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Proverbs: Jesus our Wisdom

Oct 15 2018

Proverbs: Jesus our Wisdom

The book of proverbs speaks to the human will and the choices that life sets before us. Someone has said, “Choices are the hinges of destiny” and the truth is that our lives turn on the hinges of the choices we make. The primary message of Proverbs is that life can never be fully understood nor lived except through a relationship with God. There are only three books in the Hebrew scripture’s that can be categorized as philosophic: Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Paul the apostle put it in Col. 2:2-3 that, “the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Saint’s, being a “philosopher” only makes a person a “lover of wisdom” but being a lover of God makes one wise! It is this truth that Solomon starts with in Proverbs 1:7 as he writes, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The fear that Solomon mentions is the fear that our actions and attitudes may bring hurt or harm to our God by grieving His loving heart. Notice as well that Solomon says that the “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. It is not the “END” of knowledge, it is only the door by which we may enter. It is through this door that Peter said in 2 Peter 3:18 that we were to then “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” The author’s name appears in the very first verse as we are told that these are “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel”. According to 1 Kings 4:32 Solomon “spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five”. But in this book we only have 800 out of those 3000. In 1 Kings 3:5-9 at his inauguration instead of asking for popularity and wealth he asked for wisdom to rule God’s people and God granted him his request to the degree that he became famous and rich because of it. This book according to Solomon’s own words in Eccles. 12:9 is because the “Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.” Solomon was a “collector” of wisdom as well as an author of it and others apparently helped in this as Proverbs was written and complied over a 250- year period of time. I don’t know about you all but I could use more wisdom in my life and having 31 proverbs a day we could all read one a day to keep satan away, what do you think?

This has been pastor Dale, blessings!