Proverbs #3
Proverbs 1:1-7
Shared August 23rd, 2017
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Study of Proverbs #3 8-23-2017 I. Intro- Proverbs 1:1-7 A. A life lived without purpose and meaning is a life wasted, a life lived without God as the focus, purpose, and meaning of life is a life not only wasted, but lived in opposition to God. This wonderful book of Proverbs holds for us the key to living life with purpose and meaning, focused on God . Let us make use of this study with the understanding that God has led us to it, for a purpose. As we all know God does not do yanything haphazardly, God has a purpose for all things that transpire including what is preached in the pulpit and what studies are undertaken, therefore let us all be given to learn from it. B. Without too much review we remember that we talked about the purpose of the book of Proverbs last week. There have been many of God's people over the course of time that have never came to the understanding that this book is more than just random thoughts, or wise sayings . This book has a great purpose, it is God's wisdom delivered through Solomon unto us for the purpose that we might have biblical skill in living in an ever increasing sinful world. The writer sets out in this introductory part of the book to state this theme, He was writing so that we would "KNOW", "PERCEIVE", "RECEIVE", "BE GIVEN", "UNDERSTAND" . This book truly is GOD'S personal instruction to us on How to live . With that in mind we should readily see the increased importance of this book in these trying times. We need to have Biblical Skills as we navigate this world, we NEED the Wisdom of God imparted to us so that we can glorify the Lord. II. THE EXCELLENCY AND USEFULNESS OF THE BOOK [ verse 5 ] A. In this introductory section the writer includes two other things that prove important to our understanding the study of this book. The first we see in verse 5 that we touched on last week, which is the excellency and usefulness of Proverbs . The Second we will find in verse 7 and is the THEME of Proverbs . A Wise Man Who Gives Attention To The Book Will Be Able To Increase Learning - ” A wise man will hear, and will increase learning ”. The exhortation to hear is repeated throughout Proverbs. Proverbs 9:9 1:8; 4:1, 10; 5:7; 8:6, 33; 19:20, 27; 22:17; 23:19. The One Who Has Insight Will Make Use Of The Counsel Of The Book - ”a nd a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels ” The book of Proverbs is a book of guidance and direction , and the one who has spiritual insight will grasp the “wise counsels” of the book, applying them to their everyday life. B. As we meditate on what this verse tells us, we become convinced more than ever of the use of the word of God as a whole and the book of Proverbs in specific. It supports the reality that even if we are wise, we can and will be able to become wiser, if we are learned we can increase in our learning in all things. III. THE THEME OF THE BOOK verse 7 A. In this introduction we have covered the Purpose and the Usefulness of the Book of Proverbs, now we move onto the Theme of the book . A Theme would be the thread that ties it all together or the subject that everything is built around or based upon. It should be no surprise that the Theme of the Book is Wisdom , and Solomon shows this to us by teaching us about the fear of the Lord and its relationship to Godly Wisdom. Knowledge And Wisdom Used Synonymously- The words “knowledge” and “wisdom” are not distinguished in this verse , but are used as synonymous terms. When used in this way, it conveys the idea of “the best knowledge wisely used, or the right use of knowledge ” [ Proverbs 15:2 ]. The theme of the book of Proverbs is the pursuit after, and the attaining of this “wisdom”. God exhorts His children to pursue the “wisdom” contained within the book [ Proverbs 4:7 ]. This “wisdom” is not human policy, cleverness, or ability, but THE APPLICATION OF GOD’S PRINCIPLES TO THE DETAILS OF LIFE, THE VIEWING OF LIFE FROM GOD’S POINT OF VIEW! What Is The Fear Of The Lord- This “fear of the LORD” is a “fear” that dreads His displeasure! It is a “fear” that desires His favor and has a regard for His excellencies! It is a reverence of the majesty of God, and a respect for His authority . It is affectionate reverence that bows humbly before God. ➲ This “fear of the LORD” is commanded [ Psalm 4:4; 33:8; 89:7; Proverbs 23:17; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Romans 11:20; 1 Peter 1:17 ]. When the Bible describes a true believer and worshipper of God, he is often said to be one who fears the Lord. The Lord told Abraham on Mount Moriah after he displayed a willingness to give the best that he had; “for now I know that thou fearest God” [ Genesis 22:12 ]. It is said of Obadiah in I Kings 18:3 for showing respect unto the prophets of God “Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly” It is said of Cornelius in Acts 10:2 that he “feared God with all his house”. This godly “fear” leads one to God and not from God! • The secret of the Lord is with them that fear the Lord [ Psalm 25:14 ]. • The eye of the Lord is upon them for good [ Psalm 33:18 ]. • The heart of God is toward them [ Psalm 103:13 ]. • God takes pleasure in them [ Psalm 147:11 ]. ➲ This “fear of the LORD” will bring inward happiness and cause one to delight in the commandments of God instead of dread and anxiety [ Psalm 112:1 ]. ➲ This “ fear of the LORD ” will cause singleness of heart [ Colossians 3:22 ]. ➲ This “ fear of the LORD ” is a theme of the book of Proverbs: • 1:7 It is the beginning of knowledge; • 1:28-29 It brings answered prayer; • 2:5 It is equated with knowledge; • 3:7 It leads to a departure from evil; • 8:13 It leads to a hatred of evil; • 9:10 It is the beginning of wisdom; • 10:27 It prolongs days; • 14:26 It gives strong confidence; • 