Proverbs #5 The Pursuit of Wisdom 9-13-2017 I. INTRO- Proverbs 2:1-9 A. As we have already discovered, Solomon divided Proverbs into Two distinct parts as He delivered it under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We are at the beginning stages of studying this first section where the purpose of Solomon is to; draw attention to the dangers that so easily beset us , to draw attention to the value of Wisdom , and to encourage a steady pursuit thereof . IN this section, as we have already begun to see, Solomon also teaches us the attitudes needed in order to pursue wisdom as directed, They Are; Reverence, Humility, Teachableness, Diligence, and Righteousness . IN these mostly spiritual attitudes we find what we need to be in order to be successful, which is a challenge we need to accept. B. We begin to discover the teachings that Solomon has laid up for us in Chapter 2 beginning this evening. If this Chapter had a title it would be "The Pursuit of Wisdom" ! In this chapter we have instruction about putting forth an effort to attain wisdom [ verses 1-5 ], Solomon also informs us of the source of wisdom [ verses 6-8 ], and then the chapter closes with Solomon relaying to us the beneﬁts of wisdom [ verses 9-22 ]. This chapter is purposed for those that have a DESIRE for Heavenly Wisdom , to see things from God's point of view and to live accordingly! This desire plays an important part in this, do we have it tonight? I. GUIDANCE FOR THE ATTAINMENT OF WISDOM [verses 1-5] The Conditions For Attaining Wisdom: ➲ “ if thou wilt receive my words ” [ verse 1 ]. To “ receive ” is “ to get or obtain, to accept and to embrace ” Where there is heavenly wisdom, there must be an obtaining, an accepting, and an embracing of the Word of God . THERE MUST BE A SPIRITUAL RECEPTIVITY [ Acts 2:41, 17:11] This spiritual receptivity requires a heart that is believing, humble, tender, contrite, and obedient . The word “receive” implies a friendly, warm, courteous reception of the Word of God. What is our natural disposition to the Word of God? How well do Receive the Whole Counsel of God? ➲ “ and hide my commandments with thee ” [verse 1 ]. Not only must the Word of God be received into the heart and mind, it must be hidden. To “ hide ” the commandments of God is “ to stow them away for future use ” To “ hide ” is “ to keep ” [ Psalm 119:11 ; Luke 2:19 ]. ➲ “ So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom ” [verse 2 ]. The phrase “ incline thine ear ” means “ to bend, or to lean in order to hear ” and implies an eagerness to hear . Eagerness is measured by activity! Revelation 2:7 ➲ “ and apply thine heart to understanding ” [verse 2 ]. The phrase “ apply thine heart ” conveys the idea of “ using or employing the heart ”. It speaks of attentive and diligent effort . Effort implies work and the expending of Spiritual Energies on our part, there is nothing automatic about gaining the wisdom of Heaven. In this case “to understanding” or spiritual insight. Solomon speaks of putting forth an effort to obtain “understanding ” [ 3:13 ; 4:1 , 4: 5 , 4: 7 ; 5:1 ], and he speaks of the value of such [ 16:16 ], and the beneﬁts of “understanding” [ 10:23 ; 11:12 ; 13:15 ; 15:14 , 21 ; 16:22 ; 17:27 ]. ➲ “ if thou criest after knowledge ” [verse 3 ]. “ Knowledge ” is “ certainty, and clear comprehension ” This “knowledge” is of great value [8:10 ], and is to be cried after, implying earnest desire, as one desires something rare and valuable . ➲ “ and liftest up thy voice for understanding ” [verse 3 ]. This speaks of fervency in prayer. James 1:5 Let Him ASK GOD! ➲ “ If thou seekest her as silver ” [verse 4 ]. The pronoun “ her ” refers back to “ understanding ” and such is to be sought earnestly as one would seek for silver. To “ seek ” is a higher degree of asking and implies earnestness, desire, and realization of need. ➲ “ and searchest for her as for hid treasures ” [verse 4 ]. This is a higher degree of seeking, and implies pains, resolution, and perseverance. STEPS IN MAN’S SEARCH FOR WISDOM searchest as for hid treasures seekest as silver liftest up thy voice criest after apply thine heart incline thine ear hide my commandments receive my words ➲There are eight verbs used to describe the effort of the child of God, with each being a higher degree of the precedin g. The objects of these activities are “words” “commandments” “wisdom” “understanding” and “knowledge” . There must be a hearing with the ear , an applying with the heart , a requesting with the mouth , and a diligent searching . The Promise Concerning The Conditions - The word “if” occurs three time s [verses 1 , 3 , 4 ], stating conditions, the conditions are described by the eight verbs, followed by the word “Then” [ verse 5 ], which introduces the result of the conditions met. The result is twofold: ➲ “ Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord ” The result of meeting the conditions [verses 1-4] is insight,perception,and appreciation concerning reverence for God. Proverbs 1:7 ➲ “ and ﬁnd the knowledge of God ” The result of meeting the conditions [verses 1-4] is also certainty and clear comprehension concerning the Person of God. II. THE SOURCE OF WISDOM [verses 6-8] ➲ The opening “For” [verse 6] gives the reason for what is stated in verse 5. Those who follow the guidance of verses 1-4 will not be disappointed , because; God Has Wisdom To Bestow -”For the LORD giveth wisdom (He has promised to give it to those who seek it), out of His mouth (Word) cometh knowledge and understanding” [verse 6 ]. GOD IS THE FOUNTAIN OF HEAVENLY WISDOM, AND HE USES HIS WORD TO BESTOW IT! God Has Treasures Of Wisdom- ”He layeth up ( on purpose and with a purpose ) sound ( that which is solid, that which is true, that which is substantial and satisfactory ) wisdom for the righteous” [verse 7 ]. The “righteous” has reference to those who follow the directions of verses 1-4 God Is The Protector Of The Righteous -” He is a buckler (shield) to them that walk uprightly (the same as the righteous). He keepeth (guards) the paths of judgment(instruction in discernment. He guards these paths so that His people can walk in them), and preserveth (maintains) “the way of His saints” [verses 7-8 ]. ➲ Verse 9 then is the second result besides verse 5 to the “if” [verses 1, 3, 4]. If the directions of verses 1-4 are followed, and because of what is stated in verses 6-8 one can possess insight into “righteousness” (that which is good), “judgment” (discernment), “equity” (fairness). It is added for emphasis “yea, every good path”
Proverbs 2:1-9 KJV
2 1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. 9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.