn’t believe in God or have spiritual understanding, his ways are right in his own eyes, doesn’t need or listen to godly counsel/instruction, a mouth that speaks foolishness, feet swift to mischief, doesn’t flee temptation, meddles in others business; stirs up trouble, slanderer, doesn’t respect parents and brings shame to them, quick-tempered, aren’t ignorant just unwilling to change.
- Simple—easily persuaded and deceived, but has potential to respond in a positive manner to the Word of God, (perhaps due to young age; inexperience) reckless, follows others.
- Scoffer—hates and insults instructions, (and the person who gives them) doesn’t receive instruction or correction, unwilling to change, full of pride, leads others into temptation and trouble.
- Sluggard—has poor work habits, depends upon others to help him through, self-indulgent, lacks initiative, can’t make decisions in critical situations, lazy and procrastinates to his own destruction.
Warning is given to the simple and foolish to heed the call of wisdom in verses 8-19 and gives the consequences —compares wisdom to a woman crying out in the streets in verse 20.
In conclusion to the chapter, here are three blessings and benefits offered to those who will seek to know wisdom:
- They shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. (Verse 9)
- Behold, I (Wisdom—God) will pour out my SPIRIT unto you, I will make known my words unto you. (Verse 23)
- But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” (Verse 33)
I stand in awe and amazement from the hidden treasures of God’s great wisdom and Word! For He IS the Word, according to John 1:1. He promises all who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness shall be filled! If we seek, we shall find, if we knock, the door will be opened to us. Will you hear His Voice today? Will you let Him come in and sup with you?
Dear Jesus, how precious is your wisdom and words of life! Help us to bind it about our neck, put it on the walls of our homes, our hearts and teach our children it’s counsels. May we never be too busy or fail to hear Your Voice when you knock at our heart’s door to visit! Fill us to overflowing! In Jesus Name, Amen!
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