14:27 It is a fountain of life; • 15:16 It is better than great treasure; • 15:33 It is the instruction of wisdom; • 16:6 It leads one from evil; • 19:23 It leads to life; • 22:4 It brings riches, honor and life; • 23:17-18 It rewards hope. There Is A Close Relationship Between The Fear Of The Lord And Wisdom- ” T he fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” This is repeated in 9:10 and Job had pronounced this truth before [Job 28:28 ], and so had the Psalmist [ Psalm 111:10 ]. The truth stated here is that “the fear of the LORD” is the foundation , and “wisdom” is the superstructure! “The fear of the LORD” is the root, and “wisdom” is the branches! “Wisdom” will not be found in the world [Job 28:12-14 ], WISDOM IS FOUND IN A REVERENCE FOR GOD! A Contrast Is Presented - The word “but” introduces a contrast between the wise individual and the foolish individual . A “ fool” is the one who lacks “wisdom” and the one who does not “fear the LORD” [ Psalm 14:1 ], he is one who thinks lightly of heavenly “wisdom” and the “instruction” that leads to such ! All through the book of Proverbs the fool and the wise are contrasted , and the book has much to say about the “fool” 1:22 They hate knowledge. 3:35 They come to shame. 10:8 , 14 They are near destruction. 10:18 They are liars and slanderers. 10:23 They sport themselves in mischief. 12:15 They are self-sufficient. 13:19 They hate to depart from evil. 14:8 They are filled with self-deceit. 14:9 They mock at sin. 14:16 They are self-confident. 15:2 They speak foolishly. 15:5 They despise instruction. 17:25 They are a grief to parents. 18:2 They take no delight in understanding. 18:6 They are contentious. 18:7 Their words are entrapping to themselves 20:3 They are given to meddling. 26:11 They return to their own folly. 27:22 They cling to folly. 28:26 They trust in their own hearts. In the book of Proverbs God presents “wisdom” as a treasure that can be had in all of life’s experiences , a “wisdom” that permeates life in its entirety. The theme of Proverbs is “godly wisdom” how to attain it, and how to use it in everyday life. This is a “wisdom” that is beyond intelligence or advanced instruction , it is a “wisdom” that knows how to act in the various situations of life . As one applies the counsels of the book of Proverbs they will find a power that will enable them to live above this world.
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Proverbs 1 1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
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Study of Proverbs #3 The Excellency and Theme of Proverbs 8-23-2017 I. THE EXCELLENCY AND USEFULNESS OF THE BOOK- Verse 5 A Wise Man Who Gives Attention To The Book Will Be Able To Increase Learning - ” A wise man will hear, and will increase learning”. The exhortation to hear is repeated throughout Proverbs. Proverbs 9:9 1:8; 4:1, 10; 5:7; 8:6, 33; 19:20, 27; 22:17; 23:19. The One Who Has Insight Will Make Use Of The Counsel Of The Book - The book of Proverbs is a book of guidance and direction , and the one who has spiritual insight will grasp the “wise counsels” of the book, applying them to their everyday life. II. THE THEME OF THE BOOK verse 7 A. It should be no surprise that the Theme of the Book is Wisdom, and Solomon shows this to us by teaching us about the fear of the Lord and its relationship to Godly Wisdom. Knowledge And Wisdom Used Synonymously- This conveys the idea of “the best knowledge wisely used, or the right use of knowledge ” [ Proverbs 15:2 ]. The theme of the book of Proverbs is the pursuit after, and the attaining of this “wisdom”. This “wisdom” is THE APPLICATION OF GOD’S PRINCIPLES TO THE DETAILS OF LIFE, THE VIEWING OF LIFE FROM GOD’S POINT OF VIEW! What Is The Fear Of The Lord?- This “fear of the LORD” is a “fear” that dreads His displeasure! It is a “fear” that desires His favor! It is a reverence of the majesty of God , and a respect for His authority . ➲ This “fear of the LORD” is commanded [ Psalm 4:4; 33:8; 89:7; Proverbs 23:17; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Romans 11:20; 1 Peter 1:17 - This godly “fear” leads one to God and not from God! • The secret of the Lord is with them that fear the Lord [ Psalm 25:14 ]. • The eye of the Lord is upon them for good [ Psalm 33:18 ]. • The heart of God is toward them [ Ps 103:13 ]. • God takes pleasure in them [ Psalm 147:11 ]. ➲ This “fear of the LORD” will bring inward happiness and cause one to delight in the commandments of God instead of dread and anxiety [ Psalm 112:1 ]. ➲ This “ fear of the LORD ” will cause singleness of heart [ Colossians 3:22 ]. ➲ This “ fear of the LORD ” is a theme of the book of Proverbs: • 1:7 , 1:28-29, 2:5, 3:7, 8:13 , 9:10, 10:27 , 14:26-27, 15:16, 15:33, 16:6, 19:23, 22:4, 23:17-18. There Is A Close Relationship Between The Fear Of The Lord And Wisdom- The truth stated here is that “the fear of the LORD” is the foundation , and “ wisdom ” is the superstructure ! “The fear of the LORD” is the root, and “wisdom” is the branches ! WISDOM IS FOUND IN A REVERENCE FOR GOD! A Contrast Is Presented- The word “but” introduces a contrast between the wise individual and the foolish individual . A “ fool” is the one who lacks “wisdom” and the one who does not “fear the LORD” In the book of Proverbs God presents “wisdom” as a treasure that can be had in all of life’s experiences , a “wisdom” that permeates life in its entirety. The theme of Proverbs is “godly wisdom” how to attain it, and how to use it in everyday life. This is a “wisdom” that is beyond intelligence or advanced instruction , it is a “wisdom” that knows how to act in the various situations of life . As one applies the counsels of the book of Proverbs they will find a power that will enable them to live above this world.
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