Shared August 23rd, 2017
Study of Proverbs #1 Introduction 8-9-2017 I. Intro- Proverbs 1:1 1 Kings 4:29-34 A. Part of the exercise of our Faith and the walking therein, is our giving ourselves to the study and examination of the scriptures. For each of us there are things that naturally interest us , subjects that we love to hear presented in preaching, or declared before us in devotionals. There are parts of scriptures and doctrine that we love to think about or study, this can be because of the events of our lives, or because of our education, or because of previous teachings . These things are all different for us in that what interests one will not naturally interest another, just like favorite subjects to study in school we tend to have favorite subjects to preach upon . Likewise we also have subjects that interest us less than the others, we have things that do not naturally captivate our hearts and minds. The reality is that no matter if the interest comes natural or is driven by the spirit WE NEED TO BE GIVEN TO THE STUDY OF THE SCRIPTURES! B. There are subjects and books that get studied much and often, there are subjects and books that seem to get neglected and overlooked, let us understand that we are to preach, believe, and live the WHOLE COUNCIL OF GOD. One of the books that gets neglected is the book that is before us tonight, Proverbs . That may sound odd to some given the rate at which we reference the Proverbs, which are primarily a work of SOLOMON. This book is often used a verse or two at a time to support a thought or start a sermon, this book is often looked at as a buffet that we pick and choose from as it is convenient . This book like the other 65 that we have in our bibles was written for a purpose and that purpose is still being served today. Let us give ourselves to studying this book perhaps like we never have before to glean from what God revealed to Solomon through the Holy Spirit. II. Written by Solomon - Proverbs 1:1 1 Kings 4:29-34 A. As we read here the human instrument used in the bringing forth of the Proverbs was Solomon. We read in 1 Kings 4:29-34 God granted unto Solomon unparalleled wisdom . As we remember God gave Solomon the unique opportunity to ask of God anything that He wanted and Solomon asked for Wisdom. God granted this wisdom to Solomon and like the people of the earth in His time we are still coming to and benefiting from it. Praise God that He asked for and prayed for This, which we are still benefiting from. B. Solomon wrote nearly all of this book but it was arranged, it seems, by the skills of others Proverbs 10:1, 25:1 . These proverbs were the Dictates of the Spirit of God in Solomon, the things that God impressed upon Him that made for a God honoring Life. Introduction to Proverbs A. Let us be introduced tonight to this book laying a foundation upon which we will build in the weeks to come. Looking at the book of Proverbs as a whole it has 31 chapters, most of which are filled with proverbs or wise sayings that do not seem to have much to do with one another. In the first nine chapters of Proverbs the attention is directed to the dangers that so easily beset the individual , and the value of wisdom, and the importance of a steady pursuit of wisdom . In the first nine chapters the proper attitude necessary for pursuing “wisdom” is revealed. There must be an attitude of: * TEACHABLENESS Proverbs 9:9 * REVERENCE Proverbs 9:10 *HUMILITY Proverbs 11:2 *DILIGENCE Proverbs 8:17 *RIGHTEOUSNESS Proverbs 2:7 The first nine chapters serve as a preface or preparation to the actual proverbs. The second part of the book of Proverbs commences at the opening of chapter 10 and is called “The proverbs of Solomon” [ Proverbs 10:1 ]. The style and manner of this second part of the book is as different as possible from that of the first section [chapters 1-9]. The “proverbs” consist of two lines which are a parallelism or a pair of statements laid along side one another. The purpose of these “proverbs” is to teach and to provoke thought. “The proverbs of Solomon” consist of various types of parallelism: Synonymous (alike) Parallelism- Two ideas are brought together saying the same thing in different words. The second line repeats the first in an altered form in order to express the lesson of the proverb with more clarity Proverbs 16:18. Antithetical (opposite) Parallelism- Two ideas are contrasted with one another . The second line states the same principle of the first, but from the opposite standpoint. In antithetical parallelism the two lines are usually connected with the conjunction “but” Proverbs 10:1, 5, 29; 13:1,18; 17:22; 19:16. Synthetic (complete) Parallelism- Two parts are put together to form a whole. The second line amplifies and expands the meaning of the first line. The link between the two statements is usually “and” or “so” Proverbs 10:18; 14:10, 13; 16:3; 17:6. Comparative (type) Parallelism- The first line is an illustration, type, or example drawn from nature or daily life, and usually begins with “as” or “like” Proverbs 10:26, Proverbs 25:11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25 “The proverbs” are not merely theory, but principles for living! They are not merely a collection of wise sayings, but Divine rules from heaven to govern human conduct. And when the principles of the book of Proverbs are properly studied and applied they will brace, fortify, and strengthen the believer’s character, and vitalize, energize, and rejuvenate the believer’s walk with God!